Searchlight Newsletter – Q2 2015

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                        Q2 2015

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A Message from Keith Pearson, President & CEO

This is such an exciting time to live and work in North Texas. While the recession ravaged much of America, the DFW economy weathered the storm well. And now, post-recession, the metroplex is experiencing unprecedented growth. It seems that people all over America and the world are realizing what we have known all along—North Texas is a great place to run a business, and it’s an excellent place to build a career, too.

Nobody knows this better than Dale Petroskey, who is continuing an illustrious career by leading the Dallas Regional Chamber as president and chief executive officer. We invited Dale to be the keynote speaker at our most recent Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast, and he shared with the group what he tells business leaders all over the world—the many factors and opportunities that make DFW the best place in the country for business.

Pearson Partners is proud to be here, helping our clients build talent as DFW rises up to become an economic powerhouse on par with some of America’s greatest cities. Don’t miss our summary of Dale’s discussion in this issue.

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In This Issue

Quarterly Spotlight Series Breakfast:
Why Business Chooses North Texas: A Perspective from Dale Petroskey, President and CEO, Dallas Regional Chamber

The Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is experiencing explosive growth, thanks to its thriving economy, business-friendly environment, excellent geographic location—and support from the Dallas Regional Chamber. At our recent Spotlight Series breakfast, Dale Petroskey shared the many reasons why businesses and the people who work for them are moving to the new land of opportunity: Dallas/Fort Worth. Read a summary of the discussion.

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Case Study:
STI International, Inc.

When the maker of the world’s finest competition firearms needed to expand into the sport and leisure shooting market, its board asked Pearson Partners to find a CEO with the perfect mix of skills and experience to lead the company’s growth. Our senior partners quickly located the best leader for the job, with a rare mix of operational, sales, marketing and distribution channel experience to exceed the board’s expectations right out of the gate. Read how we did it.

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DFW HR Roundtable:
Cultural Competence in Diverse Teams

At the April Pearson Partners HR Roundtable, Nicole DiRocco, global executive coach, discussed the link between a diverse workforce and good business. Afterward, we asked her about the importance and value of diversity and cultural competence, and she explained their many benefits in terms of innovation, economics, operations and customer relationships. Read our Q&A.

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Tips from the Leadership Coach:
Advance Your Career by Switching Industries

It’s rewarding when a senior executive finds room to advance within his or her own industry, but sometimes, the grass proves greener in other pastures. Whether executives are “downsized” or their skills and aspirations simply evolve, exploring opportunities in other sectors can often take a career to the next level. In a recent AESC BlueSteps Executive Career Insider blog, Pearson Partners’ Lisa Thompson, LPC, PCC, explains why. Read her tips.

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Special Feature:
Smaller Executive Search Firms Praised for Better Results

According to Hunt Scanlon Media’s 2014 Executive Search: State of the Industry study, boutique search firms offer more expertise and better results than large, generalist firms. These small, highly focused search firms tend to be more attentive to customer needs and dive deeper into each client’s industry and culture, making them highly attractive to companies seeking to fill mission-critical positions. Read more about the study’s findings.
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Featured Search

We are conducting a search for a Chief Executive Officer for an industry-leading manufacturer of commercial and residential building products. The CEO will have a strong background in lean manufacturing and production, inventory, supply chain, operations and multi-site distribution. Learn more or provide a confidential referral.

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Other News

Jill Pearson was quoted in the July, 2015 Direct Selling News article: Find, Attract, Hire: The Executive Challenge.

Deborah Sawyer has been elected Chairman of the Board of the Richardson Texas Symphony Orchestra.

Deborah Sawyer is Chairman of the Nominating Committee for the 2015 Metroplex Technology Business Council’s Tech Titans Awards.

Renee Arrington continues her national speaking circuit at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits. Most recently she spoke about Strategic Leadership in a World of Accelerated Change at the Summits in Phoenix, Houston, Dallas and Chicago.

Deborah Sawyer was a speaker in an AESC BlueSteps Executive Career Insider webinar on May 24, “5 Factors to Consider Before Taking an Expat Position.” Lisa Thompson will be featured on November 18, “Expert Tips for Executive Compensation Negotiation.”

Be sure to catch our executive career TweetChats, live chats on Twitter on a variety of executive-search-related topics, moderated by AESC’s BlueSteps. In May, Deborah Sawyer discussed: “Executive Expat Roles Increase Career Growth and Opportunities.” Next up: “Executive Search for Boards of Directors,” featuring Keith Pearson on August 25. View future chats and past transcripts on our Event Calendar.

Recent Placements

Chief Executive Officer, Lone Star Investment Advisors (Teton Buildings)

Chief Operations Officer, Meeting Professionals International

Chief Information Officer, Cameron International

Provost & Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Illinois Institute of Technology

Vice President Facilities, Penske Truck Leasing

Vice President Human Resources (2), Worldwide Clinical Trials

Director Total Rewards, Animal Supply Company

Vice President Financial Reporting, Caplan, Inc.

Consulting Principal, MCG Group


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