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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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Taylor Winfield Places Chief Operating Officer at Keais Records Retrieval standard

Keais Records Retrieval Cynthia Ledlow COO Cynthia Ledlow has been named Chief Operating Officer for Keais Records Retrieval. Ledlow is an experienced leader in business process management in operations and sales. Prior to joining Keais, Ledlow was Global SVP of Operations and Customer Management with TELUS Communications where she quadrupled sales within three years, building the infrastructure and operations to support this phenomenal growth. Prior to TELUS, Ledlow was Global VP of Sales and Operations of ACS, A Xerox Company. Previous positions including leadership roles in business development, sales and marketing at Genpact, Inc, Isky, Inc., and Broadlink. Founded in 1975, Keais is a national provider of outsourced document retrieval services for the legal and insurance sectors.

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Taylor Winfield Places Chief Executive Officer at Softline standard

Softline Gordon Brooks CEO Gordon Brooks has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Softline. Brooks has over 30 years of software and services technology experience and has founded and helped launch six new companies over the last twenty-five years resulting in two IPOs. He joins Softline from Katalyst, LLC, a technology-focused investment company which he founded and served as Chairman and CEO. Prior to Katalyst, he held President and CEO positions for several companies including Return on Intelligence, Quercegen Technologies, Symphony Teleca and Breakaway Solutions. Softline is a leading global IT solutions and service provider focused on emerging markets such as Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Americas, South-East Asia, India.

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Taylor Winfield Places Vice President, Sales at Phelps Industries, LLC standard

Phelps Industries, LLC Pat Dwyer Vice President, Sales Phelps Industries has named Pat Dwyer Vice President, Sales. Dwyer is a proven sales leader with experience in growing national accounts through private label. He joins Phelps from Acme Food Sales where he was responsible for major private label sales for national and regional chain retailers and wholesalers including Albertsons/Safeway, Kroger, Winn-Dixie and Sprouts. Prior to Acme Food, Dwyer spent eight years at Damon Worldwide, Inc. directing business development with key grocery accounts. His sales experience spans grocery, frozen food, dairy, health and beauty and general merchandise categories. Phelps Industries, LLC is a full-service pet treat and snack manufacturing firm with 25+ years of experience selling high quality, branded, private label, and ...

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Taylor Winfield Places Senior Vice President of Story & Franchise Development at Blizzard Entertainment standard

Lydia Bottegoni Senior Vice President of Story & Franchise Development Blizzard Entertainment Lydia Bottegoni has been appointed Senior Vice President Story and Franchise Development for Blizzard Entertainment.  Bottegoni is a dynamic digital production executive bringing over 20 years of senior leadership in entertainment operations and production.  Bottegoni joins Blizzard from Sony Pictures Imageworks where she most recently served as Senior Vice President of Production and Artist Management. During her 18-year tenure at Sony, Bottegoni led the digital production team for several blockbuster films including Hotel Transylvania, The Smurfs, Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs as well as critically-acclaimed Surf’s Up. Bottegoni was also the Senior Visual Effects Producer on Spider-Man as well as Spider-Man 2, the Academy Award-winner for Best Visual ...

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