March 27, 2017 – Atlanta-based executive search firm Talent Connections, LLC has opened a new metro Washington, D.C., practice. Patricia Hughes, a business development professional, will lead the practice.
“We are thrilled to bring our longstanding HR and executive search offerings to the metro D.C. area and in the backyard of the headquarters of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM),” said Tom Darrow, Talent Connections founder and past chair of the SHRM Foundation board of directors. “With Patricia’s passion to serve, leadership and search experience, we are pleased to help companies secure top HR and executive-level talent for their organizations.”
Ms. Hughes is an HR technology and staffing specialist. She has held leadership positions with corporate and early stage technology and staffing providers, where she was responsible for growing revenue and expanding partnerships. Before joining Talent Connections, she served the non-profit sector, spending two and a half years supporting the launch of a new placement and career coaching organization, Year Up, and working with its alumni. She was responsible for developing corporate partnerships there to secure employment for urban youth and helped the organization grow from $250,000 to over $5 million in revenue.
Search Firms Eye D.C. for Expansion
Washington, D.C., is the fourth-largest metropolitan economy in the U.S. Many organizations such as law firms, independent contractors (both defense and civilian), non-profit groups, lobbying firms, trade unions, and industry trade & professional associations have their headquarters in or near D.C. to be close to the Federal government. Consumer goods companies headquartered in the area include Rosetta Stone, Style Vibe, Think Geek, Alpha Industries, Mars, Customink, and Bare International.
A number of executive search firms have sensed the opportunity and expanded into the area in recent months, or beefed up staff. Here’s a look at a few who’ve made the move from the Hunt-Scanlon Media archives:
- Capital Search Group appointed Jill Carey as a partner in Washington, D.C. With over 25 years of experience helping clients find talent for accounting and finance roles, Ms. Carey has developed an extensive network of client relationships in multiple industries in the Washington, D.C., metro area.
- Washington, D.C.-based executive search firm Cordia Resources tapped Marc Zeid to serve as an executive search director and a senior member of the firm’s management team. With over 20 years of experience helping clients find talent for accounting and finance roles, Mr. Zeid most recently, he served as a partner at Capital Search Group, where he specialized in accounting and finance placements.
- Isaacson, Miller named Ericka Miller as a vice president and partner in its Washington, D.C., office. An expert in K-12 education and education policy, Dr. Miller most recently served as chief of membership, governance, and higher education at The College Board.
- Executive search firm Vetted Solutions added Nancy Green as vice president in its Washington, D.C., office. In her role, Ms. Green is expanding the firm’s activities in the areas of succession planning, interim executive appointments, onboarding, and leadership development. The firm also relocated to larger space recently downtown.
- Odgers Berndtson named Allen Reed as a partner in Washington, D.C. He specializes in senior functional and general management roles, including at the C-suite and board level. Prior to joining Odgers, Mr. Reed founded Reed & Associates, an executive search firm serving healthcare and life sciences clients.
- Centerstone Executive Search & Consulting opened a new Washington, D.C., office serving Fortune 500 and mid-market companies in the consumer products and services sector. “As we continue to grow our national footprint, Washington, D.C., is an area of focus for us with its fertile landscape of businesses that operate in the consumer sector,” said Centerstone CEO Dr. Kim Villeneuve.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media