About Chuck Meek & Atticus Bailey

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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.    Today, my business model is no longer limited to headhunting.  I serve owners and their leadership teams with innovative, simple models that describe how the business should work, leveraging key lieutenants and thought leaders to create strategies for sustainable growth.

I focus on private middle market companies and actively collaborate with other trusted advisors who serve them from complementary perspectives – such as business valuation, strategic planning, business development, banking, accounting, risk management, legal 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?  I’d be honored to hear from you: