Sam McDonald Joins Focus Search Partners as Managing Director of HCIT

NASHVILLE, TN – Focus Search Partners, A Vaco Company, today announced that Sam McDonald has joined the firm as a Managing Director. Sam is joining to further expand and scale Focus Search Partners’ HCIT retained search practice.  Sam will be based at the Nashville headquarters.

The need for a dedicated HCIT practice has never been more important than now, and we are looking forward to offering and delivering exceptional solutions for our clients.  Paul Frankenberg, Founder and Managing Partner of Focus Search Partners commented, “Our Private equity clients and the leaders of their portfolio companies have been asking our Firm to develop an HCIT offering, focused on exceptional delivery, for a while.  We have been customizing the solution by bringing our Technology and Healthcare search Teams to our client and delivering a collaborative model.  This has been well-received.  With a growth focus, we are excited to launch an HCIT practice with dedicated Team members who will collaborate with our Technology and Healthcare Teams.  We are excited to welcome Sam to our Team.”

Sam’s IT practice complements the firm’s 20-year history of executing high-quality retained, healthcare and technology search.  Serving as a bridge between the firm’s two main practices, Sam is well-positioned to continue in FSP’s efforts to Build Teams that Grow Companies.

Sam began his recruiting career with a startup where he played a critical role in driving new business, which helped to rapidly expand the Company by identifying and partnering with mid-level to enterprise-level clients.  During this time, Sam successfully launched a new office in 2009 and later successfully launched a new business division in 2017.

Most recently, Sam built and led a successful team of Executive Recruiters in launching an HCIT vertical practice for a national recruiting firm.  Recruiting Sam to join the Focus Search Team supports our Firm’s strategy to attract exceptional talent to build teams that grow companies, both within Focus Search Partners as well as for our clients. 

About Focus Search Partners, a Vaco Company

Founded in 2001, Focus Search Partners was acquired by Vaco in 2014 to become the retained executive search division of Vaco, a $750M consulting and strategic solutions firm. With 35+ team members and 13 partners across nine states, Focus Search Partners specializes in building teams to grow companies, focusing on recruiting board members, executives and senior-level individuals.  For more information, visit

About Vaco

Vaco provides boutique level service with global reach in the areas of executive search, consulting, permanent placement and strategic staffing. Vaco has become a premier talent & solutions firm by attracting, developing and retaining the strongest players in the industry for their entire careers, so they are available to serve clients, candidates and consultants for the duration of theirs. Since its founding in 2002, Vaco has grown to serve more than 40 markets across the globe, 800+ employees, 4,300 consultants and $750M in revenue. Vaco has been named to Inc. magazine’s list of the fastest-growing private companies for the past 14 years and was recently named to Forbes’ 2021 List of America’s Best Recruiting Firms. To learn more, visit