Hunt Scanlon Media’sDriving Sustainable Growth: Strategies for Maximizing Equity Value in Executive Search Firms

June 27th - 12:00pm EDT

In today’s fiercely competitive executive recruiting market, maximizing equity value is a critical factor for success. Recognizing this, private equity firms have strategically invested in numerous executive search firms in recent years.

Cody Crook, managing director at Hunt Scanlon Ventures, will be joined by an esteemed panel of industry experts including Eric Walczykowski, CEO at Bespoke Partners; Ravi Sarin, founding partner and co-head of AEA Growth; and Andrew Kelleher, director of business development at G2 Capital Advisors, to delve into the intricate process of assessing executive search firms for investment and shed light on the strategies that drive sustainable growth for search firm founders. Together, they will reveal the proven approaches employed by top dealmakers in the industry to unlock the true value of executive search firms.

Join us on June 27th at 12pm ET as we navigate the dynamic landscape of the executive search market, armed with the expertise and knowledge shared by industry leaders.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Why search firms are good investments
  • Assessing and maximizing equity value in search firms as an investment
  • Negotiating and structuring M&A deals in search
  • How PE investment helps drive sustainable growth and scalability in search firms

There will be an opportunity for audience members to put their questions to panel members and join the conversation.


Cody Crook

Managing Director
Hunt Scanlon Ventures

Cody Crook is a managing director at Hunt Scanlon Ventures. Reporting directly to the firm’s co-CEOs, Cody is responsible for co-managing the firm’s investment portfolio, which includes executive search, talent acquisition, private equity, and investment firms. Leading the investment team, he spearheads all fund transactions and maintains portfolio developments. He is also responsible for sourcing, managing and monitoring investments and working with external portfolio managers, analysts and investors on active and prospective transactions.

Cody started his career in recruiting and later joined Accenture as a business strategy manager where he developed organizational and operating models and conducted M&A commercial due diligence for Fortune 500 companies. Following Accenture, Cody served as head of strategy & operations for Hirewell, where he built a modern recruiting tech ecosystem and led multiple acquisitions.

Ravi Sarin

Founding Partner & Co-Head
AEA Growth

Ravi Sarin is co-head and founding partner of AEA Growth and a member of the AEA Growth Investment Committee. At AEA Growth, Ravi co-leads the overall strategy and direction of the firm, in addition to leading deal teams focused on the sourcing, evaluation, and management of the firm’s portfolio companies.

Prior to AEA Growth, Ravi was the founder and managing partner of ROCA Partners, a growth equity investment firm focused on tech-enabled services and healthcare services companies. Previously, he was a principal in the private equity group at Ares Management. At Ares, Ravi helped lead investments in healthcare services, retail, and gaming, lodging & leisure among a few other sectors. Prior to Ares, Ravi was a private equity investor at Bain Capital and a consultant at Bain & Company.

Eric Walczykowski

Bespoke Partners

Eric Walczykowski serves as chief executive officer of Bespoke Partners. He is passionate about building high-performing teams that value doing their best, working together, overcoming adversity and learning.

As a proven growth executive, Eric has served as CEO, president, board member, investor and advisor for technology companies that achieved over $4.5B in successful exits.

Eric brings to Bespoke Partners significant professional services experience from Deloitte and Andersen, as well as the high-growth client executive perspective for private equity-backed technology companies.

Andrew Keleher

Sponsor Coverage Lead / Business Development
G2 Capital Advisors

Andrew Keleher is director, business development at G2 Capital Advisors. Andrew builds fundamental relationships with clients and prospective clients in the pursuit of maximizing their long-term value and growth potential. Additionally, Andrew plays a vital role in supporting transaction execution for both buy-side and sell-side engagements.

Prior to joining G2 Capital Advisors, Andrew worked for Brighton House Associates (BHA), where he supported alternative asset managers with the development of strategic marketing initiatives to promote asset raising. Earlier in his career, Andrew was a consultant at Automatic Data Processing (ADP) in Connecticut.

Learn more on how executive search firms are unlocking value, funding expansion, raising capital, seeking PE growth partners, merging, and acquiring rivals to stay competitive during one of the industry’s most dynamic periods: