StevenDouglas Opens Office in Houston

January 18, 2024 – Executive search firm StevenDouglas has expanded with the opening of a new office in Houston, TX. This adds to the firm’s presence in Texas after opening offices in Austin in 2021 and Dallas in 2022. StevenDouglas also has a location in San Antonio. “The most recent expansion in Houston is a huge opportunity as the firm has recruited over a proven and experienced team of three women that have all worked together at their prior firm,” StevenDouglas said. “In fact, Robin Payne and Janel McNeal were the founding partners of the firm, McNeal & Payne Talent, and Kyla Janecek was a successful recruiter on their team. All three StevenDouglas employees bring an extensive recruiting background in the state as well as direct work experience in finance and accounting and more importantly they are a great team that works incredibly well together.”

“As StevenDouglas continues to expand across the U.S., Texas is critical to the firm’s long-term success given it is one of the largest economies in the U.S. and many top companies are moving to the region and long-standing companies are expanding their businesses and workforce in Texas,” said Matt Shore, CEO of StevenDouglas. “We pride ourselves on having an on-the-ground presence in the markets we serve as well as providing clients experts in their respected disciplines. We are incredibly fortunate to have the former team from McNeal & Payne Talent joining us and accelerating our presence in Houston, as they are all well respected as go-to trusted advisors for their clients and candidates in Houston and the surrounding areas.”

“It’s gratifying to see StevenDouglas’ presence in Texas expand so quickly with continued success in such a short period of time,” said Laurie Canepa, Texas managing director. “Bringing on the right recruiting talent to support this unique market is what sets us apart from the competition. Due to those deep relationships in the Texas market, the Texas business community has embraced StevenDouglas and quickly realized the benefits of partnering with seasoned, recruiting professionals who bring decades of experience across a range of disciplines and industries. It allows us the opportunity to be trusted advisors and support the companies we work with across Texas and beyond.”

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McNeal & Payne Talent has worked across all industries in recruiting C-level executives, senior managers, directors, managers, controllers, and senior and staff-level positions. They have recently filled roles in finance and accounting, project management, marketing, legal (general counsel), technical sales, supply chain, human resources, administration/executive assistants, warehouse and inventory managers, revenue accountants, A&D and corporate development, auditors, and engineers.

Houston Market

Houston is recognized worldwide for its energy industry—particularly for oil and natural gas—as well as for biomedical research and aeronautics. The city has also been a growing hub for technology startup firms and is the fastest growing sector of the city’s economy. Major technology and software companies within Greater Houston include Crown CastleKBRFlightAwareCybersoft, Houston Wire & Cable, and HostGatorAyloGo Daddy, and ByteDance have offices in the Houston area.

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The past few years have shifted the landscape of work in many ways. Many people were forced into remote work as both employees and employers had to adjust very quickly to new workplace environments. For some, they saw the incredible benefits and opportunities that it brought, including no commute time, more work/life integration like breakfast or lunch with family, or being able to get to those after school activities more readily, according to a recent report from StevenDouglas’ Beth Weir. “Even just living at a slower pace and being more mindful of sleep and exercise was an unexpected but arguably necessary benefit for some,” she said. “Person-to-person connection and collaboration was missing and created some real challenges within teams. This dynamic was the case for not only me, but many of the people I represent.”

Established in 1984, StevenDouglas is a boutique executive search and interim resources firm. Its client base is industry agnostic and ranges from start-ups and emerging middle-market to Fortune 500 companies and private equity firms. StevenDouglas has experience in a variety of key areas of expertise, as well as rapid-growth, highly competitive practices, such as IT staffing and consulting. The firm is headquartered in Miami and was founded by Steve Sadaka. StevenDouglas focuses in the areas of finance & accounting, information technology, financial services, human resources, sales, marketing & operations, and health services.

StevenDouglas recently celebrated 40 years in business. “On this big milestone anniversary, I am feeling grateful for the trust and confidence that our amazing clients, candidates and employees have put in us for so many years”, said Mr. Sadaka, chairman. “I remain committed to our roots as a boutique high-touch service business, with a great culture where employees can be themselves and enjoy coming to work, while having great opportunities to grow personally and professionally.  We are doing something special here and I can’t imagine the last 40 years any other way.”

“It’s an honor every day to lead such an amazing team and be a part of a South Florida mainstay that companies have counted on since the early 1980’s,” said Mr. Shore. “Over the last two decades we’ve used our drive and passion for excellence to expand our footprint and capabilities to be able to serve a broader client base and create more positive outcomes for our clients and candidates.”

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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