About Us

Founded in 2004 by seasoned recruiting professionals, Long Ridge Partners is a boutique executive search firm focused on the specialized staffing needs of the alternative investment industry. Long Ridge’s client base spans the alternative investment community including hedge funds, funds of funds, proprietary trading desks, family offices; other clients include pension funds, foundations and endowments. Unlike other firms with multiple recruiting disciplines, our concentration on the alternative niche allows us to superserve our clients’ distinctive needs.

The firm was founded on guiding principles:
• Understand and serve our clients’ needs.
• Be completely immersed and educated in all facets of the alternative investment industry.
• Build upon our market intelligence and our resources.
• Take a bespoke approach to each search.
• Execute searches efficiently and effectively.
• Uphold the highest level of integrity and discretion for our clients and candidates.

Why Long Ridge Partners?

  • We Understand Your Needs

    Simply put, we get “It”. “It”, is your unique business objectives. “It” is what you do and why you do it. “It” is what drives you, what gets you up in the morning. “It” is what separates you from the pack and why you are successful, we understand “It”. We also understand that having the right team in place is essential for the development and growth of both your core and ancillary businesses.

  • A Singular Focus

    Long Ridge Partners sole focus is Executive Search for the Alternative Investment industry. We are not bogged down with making Capital Introductions or providing Advisory services that can often cloud the waters. We do one thing and one thing well: sourcing, recruiting and placing Investment, Marketing and Infrastructure professionals in the Alternative Investment industry. Long Ridge Partners’ success is evident by our high level of repeat business, client retention and access to leading industry professionals.

  • A Wealth of Experience

    Research and process are the foundation of Long Ridge Partners. Not only is our team of experienced recruiters well informed, but they have access to a breadth of resources necessary to execute your search. Our recruiters have practical hands-on experience in many of the functional areas for which they recruit. As a result, they have a deeper understanding of what functions a prospective candidate is performing and how relevant it is for your search.

The Long Ridge Team

Michael Goodman, Managing Partner


Office: 212-366-6686

Michael began his career in Executive Search in 1993 and he’s been recruiting for the Alternative Investment industry for more than a decade now. In April of 2004 , Michael launched Long Ridge Partners with then colleague Adam L’Esperance. Michael has an expertise in recruiting for a number of different disciplines including Portfolio Management, Trading, Research, Risk Management, Marketing, Investor Relations, Legal and Finance. Over the years he has recruited for a number of different investment firms including hedge funds, fund of hedge funds, private equity firms, venture capital firms, family offices and investment banks. In 1993 Michael joined Jay Stevens Associates, an Executive Search firm specializing in the Financial Services industry. Four years later he started the firms Investment Management practice building the framework for what is today Long Ridge Partners. Michael’s extensive recruiting background allows him to not only understand clients’ functional needs and cultural requirements, it also allows him to understand the emotional and psychological needs of candidates ensuring the right fit between client and candidate. Michael graduated from the University of Maryland where he received a BS in Marketing. As an industry expert he is often quoted in industry trades and has been a frequent guest on CNBC and Bloomberg Television.

Adam L’Esperance, Partner


Office: 212-366-6685

Adam is a Founding Member and Partner of Long Ridge Partners. Beginning his Investment Management career in 1998, Adam spent several years with Deutsche Asset Management as a Trading Assistant on a buy-side international equities trading desk. In 2001 he joined Citco Fund Advisors, the Fund of Hedge Funds division of Hedge Fund Administrator, Citco. After two years at Citco Fund Advisors Adam joined Michael Goodman at Jay Stevens Associates and helped to build out the firms Alternative Investment recruiting practice. He founded Long Ridge Partners with Michael Goodman in 2004. Adam’s Recruiting experience has centered around Hedge funds and Fund of Hedge Funds across such disciplines as Research, Trading, Portfolio Management, Due Diligence, Operational Due Diligence, Risk Management and Infrastructure.

Adam received his BS in Economics and Finance from State University, College at Oneonta.

Jason Schulman, Partner


Office: 212-584-8936

Jason began his career at Long Ridge Partners in 2006. Through hard work, dedication and unrelenting efforts, he was named Partner in 2012, and is the first non-founding partner in the history of the company. Jason specializes in sourcing and evaluating senior investment talent for the Alternative Investment industry across a number of disciplines including Portfolio Management, Research, Trading and Risk Management. Jason’s search expertise covers a number of different strategies including Long/Short Equity, Global Macro and Commodities. His clients consist of Hedge Funds, Proprietary Trading Firms, Proprietary Trading Desks, Merchant Commodity Firms and Family Offices on a global basis.

Jason graduated with a BS in Sociology from the University of Albany.