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Equipment Finance and Leasing – A Recruiter’s Perspective

JW Heflin is an Equipment Finance and Leasing Recruiter of 8 years, leading the Equipment Finance and Leasing practice at ThinkingAhead Executive Search. Like many other areas of banking and commercial finance, JW’s niche faced uncertainty in 2023, causing him to reflect on the true keys to success in his role and the roles he services. JW likes to say…

Beauty, Hope, and the Necessity of Art

The COVID-19 pandemic rocked so many different industries in 2020, but some were hit harder than others. Hospitality, for example, (i.e. restaurants and hotels) experienced deep losses. In the world of nonprofits, arts organizations were affected disproportionately with 54% reporting revenue losses in 2020. It’s not hard to imagine why. The revenue model for a performing arts organization (and for…

Recruiting an Expert Team

Our Life Sciences Practice is well-versed in team builds. As Pharma companies expand their sales force or put greater emphasis on Market Access and Medical Affairs, they’ve worked with us to effectively recruit those highly specialized positions.   Why do team builds happen?  Team builds happen when an organization needs to hire multiple people within a short period of time or…

Headhunters To Heroes: Resume Tips for High Schoolers and Executives 

What did your first resume look like?  With the help of some of our recruiters, many seniors at McGavock High School have gotten a head start on their resumes.   Looking for opportunities to give back to our community, ThinkingAhead recently partnered with PENCIL, a Nashville-based nonprofit that provides resources and support to local public schools. Through this organization, nonprofit recruiter…

Technical and Ethical Excellence in Recruiting: 2022 Mosley Award Winner Derek Schlender

Our annual Winter Awards Banquet culminates with the presentation of the Ralph Mosley Award for Excellence to one individual who embodies and embraces the spirit of ThinkingAhead. They exhibit high ethical standards, commitment through years of service, consistent performance, a positive influence on the company and its employees, and active community involvement. The recipient of the 2022 Mosley Award is…

Balancing Personal and Professional Ambition: Raul Krebs

What did you do this summer? Raul Krebs, a Recruiter and Partner on our European team, completed a Half Ironman Triathlon. During one of the most successful recruiting seasons of his career, Raul also trained for and competed in a 70-mile race of biking, running, and swimming.  Since he was able to break production records at work while accomplishing impressive…

Chris Spagnola Takes Home the Admirable Ralph Mosley Award for 2020

Each year, ThinkingAhead recognizes an employee as the recipient of the Ralph Mosley Award.  The Ralph Mosley Award for Excellence is presented to an individual who embodies and embraces the spirit of ThinkingAhead by exhibiting high ethical standards, commitment through years of service, consistent performance, a positive influence on the company and its employees, and active community involvement.  The 2020…

Stephanie Maas: 20 Years of Service

With 20 years of recruiting experience with ThinkingAhead Executive Search and over 400 candidate placements, 2019 top performer Stephanie Maas sits at the peak of her career as she looks towards the new year. As a student at the University of North Carolina in 1996, Maas found herself engaged in the Southwestern Advantage sales internship, the world’s oldest entrepreneurial program…

Shayne Merrick: Doing Things That Matter

For Sales Division Leader Shayne Merrick, recruiting is anything but ordinary. In his 13th year with ThinkingAhead Executive Search, Merrick has successfully placed over 400 candidates worldwide and laid the foundation for innovative sales recruiting. Growing up in New Palestine, Indiana, Merrick’s competitive spirit was developed through a passion for soccer and in a round-about way led him to Purdue University.…