PE-Backed Chicagoland Smile Group Appoints Chief HR Officer from Search Led by Hanold Associates

Chicagoland Smile Group

PE-Backed Chicagoland Smile Group has appointed Sarah Purlee as Chief Human Resources Officer, based in Chicago. Hanold Associates’ Kile Hanold and Sonia Nagra led the search.

Sarah Purlee joins Chicagoland Smile Group (CSG) from leadership positions at Dash Financial Technologies and Aden + Anais, Inc. In this newly created position of Chief Human Resources Officer, Ms. Purlee will lead all human resources decisions for the rapidly growing company. She will serve as a key advisor and partner to the CEO of CSG, Jeff McCall, ensuring that all business decisions align with the company’s human capital strategy.

“Sarah has demonstrated keen learning agility as she’s progressed throughout her career,” said Kile Hanold, Partner on the search. “Given her diverse industry blend and her ability to leverage a skill set steeped in organizational design, employee engagement and performance management, we’re excited to watch Sarah create an innovative, contemporary HR organization within Chicagoland Smile Group.”

Chicagoland Smile Group is a rapidly growing Dental Support Organization (DSO) headquartered in downtown Chicago with over 24 dental office locations advancing dental healthcare across the Chicagoland area. They offer dentists and dental specialists the opportunity to focus on clinical excellence for every patient by delivering operational best practices, the access to the latest dental technology and best-in-class clinical continuing education while removing tedious administrative tasks. Affiliated practices provide the full suite of dental services, from routine checkups to orthodontics and oral surgery. CSG has a growing network of dental practice locations to which the group provides shared services related to practice management.

CSG has its headquarters in the Chicago Loop, with locations throughout Chicagoland, and grows through same store sales and the acquisition of new clinics. While the geographic focus to date has been establishing the largest dental market share in the Chicagoland area, the company is ready to expand throughout the Midwest beginning in early 2020. With revenues of approximately $50 million, CSG currently has nearly 400 team members and ambitious growth goals to add 100 more in the next year.

CSG has been backed by Shore Capital Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm, since April 2015 when Shore invested in it from its first fund- Fund 1. Shore Capital Partners is focused on small-cap healthcare companies and has over $1 billion in assets under management. Other investments include Southern Vet Partners, Golden Bear Physical Therapy and Fast Pact Urgent Care.

Hanold Associates is the leading retained boutique executive search firm focused on HR and Diversity & Inclusion Officers. Our client list is diverse across industries, geographies and business scenarios, and culture is at the core of everything we do. Our clients include the National Football League, Domino’s Pizza, Under Armour, Patagonia, Gucci, Kohler, REI, Live Nation Entertainment, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Major League Baseball, Kellogg, Apollo, Blackstone, TPG, L Catterton, Northwestern University, Electronic Arts, Fiat-Chrysler, Kohler, SC Johnson, eBay, Great Place To Work, Fossil, Vail Resorts, Edward Jones, AbbVie, Carnival Corp., Google, Biogen, Allstate, Bridgestone, Wikimedia, CNA Insurance, Cummins, Tyson, ClubCorp, CDW, Nike, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and Ford Motor Company, among others.