Ridley, James, Inc.
Executive Search for Asset Managers


Solutions for Companies

Our Approach.

We believe we should know as many potential candidates as possible so we can quickly react to client needs. Our search efforts frequently begin long before you consult us, as we track candidates’ careers within our areas of expertise. The trust we develop with candidates, before your need arises, positions us to respond rapidly to you. We understand a timely response from us is essential to you when you are accountable for the fulfillment of your company’s objectives.

Asset managers with $100 million to hundreds of billions under management have used us to recruit key people. Processes for those clients vary widely when candidates are evaluated for positions. We will adapt to and respect whatever process works for you and your associates. Never think twice about contacting us by phone, email or text if you would like to ask questions or have an exploratory conversation.



Paul Lockyer

Paul Lockyer

Paul Lockyer focuses on recruiting salespeople, sales managers, and product specialists who gather assets under management from consultants and plan sponsors or through third party intermediaries. Paul also conducts searches for portfolio managers and analysts who employ traditional or alternative investment processes. Prior to becoming a recruiter for asset managers, Paul was President of a Georgia based, publicly traded financial service holding company he founded. In building a company from scratch to one with 110 employees, and three operating subsidiaries, Paul became a champion of revenue producers, which led to his passion for recruiting revenue creators for his clients.

Earlier in Paul’s career he worked with other financial service providers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Paul holds a BBA in Finance (cum laude) from Temple University in Philadelphia and successfully completed the three year Stonier Graduate School of Banking Program at the University of Delaware.


Pete Asher

Pete Asher

Pete Asher founded Ridley, James. He specializes in the placement of attorneys and compliance officers for investment companies, investment advisers, broker-dealers and hedge funds. Pete started recruiting with Management Recruiters. Prior to entering the recruiting industry Pete formed and operated a company in New Orleans. Pete attended Tulane University and the University of New Orleans.