(November 08, 2006) Tomorrow, Thursday
the 9th of November, I'll be leading a panel at the Kennedy Recruiting 2006
show. The topic is Adventures in Searching. Each of the panel members will have
a chance to identify the biggest obstacles to effective search and their well
The really wild thing
is that the five panelists are my best friends and real industry pioneers. Each
of them has put at least 15 years into the industry. The have all worked on many
sides of the equation. Each has been or is a CEO, each has worked as a recruiter
or for a Recruiting company. They all know the equation from most sides.
Very remarkably, they are still pioneering. These
are people who require a steady diet of large objectives and big
Scott Dow is the CEO of
The Empower Network. He
followed up stints at Xerox and Kodak as the VP of Sales with a long tour at
Adecco as the Mergers and Acquisitions guy. He is currently shepherding the
introduction of Lean Thinking into our industry.
Hank Stringer was the founder and CEO of
Hire.com. He started the company (known as worldhire in its earliest days)
after a powerful stint as an independent recruiter at the helm of his own
firm. He is currently working on a project code named
Jeff Hunter was the CEO of Intellimatch when
we first met him. Intellimatch was a remarkable attempt to match candidates
and jobs. He's currently the Head of Recruiting Technology for Electronic
Arts and the Author of Talentism, one
of our favorite blogs. (Intellimatch was the direct progenitor of ItzBig.)
Don Ramer is the CEO of
Arbita, the premiere job ad distribution
company. Arbita is, by far, the most interesting Phoenix story from the dot
com crash. Most likely, Don has the deepest experience in online recruiting
having been a member of HelpWantedUSA, Jim Gonyea's pioneering foray into
the world that was to become Electronic Recruiting. Ramer was an executive
Recruiter, a corporate recruiter and a consultant (who preached Recruitment
John Younger is the CEO of
Accolo. John was the VP of HR for Bank
of America. He has built a number of companies in the Recruiting Industry.
In January 2000, John founded Accolo, a networking-based Recruitment Process
Outsourcer. The magic of Accolo is a blend of human networks and software.
It's an astonishing privilege to get a chance to
work with these guys as a group. Between the bunch of them, there precious
little that they haven't seen or worked on. We'll post you on the process.