We realize that successful searchers can come from many different backgrounds and as such we take a very holistic approach when evaluating all of our potential search partners. At the end of the day, it comes down to us feeling completely comfortable with you stepping in and succeeding as CEO. Promising indicators of future success that we consider closely include having fairly significant experience managing people and/or teams, graduating from a top MBA program, and possessing an unmistakable entrepreneurial grit and mindset.
Not having one of these three traits doesn't preclude us from becoming partners, though. Case in point is one of our very own portfolio company operators who didn't have an MBA, but he possessed tremendous business ownership experience. He had owned and operated a very successful physical therapy brand for several decades and grew it across the region.
Again, the most important factor for us is your overall potential to successfully lead and grow a company and there are many ways to succeed in making that case.