July 10, 2019 – With demand for executive recruitment growing across the Pacific Northwest, executive search firm Cowen Partners recently opened an office in Vancouver, WA.
Leading the new location is Ash Wendt, founding partner. “I’ve been a long-time resident of Vancouver and watching the tremendous growth in recent years has been exciting,” said Mr. Wendt. “We can’t wait to hire several additional recruiters to work and live in Vancouver serving not only our local clients, but national clients as well. We are dedicated to our existing relationships and look forward to working with more companies in the Vancouver and Southwest Washington area in the coming years.”
The Vancouver economy is characterized by border economics with neighboring Portland, OR. The region has seen the job market increase by 0.9 percent over the last year. Future job growth over the next 10 years is predicted to be 38.8 percent, which is higher than the U.S. average of 33.5 percent.
Cowen Partners, which also has offices in Seattle, Portland, OR and Los Angeles, places executives into full-time executive, accounting, finance, sales, marketing and information technology roles. Some of the senior roles it has found talent for include chief executive officer, chief operating officer and chief financial officer.
“With over 30 active search engagements and demand for qualified professionals anticipated to increase, the Vancouver location will make it easier for us to hire additional recruiters, invite candidates to visit us onsite for interviews, and increase accessibility for our clients along I-5, between Portland and Seattle,” said Cowen Partners.
Recently, the firm added Trina Green, senior recruiter, to its Seattle team. Previously, she was a senior recruiter with Seattle Search Group. Ms. Green will be involved in finding talent for the accounting, finance, sales and tech sectors. “I am excited to be part of a team that is motivated and has common goals of being successful,” she said.
Recruiters Up Their Game in Diversity
Search firms best serve their clients by making a commitment to finding minority candidates. According to Shawn Cole, president and founding partner of Cowen Partners, knowing sources of alternative qualified prospects and digging deeper into the demands of roles can greatly improve diversity sourcing.
Another recent addition is Christie Harms, director of accounting and finance. Ms. Harms has been a controller/director of finance in the Seattle area for 15 years and has been recruiting for more than three years. Prior to Cowen Partners she was a director at Robert Half’s Seattle office where she achieved company wide recognition for top billings.
“We are very excited for the energy and expertise Christie brings to the team,” said Shawn Cole, founding partner and president of Cowen Partners. “As we continue to grow, we can only hope to find more people like Christie to join Cowen Partners.”
Cowen Partners, which serves both small and large public and private companies, was founded in 2015. Mr. Cole, to a large degree, focuses on recruiting for executive accounting and finance positions. One of his specialties, he said, is finding talent for growth companies in need of experienced senior financial leaders capable of raising capital and scaling. Some of the firm’s past and present clients include: Blue Nile, Kaiser, Starbucks, Alaska Airlines, Northrim Bank, TrueBlue Inc., and others. Mr. Cole is a graduate of Oregon State University, where he studied business administration and finance.
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