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Now displaying: March, 2020
Mar 11, 2020

You might not think that St. Louis is a hotbed for Private Equity.

You’d be wrong.

I tracked down Stacy Shlenk. She heads up talent acquisition & onboarding for HBM Holdings, which acquires, builds, and operates middle-market businesses.

HBM acquires majority positions in product-centric companies in Aerospace & Defense, Environmental, Medical Devices & Instruments, and Packaging.

Its middle-market specialty manufacturing businesses generate $50M to $400M in annual revenue and together employ 2,000 people.

Stacy leads due diligence & talent development for HBM and its portfolio companies.

In this 20-minute conversation, she reveals the common mistakes that business leaders make in hiring & building teams. And how you can do it the right way… even if you’re not in Manufacturing.

 

Mar 8, 2020

When it comes to P.E., there’s likely no better than Thoma Bravo.

The firm has a 40-year history, $30 billion in investor commitments, and invests in software & technology companies

Based in Chicago & San Francisco, Thoma Bravo has acquired over 200 companies. Such as Barracuda, J.D. Power, McAfee, TravelClick, and Ellie Mae.

I wanted to get the scoop on how they’ve been so successful & how they hire at the portfolio company level.

So I tracked down Hannah Johnson, Head of Human Resources.

Hannah leads the fund’s recruitment & retention efforts,, aligns human capital with the strategic goals of the business, and guards the unique Thoma Bravo culture.

Prior to Thoma Bravo, she led the HR efforts for Perkins+Will and Pierre-Yves Rochon, both architecture and design firms.

In this 20-minute conversation, Hannah shares the guiding principles of talent that have crafted Thoma Bravo’s enviable track record.

Mar 4, 2020

Josh Salyer is VP People Operations of Wasson Enterprise, one of the nation’s highest-profile family offices.

Wasson is the brainchild of Kim & Greg Wasson (in 35 years, he went to Intern to CEO of Walgreens.)

They invest in companies who do well by doing good.

Once they’ve invested, Josh advises the portfolio company CEO’s on how to build their teams.

And he knows precisely how to do it. Prior, Josh spent 4 years hiring teams at Amazon. So, he’s seen Talent at the biggest company in the world & the smallest companies in the world.

In this 20-minute conversation, Josh compares the two. And how to find the best people regardless of your company’s size.

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