Founder's Statement

Wisdom With Horsepower

Executive Search And Placement

Transforming Executive Search

“As the Founder and Managing Partner of Level 5 Partners, and as a leader with 20 years of experience in various human resource and talent acquisition executive roles, I have developed a strong set of principles that guide me through my personal and professional life. My success as a leader is defined by my honesty and integrity, respect for others and my commitment to excellence.

I lead by example. Achieving the most from my team is done by demonstrating in myself those qualities I hope to see in them. I believe in responsibility, accountability and mutual respect. 

At Level 5 Partners, we strive to provide our clients with talent solutions to their toughest hiring challenges.”

Thomas Aprill


Level 5 Partners is the Industry’s first consulting driven executive search firm, built on vertical industries and led by IVA – Industry Vertical Advisors. Our IVA Leaders come from the commercial sector and are senior members of the technology community. These executives are transformational thought leaders who have maintained a pinnacle stature in their Industry. They advise based on current and future economic and geopolitical trends that shape tomorrow. Our advisors are career executives, and all of the executives understand what drives your business. We believe our executive placements are tomorrow’s leaders.

Level 5 Partners is the industry’s premier consulting-driven executive search firm in the industry. Level 5 Partners is uniquely focused on a core set of industry verticals, with each vertical being led by a seasoned operating executive that possesses deep relevant experience and relationships. These executives are transformational thought leaders who have obtained a pinnacle stature in their respective industries. They advise based on current and future economic and geopolitical trends that shape tomorrow. Our advisors are career executives who understand what drives business outcomes. Level 5 Partners is headquartered in Chicago and is organized to execute client mandates globally. 

“Level 5 Partners is transforming executive search.”

― Thomas Aprill, Founder, Managing Partner ―


Level 5 Partners' primary mission is to help our clients achieve their goals by delivering industry-leading executives who align to their culture, principles and values. We believe that the best executives are sourced from the networks of other successful professionals and that successful hires are the result of a strong understanding of our clients’ business, challenges and long-term strategy.

Building on this philosophy, we have created the first consulting-driven executive search firm in the industry. We are uniquely focused on a core set of industry verticals, with each vertical being led by a seasoned operating executive that possesses deep, relevant experience and relationships. Our Industry Vertical Advisors are transformational thought leaders. They advise based on current and future economic and geopolitical trends that will shape tomorrow. Our Industry Vertical Advisors are career executives who understand what drives business outcomes.

Deep Market Knowledge

To win the war for talent, clients need to understand the competition, prevailing market dynamics and trends. Unlike traditional search firms, our Industry Vertical Advisors are experienced corporate executives with deep relevant experience and relationships. Through our consulting driven approach we align corporate strategy and market trends with uniquely qualified executive leaders that possess skills and experience to drive our clients’ businesses forward.

Expertise Developed Over Decades

Every Industry Vertical Advisor is a market expert from the corporate “buy side” of their respective industry. With an average of 25 years of business expertise each, and titles including CHRO, CDO, Chief Intelligence Officer, EVP Digital Business Leader, SVP, Global COO, Global Managing Director, President and SVP HR, we understand our clients’ business challenges and leverage our extensive networks to source the world’s highest quality executives.

Immersive Consultative Approach

Beginning with the first immersive engagement with Level 5 Partners, our clients find themselves intellectually aligned with a peer from their respective industry. Our Industry Vertical Advisors will challenge current thinking and present competitive ideas for the executive search. We will consult on the “5 W’s” (Who, What, When, Where and Why) and we will create a plan to take our clients from project launch to executive onboarding and beyond.

Expert Led Sourcing and Recruiting

Our Industry Vertical Advisors lead all aspects of client engagements and candidate recruitment, assessment and onboarding. Unlike larger recruitment firms, we have no restrictions on candidates and firms we can source from.

Leadership Integration

From onboarding to leadership integration planning, Level 5 Partners continues to support clients and candidates post-offer and hiring to ensure long-term success and to optimize long-term value creation.

Candidate Due Diligence

Prior to presenting any candidates for client review, we conduct an in-depth review to ensure actionability, qualification and we utilize industry contacts and other due diligence sources to confirm our initial assessments. We also offer comprehensive pre-employment screening and background check services.

Industry Vertical ADVISORS

strategic partners and alliances

Employee Research

221B Partners is a Chicago-based boutique research consultancy with decades of experience supporting the evaluation of hiring decisions at the senior leadership, board, and C suite level. 221B Partners also conducts investigations in anticipation of, or response to, critical events impacting executives, security and human resources professionals, private equity and hedge funds, family offices, and other clients. Our strategic partnership with Level 5 Partners is built on a shared vision of supporting our clients with best-in-class industry expertise that informs and drives their critical decisions.

Social Distancing and Traceability

The Modjoul wearable is a dynamic solution using artificial intelligence and machine learning to reduce workplace injury risk. Onsite, Modjoul uses the wearable to capture data including ergonomics, forklift driving and employee proximity. This data is displayed on a web dashboard and our mobile app so supervisors and employees can easily interpret data insights.  Modjoul has partnered with Level 5 to bring workplace solutions and insights to our mutual clients.   Those insights help our clients reduce operational risk and employee injury.

Women in Leadership

Meiava is a platform to help women achieve their work and life goals. We bring together a virtual global community of working women to inspire conversations on work life integration and create meaningful connections. Meiava supports companies to enhance the growth experience for women throughout their career journey.

Together with Level 5 Partners and Meiava, we:

  • Identify talented women and diverse candidates, connecting them to amazing career opportunities.
  • Help clients to broaden their aperture to identify and onboard women and diverse
    candidates into strategic leadership roles.
  • Deliver actionable insights on gender equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Leader OnBoarding

Leader OnBoarding (“LOB”) is a consulting firm that manages risk associated with new leader selection and transition – accelerating executive performance and increasing retention. When engaging Leader OnBoardings Ph.D.’s, you will immediately recognize the enhanced onboarding experience with multi-level interaction between the new hire and the existing leadership team. This experience will reduce integration challenges while increasing productivity and work output. For over twenty years, LOB’s proprietary methodology and feedback tools have generated immediate and enduring results, leading to improved executive performance and increased KPI’s at all levels.

Sandler Training

Sales & Sales Management Training & Consulting

Sandler Training empowers companies with non-traditional sales and sales management training. We teach our clients the art and science of applying a two-way authentic communication model and processes that develop deeper trust with prospects, customers and employees—and more sales just happen. Conducting sales, sales management training, coaching and consulting to create low pressure and high integrity prospecting and selling skills are our core competencies. Client deliverables include the establishment and implementation of effective and efficient sales processes while building a high customer satisfaction selling culture in any organization.