Private Equity

  • Personalized attention of a boutique
  • Significant skin in the game
  • Focus on the middle market
  • Extensive experience recruiting CEOs, CFOs, and CIOs
  • Value added advisory services
"C-level talent is the most important driver of success or failure in private equity investing, so finding the right partner to introduce the right leader to the right situation at the right time is critical. TillmanCarlson is that partner for me."
Chris Whalen,
Gamut Capital Management
"TillmanCarlson understands how to work with private equity investors. We hired them to recruit a CEO and CFO where we felt we needed a firm with a high-touch approach. We had a terrific experience with TC and were very pleased with the results as well as the process to get there. I would definitely recommend TillmanCarlson; their focus and determination is outstanding."
Greg Myers,
Senior Managing Director,
Mason Wells
"Rob and Kelly recruited a terrific CFO for an important healthcare investment. They came highly recommended from a colleague, and were creative, responsive and thorough. They delivered when the stakes were high and I would absolutely recommend them and work with them again."
Paige Daly,
Managing Director,
Harvest Partners
"Rob and Kelly are experienced recruiters who know how to partner with private equity investors. We’ve worked with them over many years and they’ve always delivered."
Craig Bondy,
Managing Director,


  • Extensive experience across a variety of industries
  • Affinity with private owners and investors
  • Understand the differences of $100M and $1B companies
  • Utilize a tailored approach to assessment
  • Focused on helping CEOs and investors build teams
"We hired TillmanCarlson because we felt we would get their focus and attention with a more personalized approach. The overall experience was excellent and I was impressed with their communication, patience, and follow through. They understand what it takes to be successful in a company like ours and they truly care."
Mark Kaufman,
President and Founder,
"As a CEO in a middle market company, I appreciate TillmanCarlson’s hands-on approach. They helped us recruit a terrific CFO and understand what it takes to be successful in a PE-backed business. They identified a high caliber slate of candidates and expertly handled all stages of the search. I highly recommend their firm and will definitely work with them again."
Gary Cohen,
Chief Executive Officer,
Qualitor, Inc.
"TillmanCarlson took the time to understand our needs and our culture in recruiting our CIO. They were able to give us the personal attention of a boutique while still having access to a broad pool of strong candidates. When we experienced a problem with one hire, through no fault of theirs, TillmanCarlson took full ownership and did a great job of refilling the position in a highly professional manner."
Dan Frank,
Wheels, Inc.
"TillmanCarlson was recommended to us by our PE sponsors, and we were very impressed by the professionalism of their team and the quality of the candidates we met. The successful candidate has made a significant impact in our business, and my experience with TillmanCarlson was outstanding. I would highly recommend them without hesitation."
Bill Mixon,
Chief Executive Officer,
National Seating & Mobility


  • Focused on CFO recruitment since 1988
  • Recognized market leadership in recruiting CFOs
  • Extensive public and private company experience
  • Significant experience recruiting CFOs for PE-backed businesses
  • Executive search and coaching expertise
"I’ve had the chance to work with TillmanCarlson as a client and a candidate. They provided objective advice in my recent move, and I knew I could trust them to deliver."
Ryan Robinson,
Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer,
Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc.
"I’ve worked with Rob on several occasions over the years and trust his judgment. Rob and Kelly are established recruiters who have always delivered outstanding leadership talent for us."
Richard Westenberger,
Chief Financial Officer,
Carter’s, Inc.
"I’ve known Rob for many years, and he and his firm have successfully recruited two outstanding CFOs for me. I first hired Rob based on my past experience with him in my own search, and I hired him again based on the quality of candidates presented during the first CFO search. He and his team have an excellent understanding of the role of a CFO and they know the market."
Dale Barnhart,
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Lydall, Inc.


  • Recruit leaders to technology companies
  • Extensive growth company experience
  • Focused on CIO recruitment since 1995
  • Recognized market leadership in recruiting CIOs
  • Expertise and depth in digital
"Kelly and the team at TillmanCarlson really understood our culture and the strategic objectives and how to operate in our very fast paced and change oriented environment. That understanding enabled them to help us find just the right senior executive to match our needs."
Mark Parise,
CEO and President,
First Advantage Corp.
"Kelly and Rob recruited a key leader for us prior to our IPO and we were impressed with their speed and judgment. Their incredible understanding of our business and unique company culture made all the difference."
Auguste Goldman,
Chief People Officer,
"I’ve worked with Rob and Kelly on several occasions over the years and I’ve been impressed with the consistency and quality of their work. They understand how to work in smaller, high-growth technology companies and I trust them to pick the right leaders for the situation. Whenever I need to recruit a key leader outside the valley, Rob and Kelly are on the top of my list."
Woody Marshall,
General Partner,
Technology Crossover Ventures
"I’ve worked with Rob and Kelly on two very important searches in my career, and I’d trust them again without hesitation."
Scott Wagner,
Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer,