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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…

Success Story: ThinkingAhead Lands New Leader for Appalachian Trail Conservancy

By ThinkingAhead

Chris Spagnola and Jessica Martinez, accomplished executive-level recruiters for ThinkingAhead, had no idea that their reputations had preceded them. But a previous client, impressed with their thorough and unique approach to search and placement, had recommended them to the Board of the iconic Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) as a team that would be capable of securing an organization’s outgoing president and CEO.…

The Call From the Wild: Why References Work

By ThinkingAhead

Hardly any hiring process concludes without first consulting references. For HR professionals and hiring managers, references are an invaluable fail-safe that can prevent costly mistakes — and they can also expedite the hire of a highly qualified candidate. Resumes, cover letters, and interviews with candidates are all inherently contrived experiences; references, on the other hand, are likely to provide insight and…