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Testimonials

"In today’s competitive recruitment environment, it is critical to partner with a firm that represents your company well... "

“In today’s competitive recruitment environment, it is critical to partner with a firm that represents your company well. Gaines International has effectively partnered with Cannon for over twelve years. With fifteen offices across the globe and projects around the world, Cannon is selective in our choice of recruiters. Gaines’ recruiters have identified many exceptional employment candidates and have pre-selected those candidates for our consideration who have always been aligned with our vision and values.”

– Cannon Design, CEO

"Donna is among the most knowledgeable people..."

“Donna is among the most knowledgeable people in our profession regarding high-level talent and she is very sensitive to the proprieties of recruiting in the sometimes intimate world of design.”

– Cannon Design, President

“Cooper Carry has enjoyed great results from the recruiting services of Gaines International for 30 years..."

“Cooper Carry has enjoyed great results from the recruiting services of Gaines International for 30 years. That we have used their services for three decades attests to our satisfaction with the quality of the process, interactions, and results. During this period we have also retained other search firms of various assignments, but none have consistently delivered the results produced by Gaines, and none have made the process as streamlined and efficient for our professionals who interface with Donna Gaines and her team.

We find that the most distinguishing quality that Gaines brings to the recruiting process is that they develop a thorough and deep understanding of our firm, its key people, and its culture as well as a thorough and deep understanding of the position we need to fill. They actively participate in the development of a very detailed position description. The knowledge they gain though this process is then used to distill qualified candidates down to only those that they know can both meet the requirements of the position and blend comfortably into our firm. We therefore interview only candidates that can both perform and fit. That saves us valuable time and has consistently resulted in the subject position being filled with a successful, productive professional who feels to us like they have been a member of our firm for a long time.

 – Cooper Carry, President and CEO

"We had the pleasure of working with Gaines International on a strategic search for our firm. Selecting the right search firm to partner with was extremely important to us..."

“We had the pleasure of working with Gaines International on a strategic search for our firm. Selecting the right search firm to partner with was extremely important to us. We looked for a firm that would sincerely listen to our needs, represent our firm as an ambassador to the marketplace, be flexible with our processes, provide consultative insight when needed, and superior results in a timely manner. Our expectations are high in the relationships we forge…Gaines not only delivered on our expectations but exceeded them. The hire we have made through the assistance of Gaines will have a lasting impact on our organization for years to come. I look forward to partnering with Gaines on many more strategic hires.”

– David Evans and Associates, Director of Recruiting

“During the past 2 years, DFS has engaged Gaines International to assist with two global searches..."

“During the past 2 years, DFS has engaged Gaines International to assist with two global searches for strategic senior management positions. In both cases the team at Gaines delivered to an exceptional level driving efficient and effective searches that left all candidates with a true feeling of value and respect. Overall, I found Gaines to be responsive to our needs and ultimately delivered what was committed.”

– DFS Galleria, President Store Operations

"As a relatively new CEO of Fuss & O'Neill, Inc. in 2012, I decided we needed to make a number of course adjustments to strengthen our nearly 300 person consulting firm..."

“As a relatively new CEO of Fuss & O’Neill, Inc. in 2012, I decided we needed to make a number of course adjustments to strengthen our nearly 300 person consulting firm of engineers, scientists and planners. One of these changes was to add a new Chief Operating Officer position. We needed someone with a proven track record in the A/E/C industry of making positive improvements to operations and profitability.

So, how to do this was the next question. To find the right person, we knew we needed a strong executive search firm, one with a reach beyond New England, to help us. After speaking with several others we identified firms and interviewed two. Gaines International was our clear choice, based on Donna Gaines’ quick understanding of our needs, knowledge of the industry and matter of fact answers to questions like “How long will this take?”

Donna and her team developed a very good understanding of the challenges and strengths of our firm and the type of COO candidate that would meet our needs, aided by on-site interviews with several senior managers and multiple conversations with our Human Resources Director and me. Gaines provided four strong candidates, with candid pros and cons of each, and handled all the arrangements for interviews with our short-listed candidates.

We were fortunate to have a clear choice for our COO position, and worked with Donna to develop an offer and negotiate a deal. Our situation was dynamic, as our top candidate had another opportunity to consider, and Donna was very helpful in working through this situation. She did a nice job managing the challenge of representing our interests, while also providing a realistic set of the candidate’s expectations.

We were successful in hiring our first COO a year and a half ago, and he has, as hoped, been a critical leader in implementing positive changes to our operations and improving our financial performance. We were very happy with Gaines International’s role in making this happen. I particularly enjoyed working with Donna Gaines, who got quickly up to speed in understanding what made our firm tick, and what kind of a person (experience and personality) would work best in implementing positive changes for Fuss & O’Neill. I have, and will continue to recommend Gaines to other organizations seeking to fill top level positions.”

– Fuss & O’Neill, President/CEO

“It is my pleasure to recommend the services of Gaines International and Anne Boase for their professional recruitment services..."

“It is my pleasure to recommend the services of Gaines International and Anne Boase for their professional recruitment services. Over the past few years, I have had the pleasure of working directly with Anne on a couple of assignments. During this time, I found her to be diligent in following through on commitments and relentless in pursuing candidates on our behalf. Anne can be depended upon to make a good match between clients and candidates. She is an honest and forthright professional in her own right and does an excellent job matching the desired talent we desire to the company’s needs.

Besides being a reliable source of information and an extraordinary ambassador for both the company trying to recruit talent or the individual looking for a new opportunity, the most important quality that Anne displays is integrity. For this reason, I know that I can always depend on Anne to work in the best interest of our firm. I believe this quality is truly rare in the world of professional recruitment and is extremely beneficial in the long-run for her clients. I recommend them and look forward to working with them again.”

– Gensler, Executive Director & Managing Principal

“My first encounter with Gaines was with Donna herself when she recruited me from Ohio..."

“My first encounter with Gaines was with Donna herself when she recruited me from Ohio where I had my own practice to go to work with for the May Department Stores Company. From that side of the relationship, she was awesome and won my trust and future business. I was well placed at the May Company for a mutually beneficial 5 ½ years.

At NewGround, I have had the opportunity to hire Gaines 3 times for 3 difficult searches. Bear in mind we have an in house full time recruiter that successfully fills 95% of the positions companywide. These three searches were all filled in a reasonable amount of time, on budget and with high quality people. The people Gaines has recruited for us remain among our top employees today.

I personally like Donna’s no-nonsense, tell it like it is attitude. Donna does not always tell you what you want to hear but she will tell it to you straight. Donna and her team are joyful, upbeat, hardworking and knowledgeable. I found Joy to be cut from a similar cloth. Although not as experienced as Donna, Joy personally handled one of our most difficult placements and did a fantastic job. Anyone that can run 100 miles in a single race has the endurance for the business.

Gaines is uber connected to our industry. They have placed many executives and worked with so many in our business that they know the pulse and know the landscape better than most of us do at times. We have actually tried other search firms to save money when we had a local search. We ended up hiring Gaines for that search and lost out on a little money and quite a bit of time. Because of the results we have gotten from Gaines, I have been able to steer other searches from other divisions of our company to Gaines.

Top people find top people. The folks at Gaines are at the top of their field. I truly sleep better a night when they are working on my search. If you want to know how I really feel, please do not hesitate to arrange for a one on one conversation to discuss.”

– NewGround, Senior Vice President, Architecture

"RCCL had a need for a strategically important recruit for a leadership role..."

As a large corporation of nearly 50,000 employees strong, our Human Resources leads in researching and selecting the best external sourcing resources for important positions. RCCL had a need for a strategically important recruit for a leadership role. We decided to work with Gaines because of their track record and strength of global networking; their candidate pool is broad, diverse, and deep.

Working with Gaines was a great benefit because they carry the lion share of the work, in searching, filtering, and laying out our options. The consultants I worked with are sharp, prompt, driven.

In the end, Gaines found us a strong caliber leader who is a natural fit with our organization, our vision, and our goals.

– Royal Caribbean International, Vice President, Architectural Design

"Gaines International consistently impressed us with high caliber talent and professionals..."

“Gaines International consistently impressed us with high caliber talent and professionals who were selected for their ability to perform as leaders and who also fit the culture of our firm. Gaines took the time to get to know us, and by doing so has succeeded in helping us build practice groups and strong teams across our firm. ”

– Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Partner

"Gaines International partnered with us to find top talent in leadership and design..."

“Gaines International partnered with us to find top talent in leadership and design. They are consummate professionals, excellent listeners, responsive and, at the end of the day, a decisive team player in our search for talent. They understood our strategic business goals at a critical time in the economy and market. With their results-oriented process, Gaines proved their worth.”

– TVS, President & Vice President of Human Resources

"Gaines International truly acted as a partner in identifying the best talent available for architects and engineers..."

“Gaines International truly acted as a partner in identifying the best talent available for architects and engineers in our market segments. Gaines has been diligent, committed, professional and doesn’t take no for an answer. We will continue to work with Gaines to fulfill our difficult and strategic hiring initiatives.”

– URS Corporation, Senior Vice President

“Our need was to find a proven leader with the right mix of skills to manage one of our offices..."

“Our need was to find a proven leader with the right mix of skills to manage one of our offices. So we needed a top-notch recruiter to find qualified candidates for one of our hard-to-fill positions. Gaines was recommended to us by other executives in our industry who raved about the results Gaines accomplished for them, so we made the decision to move forward with Gaines. Thankfully it was a good experience. The recruiting process is not easy and they are real pros who are extremely skilled at it. Gaines delivered on their promises; we needed an exceptional candidate and they found the right one for us. They are efficient and know how to recruit. They did for us what we were not able to do for ourselves. They understand the A/E industry and human behavior. They know what it takes to get to a person who is gainfully employed, not looking for other employment, and even satisfied with their current job, to talk to them and consider a move to another employer. They are honest and ethical which is very important to us. If you are a potential client on the fence about whether to work with Gaines or not, I would say “you won’t regret it. Gaines will deliver for you; they have an uncanny knack of finding qualified candidates for hard-to-fill positions. They will work hard for you and get you the results you desire.”

– Walker Parking Consultants, Vice President of Human Resources

"We contacted Gaines based upon their excellent reputation within the industry..."

“We contacted Gaines based upon their excellent reputation within the industry; we had never worked with them before. We had a position within the firm where we could not find candidates internally. This was a leadership position and we did not want to wade through frivolous resumes and pointless interviews.

In our initial teleconference with Gaines, they provided the confidence that this position within Walker was a priority; they were an extension of our firm. One of the best benefits of working with Gaines is that it allowed me to address the other pressing business matters that are part of running an office. The recruiting, research, and background work was completed by Gaines. It allowed me to focus on what was important without worrying about the vacant position.

The consultants I worked with were the best. Donna and Joy are tenacious! I looked forward to our calls and the continual progress. They were patient with my questions and kept me informed on the program and schedule to make our offer a success. In the end, we hired the ideal candidate that matched our vision.

For those who are considering working with Gaines, I say “Save yourself from yourself!” Gaines provided legitimacy to our executive search. I do not feel we would have found our person without Donna’s leadership. Let Donna and Joy work their magic. They have been in business for over 30 years because they are relationship driven. Their work becomes a personal obsession and I felt as if they worked for my firm and believed in our culture.”

– Walker Parking Consultants, Vice President

"Sean McBride brought to our search an impressive understanding of our specialized industry..."

“Sean McBride brought to our search an impressive understanding of our specialized industry, and then took the time to fully understand our specific business goals and needs. He did his homework extremely well and didn’t assume that he knew the answers beforehand. When our search tried to go sideways, Sean proved very resourceful in finding alternate paths to keep things on track. He was patient and never tried to push things to happen faster than needed. He stayed in touch with uncanny timing and it seemed like he became my partner in landing the talent we were after. I’ve worked with several good recruiters, and I’d put Sean at the top of the list.”

– Walter P Moore, Senior Principal

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