Strategic Affiliation

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AI Partners Affiliated with The Koblentz Group

AI Partners Executive Search has become the go-to choice for companies based in the Southeast looking for innovative and entrepreneurial executives.  The core of our practice is working with growth oriented companies, many of these companies are Venture Capital or Private Equity backed.  We work with companies from pre-revenue stage through their IPO’s and beyond.

As a partner with our clients, we have discovered that sometimes as they grow they have unique needs.  They require assistance that are outside our core competency of finding VP through C level talent.  Some of these may include the need to fill key international positions, corporate board seats, or sensitive situations that could arise.

In order to assist our clients to find the highest quality solution in these unique situations, AI Partners has formed a strategic affiliation with The Koblentz Group.  Joel Koblentz and his organization have earned a national reputation over the last 30 years as being the “go to” firm for many special search situations.  Joel is regularly sought out as a search industry expert by the national media and is in high demand as a speaker on current industry trends and best practices.

The strategic affiliation between AI Partners and The Koblentz Group is based on a foundation of common beliefs.  We believe that our clients deserve the best resources of the firm on every search.  Therefore, the Managing Partners of both firms lead and participate in every aspect of every search.  Both A.I. Partner and The Koblentz Group share professional values as a cornerstone of our relationship: trust, commitment to our clients’ success, and ethical conduct.  We do not have a transactional relationship with our clients but strive to be long term trusted business partners.

AI Partners has become the best search resource in the Southeast US for many companies.  We are pleased to be working with The Koblentz Group, expanding the high-quality services we can bring to our clients.

 About The Koblentz Group

The Koblentz Group is a “Sensitive Matters” firm specializing in important leadership executive search, the highly complex recruitment of new board of directors, and the evaluation of key senior management. We are also called upon to assist corporate boards in evaluating their effectiveness and to provide advice on CEO and leadership succession matters.

We recognize the importance of earning our reputation every day on every client matter.

Over the past 30 years, we have successfully served Fortune 100s, Mid Caps, and emerging public companies, private concerns, and private equity investors around the globe.

Clients trust us with key leadership appointments when the “stakes” are high and where a “misstep” would be extremely costly. Accordingly, we conduct important leadership and board work with great care, accepting only those client situations where we are confident that the results of our engagement will make a difference.

On each assignment, we conduct a “deep dive” evaluation to assure that we fully comprehend the unique challenges, import and strategic implications of our work which is “strictly tailored” to each client requirement ie nothing “off the shelf” or from a data base scan.

Acting as advisors, our colleagues work in client teams conducting every aspect, of every engagement, every day. This translates to every client knowing every member of their client team and every team member providing a total commitment to serving each client to complete satisfaction.

We are “relationship driven” and not volume oriented and thus, have few off limits or candidate “no touch” agreements, thereby assuring that the best qualified candidates are presented on every matter.

Simply stated, we are engaged for our reputation, insights, access to leaders worldwide.

Above all, we conduct our work with the highest ethical standards.

As “students” and “stewards” of leadership, we know board matters inside and out. And, our clients, many of whom have worked with us for many years, will gladly opine that we deliver exceptional results.


The Koblentz Group Team


Joel M. Koblentz

Joel M. Koblentz

Senior Partner

Joel M. Koblentz is nationally recognized for resolving the most sensitive, critical and confidential client situations. Accordingly, his practices, as developed over the last 30 years, can best be described as “at the value creation level” for publicly traded companies and private equity concerns. Mr. Koblentz advises corporate boards on succession and recruitment of new board members, the recruitment of CEOs and executive leadership. Mr. Koblentz’s typical clients are boards of directors, chief executives or controlling shareholders.

Previously, Mr. Koblentz was a Senior Partner at Egon Zehnder, a leading global executive search and board of directors’ consultancy. During his tenure, he was the managing partner of its New York and Atlanta practices as well as led its Service Sector Practice Group for the Americas.

Earlier, he held senior strategic management and financial positions at Cox Cable Communications (Atlanta) and Tiger International (Atlanta and Los Angeles) with previous experience in financial roles at Occidental Petroleum and as a senior consultant at Ernst and Young.

Mr. Koblentz conceptualized and co-founded Emory University’s Directors Institute, which centers on the study of corporate governance and best practices for boards of directors.

Currently, Mr. Koblentz is a Trustee of The Chick-Fil-A Bowl Foundation and a board member of Junior Achievement and The Emory Center for Ethics. He also advises Triton Value Partners as well as sits on several advisory boards of emerging companies.

Previously, he has served as a board member and as Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Focus Brands, a leading restaurant group with brands such as Carvel, Cinnabon, Moe’s Southwest Grill, among others. Mr. Koblentz also served on the board of In Q Tel, the C.I.A.’s venture capital fund and as board member for The National Association of Corporate Directors in Atlanta.

Over the years, his community activities have included board membership at the Atlanta’s High Museum, The Dean’s Advisory Council for the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, Central Atlanta Progress, The Latin American Association and ZooAtlanta. Mr. Koblentz also served four terms on the Board of Councilors at The Carter Center as well as led the Membership Committee of Business Executives for National Security.

Mr. Koblentz is a CPA and holds an MBA from the University of Southern California. He has lectured at various educational institutions and societies and has authored numerous articles on corporate governance and various aspects of corporate leadership. He is often sought for his views by the national media.

Mr. Koblentz has been named repeatedly as one of Atlanta’s “100 Most Influential.”

Brian Fitzgerald

Brian Fitzgerald


Brian Fitzgerald joined The Koblentz Group as Managing Consultant in 2009. He has been in executive search his entire career, and has led and executed numerous searches and consulting projects over the years, from start-up companies to Fortune 100 clients. His industry expertise includes professional services firms, private equity, healthcare, life sciences, industrial, and consumer goods.

Previously Brian was with Edward W Kelley & Partners, formerly A.T Kearney Executive Search, where he worked with clients on projects to recruit senior partners, general managers, C-level executives, and functional experts across a variety of industries. Earlier in his career, Brian worked as a recruiter with a boutique firm in Atlanta, Spherion and Newell Rubbermaid.

Brian is involved as a volunteer coach with the Special Olympics of Georgia, and in his spare time helps out with the Varsity Boys Soccer team at Marist School.

Brian received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Georgia.