Ep 8 – Jeff Kaye on Building a Game-Changing Investment Ecosystem for Recruiters

What does a textbook, perfect post-merger integration of a recruitment & staffing business look like? Jeff Kaye, Managing Director at Starfish Partners, who may just have the perfect case study. For our 8th podcast, RTI Managing Partner speaks with Jeff about building a comprehensive investment ecosystem that can change the way recruitment firms scale and create value for exits.

Jeff draws on his vast experience as a recruiter, entrepreneur, and investor who has spent over three decades building businesses and investing in the recruitment industry, including his involvement with K Bassman, the largest single-site search business in the US, and Next Level Exchange, a recruiting training and consulting organization. He also discusses the growth of Sanford Rose Associates, a franchise he acquired in 2012, and his current role as Managing Director at Starfish Partners.

Starfish Partners, an international investment and ownership platform for niched professional and mid-to-upper management search specialists, provides capital for recruiting firms looking to scale as well as exit strategies for owners seeking to secure value for their firm in cash and/or stock.

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Explainer: Are Debt-backed MBOs becoming a more viable option for recruitment & staffing companies to grow and scale?

Some recruitment business leaders are opting for debt amidst pressured multiple valuations in the face of global uncertainty.

Management Buyouts (MBO) are a viable option to buy out existing strategic and PE investors or where an existing owner wishes to hand over the reins to his senior leadership team, perhaps at the point of retirement or with other interests in mind.

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