Gaines Blog

On Sep 25, 2019 By Gaines Writer
Completed Engagement – Chastain-Skillman – Senior Project Manager
We are pleased to announce that Doug Forni has joined Chastain Skillman as Senior Project Manager. Doug brings over 30 years of experience as a Civil Engineer and Landscape Architect to...
On Sep 25, 2019 By Gaines Writer
Completed Engagement – World’s Leading Luxury Travel Retailer – Senior Vice President Store Design & Construction
We are pleased to announce that Rosetta Borgia has joined our Hong Kong based client, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, as Senior Vice President Store Design & Construction. Rosetta is...
On Sep 23, 2019 By Gaines Writer
New Engagement – Chastain-Skillman – Director of Surveying
We are pleased to have been selected as a trusted partner in the search for a Director of Surveying of Chastain-Skillman. Chastain-Skillman is a 69-year old consulting firm in Lakeland, Florida that...
On Sep 19, 2019 By Gaines Writer
New Engagement – Fuss & O’Neill – Dam Safety Practice Lead
We are pleased to have been selected as a trusted partner in the search for a Dam Safety Practice Lead of Fuss & O'Neill. Fuss & O'Neill provides civil and environmental...
On Sep 10, 2019 By Grant Heath
Why Should AEC Firms Cultivate Seller-Doers?
The seller-doer model is considered the preferred form of cultivating business within the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industries (AEC). Seller-doers are individuals who not only win projects but are also technical...
On Sep 3, 2019 By Gaines Writer
Completed Engagement – DCI Engineers – Associate Principal
We are pleased to announce that Nolan Lenahan has joined DCI Engineers as Associate Principal. Nolan brings a great engineering background and desire to be grow as a leader. He will...
On Jul 10, 2019 By Gaines Writer
New Engagement – HKS Architects – Senior Project Architect
We are pleased to have been selected as a trusted partner in the search for a Senior Project Architect at HKS Architects. HKS Architects is a interdisciplinary global design firm with a...
On Jul 8, 2019 By Gaines Writer
New Engagement – Chastain-Skillman – Senior Project Manager
We are pleased to have been selected as a trusted partner in the search for a Senior Project Manager of Chastain-Skillman. Chastain-Skillman is a 69-year old consulting firm in Lakeland, Florida that...
On Jun 25, 2019 By Mike Gergen
Where’s Our Humanity?
  There is no denying that technology has had a tremendous impact on our everyday lives. Overall, it has made us more efficient and productive - adding measurable and tangible value...
On Jun 20, 2019 By Gaines Writer
Completed Engagement – Orren Pickell Builders – President
We are pleased to announce that Tom Patrick Pinn has joined Orren Pickell Builders as President of Design Group. Tom brings over 30 years of experience in high-end residential new construction...
On Jun 5, 2019 By Shadin Maali
Running for Office and Talent Acquisition; Two Sides of the Same Coin – My Story
Background:  I fundamentally believe that for a healthy society, it is imperative to give back to our local neighborhoods and communities.  If each one of us used our time, skills...
On Jan 7, 2019 By Donna Gaines
Engaging An Advisory Board
It’s lonely at the top and one of the smartest moves any business owner, principal or entrepreneur can make is to engage a Business Advisory Board (“BAB”).  The success or...
On Oct 25, 2018 By Donna Gaines
Stay Interviews – Why?
As leaders in our industry, we have an unparalleled opportunity to help our clients improve the impact of employee acquisition and retention.  Stay Interviews provides leaders with data on the...
On Oct 25, 2018 By Gaines Writer
Shadin Maali Returns to AEC Global Recruiting Firm
Shadin Maali has returned to the Gaines International team as principal for the firm’s Chicago office. Maali will co-lead the regional office with the firm's founder, Donna Gaines . Maali will implement...
On Apr 12, 2018 By Gaines Writer
Donna Gaines Returns to Gaines International
Donna Gaines has returned to Gaines International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Allen Austin, as Founder and Managing Partner; pending two years offering Transition Coaching services to the design profession...
On Apr 11, 2018 By Gaines Writer
America’s Best Recruiting Firms 2018
Congratulation to Allen Austin, our parent company for being recognized as one of America's Best Executive Recruiting Firms for 2018 by Forbes! For the second year, Forbes worked with analytics firm...
On Jun 21, 2017 By Gaines Writer
The Case for Empathy Based Design
The Case for Empathy Based Design│Written by: Ian M. Sinclair, MHA, CHE One of our successful placements, Ian Sinclair, MHA, CHE of Kasian Architecture, wrote a thoughtful piece about healthcare design...
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...