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On May 1, 2017 By Donna Gaines
Your Company’s Transition Plan—Expect the Unexpected
Does your company’s transition plan account for the unexpected? Do you have a plan? According to the Exit Planning Institute, 66% of business owners set to retire in the next...
On Dec 6, 2016 By Gaines Writer
3 Tips to Take your Career in the AEC Industry to the Next Level
Written by: Lou Barreiro, Content Marketing and Public Relations Manager at Microdesk The architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry is one of the most dynamic industries to be in as it...
On Jun 29, 2016 By Gaines Writer
#AEC Whimsical Wednesdays on Water
Welcome to Whimsical Wednesdays, our latest summer feature highlighting the Architectural, Engineering and Construction world! Today we bring to you a must-see tour and experience in Chicago. To get us started...
On Apr 14, 2016 By Donna Gaines
Quotes from Women I Admire – Part Two
Spring is almost, finally, hopeful here! And so we enjoy the sunshine that's both outside and inspiring us in the office, by bringing you the second part of the women who...
On Apr 1, 2016 By Gaines Writer
Friday Fun: “You Live In What?”
Good Morning and Happy Friday! Today we were surfing the web and saw a particular listing of barns that people have decided to convert and create into homes! HGTV delivers...
On Mar 29, 2016 By Donna Gaines
Quotes from Women I Admire – Part One
We hope your week has gotten off to a lovely start! And if you've already been down in the weeds of life, even more reason to take a few minutes,...
On Mar 21, 2016 By Gaines Writer
#MondayMotivation with Favorite Architectural Quotes from Donna Gaines
Hello and welcome to another week of inspiration from architectural thought leaders! Today we present the third and final installment of Donna Gaines's favorite quotes, with commentary, focused on the Building and...
On Mar 18, 2016 By Gaines Writer
Friday Fun: In Honor of St Patrick’s Day
TGIF! We hope you had a fantastic St Patrick's Day celebration yesterday! To cap off the week, we bring you a bit of inspiration to get you through today. We thought it...
On Mar 14, 2016 By Gaines Writer
#MondayMotivation with 5 Favorite Architectural Quotes from Donna Gaines
Happy Monday! Welcome to another week. Without further delay, here is the second set of Donna Gaines's favorite quotes, with commentary: 1. “I try firstly to make buildings humane. The greatest satisfaction, I...
On Mar 11, 2016 By Gaines Writer
Friday Fun: Energy Independence – A Guide to Off Grid Living & Self Sufficiency
Hello and welcome to Friday! Today we're taking note from our parent company, Allen Austin, and focusing on Energy Independence within the Power and Cleantech world. Once you are done reading,...
On Mar 7, 2016 By Gaines Writer
#MondayMotivation with 5 Favorite Architectural Quotes from Donna Gaines
Good Morning! Are you looking for a few pieces of architectural gold to get your week started? If so, we have a few insights for you! Donna may no longer be in...
On Mar 4, 2016 By Melissa Fridstein
Friday Fun: History Behind Modernist Design
Congrats on making it to Friday! To help you make it through the day and carry on through the weekend, we thought we would bring you a little fun! Have...
On Mar 2, 2016 By Gaines Writer
What We’ve Been Reading: March 2nd, 2016
Hello and welcome to the second day of March. While the winter has been fun, we're excited to look forward to the spring season (even if the weather hasn't gotten the...
On Feb 29, 2016 By Gaines Writer
Begone Winter Blues: Plan A Dream Architectural Trip!
Feeling the winter blues? Ready to start planning your next getaway? I know I am! So how about some #MondayMotivation that's all about architecture, travel, secret hideouts and glorious structures? Looking...
On Feb 26, 2016 By Melissa Fridstein
Friday Fun: Fascinating Unbuilt Buildings
Happy Friday!! Today, we thought we would bring you some inspirational and somewhat dream-like architecture to uplift your creative spirits. While none of these buildings were actually built, they are...
On Feb 24, 2016 By Melissa Fridstein
What We’ve Been Reading: February 24th, 2016
Happy Wednesday! It’s been another busy week at work. What better way to take a breather from it all than to glance through this week’s reading? This week we have...
On Feb 22, 2016 By Donna Gaines
Compelling Interviews: Using Scenarios to Uncover Talent and Intelligence
From the Archives: Written by: Donna Gaines Finding leaders who can inspire others while effectively running a creative and profitable business can be a challenging undertaking and sometimes feels like throwing darts....
On Feb 19, 2016 By Melissa Fridstein
Friday Fun: Materials in Architecture
From sun-baked clay bricks in 9,000 BCE to ETFE in the present day, this Friday Fun post illustrates the history of trends in architectural building materials around the world. If...
On Feb 17, 2016 By Melissa Fridstein
What We’ve Been Reading: February 17th, 2016
Congratulations you’ve made it halfway through the week and to reward you, we are bringing you six more articles of interest. The articles we’ve read this week span a large...
On Feb 15, 2016 By Melissa Fridstein
What You Should Know about “Headhunters” and How to Use Them
Look upon a professional executive search as an investment in improving the quality of your managerial and technical horsepower From the Archives: Written by James H. Kennedy The next time you have an important...
On Feb 12, 2016 By Melissa Fridstein
Friday Fun: Architecture vs Engineering
Happy Friday! Today we thought we would provide you with a very helpful breakdown of how the architecture and engineering worlds differ. People often think that the two overlap and...
On Feb 10, 2016 By Melissa Fridstein
What We’ve Been Reading: February 10th, 2016
Hey Ho happy Wednesday! At this point, we are almost halfway through February and our personal New Years Resolutions are in full swing. That being said, we’ve been focusing on...
On Feb 8, 2016 By Donna Gaines
Fighting Back the Fear: Six ways to hold on to your employees during a recession
From the Archives:  Written by: Donna Gaines for an original piece with PSMJ Resources, Inc. When employees live in fear for their jobs, your firm suffers. Stressed people can’t think clearly, and their negative...
On Feb 5, 2016 By Melissa Fridstein
Friday Fun: The Seven Wonders of Dubai
This Friday we are going international! We have all seen Dubai go through tremendous growth over the years and for today's Friday Fun we thought we would present you with...
On Feb 3, 2016 By Melissa Fridstein
What We’ve Been Reading: February 3rd, 2016
We hope you had a chance to check out what we read last week and enjoyed it. This week, we are bringing you six more articles that cover topics such...
On Feb 1, 2016 By Donna Gaines
Jumping Ship — What’s Behind It?
From the Archives: Written by: Donna Gaines When employees quit, the main reason is that they were not well matched to their jobs in the first place.” Caliper, a Princeton-based human...
On Jan 27, 2016 By Melissa Fridstein
What We’ve Been Reading: January 27th, 2016
We know, we know. We've been slacking with our weekly reading here at Gaines. But we are turning things around and bringing you a new great batch of articles today...
On Jan 18, 2016 By Gaines Writer
Retaining the Top Performers – A Road Map to Success
Written by Grant Heath For businesses to survive and thrive in today’s economy, retaining top performers is imperative to the success of any company. This is particularly true when you are...
On Dec 31, 2015 By Donna Gaines
Thanks for the Memories!
A trite statement but meant with sincerity and love.  It is bitter and sweet after starting this firm 35 years ago, I have decided it’s time for another journey.  Doing...
On Dec 30, 2015 By Gaines Writer
Holiday Party 2015: Featuring Donna Gaines
Say it isn't so! Donna Gaines, our founder, fiery red head extraordinaire is saying goodbye to Gaines International and Allen Austin. She's on to the next adventure! We celebrated our...
On Nov 11, 2015 By Kira Jannusch
What We’ve Been Reading: Nov 11, 2015
  It’s Wednesday, which means we have another round up of articles that have floated down our feeds this week. For El Dorado Architects, Modern Design Starts With Old-Fashioned Craft (Curbed.com) Curbed has...
On Nov 9, 2015 By Donna Gaines
PSMJ Article: When the Honeymoon is Over
From the Archives: Written by: Donna Gaines for an original piece with PSMJ Resources, Inc. Some helpful advice for newly-hired professionals. It has been about three months since you landed the job of your dreams with your...
On Nov 2, 2015 By Donna Gaines
PSMJ Article: Getting Your Firm Culture to Support a Big Change
From the Archives: Written by: Donna Gaines for an original piece with PSMJ Resources, Inc. Want to ensure your new merger or acquisition "holds water" and succeeds over time? Want to guarantee your big internal...
On Oct 30, 2015 By Gaines Writer
Friday Fun: How Long Did Famous Structures Take To Build?
Did you know that the Leaning Tower of Pisa took about 199 years to construct? Or that The White House was built in 1792 and took 13 years to finish? Learn more...
On Oct 28, 2015 By Kira Jannusch
What We’ve Been Reading: October 28, 2015
  It’s that time of the week again, the one where we share some of our favorite articles that have come across our feeds.  Be sure to let us know what...
On Oct 26, 2015 By Donna Gaines
PSMJ Article: Strong Firms Look to Leadership Retention
From the Archives: Written by: Donna Gaines for an original piece with PSMJ Resources, Inc. By the year 2010, the available labor pool will reach 158 million people, but employment needs will rise to 167 million people—that’s a...
On Oct 23, 2015 By Gaines Writer
Friday Fun: House Styles Around The World
Can you believe over 70,000 Sears Catalogue homes were sold in North America between 1908 and 1940? And personally we think the Geodesic Dome homes look fantastic! What kind of...
On Oct 21, 2015 By Kira Jannusch
Modern Marvels – Exploring Mies van der Rohe at IIT
This weekend was the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 5th annual Open House Chicago, a festival that opens over 200 architecturally significant buildings to the public for free. Open House Chicago is...
On Oct 19, 2015 By Donna Gaines
Getting Excellent Results from a Search Firm
From the Archives: Written by: Donna Gaines for an original piece with PSMJ Resources, Inc. Gaines & Associates International (www.gainesintl.com), a specialized professional search firm for the design and building industries, recently hit a pothole...
On Oct 16, 2015 By Gaines Writer
Friday Fun: Seattle Space Needle
Ever been to Seattle? Or just appreciate architectural facts? Today's Friday Fun is all about the Puget Sound's famous landmark, the Seattle Space Needle! Do you have a favorite building, design...
On Oct 14, 2015 By Kira Jannusch
What We’ve Been Reading: October 14, 2015
Happy Wednesday! Here is a taste of what we’ve been reading this week. From the lighting of the future to making the most of your online network, we’ve got you...
On Oct 12, 2015 By Donna Gaines
The Changing of the Guard
From the Archives: Written by: Donna Gaines for an original piece with PSMJ Resources, Inc. Understanding succession planning: why, how, and when. Over the past decade, growing outside forces and perceived market value have combined with other factors...
On Oct 9, 2015 By Gaines Writer
Friday Fun: LinkedIn Tips And Tricks
Do you use LinkedIn daily? We definitely do! Today's Friday Fun is all about continuing the LinkedIn conversation. Here are more tips and tricks to make sure you are utilizing your...
On Oct 7, 2015 By Gaines Writer
Coffee With A Consultant: Help Me, Help You!
Here is another episode of Coffee With A Consultant! Today we bring a new face to this series, our very own Jon Barron to discuss some of the specific candidate questions...
On Oct 5, 2015 By Donna Gaines
Choosing the Right Firm
Written by Gaines International's founder: Donna Gaines for an original piece with Architectural Record A “matchmaking” expert describes the advantages of working with an executive search firm and gives pointers on choosing the right one. Architectural Record...