About Us

Gregory Michaels and Associates (GMA) is a Chicago-based retained executive search consulting firm with a select clientele of Fortune 100 corporations, wealthy business owners and private equity firms.

GMA is a true boutique, rare in a marketplace that today comprises mostly huge global search firms and single practitioners. We have thrived since our founding in 1982 by focusing on quality instead of quantity, on delivering excellent service and superior results to a select few, rather than average service and just-adequate results to many.


Gregory Michaels & Associates, Inc. was founded in October 1982 by Greg Crecos, Managing Partner. The firm began as a regional firm, concentrating on assignments in the finance function and in the consumer packaged goods industry. During the first nine years of existence, Gregory Michaels & Associates focused on the recruiting and placing of people located only in the Chicago-land area.

Movement beyond Chicago began as the candidates that we placed progressed through the corporate ranks and moved to companies outside the Chicago area. When the candidates moved into hiring roles within their companies, they brought us along to fill their open opportunities. Other hiring parties in the new companies called to seek help for searches. And as a result, Gregory Michaels began conducting searches in various functions and industries.

The clients and candidates we have known and worked with-some for almost two decades and some for six months-have aided in our progression to being the national, retainer-based executive search and consulting firm we are today.