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 Gilreath Weatherby, 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.

Gilreath Consultancy has completed skin in the game executive hiring assignments for such distinguished private equity clients as Metapoint Partners, Weston Presidio, Stonebridge Partners, Gemini Investors, Lineage Capital, Watermill Group, and New England Capital Partners among others.

Typically, hired executives invest between $25K–$100K in company equity. Stock options are also usually offered on a merit basis at the company exit in 4–5 years. Jim is a former member and longtime supporter of the Association for Corporate Growth and the Concord Vine. He is currently a member of the New England Executive Resource Council (NEERC), and is on the Concord Chamber Music Society Board of Directors. Jim was given the annual NEERC Professional Excellence Award in March, 2006 for his long and distinguished career in the retained search industry.


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