Recruiting and hiring the right executive talent for
the AEC industry is equal parts proven process, hard work and good timing.

In today’s marketplace, you simply cannot afford the time or cost of a bad hire. You’ve spent your life building a company and cultivating a unique culture that must be maintained.

Since 1995, we have continually refined and updated our search process to take advantage of the science and hard work aspects of every successful executive search. We dig deep and go long.

Our collaborative, transparent and single point-of-contact approach has proven time and again to be the most effective and cost efficient method of hiring the best talent for your key executive search needs.

History + Leadership


Jerry Adams founded Adams Partners with two associates in 1995. Previously, Jerry was Managing Principal for the AEC executive search practice of an International Top 10 retained executive search firm.

Jerry takes great pride that he maintains a personal friendship with the first construction executive he placed in 1988. Long term relationships, hard work, under promising and over delivering, and ethical business conduct are the defining characteristics of Adams Partners.

Having spent most of his adult life in the AEC executive search field, Jerry has seen it all. The lessons learned have enabled him to develop a simple philosophy – that every executive search needs to follow the same basic guidelines of extensive planning and execution, clear and mutual expectations, a single point-of-contact, open and honest communication, follow through, and proper on-boarding.

Prior to his career as an executive recruiter, Jerry attended Purdue University and was a US Marine. He is active in professional organizations such as the National Association of Personnel Services and the Construction Recruiters Network.

Success Stories

We have been fortunate to be part of successful executive search assignments for a wide variety of companies. Architectural firms, publicly held owner/developers, sub contractors, general contractors, engineering firms, and building supply companies, just to name a few. From the field to the c-suite, the clients and candidates we have worked with have become long-term clients and friends.