Advantage Partners Picks up a Pair

Advantage Partners, the executive search firm, is adding Steve Price in Cleveland, Ohio, and James Hegret, who will also join the company’s Cleveland office.

PRESS RELEASE:

Steve Price Joins Advantage Partners, Inc.
Specializing in Executive Search for Private Equity Portfolio Companies

Cleveland, Ohio……Steve Price has joined Advantage Partners, Inc., an

executive search and human capital advisory services firm for middle-market private equity

portfolio companies. Price is an outstanding business leader with over thirty years of

successful management in operations, process improvements and strategic value

enhancement for automotive, general aviation, consumer products, and food/beverage

companies as well as service businesses. He has been Managing Director for

both American Capital, LTD and Corban Advisors. Price states, “I built and led a team of

operating executives and helped them focus on mergers and acquisitions, operational due

diligence, along with process/profit improvement in a broad portfolio. I am

also proud to have raised a fund for lower middle-market mergers and acquisitions,

providing operational help to a small portfolio of companies.”

Price comments, “I look forward to working with the Advantage Partners team of

professionals. Advantage Partners listens closely to the needs of the client and builds

in-depth understanding of the business and its culture. My expertise will bring a broad

and deep operating perspective to executive search and human capital advisory services.

Advantage Partners helped me strengthen management teams in over 75 companies during

the past 16 years. I can now add my operating perspective to the firm’s proven recruiting

process to help Advantage Partners’ clients.”

Price discusses the dynamic job market and comments, “Finding the right person to fill

a senior management organizational need will be more challenging in the future. However,

by performing detailed, candid assessments, Advantage Partners has an excellent success

rate in finding talented, experienced leaders that drive revenue and profit growth.”

Price has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Brown University. He currently serves

on the boards of Halex Corporation and Fruit Patch LLC, and previously with numerous

public and private boards in the United States. He is an active volunteer with CASA– Court

Appointed Special Advocate group. Price remarks, “CASA is a special organization that

helps abused and neglected children make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal

and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes.” Price is

also active with Young Life, a non-denominational non-profit Christian Ministry that

reaches out to adolescents through volunteers, staff and camps.

Since 1996, Advantage Partners has completed successful searches for CEOs,

Presidents, Chief Financial Officers and senior operations, sales and marketing executives

for companies with revenue ranging from twenty million and up. Some of the recent

private equity clients include: American Capital, Sterling Partners, Capital Partners, Sun

Capital and Wingate Partners. Nikki C. Bondi, CEO states, “Over the last five (5) years,

we successfully completed 99% of searches and these searches were completed on an

average of 118 days. Our signature process ensures consistent high quality with

systematized attention to detail, rigorous due diligence and continual refinement. We

bring the business and human capital expertise for accelerating growth and maximizing

investment returns. Steve Price will be an outstanding addition to our

leadership team.”

James Herget Joins Advantage Partners, Inc.
Specializing in Executive Search for Private Equity Portfolio Companies

Cleveland, Ohio……James P. Herget has joined Advantage Partners, Inc., an

executive search and human capital advisory services firm for middle-market private equity

portfolio companies. Herget states, “With over thirty (30) years in retained search—I have

worked on all types of situations and understand how to connect information to actionable

intelligence. I am proud to join Advantage Partners as it is a good DNA match with the

company’s leading executive search practice here in the United States.”

Herget is a native Clevelander and a graduate of Holy Cross College with an MBA

from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

His successful business background includes impressive careers with Xerox Corporation,

partner with three (3) of the top five (5) global search firms– Lamalie/Amrop (LAI),

Spencer Stuart and Korn/Ferry. Herget then founded his own boutique search firm,

James P. Herget Limited, serving a wide range of clients. His valuable expertise

“helps clients reconcile their ‘head and heart’ and match the required skill sets

and experience for an emotionally satisfying relationship,” states Herget. When asked

about today’s changing job market Herget states, “ One needs to take personal

responsibility for one’s career and needs to think like an entrepreneur.” He comments

“Adversity does not build character, it reveals it. Hire quality people and good things

happen. It is important to understand how to match people and cultures to improve

outcomes.”

Herget is nationally known for his civic and community outreach and has received
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numerous awards from organizations such as the National Center for Voluntary Action, the

Small Business Adminstration and Cleveland Jaycees. The City of Cleveland twice

awarded Herget with prestigious Keys to the City. He also has a passion for physical

fitness and has completed fifteen (15) marathons and one Ultra marathon.

Since 1996, Advantage Partners has completed successful searches for CEOs,

Presidents, Chief Financial Officers and senior operations, sales and marketing executives

for companies with revenue ranging from twenty million and up. Some of the recent

private equity clients include: American Capital, Sterling Partners, Capital Partners, Sun

Capital and Wingate Partners. Already for the 2012 year, Advantage Partners has

successfully completed four (4) CEO searches. Nikki C. Bondi, CEO states, “We are off to

a strong 2012. Human capital is the differentiator for driving repeatable, sustainable

value creation in portfolio companies. We bring the business and human capital expertise

for accelerating growth and maximizing investment returns. Jim Herget is a great addition

to our leadership team and we look forward toward a successful relationship.”

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