Rick is a company founder and Managing Partner of Kensington International. He is the Practice Leader for Private Equity, placing C-Suite Executives in key leadership positions for growing organizations nationwide.
Rick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University.
Prior to founding Kensington International, Rick was a Principal and Managing Partner of a significant mortgage brokerage and banking firm that was generating over $100 million of annual mortgage volume. Before entering the mortgage business, he worked progressively through higher marketing/sales management positions with Federal Signal and Honeywell.
Brian is a company founder and Managing Partner of Kensington International. He has been recognized on BusinessWeek.com’s list of The World’s Most Influential Headhunters. Brian has conducted numerous senior leadership search assignments across the manufacturing, consumer, financial services, infrastructure and gas, oil and chemical sectors.
Brian manages Kensington International’s search operations and holds a Master of Management degree from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Personnel and Labor Relations from Indiana University.
Prior to founding Kensington International, Brian served as the Vice President of First National Bank of Chicago’s Global Industries Division. Before this, he worked for The Quaker Oats Company in several Human Resources positions.
Tim serves as a Partner at Kensington International where he co-leads the Private Equity practice, leading searches to place C-Suite and senior executives in key leadership roles for lower mid and middle market PE firms and their portfolio companies, across the country.
Tim joined Kensington in 2008, as a co-founder of The Laramie Group. Prior to joining Kensington, Tim worked at a top five global executive search firm.
Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Loyola University. Tim and his wife live in the Chicago suburbs with their three children.
Partner, Healthcare & Life Sciences
Partner, Healthcare & Life Sciences
Mary Jane Schermer is a Partner and leader of the Healthcare and Life Sciences practice. Her executive search expertise includes senior management assignments at the C-level in addition to other key members of the leadership team. She has significant functional expertise in recruiting Operations, Commercial, Sales, Marketing, Information Technology, Supply Chain, Human Resources, Finance, and General Management talent.
MJ has been in executive search for 20 years. Prior to joining Kensington International, she was a key member of Cook Associates in both Chicago and Denver – where she managed a regional office and for Korn Ferry International.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Accounting from Purdue University. MJ and her husband live in the Chicago suburbs with their three children. In addition, she is a volunteer Junior Achievement educator dedicated to teaching youth about workforce readiness.
Matt Kerr is a Vice President with Kensington International. From a search perspective, his role focuses on business development, client management, and execution of key searches, with a focus on Human Resources, Sales, Finance and Accounting as well as Supply Chain and Manufacturing functions within multiple industries.
Matt brings more than 25 years of human resources experience including research, executive search, career transition, talent acquisition and human resources management. He has a proven track record in leveraging extensive industry contacts as well as functional groups and organizations to quickly identify and develop top candidates.
Prior to joining Kensington, Matt was the North American Practice Lead, Executive Search for BPI Group. He has significant experience in Human Resources which includes leading the Human Resources function for a large engineering firm and 15 years’ experience at Motorola in several positions, including senior human resources management roles. Additionally, Matt served as a coach with several career management firms.
Matt holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Loyola University of Chicago. He is highly connected to the human resources community.
Matt spent 12 years as Board of Education official for his local community. He recently chaired the Talent Acquisition Interest Group and currently chairs the Social Media in HR Interest Group for the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC) and is a Director at Large for the Society of Talent Acquisition and Recruitment of Chicago (STAR Chicago).
Dan Richter has been in the search business since 2007 and joined Kensington International as a Senior Associate in 2014 and moving into a Principal role. As a Principal, Dan is responsible for the execution of Kensington’s executive searches across the core industries including manufacturing, consumer, financial services, healthcare, infrastructure and gas, and oil and chemical. Prior to joining Kensington International, Dan spent seven years as a Professional Recruiter for the world’s largest privately held information technology talent management firm.
Dan graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, IL and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with a minor in Marketing.
Dan lives in the western suburbs of Chicago, IL with his wife, son and dog. Outside of work, Dan enjoys spending time with his family and friends, staying active, listening to music and following the Cubs, Blackhawks, Bears and Bulls.
Vice President & Principal
Vice President, Finance
Executive Search Support Specialist