Why Gilman Partners?


Gilman Partners is a retained executive search, talent acquisition, and leadership development firm based in Cincinnati with more than 40 years of experience. Organizations across the U.S. trust us to help them find, recruit, and develop top talent that enables them to be more competitive in their marketplace.

Gilman Partners specializes in searches for leaders in the top third of the organizational chart across a variety of industries. That specialty — and the fact that we successfully place more than 100 leaders across the nation each year — means we deeply understand the nuances of attracting, assessing and recruiting executives and other high-caliber professionals. We work with privately held companies, family-owned businesses, and nonprofit organizations to place leaders in key roles.

We offer clients the agility and responsiveness of a local recruiting firm with the sophistication and capabilities of a national one — and it shows, with 40% of our searches including a national reach.

In the past three years, 75% of our searches have come from repeat clients. We value our long-term relationships with many organizations and have enjoyed several new business partnerships in the past few years. We consistently hear feedback from our clients that they hire us because of our integrity, responsiveness, and expertise in multiple areas — all of which lead to proven results for their organizations.

Why Gilman Partners?

Why Retained?

Gilman Partners specializes in retained search because we believe it results in a better process and, ultimately, in a stronger hire. Here’s why:

  • We focus on passive candidates, those not actively looking for a new role. Our networks, the expertise of our research team, and our state-of-the-art technology enable us to do this, so our clients are able to consider the widest range of possible candidates.
  • We invest in understanding the position and your culture at the start of a search – not just quickly generating resumes of those who may have potential. We also frequently develop a Predictive Index Job Model that is useful when assessing possible candidates.
  • We work with clients to ensure the job description has the right tone and presents their organization and the position in the best possible light.
  • We thoroughly assess candidates through phone screens, in-depth interviews, and the use of Predictive Index. We only present candidates who match the qualifications and those we believe are a fit.
  • We’re committed to working with you to find the right candidate –regardless of how long it takes.

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