Jim serves as Managing Director for Reilly Partners, a nationally recognized retained executive search firm ranked Top 20 in North America by Hunt-Scanlon. With more than 30 years of experience in the executive search industry, Jim provides senior search services to: Leading CPA Advisory Firms and their midmarket clients; Consulting organizations nationwide; Midwest Private Equity firms and their portfolio companies; Industrial companies; and National Property & Casualty Insurance organizations.
Prior to joining Reilly Partners, Jim re-established McSherry & Associates 2, Inc. in 2002, and was Managing Partner/Owner. The original McSherry & Associates was founded by John P. McSherry in 1977, joined by son Jim in 1981. Jim subsequently led search practices in Chicago for Battalia Winston International, Dieckmann & Associates, and Korn Ferry International. Prior to executive search, Jim served in senior sales and marketing responsibilities with the CPG Division (Energizer, Eveready, Prestone, Glad) of Union Carbide Corporation.
Jim serves on several industry boards and as a Founding Trustee at All Saints Catholic Academy in Naperville, Illinois – the first Catholic day school opened in Northern Illinois in more than 46 years. Jim is a 20+ year Board member at Metropolitan Family Services DuPage – the largest social services provider in DuPage County. Jim also serves on The Board of Advisors at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
Jim is a graduate of The School of Business of John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He was elected President and 2x MVP of the JCU Rugby Club. He is a graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago.
Jim is married and has four children.