Does anyone have experience using a headhunting/recruiting firm for a bolt on acquisition’? I’ve done two acquisitions (platform 6 years ago then a bolt-on 2 years ago) and have been able to act as CEO in both as they were in the Seattle area. This (~15 employees) is in LA with industry overlap, but I personally wouldn’t be able to relocate.

We currently have ~20 employees and I’ve trained an operations manager with tremendous talent that’s grown with us over the past 3 years as we’ve built systems/processes who may be willing to move, but he’s in his early 20s and there are quite a few folk at the target co who have been at the business for 20+ years so more experience may help to smooth attrition in the post-transition short term. Any executive recruiting experience would help!