Searchlight Newsletter – Q4 2015

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                        Q4 2015

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A Message from Keith Pearson, President & CEO

On the economic front, things are looking up here in America. The stock market had a volatile year, yet pulled out of the downward slump with a powerful recovery. The job market is bouncing back, unemployment is down, consumer confidence is rising, new homes are under construction, small business owners are optimistic and the GDP is growing. It’s been a slow but steady recovery, and it seems that slow and steady has been winning the race in 2015.

But what about next year? With a huge field of candidates still vying for one major party’s nomination for the presidency, decisions yet to be made by the Fed, and widespread worry about terrorism and global unrest, will we see the lines on key indicator charts continue to tick upward in 2016?

For our December 2015 Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast, we invited Justin Duke, CFA, Senior Wealth Manager for BNY Mellon Wealth Management, to join us as keynote speaker. He led an insightful discussion about the economic trends we’ve witnessed in 2015, and shared some of BNY Mellon’s observations for 2016. Spoiler alert: It’s likely to be another good year. Don’t miss the summary of the discussion in this issue.

Read more in this edition of Searchlight.

In This Issue

Quarterly Spotlight Series Breakfast:
A Look Forward to 2016

This year saw positive trends in unemployment, consumer confidence, housing and many other key indicators. While it’s clear that the economic recovery is well under way, 2016 is almost upon us, with all of its uncertainties. At our recent Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast, keynote speaker Justin Duke, CFA, Senior Wealth Manager for BNY Mellon Wealth Management, shared some insight into this year’s economic climate and what we might expect in January and beyond. Read a summary of the discussion.

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Tips from the Leadership Coach:
Risks and Opportunities in the Coming Year

In a globally interconnected world, business opportunities abound. Yet in today’s economic and geopolitical climate, so do unprecedented risks. Global companies are proceeding with caution, seeking to continue their growth plans while adopting carefully considered strategies to minimize risks and take full advantage of opportunities. Our own Lisa Thompson, LPC, PCC, Managing Director of Professional Services, explains why staying flexible and having a back-up plan are a must. Read her advice in this issue.

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Pearson in the Community:
A Holiday Tribute

The holiday season is the perfect reminder that it is better to give than to receive. At Pearson Partners, we embrace this philosophy all year long, encouraging our team to give back to causes they care about. In this issue, we recognize the many charitable and civic organizations to which our team members have personally lent their time, talents or financial support. Through their outstanding work within our community, they make our community a better place. See the list of organizations that are close to our hearts.

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Recent Placements

Chief Executive Officer, Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind

Chief Executive Officer, OSS Suppressors

Chief Executive Officer, King Aerospac

Chief Financial Officer, Marine Accessories Corp (Blue Sage)

COO / Chief Development Officer, United Way of Tarrant County

Chief People / Talent Officer, AdvoCare

Vice President, Commercial & Law Enforcement Sales, FN America

Vice President of Marketing, Americas & Globals, Sabre Travel Network, Sabre

Head of Marketing, Americas, Argus Media

Director, IT Infrastructure, Cameron International

Corporate Recruiter, ORIX USA

Other news

Renee Arrington has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Dallas/Fort Worth SIM Chapter.

The firm attended our global partners’ meeting in Hong Kong on October 7 – 9, where Renee Arrington presented a case study of how Pearson Partners leverages assessment as an integral part of executive search.

Pearson Partners was a sponsor of Ellevate’s October 15 #WEDallas event with the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC). The evening was part of the DEC’s month-long series of events celebrating female entrepreneurs (#WEDallas) and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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 on November 3 in San Diego. View a video of Renee’s panel discussion.

Deborah Sawyer was a panelist at Ellevate’s November 12 luncheon, Negotiating Your Worth, jointly sponsored with SMU’s Women in Business.

Lisa Thompson was a panelist for an AESC BlueSteps Executive Career Insider webinar on November 18, “Expert Tips for Executive Compensation Negotiation.”

Renee Arrington moderated a session on December 11 at the Dallas Technology Breakfast 2015, presented by FEI Dallas and SIM Dallas/Fort Worth, entitled Modern Finance in the Digital Age.

Lisa Thompson hosted a “Behind the Red Shield” lunch and tour of the Salvation Army’s Carr P. Collins Social Service Center in Dallas on December 17, showcasing the services offered to the DFW community.

Catch our executive career TweetChats on Twitter on executive-search-related topics, moderated by AESC’s BlueSteps. On October 6, Stephen Konstans discussed “Executive Search and Financial Services.” View upcoming chats and past transcripts on our Event Calendar.

Read more updates in our Q4 2015 Searchlight newsletter.

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