27 Aug 2014

Introduction from Thea Raskin, Our New Senior Creative Search Consultant

27 Aug 2014

I am thrilled to join TMAA as a Senior Search Consultant, where I’ll be managing all creative related searches for the agency.  My transition into executive search stems from a decade of experience within advertising and talent recruitment.

After graduating from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, I spent seven years working in the New York offices of Saatchi & Saatchi, Gotham, and Kirshenbaum Bond + Partners, during which I provided client services on a variety of accounts, including General Mills, Maybelline, Perry Ellis, and Coca Cola.

My experience in advertising led me to realize a passion for the creative process, as well as an expertise within personal communication and client engagement. This realization determined a whole new area in which I could provide services to the advertising industry: staffing and talent recruitment.

I relocated to Los Angeles and transitioned my industry knowledge to the world of staffing, spending 4 years at Creative Circle, a national search firm specializing in representing advertising and marketing professionals for freelance and full time opportunities. Within my role as an Account Executive, I was responsible for new client relationships and seeing the seeds of those relationships develop into job opportunities for our creative talent.

I quickly realized that talent recruitment left me feeling valued on a personal and professional level that was lacking when I was involved in agency work.  When I think back to my years spent within advertising, it was always a great feeling to see my creative work penetrate pop culture or double mascara sales – but there is something very different and incredibly gratifying about being an instrumental key in finding an amazing candidate their dream job.

Over the years I developed a personal and professional relationship with Melanie Andersen and saw first-hand how well respected she was in the executive search community. I am honored to join her team as a Senior Search Consultant where I will be splitting my time between New York and Los Angeles to pair leading creative agencies with top talent, in what are arguably two of the largest creative markets in the states.

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