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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:  

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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.

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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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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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Level Set! High Value Sales Require High Level Sales Executives. standard

Matthew Dixon, author of The Challenger Sale, said it best when discussing the difficulty of closing complex, high value sales when he commented, “Buyers don’t have time for their own best friends today!” The environment to win new business is particularly challenging today given the need for extensive client collaboration in architecting built-to-suit solutions. One of the most important sales strategy decisions is determining the right level of experience to invest in for your client-facing sales executives. In this article, we are focusing on the sales executive/buyer dynamics on deals with an average deal size of $1M+ per year. These are two critical circumstances in the marketplace to consider when deciding what is the right sales executive profile to sell ...

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Taylor Winfield Places CFO, SVP Operations, and VP Development at Children of Fallen Patriots standard

Children of Fallen Patriots Peter Hogarth, CFO Col. John J. Lindsay, USA, Ret., SVP Operations Robert Moeller, VP Development Peter Hogarth has joined Children of Fallen Patriots as Chief Financial Officer. With over twenty years diverse financial and operating experience, Peter most recently served as Vice President, Finance/Controller for Special Olympics, Washington DC, where he led day-to-day finance and accounting operations. Hogarth’s background includes executive financial positions with Forrester Construction Company, Patriot Building Contractors and The Filta Group. John Lindsay has been appointed Senior Vice President, Operations for Children of Fallen Patriots. John brings 25+ years of executive experience leading and managing operations of various Department of Defense organizations. A graduate of West Point, John has served as Senior Advisor ...

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Taylor Winfield Places VP of Partners and Alliances at RSD standard

RSD Laura Gregor VP of Partners and Alliances Laura Gregor has been appointed Vice President, Partners and Alliances for RSD. Gregor is a strategic business leader in finance technology with a reputation for providing unique solutions to complex business issues. She joins RSD from Oracle Corporation where she served as Alliances Director. Previous roles include Practice Director for interRel Consulting Partners and Director, Financial Systems Strategies with Pearson plc/Pearson Education, as well as financial and business development positions with Oracle Hyperion UpStream Software and ISA Consulting. RSD develops and sells enterprise-grade software solutions to help Fortune 2000 companies increase their IT efficiency.

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