Wheaton, IL, USA
I launched Atticus Bailey in 2002 as a retained executive search firm, serving family owned businesses by bringing non-family talent onboard to augment and complement the family team. I coined the concept of FISH Capital® – the four types of capital necessary to run any enterprise: Financial, Intellectual, Social and Human. Today, my business model is no longer limited to headhunting. I meet business owners’ needs with FISH Models® that describe in simplest terms how the business should work, FISH Teams® of key lieutenants and FISH Boards® of thought leaders to create strategies for sustainable growth.
I still focus exclusively on private middle market companies, and actively collaborate with other trusted advisors who serve family-owned businesses and business-owning families from complementary perspectives – such as business valuation, ERISA plans, strategic planning, financial planning, wealth management, trust/estate planning, and many others.
My colleagues appreciate my diverse background and perspective as a sounding board for private business owners. I earned my A.B. degree in Russian Studies & Language from the University of Chicago in 1984. I then served as a Naval officer from homeports in the United States and Japan until the end of the Cold War, at which point I returned to Chicago and earned an MBA in Finance in 1992, again from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (now the Booth School of Business). I still maintain close ties to the University.
During the ’90s, I spent several years in industrial sales and marketing at Emerson Electric before joining the Global Industrial Practice of Heidrick and Struggles, an international executive search firm. It was there I learned the best practices of retained executive recruiting.
A few things I’d like you to know about me:
- I am Collaborative: I work seamlessly with clients’ advisors from complementary perspectives to create and implement comprehensive, sustainable growth and succession strategies.
- I seek out and surround myself with others who know more than I do.
- I take responsibility to act, and keep it regardless of outcome.
I give back to my community in ways that center on my concern for Affordable Housing and Homelessness: I have volunteered with and/or served as a board director for numerous community-focused organizations, including the Peoples’ Resource Center, The City of Wheaton Housing Commission, the Franciscan Services Housing Ministry, and Public Action to Deliver Shelter – P.A.D.S.
Questions? Drop me a note: email@example.com