Over 10 Years of History

Spire Search Partners opened its doors in 2007 – launched by two long time friends and search consultants Dennis Grady and Adam Connors.

Childhood friends in Westchester County, New York, they reconnected in the late 1990s when Adam placed Dennis at UBS Investment Bank. Several years later, Adam was hired to launch the contingent financial services search practice at Core Staffing. Dennis joined the team as the second hire and helped to fill finance, operations and risk roles with major financial institutions including 2 of the top 5 investment banks, Swiss Re, RiskMetrics/MSCI and others.

In 2007 the two left to start Spire Search Partners. As a firm, Spire began working on more senior level roles and increasingly complex risk and quantitative roles. Through the market shocks and recession that hit shortly after launching, the firm expanded to work with private equity firms (Cerberus), hedge funds (JAT, Schumway, SAC, ZBI, MSD Capital, Silver Point, Permal, Ssaris), consulting firms (Capco), as well as Fintech firms (MSCI, RiskMetrics, Numerix, Trepp, SuperDerivatives, RMS) and insurance (Swiss Re, Axis Capital).

Although there were trying times in the economic cycle, the firm grew to 15 people with areas of expertise in Risk, Compliance, Finance and Sales/Trading.

On its 10-year anniversary, the partners have come together to breathe new life into the firm and lever the deep relationships and search process expertise they have acquired over the years to bring high quality, specialized service to their clients.

Track Record (Sample)

  • Quant Risk Research, Associate/VP (reporting to Head of Quant Risk Research @ Ziff Brothers Investments)
  • Quantitative Data, Associate/VP (reporting to Head of Data Analytics @ Ziff Brothers Investments)
  • Portfolio Strategists/Director (reporting to CRO & CIO @ Blue Mountain Capital)
  • Illiquid Assets Portfolio Strategist/Director (reporting to CRO & CIO @ Blue Mountain Capital)
  • Head of Operational Risk (Policy & Control)/VP (reporting to COO & Head of Investment Risk @ Charles Schwab Investment Management)
  • Head of IT Risk/VP (reporting to Head of Ops Risk Mgmt. @ eTrade)
  • Chief Credit Risk Officer/MD (reporting to CRO @ Morgan Stanley)
  • Deputy Head of Model Risk Management/MD (Reporting to GH of Model Risk @ Morgan Stanley)
  • US Head of Model Risk Management/MD (Reporting to GH of Model Risk @ Deutsche Bank)
  • Head of G10/FX Market Risk/MD (Reporting to Global Head of Fixed Income Market Risk @ Bank of America)


Market Intelligence Exercises:

Audit – compensation and organizational structure study across regional and global heads of IT audit and Capital Markets Audit

Credit Portfolio Management – market mapping of talent and compensation study across every major and super regional bank

Diversity in Quantitative Analytics/Model Development – market mapping and assessment of gender diversity in the model development and model risk world across the major investment banks in the US

Clients We’ve Served

  • Capital Markets: Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Swiss Re, Bank of America, eTrade
  • Alternative Asset Mgmt: Permal, Ziff Brothers, Axis Capital, Silver Point, Cerberus, Blue Mountain Capital, JAT, Schumway,
  • Software/Consulting: RiskMetrics/MSCI, Capco, Numerix, Trepp, IBM