Searchlight Newsletter – Q4 2014
A Message from Keith Pearson, President & CEO
If you live and work in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, you no doubt know your way around DFW International Airport. If you aren’t in a hurry to catch your plane, you might notice that a lot of improvements are underway. There are new parking garages with new technology to help you get in and out faster. Several gates and terminals are getting a significant makeover. And soon, you’ll start to see construction on a new international terminal.
The reason for these infrastructure investments—and many more improvements still to come—is that DFW Airport is benchmarking against the world’s finest airports and competing for international airlines’ business. DFW Airport already pumps more than $31 billion a year into the North Texas economy and is the fastest-growing airport in the United States. Now, it’s on its way to even bigger things.
Overseeing all of this is a huge job, so we were honored that Sean Donohue, DFW Airport’s chief executive officer, took time out to speak at our recent Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast. Mr. Donohue talked about the airport’s economic impact, its expansion of international service and improvements that are under way to make the airport experience better for travelers. A summary of our discussion is in this issue.
We are very excited to announce that we have joined IIC Partners, a world top 10 executive search organization with 49 offices in 33 countries. This further expansion of our global reach will help our firm and our clients greet the New Year stronger than ever.
We are grateful to you for another successful year. We wish you and yours a very happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.
Read more in this edition of Searchlight.
In This Issue
Quarterly Spotlight Series Breakfast:
The Economic Impact of DFW International Airport
Sean Donohue, Chief Executive Officer of DFW International Airport
North Texas couldn’t be a major global hub without Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. More than 63 million people flow through America’s third-busiest and fastest-growing airport each year. Millions come to do business in North Texas, and many more are international visitors who spend thousands of dollars here. As DFW Airport Chief Executive Officer Sean Donohue explained at our recent Spotlight Series breakfast, business is good at the 40-year-old airport—but a $3 billion investment in infrastructure, international service and customer experience aims to make it even more competitive.Read More
Why Gen Xers Are Critical to Your Succession Plan
More than 10,000 of America’s 77 million baby boomers retire every day, leaving a leadership gap in many corporations. The best candidates to replace them are usually America’s 65 million Gen Xers in their mid- to late-40s—but there may not be enough of them to go around. By creating succession plans designed to move Gen Xers into leadership roles, companies can gain a competitive edge. Learn how to integrate this critical talent pool into your C-suite.Read More
Oil & Gas Executive Outlook 2015
The recent drop in oil prices is good news for consumers, but in the oil and gas industry, most executives are looking ahead to a challenging year. Still, most are optimistic about the industry’s five-year outlook. These are just two of the findings from a recent Pearson Partners survey of more than 200 oil and gas senior executives, which captured their forecasts for everything from pricing to their companies’ headcount expectations, capital spending, and merger and acquisition expectations. Read a summary of the survey results.Read More
Fairbanks Morse Engine
As Fairbanks Morse Engine knows, growing companies need strong leaders. In two years, the global engine technology and manufacturing company needed to hire eight experienced executives who would mesh with its evolving company culture while driving its growth-oriented business strategy. Pearson Partners’ Deborah Sawyer employed creative expertise and flexible scheduling to bring the right leaders to Fairbanks Morse. Read how she did it.Read More
Pearson Partners Profile:
Bob Potter, Ph.D., Pearson Partners Advisory Board Member and President, R. J. Potter Company
From his first entrepreneurial experience at just 12 years old to his influential career in technology, Bob Potter has always put customers first—a philosophy he now applies to his role on Pearson Partners International’s Advisory Board. An effective communicator, Dr. Potter works hard to develop and maintain good relationships with not only customers, but also employees, suppliers and competitors. Learn more about Dr. Potter in this issue.Read More
DFW HR Roundtable
Pearson Partners International hosts the DFW HR Roundtable to provide a forum for senior corporate human resources executives to discuss issues and trends in human resources and talent management. On October 14, Adrian Wood, co-founder of Shadowmatch USA returned to present Behavior and Performance, Part II: How to Implement Behavioral Trait Analysis in Team Building. We celebrated the holiday season at our second annual holiday networking reception on December 16. Save the date for our next meeting on February 10: Cross-Border Leadership Development, featuring Raymond McConnell, co-founder of JR Global Training/Sandler Training Singapore and Hong Kong, and founder of JRM Global Training in North America.
CALL FOR SPEAKERS: We are seeking speakers for our events. If you have expertise in presenting on an executive-level HR-related topic, or would like to refer someone, please contact us.
Pearson Partners International has been retained by Illinois Institute of Technology to lead its search for provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) is a private, technology-focused research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology and law, and is one of 22 institutions comprising the Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU). IIT’s current provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, Alan Cramb, will be assuming the role of CEO of the University in June, 2015.
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.
Chris Reinsvold has been named to Houston Business Journal’s Who’s Who in Energy 2014. Following his recent analysis of the education, experience and backgrounds of 277 oil & gas CEOs, he was a guest on Calgary’s News Talk 770 radio show and was quoted in a Calgary Herald article.
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, Renee Arrington and Stephen Konstans have both recently run half-marathons, and Robyne Petersen has completed a 50-day yoga challenge.
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.
CEO – RWI Construction, Lone Star Investment Advisors
EVP & Chief Information Officer, First United Bank – Durant
VP, Finance & Controller – NorTex Midstream Partners, Alinda Capital Partners
Vice President, Finance, Southwest Petroleum Co.
Director, Exclusive Brands, Animal Supply Company
Director, Financial Planning & Analysis, Animal Supply Company
Finance Director, Construction, Camoplast
General Manager, TYRA Beauty
Senior Manager, Fund Accounting, TPG Global
Managing Director / VP HR, Teltech Communications
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