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Gilreath Consultancy executive search services and highly personalized and unusually thorough. With over 25 years of experience dealing with noteworthy private equity firms Gilreath Consultancy has a proven due diligence screening process enabling its clients to make better informed executive hiring decisions.

Since 1986, Gilreath Consultancy has helped clients hire “skin-in-the-game” executives for their small to medium-sized portfolio companies in virtually all industries from New England to Texas. In recent years, we havs completed search assignments for private equity investors, owner managers, and boards of directors of closely held, small and middle market, diverse companies with sales from $2-$100 million.

As the firm’s president, Jim Gilreath has over 40 years of national executive recruitment experience.

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This award winning author has 29 years of placing investor CEOs and other C-level executives in middle market portfolio companies for private equity firms. Skin in the Game is an essential read for M&A industry professionals, C-Suite executive job seekers, middle market private equity partners, headhunters, HR executives, MBA students and corporate hiring authorities.
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About Jim
Jim, a North Cambridge, MA native, has enjoyed a varied 40+ year career in the retained search industry formerly as Vice President of Weidemann Consultants, NYC, President and founder of Hawthorne International, Inc., Stamford, CT, and President of Weatherby Corporate Services, Norwalk, CT, all of which businesses were involved in broad based generalist retained executive searches for Fortune 1000 companies.

Jim is President and Founder of GilreathWeatherby, Inc. (1986). d.b.a. Gilreath Consultancy since 2000. Assisted by Diane, his wife and business partner, their national skin in the game retained search practice focuses on helping clients hire investor CEOs, CFOs, and VPs primarily for private equity owned portfolio companies.

Jim is heavily experienced in completing assignments for a broad spectrum of manufacturing portfolio companies, and also for miscellaneous service companies.

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Skin in the Game

This book is THE definitive resource for Skin in the Game hiring; putting one’s own money on the line! Powerful insight about middle market private equity hiring coupled with Jim Gilreath’s unique due diligence screening process makes Skin in the Game indispensable!

In this book, you’ll discover:

  • right_signExamples of hires who earned millions
  • right_signThe difference between a stakeholder and a hired hand.
  • right_signWriting an incredible Bio and elevator pitch.
  • right_signFinding private equity investors that fit your profile
  • right_signSecrets of hiring effective C-level employees
  • right_signSample job offers and bonus materials

Formats available: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook & Audio book.

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Invite Jim to speak at upcoming events to hear Skin in the Game stories including executives who earned millions from Jim’s unique employment model. Jim will layout a proven skin in the game job search plan for locating potential lucrative opportunities. Perfect for CEO groups, business networking groups, HR conferences and conventions.


If your mid-market company ($2 – $100 million in revenues) is looking for a powerful method to attract and motivate C-Suite talent, contact Jim Gilreath to craft a C-Suite recruitment model to suit your unique requirements.


Executives seeking mid-market private equity firm employment find a wealth of knowledge from this industry insider who has placed C-Level executives for 40-years.
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