Case Studies

Our partners are immersed in your search every step of the way, supported by a passionate, cohesive team of search experts to ensure the best results. Here are just a few examples of how we helped our clients achieve their business goals.

  • Trinity Industries, Inc. owns market-leading businesses that provide railcar products and services in North America under the trade name TrinityRail®. TrinityRail’s unique platform provides a single source for comprehensive rail transportation solutions that optimizes our customers’ ownership and usage of railcar equipment and enhances the value-proposition of the rail modal supply chain.

  • 95 Percent Group, an education company dedicated to helping educators identify and address the needs of all readers, had recently been acquired by a private equity firm. With the two founders transitioning into board and investor roles, the company was left with only one executive, the CEO. As a result, JM Search was brought in to build out the next generation of management to scale the business.

  • Brook + Whittle manufactures pressure-sensitive labels, shrink sleeves, and flexible packaging, with a focus on sustainable solutions. The company was previously owned by TruArc Capital and sold to Genstar Capital in November 2021. To help the company achieve significant growth goals, JM Search was brought in by TruArc to build out a next generation of management to scale the business.

  • Duraco manufactures specialty tapes, polyester films, pressure-sensitive adhesives & release liners. The company is owned by OpenGate Capital and based in Illinois. Over the course of two years, the company completed four successful acquisitions and needed to fill multiple critical leadership roles in an expedited timeframe, during a very challenging talent market.

  • Mason Wells is a Milwaukee-based private equity firm that specializes in capitalizing founder-led businesses across the Midwest. In founder-led organizations, the transition to a non-founder CEO is particularly challenging. Founders are often deeply attached to the business and a transition to new leadership can signal a profound change in the future business direction and/or culture of the organization.

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