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Retained Search

  • 100 Days to Filled Search
  • One Client At a Time
  • Completely Confidential
  • 1 Year Free Replacement
  • 2 Year Group Non-Compete
  • 98% Fill Rate
  • 10 Years Average Placement Tenure

  • For Your Most Important, Hard to Find, and/or Time Sensitive Positions.

Talent & Compensation Consulting

  • Strategic Analysis
  • Tactical Assessment
  • Practical Recommendations
  • Quick and Quiet

  • Proven Results for Family Offices, Private Equity Firms, Public and Private Companies.

Selected Examples

TALENT ALIGNMENT: Identified key restraints to finance department personnel performance for large nonprofit. Suggested successfully implemented solutions.

TALENT ALIGNMENT: Identified/suggested changes in org structure, talent, & processes in HR & PMO groups that were successfully implemented in HIGH TECH high growth private firm considering IPO.

TALENT ASSESSMENT: Transformed in 90 days via assessment/GAP analysis/org restructure/coaching a finance department with high turnover & low productivity into new group ready to launch corporate growth initiative.

COMPENSATION ASSESSMENT: Saved PRIVATE EQUITY firm from pricing acquisition returns incorrectly by finding >$3M in compensation gaps between potential roll up target acquisition & industry norms.

COMPENSATION ALIGNMENT: Retained FAMILY OFFICE’s top lead asset manager/repaired generational upsets by creating innovative solution incentivizing manager to produce desired risk/return profile.

COMPENSATION ALIGNMENT: For PUBLIC/PRIVATE FIRMS, showed how to adjust for different countries’ tax /benefit structures in comp package to retain global team parity and identified reasons/provided solution to turnover.

ASSET MANAGEMENT SEARCH: Alternatives/traditional at consulting firms, companies, family offices, hedge funds, money management firms sell side /buy side, in bank/insurance/pension fund/trading firm stand alone/groups.

CORPORATE SEARCH: Small/National/Large/Global. Privately held, publicly held, foreign-owned—consulting firms, educational, food service/hospitality, industrial/manufacturing, insurance, nonprofits, real estate, retailers, and service firms.

INVESTMENT BANKING SEARCH: Boutiques to global entities. Stand alone or bank/consulting firm groups.

PRIVATE EQUITY/VENTURE CAPITAL SEARCH: In family offices/government/university programs. Boutiques to global entities. Stand alone or bank/insurance firm groups.


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  • Over 250 Clients Since Inception
  • 80% of Clients Successfully Reach Goal
  • Completely Confidential
  • 12 Different Customized Services
  • Priority for Interviews, Offers, and Negotiations
  • Collaborative Approach
  • No Completion Time Limit



  • For C-Suite, Boards, and Philanthropic Goals
  • Customized for Executives
  • Collaborative Approach
  • No Completion Time Limit


Selected Examples

YCC C-Suite: Senior executive in multi-million dollar position with significant nonprofit and private company board experience—identified next corporate career move and timing, changed public profile, recommended changing nonprofit affiliation to another more closely aligned with branding of corporate and boards—within 2 weeks of changed public profile, approached for multiple public company board positions.
YCC: CEO sold company, hired to identify next career choices—recognized current location and industry were not growing, brainstormed new location and transitional entry into vibrant community—now running another firm in desired industry, desired location.
YCC: Unemployed Global Chief Investor Relations Officer (CIRO)—identified reasons job search had stalled, corrected/repositioned to growth areas—within 3 months secured dream job with growing global company.
YCC: Senior Consultant/former Engineer in top tier consulting firm—identified new career path, secured Senior Strategist position reporting to Chief Strategist Officer in Fortune 50 manufacturing firm—rare for someone to go from consulting to manufacturing. Fast forward to when ready for next move: identified next step as strategic CFO—secured strategic CFO position in 3 months. Referred sibling to YCC—similar success story.
YCC: Unemployed for over 2 years business development consultant, top MBA and achievements—created and secured Chief Marketing Officer position at double previous compensation.
YCC: IT professional transitioning to asset management in 2009-10 when unemployed highly experienced money managers were many—followed YCC system, resulting in hire as Researcher/Portfolio Manager.
YCC: Stay at home mom for 3 years, previously Equity Analyst for boutique investment firm with MBA/CFA—hired in less than 6 months as VP, Portfolio Manager with major asset management bank.
YCC Junior: Started program senior year, BS, Molecular/Cellular Biology; BA, English, with some college intern experience—hired within 2 months from graduating as Analytical Lab Chemist for a company—rare for someone to go directly right out of college, usually work temp jobs first.
YCC Junior: Recent college graduate, BA, Telecommunications & Media, with some high school and college intern experience—one of the few from his class hired by a major TV station affiliate. BOTH YCC Juniors had MULTIPLE OFFERS.

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Chicago Headquarters
Willis Tower
233 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Contact Kathy Graham
Phone: (630) 466-7095