Focus Search Partners Acquires Taylor Winfield

NASHVILLE, TN, August 2, 2017 – Leading retained executive search firm, Focus Search Partners, A Vaco Company (FSP), announced today that it has acquired the Dallas, Texas-based executive search firm, Taylor Winfield. With the acquisition of Taylor Winfield, FSP gains a talented team of professionals who all have enterprise operating experience across multiple industries, including internet/digital media, technology/SaaS software, consumer/retail/ foodservice and business services. This complements FSP’s deep expertise in executive recruiting for venture capital and private equity-backed and publicly-traded healthcare and technology organizations.

“Growth alone is not the goal,” says Paul Frankenberg, FSP Founder and Managing Partner. “FSP’s mantra is ‘Culture, Team and Firm,’ and these ideas are at the center of the people we hire, the collaboration we drive and the client service we deliver. As traditional firms are watering down their business with competing services, FSP and Taylor Winfield clients can expect the same boutique-level service with an expanded network.”

“Taylor Winfield also brings one of the most successful executives in the industry, Connie Adair, to the ever-growing FSP team. At the forefront of executive search, Adair has led Taylor Winfield in increasing annual revenues by an average of 26 percent consistently over the last four years. Adding her team’s combined 100+ years of experience will be important to FSP’s future success.”

“As executive search continues to evolve and human capital remains the number one differentiator for successful companies, this is the right time for Taylor Winfield to join FSP and Vaco,” said Connie Adair, CEO of Taylor Winfield. “Taylor Winfield has been courted many times, but we found Paul and the FSP team to be the right fit, as our philosophy and cultures are so aligned.”

As a Vaco company, FSP is the only private equity-backed retained executive search firm in the country. Taylor Winfield is FSP’s second acquisition since the purchase of Charlson Partners in March 2016. With offices in Nashville, Raleigh-Durham, Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County and Colorado Springs, FSP has the combination of industry expertise, functional discipline and geographic presence to address the most critical and strategic search needs.

“Taylor Winfield’s professionalism, influence and deep industry knowledge will be essential in continuing to grow Focus Search Partners’ reach,” said Vaco Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Brian Waller. “Connie and her team of committed professionals are a natural fit with FSP and the entire Vaco family. Simply put, they are among the best in the business.”

About Focus Search Partners, A Vaco Company

Founded in 2001, Focus Search Partners was acquired in 2014 to become the retained executive search entity of Vaco, a $375M consulting and strategic solutions firm backed by private equity investors. With deep expertise in healthcare services, technology and consumer/retail/foodservice industries, FSP matches exceptional board members, executives and senior-level individuals with top organizations across the globe. For more information, please visit

About Vaco

Vaco offers consulting, contract and direct hire solutions in the areas of accounting, finance, technology, healthcare, operations and general administration. With more than 30 offices across the nation and beyond, Vaco has been on the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies for the last ten years. Vaco is dedicated to developing creative client solutions, long-term relationships and lifelong careers. For more information, visit please

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