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


  • We will be offering multiple guarantee options at different price points so our clients can choose what works best for them.
  • Our researcher is utilizing new tools for researching target companies and candidates, re-committing to our policy of never “post and pray” but always “research and recruit”.
  • Utilizing new structures for assimilation calls with candidates and hiring managers to assure that candidates are successful in their roles quickly and committed for long term success.

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  • Extensive sales leadership roles, high level finance/CFO, human resources leaders and several successful president level searches helped us have our best year on record.
  • We continued to fill many high-level operations and lean leadership roles as well.
  • We made some changes to our recruiting processes and have added second level vetting to make sure that our clients are always receiving candidates who have been verified by at least two recruiters on our team.

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.Jim is an avid fly fisherman and has recently enjoyed trips on the San Juan River in New Mexico, Boulder, Colorado and Nova Scotia. Everyone in the office has enjoyed many interesting stories of growing up in Detroit (let’s just say there are some strange clowns involved). Jim enjoys spending his Sunday’s being either delighted or tormented by the Carolina Panthers but remembers much too well being a Detroit Lions fan. Voted most likely to be banned from the “Remembering Detroit” fan page.

Jenny Pittillo

Operations Manager

Jenny – 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.Jenny and her husband have a son and daughter (both adorable) and a brand-new red bone coon hound puppy named Molly. Jenny could single-handedly run the entire operation if we’d let her. She keeps all of our search info in her head and can answer any question about a search like a contestant on Jeopardy. Voted most likely to answer a work email at 3 am.

Morgan Sellers

Partner, Executive Recruitment

Morgan is 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. Morgan has a wife and three daughters, and a new little girl on the way. He enjoys spending his weekends fly fishing, grilling meat and doing DIY. Most in the office believe that he put himself through college as a catalog model. Morgan is oddly familiar with the local deli’s revolving hot carve menu. Voted most likely to build an entire house with his father in law.

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

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.
global recruiting capability

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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, qualified, and professional individual to your team through our superior recruitment process.






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