About Us

Sills Associates has provided executive search consulting services since 1982.

Our success, spanning a quarter century, is the result of our dedication to understanding the culture and value systems of our client organizations; evaluating candidates abilities and attributes and assisting both parties in achieving their goals.

The industry sectors on which we focus include financial services, professional services, private equity and risk management.

The Team

Wayne Sills:

Wayne founded Sills Associates in 1982 and has completed hundreds of search engagements for a broad array of positions in a variety of industries and disciplines. Wayne serves on the membership committee of the Association for Corporate Growth Chicago Chapter, served on the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Metropolitan Chicago, is a past member of The Executives' Club of Chicago and served on the Long Range Planning Committee of his local elementary school district.. Other current activities include the Community/Business Partnership for his local High School and coaching youth sports. He has written business articles for the publications of the Illinois CPA Society and the Association for Corporate Growth.

Steve Wade:

Steve Wade brings over 30 years of sales, marketing and management expertise to his executive search engagements and he specializes in selecting top sales, marketing and executive management talent. His previous experience includes American Express, Hertz Corporation the Oklahoma Publishing Co where he held numerous executive positions in sales and marketing. Steve's approach to executive search is very relationship oriented and focuses on strategic partnering with his clients. Steve holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Ron Van Weelde:

Since 1981 Mr. VanWeelde has focused on providing executive search and selection advice to a variety of companies for financial professionals. He has conducted a large number of searches across the US for a wide range of financial positions involving an array of industry sectors. He has placed finance professionals with expertise in a variety of sectors including healthcare, manufacturing, distribution, retail, service firms, etc. While he has dealt with all levels of finance professionals he has extensive experience in the areas of corporate finance, capital markets, debt markets and specialty finance.