Meet Our Team: Michele Plessinger

Michele Plessinger, Partner

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT GILMAN PARTNERS?

14 years

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO GILMAN PARTNERS?

I worked with Tom before he bought Gilman Partners and after adopting my son and spending some time with him at home, I was ready to get back into work. I was able to start out with two days a week at Gilman and continued moving into a more full-time role, but Gilman Partners was able to offer a good balance for a working mom and that was what I was looking for.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT WORKING AT GILMAN PARTNERS?

There are really two things—I love getting to meet and learn so much about all the great mid-market companies in Cincinnati. We get to know the founders, the employees, and it’s cool to see how things are made! Working in the non-profit sector is especially rewarding too because those organizations make up the fabric of our community. I also love the people at Gilman Partners. We are all really connected to each other and we work well together.

WHAT WAS ONE OF YOUR MORE CHALLENGING AND/OR REWARDING PLACEMENTS AT GILMAN PARTNERS?

Honestly, every placement is rewarding because we know we are making a difference to that company. Our clients use Gilman Partners because they are looking to make a critical hire, so it’s always a big deal to me when we get the perfect placement and are able to fill those spots for our clients.  

IN WHICH AREAS OF RECRUITING DO YOU SPECIALIZE?

I have worked a lot with finance/accounting and have handled most every CFO search since I’ve been here. I also work on searches for executive level positions in non-profits, HR, marketing, technology, and supply chain roles.

HOW DO YOU SEE THE PRACTICE OF RECRUITING/RETAINING EMPLOYEES CHANGING IN THE NEXT 5 YEARS?

I think the priority should always be on retaining your top performers and those tactics may need to become more progressive and creative now and in the coming years. Small and mid-sized companies aren’t always able to offer what large companies can so they will need to look into how to adapt those practices to work for them. As far as recruiting goes, I think the emphasis will be on not just finding the right people for the job, but finding them quickly.

IF YOU COULD GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO COMPANIES LOOKING TO HIRE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

It’s important to make sure your entire hiring team is on the same page prior to even beginning a search. Have a plan and a timeline in place and stick to it to make the best decision as quickly as possible and make sure that progress continues to move forward— you don’t want a lull in the action.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES?

My kids, tennis, and going to new restaurants and exploring all that Cincinnati has to offer, whether that’s going to baseball and hockey games, seeing the ballet, the opera, or shows at the Aronoff.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN CINCINNATI?

It’s a toss up between Red Feather and The Precinct, but both are wonderful!