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Sean McBride — Bio

Sean McBride
Managing Partner

As the Business Development Lead, Sean focuses on broadening Gaines’ market reach, conducting candidate searches and establishing lasting relationships with clients and executives.


Sean joined Gaines in 2000 and developed his own clients to become Senior Consultant in 2004. In 2006 he was named a Vice President and in 2008 took responsibility for leading business development in new directions. Renowned for his comprehensive knowledge of the design and building industry, clients and consultants alike consider Sean an expert in executive search, an advisor for business initiatives and a go-to person for industry knowledge. He brings a unique blend of design and business expertise to all of Gaines’ search assignments.


Today, Sean is focused on mid-to senior-level strategic hires for client firms in Architecture, Interiors, Engineering, Construction, and Real Estate Development. He brings direct experience across a number of industries.


Sean is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he earned a BA degree from the College of Literature, Science and the Arts with a concentration in Business and Psychology.