Why SearchPath of Chicago?
Efficient. Responsive. Experienced.
SearchPath of Chicago specializes in connecting our clients and partners with top-performing talent who can make an immediate impact on your bottom line. From local businesses to global firms, our executive search & recruitment teams specialize in finding the most experienced candidates to ensure your business gets the right hire the first time. Our extensive network and expertise allow us to locate identify, attract, and deliver professionals with the skills necessary to achieve your business goals.
Matching the RIGHT People with the RIGHT Positions at the RIGHT Companies
Years in Business
Candidates Placed at Start-ups – Fortune 100
Client Companies Partnered With
Industries We Recruit For
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Our dedication and expertise in serving only a handful of niche industries gives us unparalleled insight & knowledge into the talent and hiring trends in those industries; making us one of the top executive recruiting firms in the Packaging & Plastics, Biofuels & Renewable Energy, Industrial, Food Ingredients, Nutraceuticals & Raw Materials, and Polymers, Pigments & Coatings industries.
What Our Clients Say About Us…
"I’ve had the opportunity to work with Mark as both a hiring manager and a candidate. My experience on both sides was very much the same. Mark is a trusted career consultant who sees the bigger picture, takes the longer view, wants the best thing for both parties. He has vast experience in matching candidates to role and has a wealth of knowledge to tap in any instance. It is a pleasure to work with someone who values integrity, balances what’s right and is an optimist."
Mark Manka, Director of Financial Planning & AnalysisSociety of Anesthesiologists
"I recently worked with Chris on a high level search. He was very thorough in understanding our company culture as well as the qualifications our team needed. He produced many of exceptional candidates. Chris was easy to work with throughout the process. I would certainly recommend Chris for your hiring needs."
Elena Puerner, HR ManagerSchoeller Arca Systems
"I recently worked with Chris on two successful candidate searches. He was very thorough in understanding the qualifications we wanted for each position and produced a number of good candidates that met those qualifications. Chris was great to work with throughout the process. I would certainly recommend Chris for your talent acquisition needs."
John England, National Sales ManagerSignode Packaging
"Chris is an effective recruiter because he spends a great deal of time listening to the needs of the role and seems to have a lot of solid contacts in the industry Get More Information. He follow ups well and is focused on making the right fit."
Jill Russell, VP of SalesOlam International
"I have had the great pleasure of meeting and developing a working relationship with Chris Hillman of Search Path of Chicago. Chris is an outstanding individual with extensive knowledge and an excellent reputation in the Ethanol Industry. Chris is a very honest person and is extremely passionate about his career. Chris takes immense pride in his wide and vast knowledge in the entire Ethanol Industry. His knowledge and skills are amazing and are very helpful to our company as well as to other people in the Ethanol Industry. Chris is very fair and loyal in his actions. He is constantly using his renewed skills and knowledge to achieve better results to bring excellent candidates. It’s a great honor to know and be associated with Chris Hillman of SearchPath of Chicago."
Alex Shifman, Marketing DirectorCTE Global, Inc.
"SearchPath has given our business a competitive advantage by providing us with the personnel that have the abilities and experience to make the difference."
Tom Trauscht, VP of Sales & MarketingIvex Protective Packaging, Inc.
"In the past, I’ve had a number of job positions that called for unusual blends of skill sets that I have had difficulty filling through traditional means. Patrick has come through on multiple occasions with strong candidates whom I have hired and they have had successful careers. Patrick takes the time to understand the position needs thoroughly and finds and screens quality candidates. I strongly recommend Patrick."
Vincent Lanning, R&D Program ManagerHi-Tech Mold
"SearchPath of Chicago has been a partner with my position vacancy searches for 2.5 years as a manager for BSN Medical. In a few short words, my experience has been terrific! Greg Daly has been the go-to person for me and he has been outstanding to work with! He is diligent in his process, he is timely in his responses, he is personable, pleasant and sharp. His response time is second to none and I have had NOTHING but positive interactions with he and the staff at the firm. I would highly recommend Greg for the vacancy needs and will be continuing to use he and SearchPath of Chicago’s services in the years to come!"
"I utilized Greg in my region as a recruiter for more than 36 months. He is highly motivated with a very strong work ethic. He understands what qualifications are needed and has always been able to close selected candidates. Greg has a energy level that guarantees results."
"I recently worked with Chris on several successful searches. He was very thorough in understanding our company culture as well as the qualifications our team needed for each position. He produced many of exceptional candidates that met or exceeded those qualifications. Chris was easy to work with throughout the process. I would certainly recommend Chris for your hiring needs."
Tina Kaveney, Human Resources DirectorAngleboard
"I have worked with Chris for many years in placing several highly qualified candidates within various organizations. He is thorough, ethical and extremely good at delivering the right candidates for the requested roles. I consider him a valuable extension to my HR department!"
Lisa Teeters, Director of Human Resources
"Chris Hillman is a real professional who “walks the walk” when it comes to executive search, particularly in the food ingredient space. Chris came exactly as advertised, with a deep list of contacts relevant to our search for a new CEO. We had a working list of highly qualified candidates in a very short period of time, and Chris helped us to manage the process of winnowing the field down to ‘short list’, and ultimately to the final candidate. All through the effort Chris was always available, responsive to our needs, and with the appropriate level of drive/push. I highly recommend Chris for your next search engagement."
Board Member, Food Ingredients Manufacturer
SearchPath of Chicago News
CHICAGO, IL, (Feb. 18, 2021) – SearchPath of Chicago, a national executive search firm focused on sectors including packaging materials, manufacturing, food ingredients, biofuels, raw materials (for dietary supplements and sports nutrition), nutraceuticals, resins and industrial products, excelled in 2020 as the top performing franchise. This is the fourth consecutive year that SearchPath of Chicago has outperformed more than 50 franchises globally. The figures used to establish the “top” franchise included total billings and cash-in for 2020.
“We couldn’t be prouder of earning top accolades across the SearchPath footprint for the fourth straight year,” commented Chris Hillman, President, SearchPath of Chicago, Inc. “We’ve spent our careers mastering our skills and our outcomes prove time and time again that we’re masters of our craft – stay tuned because we plan to continue to break records in 2021.”
SearchPath of Chicago has perfected the executive search process by leveraging talented recruiters that understand their industry and have built meaningful relationships to successfully place high-performing candidates. Through the streamlined processes, the company has established itself as a leading Executive Search partner for the greater Chicago area.
Recruiting Industry News & Articles
Last introduction in our new series – “Five Minute Friday” – is Mark Carpenter. His focus is the Accounting & Finance industry where his ultimate goal is developing a win-win scenario for both the candidate and client. His success comes with his ability to build long-lasting relationships and continuing to help clients grow and advance into the future.
What is your approach to being an executive search consultant?
My approach is not only understanding what my clients are looking for but also dive deeper and discover what they need to be successful.
How do you know when you’ve made a good match between candidate and client?
I know that I’ve made a good match between candidate and client when I receive feedback from both parties that there is a sense of excitement about the future.
What makes the Accounting & Finance sector unique?
Every company requires financial oversight. In the past Finance and Accounting were viewed as a back-office operation only. However, in today’s world of finance, it is viewed as a value add to business decisions, not just closing the books.
How have the challenges of 2020 changed the way you approach recruiting?
Now in 2020, there is much more strategy in that my clients are seeking candidates that are more innovative and able to blend finance, systems and process Improvement skills while effect the bottom line in a proactive way.
Fun fact about you?
From an early age I was in the Sport fishing Charter Boat business starting off as a mate and passing my captains exam in 1983. I enjoyed the challenge each day to catch the limit of my customers or the trophy. I was good at it. In recruiting, I find the same excitement. Every day is new challenge.
The next spotlight in our new series – “Five Minute Friday” – is Patrick Reedy, Managing Director, Polymers, Pigments, and Coatings. Patrick has 12 years of experience as an executive search consultant. His passion for the role and dedication to clients has allowed him to serve a variety of industries which now translates to the niche markets that he manages for SearchPath of Chicago.
With 12 years as an executive search consultant, what keeps you excited?
I am in a business that literally can change people’s lives and build business’ all in one project and then get to do it all over again the next project.
What is your most memorable client story?
I think they are all memorable but the one that comes to mind is when I was searching for a specific background in polymer research and happened to find the candidate in Singapore doing a postdoc. I thought it may be a stretch to present someone so far away, but things worked out and the rest is history.
What is unique to the Polymers, Pigments and Coatings sector?
It is a segment that is ever evolving with strong growth projections. In addition, breakthroughs in research can happen literally any day which make it exciting.
How have the challenges of 2020 changed the way you approach recruiting?
2020 has presented its challenges to all industries and individuals but it has evolved the way that company’s hire. I have had to adapt to the current technology trends as well as video interviews. It takes another level of patience and persistence to make the match between candidate and company happen with these evolutions.
Fun fact about you?
When not working I enjoy live music of all sorts and love to play golf and skiing.