Take Control of Your Executive Career

Discover hidden opportunities and connect with key contacts at the perfect time.

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Lead5 is the invitation-only network that is transforming executive career management.

Lead5 members gain timely access to executive openings, often before they are public. Lead5 also provides the relevant contacts and inside knowledge executives need to pursue these opportunities, build productive networks, and take control of their careers.

(210) 465-8267

Opportunities. People. Timing. Education.

Lead5 brings together the key elements of effective executive career management.

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We curate both listed and unlisted high-level executive openings from our own network and a variety of sources.

Set your 5 filters (e.g. CFO, Healthcare, Midwest Region, Mid-Cap, PE-backed) to easily discover opportunities of interest to you.


We provide you with key Company, Private Equity, and Recruiter Contacts to ensure you get the looks you need from the right stakeholders.

Take command and proactively engage the people who matter.


Our researchers source intel as soon as possible. In fact, many of the opportunities we provide are unlisted and do not yet have a search-firm appointed.

Use Lead5 to discover openings and connect early, which can provide you with a solid advantage.


We provide (336) 714-8118 to help executives understand how the search process really works.

Use your new-found knowledge to leverage the intel we provide and proactively manage your career.

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Simple & Powerful

Easily discover relevant opportunities and connect with key contacts.

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"Lead5 has helped me better identify who I should be speaking with for the opportunities I am interested in pursuing."

- Mike Henricks
   CFO, Technology & Business Services

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"Lead5 does the heavy lifting when it comes to locating and summarizing relevant data for each opportunity; this would be more than a full-time job for anyone attempting to gather this information on their own."

- Brad Wright
   CFO, Financial & Professional Services


My Playbook

Manage your contacts and communications. Track and pursue opportunities that interest you.

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"By using the Lead5 contact information I have had a surprisingly high success rate (80%) in setting up networking calls and meetings."

- John Ambrose
   Financial Officer/COO, Financial Services


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Open the door to more opportunities.

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Getting Started

Request an Invite

Lead5 is an invitation-only network. If you're a C-suite executive or direct report, get started by simply 9726730728.

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When you have received your invitation, follow the enclosed instructions to sign up and activate your complimentary 30-day trial.

Set Your My5 ® Filters

Setup your 5 filters (Function, Industry, Region, Market-Cap, Ownership) to curate your experience and easily discover opportunities of interest to you.

Take Control

You now have access to hidden opportunities, breaking news, and key contacts. Manage it all in your Lead5 Playbook and proactively execute your career game plan.

Subscription Pricing

All members start with a 30-day trial, which grants access to all premium features, except contact details. After your trial, you will continue to enjoy limited access to Lead5 on our free plan.
Upgrade to a premium subscription at any time for full, unlimited access to all Lead5 features, intel, and contacts.



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Pulling Back the Curtain on the Executive Search Process


An important part of Lead5's mission is to help candidates understand the executive search process and the hidden opportunities it holds for them. We've observed that most candidates are unclear about the process and unaware of the powerful career-optimizing actions they could be taking.

Complimentary White Paper: "Executive Search - The Candidate's Primer"

In this easy-to-read primer, you'll learn more about the executive search process, key stakeholders and their motivations; as well as the candidate's position in this ecosystem. Download our free white paper below.

Complimentary Personal Consultation

We offer a free 30-minute consultation with one of our experienced founders. You'll discuss your specific background and career goals, then learn exactly what you should be doing right now.

There is no obligation, however this opportunity is naturally limited to select executive-level candidates. Submit your request below.

Download theWhite Paper Request a 30-minuteConsultation

The Team

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Josh Wimberley

Co-Founder & CEO

Josh serves as CEO of Lead5 and has 18 years of executive search experience having successfully completed over 350 senior-level searches working for Fortune 1000 companies and financial sponsor backed organizations. In Josh's previous role as Head of the Financial Officer Practice in North America for Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY), he focused on recruiting CFO's across multiple industry sectors. In addition, he worked in Global Financial Markets for over a decade recruiting senior executives to banks, broker-dealers, insurance, and asset management firms.

Josh had a distinguished career with Korn/Ferry as he was the youngest partner in the firm at the time of his promotion and one of the youngest practice leaders in the firm's history. In addition, he has been quoted on various leadership and succession topics in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, and CFO Magazine.

Josh left Korn/Ferry in 2013 with a vision of creating an online exchange, empowering candidates with intel and transparency on the executive search process. His extensive experience in traditional executive search makes him uniquely equipped to understand and address the pain points associated with the CXO job search.

Josh received his bachelor's degree in management, magna cum laude, from Baylor University.

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Mike Russ

Co-Founder & COO

Mike is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Lead5. Mike brings a wealth of operational and procedural savvy to the table. He holds a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and is an expert in project and people management, process improvement and implementation, customer relations, marketing, and communications. His responsibilities as COO include operations, search, business development, and partnership marketing.

Mike comes to Lead5 from Ivie & Associates, a marketing communications firm where he served as Senior Vice President of Operations, leading two business units for the company. During his tenure, he successfully developed and implemented operational solutions both domestic and abroad. Mike has always been motivated by a philosophy that focuses on growing profit through improved business processes, stronger analytics, and team development. In past roles with Ivie, Mike served as the Vice President of International Services, Director of Client Services and Director of Procurement.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications from Texas A&M University.

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Vince Martin

Chief Product Officer

Vince serves as Lead5's Chief Product Officer and brings over 23 years of IT, product, and entrepreneurial experience to the company. After starting his career with IBM, Vince launched a successful software consultancy working with Fortune 500 and start-up organizations.

Prior to joining Lead5, Vince served as CEO of MainStreetSHARES (formerly BigCrumbs.com), which he founded and grew into a profitable online loyalty service that went on to drive over $500MM in transactional volume to more than 1,600 retail partners in the highly competitive e-commerce space.

Vince's responsibilities with Lead5 include all things product: from planning and construction to marketing, testing and managing Lead5's offerings in-market. As such, his charge of the Lead5 platform has him keenly focused on continuous product improvement and delivering an optimal experience to Lead5's growing membership. His product philosophy is one of relentlessly understanding, anticipating, and delivering on member needs.

Vince earned his Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Tuskegee University.

"Be active. Things change quickly now and being caught flat-footed and out of touch can extend your search."

-- Executive member on what he has learned using Lead5

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