Olympus Partners completes acquisition of Vaco, the parent company of Focus Search Partners. standard

Olympus’ investment enhances Focus Search Partners’ growth plans and commitment to building winning teams with our clients. Focus Search Partners is the only PE-backed retained search firm in the USA. Since being acquired by Vaco and partnering with Quad-C in 2014, Focus Search Partners has grown to 35 team members and expanded to nine offices across the USA: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/vaco-recruits-new-private-equity-firm-300554332.html.  

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Managing Directors Jen Sudduth and Adam Charlson will be conducting the CEO search for Houston Exponential. standard

Managing Directors Jen Sudduth and Adam Charlson will be conducting the CEO search for Houston Exponential. Houston Exponential’s mission is to accelerate the development of Houston’s innovation economy by fostering a robust ecosystem that supports high-growth, high-impact startups. The new entity was formed through a combination of the efforts of Mayor Turner’s Innovation and Technology Task Force, the Houston Technology Center organization (HTC) and the Innovation Roundtable founded by the Greater Houston Partnership, with the goal of becoming a top 10 startup ecosystem by 2022. http://www.chron.com/business/technology/article/Houston-Exponential-to-harness-startup-potential-12300495.php https://www.houstontech.org/latest_news/announcing-houston-exponential/

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Focus Search Partners, A Vaco Company, Acquires Dallas-based Executive Search Firm, Taylor Winfield, and Doubles Firm’s Size standard

NASHVILLE, TN, August 2, 2017 – Leading retained executive search firm, Focus Search Partners, A Vaco Company (FSP), announced today that it has acquired the Dallas, Texas-based executive search firm, Taylor Winfield. With the acquisition of Taylor Winfield, FSP gains a talented team of professionals who all have enterprise operating experience across multiple industries, including internet/digital media, technology/SaaS software, consumer/retail/ foodservice and business services. This complements FSP’s deep expertise in executive recruiting for venture capital and private equity-backed and publicly-traded healthcare and technology organizations. “Growth alone is not the goal,” says Paul Frankenberg, FSP Founder and Managing Partner. “FSP’s mantra is ‘Culture, Team and Firm,’ and these ideas are at the center of the people we hire, the collaboration we ...

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Jen Sudduth, Managing Director at Taylor Winfield Moderates Panel Discussion at Kayo Women’s Energy Investment Conference standard

Jen Sudduth, Managing Director, Taylor Winfield Executive Search moderated a panel discussion on True Executive Leadership at the recent 3rd Annual Kayo Women’s Energy Investment Conference held on June 13, 2017. Panel members included executives in energy and finance who offered their insights into successful and unsuccessful executive leadership. A few key takeaways from the discussion included: 1.  Change Agent: Be a change agent. Be the person who sees what needs to be changed and make it happen. 2.  Adaptive Capacity: Adapting to your circumstances is a necessity for a successful leader. Your ability to transcend adversity and effectively deal with stress will enable you to emerge even stronger than before. 3.  Self-discovery: Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses; push yourself ...

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Poker Champion & Decision Strategist Annie Duke Speaks at CEO Experience Series Hosted by Kit Cooper, Managing Director, Taylor Winfield standard

On June 1st, we had the pleasure of hosting world-renowned poker champion and decision strategist Annie Duke at our CEO Experience Series event in Santa Barbara. Instead of our typical 45-minute interview followed by Q&A, this one went 90 minutes. The conversation was too rich. Here are some of the highlights of the discussion: Creating a culture where employees truly feel comfortable taking risks requires a systemic normalization of dissent. Leading companies say they want employees to take risks and are prepared to positively reinforce failure after smart risks were taken.  The issue is that this approach by itself will limit the potential of the occurrences of risk/failure for the greater growth projection of the business. If a company does ...

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TW Executive Recruiter Kit Cooper Shares His Thoughts on Managing Relocation Risk standard

Ten years ago, my wife and I moved from her hometown of Houston to southern California, where I had lived most of my life. Houston was her community; she knew everyone and had a strong support network. Still, I thought it would be an easy transition since her buy-in was strong and she had lived in different places in the world. We both believed it would be an exciting opportunity and the change would be good for us and our young family. [Insert folly of man.] Fast forward to four months after our move. The kids are sleeping and we’re on the couch watching our favorite show Friday Night Lights. I look over during the opening part and witness the tears streaming down my wife’s face. ...

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Jen Sudduth of Taylor Winfield Executive Search hosts Women’s Energy Network (WEN) Dinner in Houston standard

Jen Sudduth, New Chapter Development Chair for National Board of Women’s Energy Network (WEN), recently hosted a dinner for the new chapters of WEN to discuss best practices and ideas for growth. WEN attendees included the current and incoming Presidents of the new chapters from Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Denver, Washington D.C., and Pittsburgh, as well as the National incoming President of WEN, Rachel Miller, Partner at Forbes, Tate, LLC. “This is an exciting time for the Women’s Energy Network as we grow globally to educate, attract, retain, and develop professional women working across the energy value chain around the world,” comments Jen Sudduth. Women’s Energy Network (WEN)’s is a premier organization that educates and develops professional women working ...

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Taylor Winfield Places New Board Member at Dianne’s Fine Foods standard

Russell Doll has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Dianne’s Fine Foods. With over ten years’ executive leadership in the bakery and foodservice space, Russ brings a wealth of operating and financial experience to Dianne’s Fine Foods. He is currently the President of HAVI, a leading foodservice supply chain management company and largest global supplier to McDonald’s. Prior to his current role, Russ was Chief Executive Officer of ARYZTA/Fresh Start Bakeries, serving some of the largest quick service restaurants in the world including McDonald’s, Subway, Starbucks and YUM! Brands. Prior to that, he served as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Previous roles include Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Bell Industries, Inc. Doll is a graduate ...

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Taylor Winfield Announces Seven Placements at Service King standard

Service King Collision Repair Centers® is the premier collision repair operator of choice across the U.S.  Backed by global investment and advisory firm Blackstone, the company has grown store count nearly 50 percent in the last two years. With more than 300 locations across 24 states and continuing plans for rapid growth, Taylor Winfield was retained to help build out a top-notch finance and administration team in several areas including accounting, finance, procurement, facilities and M&A. Two key placements leading the team are Johnnie Goodner, Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis and Cathy Hauslein, Chief Accounting Officer. Johnnie Goodner Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis Johnnie Goodner brings 18 years of progressive treasury, financial planning and accounting experience to ...

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