May 9, 2018 – El Segundo, CA-based executive search firm Century Group has opened a new office in Denver, marking its fifth location. Managing director Peter Nelson will lead the firm’s efforts in the region.
“We have been identifying new locales for expansion,” said Ron Proul, CEO. “Denver is one of those that allow the group concept to service the region’s clients in the same way we have excelled in other markets.”
Mr. Nelson has worked with the search firm for nearly two decades. He has completed searches for clients in the engineering, entertainment, technology, legal and services industries. His diverse client list has included both public and private companies ranging in size from Fortune 500 to start-up companies.
“Peter has been an incredibly valuable resource for the entirety of my professional career,” said Angela Stead. “Whether personally seeking new opportunities, or in finding me the right candidates for my open positions, Peter was consistently able to provide ideal opportunities and candidates,” she said. “While I will miss him here in California, I know that he will prove to be a great resource for his new client base.”
“I’m excited about this new chapter in my career, and to take on this new challenge for the firm,” said Mr. Nelson. “I’m looking forward to bringing my 18 years of experience in the group concept to building a team in a new market.”
Mr. Nelson was previously director, executive search at the firm’s El Segundo office – managing and completing searches in the entertainment, engineering, technology, real estate, legal and service industries. He’s placed professionals at the CEO, CFO, vice president, controller and management levels within finance, accounting, tax and audit. He joined Century Group as an associate, where he focused on developing relationships with professionals in public accounting. He was later promoted to senior associate, where he focused on managing a diverse client list in both public and private companies, ranging from start-up to Fortune 500.
Century Group espouses a company-wide philosophy that is grounded in collaboration. Its clients range from start-up to Fortune 100 companies, and encompass a wide variety of industries.
“The group concept permits us to view our network as a global talent pool — a resource we can collectively draw upon to deliver the best service to our clients, regardless of location,” said the firm. “We believe only by remaining a single firm, rather than a loose confederation of offices and recruiters, can we be the most effective and treat our people with fairness and integrity.”
Booming Denver Market
Denver remains America’s fastest growing city, according to recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The city ranked No.1 on Forbes magazine’s list of the Best Places for Business and Careers, making it a natural landing spot for growth among executive search firms. Here’s a look at some recent growth activity in Denver among search firms from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives.
Plano, TX-based executive search firm Top Gun Ventures has opened a new office in Denver with the addition of Laura Marriott as partner. This is the firm’s eighth location. Ms. Marriott has expertise in the private, public and non-profit sectors globally. She previously ran her own strategy consulting firm focused on mobile tech companies.
McDermott & Bull has acquired Denver-based Prime-Core Executive Search. Ken Dropiewski, as a result, joins the firm as a principal consultant in the sciences group, specializing in the med-tech space. “The addition of Ken to our firm is a huge win for McDermott & Bull,” said CEO Rod McDermott.
The Hennessy Group has expanded in Denver with the addition of HR veteran Edward Herpel as vice president. He focuses will be on search project management as well as business development in the pharmaceutical / biopharmaceutical sector and other selected industry sectors in life sciences.
Kingsley Gate Partners named Geoff Hall as a new partner to support the firm’s growing life sciences practice in its recently opened Denver office. The Denver metropolitan area is home to a large number of bio tech, pharma and life sciences companies. Among them: ARCA Biopharma, ClearSight, MBC Pharma, SixOne Solutions, Compass Biotechnology …
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media