Private Equity

Talent Acquisition Achievements

Our relationship with American Industrial Partners goes back more than a decade. In 2015 AIP asked us to build an exclusive Talent Acquisition team inside their firm. Our goals were to improve retention, reduce recruiting costs, and increase the quality of talent available at their Portfolio Companies.


  • Hand-picked by $7b equity firm to build a talent acquisition team from scratch
  • Built a talent brand for all of AIP
  • Reduced recruitment costs
  • Completed searches in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia
  • Heavy emphasis on searches in industrial automation, aftermarket, engineering, finance and IT
  • Filled positions from C-Suite to Technical/Professional
  • Conducted 5 HR leadership conferences
  • Partnered with On-Campus Recruiting efforts at MIT and University of Michigan

Identified Unique Private Equity Profiles

  • Individuals who can manage through ambiguity
  • Tackle the challenges of a chaos-to-order work environment


  • Industrial Manufacturing Leaders will continue working with AIP's portfolio of companies as well as new clients
executive recruiters for manfucaturing industry

Our Experienced


Jim Baran

Senior Partner

Jim is a veteran manufacturing executive recruiter whose hiring and experience ranges from Global Fortune 500 to mid-market private equity. Jim has 25 years recruitment experience in Public, Private, and Private Equity Companies. Jim has placed 650+ lean savvy manufacturing executives on four continents. Jim's passion is rebuilding and transforming U.S. manufacturing companies.

Kristi Boyer

Managing Partner

Experienced managing partner of manufacturing executive recruiting firm. Specializing in passive candidates for US based global industrial manufacturing businesses. Skilled in Career Development, Operations Management, Sales, Executive Search, and Lean Management. Strong enterpreneurship professional with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) focused in Journalism from Ball State University.

Morgan Sellers

Partner, Executive Recruitment

Morgan specializing in finance and operations. He is our expert in finance and IT searches. Morgan is an experienced account manager, and enjoys interacting with clients and visiting plants whenever possible. Morgan holds a BS in Business Administration from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

Jenny Pittillo

Operations Manager

Operations and Data Manager - responsible for data integrity, metrics, reporting, and supporting competitive intelligence and research. Coordinates between recruiters and clients and assists with branding and social media. Jenny holds a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.

U.S. Focused

Global Recruiting Capability

  • Industrial Manufacturing Leaders has worked extensively in North America and on 4 other continents
  • Access to global markets to identify manufacturing and industrial leaders
  • Take into careful consideration all cultural differences when working in other countries.

Select International Placements

  • China - General Manager in Southern/Rural area with a specific dialect
  • South America - Lean Consultants
  • Canada - Operations Leaders
  • Mexico - Lean Specialists
  • Germany - trilingual Supply Chain Integration Specialist
  • U.K. - Manufacturing Operations leaders
  • France - CI Specialists
  • Australia - Placed finance team to transition finance department from Sydney to U.S.

Our Current & Former

Clients Include

American Industrial Partners
Ascent Aerospace
Brooks Instruments
Canam Group
EnTrans Int'l
Mark Andy
Optimas OE Solutions
Polar Corporation
REV Group, Inc.
Shape Technologies
The Carlstar Group
The Brock Group
Rand Logistics Inc.
Davis Standard
Delphi Catalyst
Freedom Yachts
General Electric
Arlon Group
Canfield Metal Coatings
CFM Technologies
Gibbs Technologies
Handy & Harmon
Le Tourneau
Lean Enterprise Institute
Lean Horizons
Lean Learning Center
Lincoln Financial
Marquip Ward United
McKinsey & Company
Merrill Lynch
Oliver Wyman
Orchid Orthopaedics
Parker Hannifin
Rogue Furniture
Senior Flexonics
Spartan Motors, Inc.
US Acute Care Solutions
Wilson Trailer
Zimmer Orthopaedics

Looking for talented individuals? You've come to the right place!

With Industrial Manufacturing Leaders you can be certain that you will be adding a talented, quailified, and professional individual to your team through our superior recruitment process.