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2017

Q1

In March, Pearson Partners International hosted the IIC Partners North America meeting in Dallas for two days of team-building, strategy and knowledge-sharing.

Our global executive search partnership, IIC Partners, is holding its annual global meeting in Miami May 10 – 12. Our fellow international independent consultants from 54 offices in 36 countries will gather to discuss business development opportunities, collaboration and team building set against the tropical beaches, refreshing ocean air and architectural beauty of Miami—the gateway to Latin America.

Pearson Partners is excited to celebrate 15 years in business this May. We appreciate our clients, team members and friends who contributed to our success.

Renee Arrington continues her national speaking circuit at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits. Most recently, she spoke on Strategic Leadership in a World of Accelerated Change in Phoenix on February 14, and Managing the Evolving Workforce in Houston on February 22. Next up, Renee will discuss Change Begins with Powerful Leadership at the CIO summits in Dallas (April 6), Washington, D.C. (April 26) and Detroit (June 1).

Tom Lamson is conducting a study of human capital trends in strategic asset management to uncover insight that will help organizations of all sizes to analyze, compare and evaluate strategic options. Read more about his upcoming publication in this issue.

Heather Thomas Johnson has joined the board of directors of the International Dyslexia Association, Dallas Chapter.

Our global executive search partnership, IIC Partners, welcomed Hofer Tan & Partners in Singapore at the end of 2016. We are thrilled to have such a high-quality firm that will further expand our reach in the Asia talent market.

Our industry association, the Association of Executive Search & Leadership Consultants, held its annual global conference in New York March 29 – 30, “Elevate 2017: New Heights, Peak Results.” The conference featured over 160 retained search consultants from around the globe discussing trends in globalization, technology and diversity in an increasingly complex business environment.

2016

Q4

Robert Pearson has been named chair of the compensation committee of Pentagon Technologies, a semiconductor cleanroom technology company, where he has served on the board of directors since 2012.

Renee Arrington continues her national speaking circuit at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits. Most recently, she spoke on Strategic Leadership in a World of Accelerated Change at the Summit in Philadelphia on November 9. Next up, the Dallas CIO Summit on April 6, where Renee will discuss Change Begins with Powerful Leadership.

Stephen Konstans was a panelist on a recent AESC BlueSteps Webinar on November 30: Top Executive Job Search Mistakes (and How to Fix Them).

Be sure to catch our executive career TweetChats, live chats on Twitter on a variety of executive-search-related topics, moderated by AESC’s BlueSteps. On November 1, Renee Arrington and the Pearson team discussed Executive Compensation Negotiation. View future chats and past transcripts on our Event Calendar

Q3

Renee Arrington continues her national speaking circuit at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits. Most recently, she spoke on ”Strategic Leadership in a World of Accelerated Change” at the Summit in Denver on September 1, 2016. Next up, the Philadelphia CIO Summit on November 9.

Pearson Partners is a co-sponsor of two NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) North Texas chapter luncheons The Economy and the Election on October 11 and 12, featuring Frank Hatheway, Chief Economist for NASDAQ.

Renee Arrington was named a finalist at D CEO’s CIO/CTO Awards for 2016, in the Technology Advocate category. This award honors chief information officers, chief technology officers, top IT executives and technology advocates in the North Texas Region. Please help us congratulate Renee on this well-deserved honor.

Frank Morogiello is on the Workforce Development Panel at the Texas Travel Industry Association’s Texas Travel Summit Houston on October 10-11, where Frank will discuss how best to recruit, retain and develop travel industry executives.

Be sure to catch our executive career TweetChats, live chats on Twitter on a variety of executive-search-related topics, moderated by AESC’s BlueSteps. On August 9, Keith Pearson discussed Executive Search and Boards of Directors. On September 20, Lisa Thompson discussed Executive Interview Tips. Next up, Lisa Thompson will discuss Executive Career Coaching on October 4. View future chats and past transcripts on our Event Calendar.

Q2

Heather Joiner recently transitioned into a research role with Pearson Partners, earning the highly regarded Certified Researcher Associate (CRA) certification from AESC. This certification raises the levels of skill, ethics and professionalism within the executive search industry.

Frank Morogiello is a panelist at the Texas Travel Industry Association’s Texas Travel Summit Houston on October 10-11, featuring Tilman Fertitta.

Lisa Thompson was quoted in a Monster.com article last month, discussing the rise of outsider CEOs.

Renee Arrington was a featured mentor in Dallas Business Journal’s Mentoring Mondays.

Pearson Partners attended our global partners’ meeting in Montreal on May 18-20, where global executive search firm leaders discussed issues and trends in our industry.

Renee Arrington continues her national speaking circuit at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits. Most recently, she spoke on”Strategic Leadership in a World of Accelerated Change [with link]” at the Summit in Houston on March 2, 2016. Next up, the Denver CIO Summit on September 1.

Be sure to catch our executive career TweetChats, live chats on Twitter on a variety of executive-search-related topics, moderated by AESC’s BlueSteps . On June 28, Renee Arrington  discussed “Personal Branding for Executive Career Growth”. Next up, Keith Pearson will discuss Executive Search and Boards of Directors. View future chats and past transcripts on our Event Calendar.

Q1

Pearson Partners is pleased to welcome several new members to our team. Frank Morogiello, vice president, joins us from another global executive search firm, and brings over 30 years of executive leadership experience in commercial aviation. Madeline Gillen, search consultant, has rejoined our team, specializing in research for the firm’s private equity clients, especially in the industrial and financial services sectors. Christine Rocacorba, administrative assistant, will support our team with a variety of back-office functions, and will likely be on the other end of the phone when you call our office. Please help us welcome our newest team members.

We are pleased to announce that we have elected Renee Arrington, senior vice president, to our board of directors. Renee’s 20+ years in retained executive search, along with her CIO and technology expertise, will lend considerable insight to our board.

Renee Arrington has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors North Texas Chapter.

Deborah Sawyer has been named Board Member of the Year for 2015 by Tech Titans, the leading technology industry association in North Texas. Deborah’s work in dual capacities as chair of the Programs Team that produces Tech Industry luncheons and chair of the Tech Titans Awards Gala nominations committee, has been instrumental in setting a new record for Tech Titans awards nominations in 2015.

Pearson Partners is sponsoring the monthly Executive Announcements in Direct Selling News.

Renee Arrington continues her national speaking circuit at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits. Most recently she spoke on “The CIO as CEO of Technology: The Courage to Lead in the Future Enterprise” at the Summit in Houston on March 2, 2016.

Tom Lamson was a speaker at the Industrial Asset Management Council’s Spring 2016 Forum on March 15, where he discussed “Building Your Personal Asset Management Brand”.

Renee Arrington moderated a panel of speakers at the National Association of Corporate Directors North Texas Chapter meeting on March 23, discussing “The CEO/Board Relationship”.

Frank Morogiello is moderating a panel of speakers at the Dallas Partnership Travel Consulting conference on April 1, discussing “Navigating the C Level – What the CEO/CFO Want to Know and How to Communicate With Them”.

Be sure to catch our executive career TweetChats, live chats on Twitter on a variety of executive-search-related topics, moderated by AESC’s BlueSteps. On February 9, Lisa Thompson discussed “Executive Interviews” and on March 22, Frank Morogiello discussed “Compensation Negotiation”. View future chats and past transcripts on our Event Calendar.

2015

Q4

Renee Arrington has been named program chair of the executive committee of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Executive Women’s Roundtable (EWR).

Renee Arrington has been elected to the board of directors of the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM).

The firm attended our global partners’ meeting in Hong Kong October 7 – 9, where Renee Arrington presented a case study of how Pearson Partners leverages assessment as an integral part of executive search.

Pearson Partners was a sponsor of Ellevate’s October 15 #WEDallas event, jointly sponsored with the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC). The evening was part of the DEC’s month-long series of events celebrating female entrepreneurs (#WEDallas) and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Renee Arrington continues her national speaking circuit at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits. Most recently she spoke about Strategic Leadership in a World of Accelerated Change at the Summit on November 3 in San Diego. View a video of Renee’s panel discussion.

Deborah Sawyer was a panelist at Ellevate’s November 12 luncheon, Negotiating Your Worth, jointly sponsored with SMU’s Women in Business.

Lisa Thompson was a panelist for an AESC BlueSteps Executive Career Insider webinar on November 18, “Expert Tips for Executive Compensation Negotiation.”

Renee Arrington moderated a session on December 11 at the Dallas Technology Breakfast 2015, presented by FEI Dallas and SIM Dallas/Fort Worth, entitled Modern Finance in the Digital Age.

Lisa Thompson hosted a “Behind the Red Shield” lunch and tour of the Salvation Army’s Carr P. Collins Social Service Center in Dallas on December 17, showcasing the services offered to the DFW community.

Q3

Robert Pearson contributed to a study entitledTexas Corporate Directors: Who They Are & What They Do, authored by Lawrence J. Trautman for the Social Science Research Network and published on September 17, 2015.

Renee Arrington has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth. Part of the broader Young Women’s Preparatory Network, the Fort Worth YWLA is a partner with FWISD and offers single-gender education for grades 6-12 focused on STEAM (Science Technology Education Art and Math).

The Dallas Chapters of Society of Information Management (SIM) and Financial Executives International (FEI) are collaborating again for the Technology Breakfast on Friday, December 11. Renee Arrington (SIM member) is collaborating with Mahesh Shetty (immediate past president of FEI) to plan the event, entitled “Disruption Engines and the Impact on Finance and Technology Leaders.”

Tech Titans and the Collin County Business Alliance are jointly hosting the Cybersecurity Leadership Forum on October 2. Deborah Sawyer, Tech Titans board member and programs director, serves on the event’s speaker selection committee.

Stephen Konstans has been named to the Advisory Board for the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance (IECG). The IECG is hosting several board-related events throughout the fall and winter. Contact Stephen to learn more.

The firm is attending our global partners’ meeting in Hong Kong on October 7-9, where Renee Arrington is presenting a case study of how Pearson Partners leverages assessment as an integral part of executive search.

Pearson Partners is a sponsor of Ellevate’s October 15 luncheon, jointly sponsored with the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC). The evening will be part of the DEC’s month-long series of events celebrating female entrepreneurs (#WEDallas) and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Lisa Thompson is a panelist for an AESC BlueSteps Executive Career Insider webinar on November 18, “Expert Tips for Executive Compensation Negotiation.”

Deborah Sawyer is a panelist at Ellevate’s November 12 luncheon, jointly sponsored with SMU’s Women in Business.

Pearson Partners Advisory Board Member Roz Mallet was featured by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) for her recent participation at the Armed Forces Forum for Culinary Excellence. Current President and CEO of PhaseNext Hospitality, Roz is a former board chair of the NRA. She shared leadership insights for military foodservice professionals at the event.

Be sure to catch our executive career TweetChats, live chats on Twitter on a variety of executive-search-related topics, moderated by AESC’s BlueSteps. In August, Keith Pearson discussed “Executive Search and Boards of Directors.” Next up: Stephen Konstans “Executive Search and the Chief Financial Officer” on October 6. View future chats and past transcripts on our event calendar.

Q2

Jill Pearson was quoted in the July, 2015 Direct Selling News article: Find, Attract, Hire: The Executive Challenge.

Deborah Sawyer has been elected Chairman of the Board of the Richardson Texas Symphony Orchestra.

Deborah Sawyer is Chairman of the Nominating Committee for the 2015 Metroplex Technology Business Council’s Tech Titans Awards.

Renee Arrington continues her national speaking circuit at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits. Most recently she spoke about Strategic Leadership in a World of Accelerated Change at the Summits in Phoenix, Houston, Dallas and Chicago.

Deborah Sawyer was a speaker in an AESC BlueSteps Executive Career Insider webinar on May 24, “5 Factors to Consider Before Taking an Expat Position.” Lisa Thompson will be featured on November 18, “Expert Tips for Executive Compensation Negotiation.”

Be sure to catch our executive career TweetChats, live chats on Twitter on a variety of executive-search-related topics, moderated by AESC’s BlueSteps. In May, Deborah Sawyer discussed: “Executive Expat Roles Increase Career Growth and Opportunities.”Next up: “Executive Search for Boards of Directors,” featuring Keith Pearson on August 25. View future chats and past transcripts on our Event Calendar.

Q1

Pearson Partners has joined IIC Partners, one of the world’s top 10 executive search organizations, consisting of independently owned member firms offering flexible, tailored solutions. This partnership gives Pearson Partners unrivaled global reach, allowing us to serve our clients through 51 offices in 34 countries.

Keith Pearson has been nominated for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year, a national title awarded to the top male fundraiser in each chapter. Candidates in the Man and Woman of the Year competitions take part in honor of children who are local blood cancer survivors, the Boy and Girl of the Year. Keith appreciates your support for kids fighting blood cancer.

Renee Arrington served on an executive panel discussion on “Strategic Leadership in a World of Accelerated Change” at both the HMG Strategy 2015 Phoenix CIO Executive Leadership Summit on January 15 and the Houston Summit on March 3. CIOs can catch Renee and the same panel discussion at HMG Strategy’s upcoming Dallas Summit on April 9, and in St. Louis on June 18. Renee also served as a mentor this year for the Dallas Business Journal’s mentor program, a program held at the same time by 40 other National City Business Journals across the country.

Sharing her extensive experience gained while living and working abroad, Deborah Sawyer served as a panelist on the Association of Executive Search Consultants’ March 25 BlueSteps webinar, “5 Factors to Consider Before Taking an Expat Position.”

Be sure to catch our executive career TweetChats: live chats on Twitter about a variety of executive-search-related topics. In our most recent TweetChat, Keith Pearson discussed “Executive Search and Your CEO Career.” In our next TweetChat on April 7, Lisa Thompson will discuss “Executive Interviewing Tips.” Check our Event Calendar for upcoming events.

2014

Q4

Pearson Partners has joined IIC Partners, a world top 10 executive search organization consisting of independently owned member search firms. This membership gives Pearson Partners unrivaled global reach, the opportunity to share best practices and innovations with other leading executive search firms, and more ways to help our clients attain the best possible service and results.

Keith Pearson is a nominee for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year, a national title awarded to the top local male fundraiser in each chapter. Candidates in the Man and Woman of the Year competitions take part in honor of children who are local blood cancer survivors. The Man of the Year will be announced at a gala in March, 2015.

Deborah Sawyer has joined the Board of Directors of the Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC) and is tri-chair of its Programs Committee. She also served as emcee of an MTBC luncheon in November. The MTBC is the largest technology trade association in Texas, representing a quarter-million employees through 300 member companies.

Stephen Konstans has been named to the board of directors of Executives in Action, a non-profit organization that delivers high-impact, pro bono consulting to other charitable organizations.

Renee Arrington continues her national speaking circuit, most recently at an HMG Strategy summit in November, where she served on an executive panel discussing “Strategic Leadership in a World of Accelerated Change.” She has been invited back to participate in three more HMG summits in 2015. In December, Renee served as a panelist at a joint technology event of the Society for Information Management DFW and Financial Executives International addressing the topic, “The Internet of Things.”

The Dallas Historical Society has awarded Pearson Partners Advisory Board member Robert A. Estrada a 2014 Award for Excellence in Community Service, honoring his generosity of spirit, civic leadership and ability to encourage community-wide participation in city growth.

Our team continues to be as committed to performing at their best outside of the office as they are on the job. Keith Pearson finished third in his bracket in a recent ultrathon, and Renee Arrington and Stephen Konstans have both recently run half-marathons.

Please join us in welcoming the new president and CEO of the Association of Executive Search Consultants, Karen Greenbaum. We look forward to working with Karen as she steers the AESC into an even brighter future. Please also help us bid a fond farewell to Peter Felix, longtime AESC president with whom we have worked for many years. We wish Peter well in his retirement.

Q3

Keith Pearson and his fellow board members of the North Texas Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society accepted a proclamation from Mayor Mike Rawlings at the Sept. 17 Dallas City Council meeting declaring September Blood Cancer Awareness Month. Read more about Keith’s involvement in LLS.

Craig Sutton, chief financial officer of Rasa Floors and longtime Pearson Advisory Board member, has joined Pearson Partners’ Board of Directors.

Jill Pearson has joined the advisory board of Shadowmatch USA, a provider of leading behavioral benchmarking systems to support team building, employee development, precise recruiting and talent deployment. The board provides strategic business, management and leadership counsel for the company.

Pearson Partners is pleased to welcome Allison Gile to our firm as Search Consultant.

Deborah Sawyer was quoted in a recent Dallas Business Journal article about how the Tech Titans investment catalyst winner, Health Wildcatters, has ignited healthcare innovation.

To gain a better understanding of leadership trends in the global energy sector, Pearson Partners analyzed the education, experience and backgrounds of 277 chief executive officers from the largest publicly traded U.S. and international oil and gas companies. Our white paper, “The Oil and Gas CEO” was published in the September Oil & Gas Financial Journal.

Pearson Partners was a Gold sponsor of the EWF International symposium at the Park City Club in Dallas on Sept. 10. The “Lessons in Leadership” panel discussion featured three prominent women executives sharing their success stories and recommendations for other women executives and CEOs who want to grow their companies, lead effective teams and achieve a highly successful career path.

Stephen Konstans was recently appointed vice president of contributions for the Trinity Christian Academy Alumni Association’s board of directors. He will help raise funds for TCA—the largest private school in Texas—by increasing alumni contributions and supporting the school’s overall mission.

Renee Arrington is chairing the collaborative Society for Information Management / Financial Executives International Technology Breakfast, focusing on “The Internet of Things.” The event will be held Dec. 12 at The University of Texas at Dallas’ Arts & Tech Center.

We are pleased to welcome our new administrative assistant, Lee Ann Williams.

Save the date for our next DFW HR Roundtable on Oct. 14—Behavior and Performance, Part II: How to Implement Behavioral Trait Analysis in Team Building.

Be sure to catch our upcoming #ExecCareer TweetChat, one of a series of live chats on Twitter highlighting a variety of executive-search-related topics. Join Renee Arrington, senior vice president, Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. CT for “Executive Search and the CIO/CTO Position,” and get answers to your questions. View future chats and past transcripts on our Event Calendar.

Q2

Pearson Partners International has been named a Top 40 U.S./Americas Search Firm (HSZ Media.)

We have recently launched a new and improved website and newsletter format as part of our overall brand enhancement this year, and in our continuing effort to improve the insight we share with our clients and partners.

Earlier this year, Heather Joiner joined our team as our receptionist. She has done such a great job so quickly that we promoted her to administrative assistant in June.

Be sure to catch our executive career Tweetchats—live chats on Twitter, hosted by the AESC and featuring one of our industry experts fielding questions on a variety of executive-search-related topics. Next up is Executive Search and Your Career, featuring Lisa Thompson, at 11:00am CDT on August 12. Learn more.

Renee Arrington continues her national speaking engagements, most recently as a keynote speaker at IDG’s IT Roadmap conference in Denver on June 17 where Renee spoke about personal branding for IT leaders.

Q1

We are honored that Deborah Sawyer has been elected chair of the Nominating Committee for the 2014 Tech Titans awards, sponsored by the Metroplex Technology Business Council. These prestigious awards honor the most elite in North Texas technology and innovation. Nominate yourself, your company or a client, now through May 19, 2014.

Our next DFW HR Roundtable is April 8, featuring Renee Arrington on Success Strategies for Personal Branding to Advance Your HR Career. Learn more.

Pearson Partners is participating in a series of TweetChats on Twitter, hosted by the AESC, about executive-search-related topics. Next up is Executive Search in Venture Capital and Startups, featuring Keith Pearson, at 11:00am CDT on April 8.

2013

Highlights

Pearson Partners Opens Houston Office | Keith Pearson Elected CEO | Pearson Partners Named Top 25 Search Firm | Bob Pearson Wins Career Achievement Award | Pearson Partners CFO Survey

We are pleased to announce the December, 2013 opening of our Houston office, to better serve our clients in the energy, oil and gas industries. Read the press release.

Keith Pearson has been elected by our board of directors as President, Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman. Read the press release.

Pearson Partners welcomes Heather Thomas as a Vice President in our Dallas office. Learn more about Heather in our Searchlight Q3 2013 newsletter.

Keith Pearson has been elected vice chair of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society North Texas Chapter, and also chair of its Corporate Development Committee. Read more about Keith’s involvement with the LLS.

Renee Arrington was a speaker at IDG’s IT Roadmap conference on September 24, discussing personal branding. Learn more in Renee’s presentation.

Stephen Konstans was a speaker at the Dallas Institute for Internal Auditors’ Chief Audit Executive Roundtable on September 5, discussing the audit executive career path.

Renee Arrington was a guest on TECH Fort Worth’s TECH Talk Radio on August 29, discussing the unique skills required to lead a start-up or fast-growth company.

Pearson Partners International has been named a Top 25 U.S./Americas Search Firm (HSZ Media.)

Renee Arrington moderated a panel at the Inaugural Fort Worth IT Symposium on August 1 “The CIO Role: Getting There, Staying There & Going Beyond”.

Pearson Partners mourns the loss of our longtime friend Dr. Constantine “Connie” Konstans.

Stephen Konstans was a panelist at the June 27 FEI Dallas chapter meeting “Mapping Your Career—Mastering the Back Nine”.

Renee Arrington is moderating a panel at the Inaugural Fort Worth IT Symposium on August 1 entitled “The CIO Role—Getting There, Staying There & Going Beyond”.

Robert Pearson has won the top executive search industry award from the Association of Executive Search Consultants. The AESC’s Gardner W. Heidrick Award recognizes outstanding contribution to the profession. Learn more.

Pearson Partners recently surveyed Chief Financial Officers on a broad selection of topics relating to their key role in the C-suite. The survey respondents represented a diverse group of North American companies ranging in size from $50 million to Fortune 1000 multinationals. Read highlights of the findings.

Stephen Konstans has re-joined the Trinity Christian Academy Alumni Board.

2012

Lisa Thompson has been elected 2014 president of Our Friends’ Place, a nonprofit helping neglected, abused or abandoned girls and young women.

Bob Pearson has joined the reorganized board of directors of Pentagon Technologies, following the management buy-out of the company.

Congratulations to Keith Pearson for completing the Palo Duro Trail Run, a 50-kilometer, off-road ultrathon.

Deborah Sawyer has joined the board of directors of the Richardson (Texas) Symphony Orchestra.

Pearson Partners is proud to have celebrated our 10th anniversary this summer. We are deeply grateful to our valued clients, advisors and friends for helping us reach this milestone. We look forward to many more years of working together.

Pearson Partners welcomes Deborah Sawyer as a vice president in our Dallas office, specializing in the technology, life sciences and professional services industries. View press release (6.15.2012)

We are excited to announce the opening of our new Fort Worth office, spearheaded by Renee ArringtonView press release (5.1.2012)

Jill Pearson, Miami, has been named one of Broward County’s 100 Outstanding Women of the Year, 2012.

Stephen Konstans was moderator at the April 10, 2012 Financial Executives International (FEI) Dallas Chapter meeting: “Working with Private Equity: The CFO Perspective”, and also presented at the May 5, 2012 Texas Society of CPAs Dallas Chapter meeting: “From CFO to CEO.”

Renee Arrington, Fort Worth and Dallas, has been named chair of the newly formed Philanthropy Committee for the DFW SIM chapter.

Pearson Partners announces the appointment of Warren Strickland, Owner of Ranger Ventures, to our Board of Directors.

Pearson Partners welcomes Admiral James Walley, President, CE2 Solutions Inc., to our Advisory Board. View press release (3.29.2012)

Pearson Partners welcomes Sarah Bowie, a new search consultant specializing in healthcare.

Pearson Partners is pleased to announce the promotion of Renee Arrington to Senior VP and Shareholder. View press release (2.16.2012)

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