About Stefan Levy

Management Search Founder Stefan Levy

Anyone can send the resume of a candidate to a company with an open position. But it takes a special blend of industry knowledge, insight into the human psyche and true devotion to the craft to become a successful management recruiter: cultivating the companies in need of talent, finding the proper candidates to fill the requirement, and then to build a reputation that allows this to occur time and time again for decades.

President of Management Search, the Barrington, IL-based firm he founded in 1980, Stefan Levy brings over thirty years of multi-industry recruitment experience and expertise to each and every search. From learning the job requirement to carefully vetting candidates, Levy personally ensures the most qualified candidates are matched with the position that best fits the needs of both parties.

Acknowledged as an industry leader, Levy has been described as highly innovative within the search community and has contributed to, or been quoted by, NBC News, Crain’s Chicago Business, Dundee Post, Fordyce Letter, National Association of Personnel Consultants, Live Your Passions e-books and Risk Radio among other media outlets.


Milestones:

1991— Launched Strategic InterLinks, which provides joint ventures, strategic alliances, Board Members and M&A partners for select client companies. His matchmaker skills, in affiliation with the MIT Enterprise Forum, led to the successful acquisition of an Illinois technology manufacturing company by the notable venture capital company Cerulean Fund. Also of note was the successful acquisition of a highly profitable Illinois-based insurance agency by a national insurance investment fund.

1985 — Developed and launched the Management Search Franchise program, which established twenty-five search firms across the U.S. with diverse industry focus. He created and produced the company’s needs/skills/passion-based recruiter training program containing video, audio and written instruction modules for franchisees. Trained and later partnered with founder of Whittman-Hart which became the public global outsourcing BPO, ITO organization in the 80’s sold to famous Chicago Tech Entrepreneur Andrew (Flip) Filapowski.

1985 — Established Data Search, a professional search firm focused upon IT.

1983 — Established Management Search West, a California-based search organization.

1982 — Purchased a group of National Historic Buildings and completed extensive historic renovations in the town of West Dundee, IL.  He operated Management Search from these facilities and had units focused upon various sectors including Accounting & Finance, Insurance, IT, Engineering, Legal and Construction.

1982 — Was an investor partner in Gold Coast Entertainment which acquired and operated a number of Chicago restaurant and entertainment venues.


Prior to his management search career, Levy was a licensed Real Estate Broker in Illinois.  He has served as Board Member and Advisor to The Blues Foundation, assisting in acquiring and developing a building in Memphis to serve as the Blues Hall of Fame. 

Additionally, Stefan volunteers to raise funds for NISRA (Northern IL Special Recreation Association) and for VOTK (Valley of the Kings Sanctuary for exotic animals). 

Stefan holds a degree in Communications from the University of Illinois, where he founded the university radio and TV stations and served as president.

Start at the top

Clients come to Management Search when they require top talent and subject matter experts. Levy’s passion and experience has allowed him to have personally placed thousands of professionals with significant career opportunities and likewise has allowed his client firms to excel thanks in part to the finest professional resources Levy has placed with them.

To contact Stefan, call 847.921.8800 or email managementsearchtalent@gmail.com.