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Completed Engagement – Texas Automobile Dealers Association – President

Completed Engagement – Texas Automobile Dealers Association – President

Allen Austin recently completed a retained search engagement for the Texas Automobile Dealers Association and Darren Whitehurst was selected to serve as the Association’s next President. Darren is joining TADA after spending fifteen years at the Texas Medical Association. Darren’s career has been dedicated to leadership roles where, time and time again, he has led organizations to new heights.

Prior to joining TADA, Darren enjoyed a 15+ year career in senior leadership with the Texas Medical Association. Darren’s first job at the Capitol in 1991 was a clerkship for the Texas House of Representatives Transportation Committee. Darren earned a BBA in Accounting from Baylor University, a Master of Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University.

“TADA conducted a thorough search considering dozens of candidates before narrowing on the sole finalist for the job. Darren’s long-standing reputation of leadership was exciting to the TADA board,” said Nancy Harper, TADA 2020 Board Chairman.
The retained search was managed and completed by Jackie Gorman, Senior Partner at Allen Austin.

New Engagement – Burckhardt Compression

Allen Austin has been selected by Burckhardt Compression to conduct a retained search for the President of Arkos Field Services, which is part of Burckhardt Compression Group.

Burckhardt Compression is the worldwide market leader for reciprocating compressor systems and the only manufacturer and service provider that covers a full range of reciprocating compressor technologies and services.

The search will be led by Tom Fritsch, President of Allen Austin and Kelly Thomas, Partner

Completed Engagement – Energy Corridor District – Executive Director

Allen Austin recently completed a retained search engagement for the Houston Energy Corridor District® (District)and Elijah J. Williams was selected to serve as the District’s Executive Director. Created in 2001 by the Texas Legislature, the District consists of over 2,000 acres that extend along both sides of Interstate 10 from east of Kirkwood to west of Barker Cypress and along Eldridge Parkway from north of IH-10 to south of Briar Forest. The District is one of the Houston region’s most important business centers. It is a bustling, professional area filled with many high-paying jobs.

Williams brings over 15 years of experience, most of which has been with the federal and state government. He was a presidential appointee (Obama Administration) at both NASA and the Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he served as Committee Director (Chief Clerk) of the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee of the Texas House of Representatives.

The retained search was managed and completed by Jackie Gorman, Senior Partner.

Announcing the Launch of our Organizational Health Index

We are announcing the launch of our Organizational Health Index, something about which many of our clients are excited. OHI is a time and cost effective method of determining your organization’s health relative to nine principles we see at work in companies that outperform their peer group. Much like making connections between your blood pressure, heart and lung function, body mass index, and other vital signs to those associated with optimal health, OHI measures nine cultural imperatives (principles) necessary to achieve a culture of peak performance. The cultural imperatives we measure are: Unified Leadership, Leading with Purpose, Hiring Practices, Clarity, Measuring what Matters, Customer Experience, Stakeholder Engagement, Cost Leadership and Staying Ahead of the Curve. Taking the OHI is like getting a thorough physical exam. It’s always a great idea, whether you’ve decided to go for optimal health, you’re not feeling that great, or if you feel just fine. It’s just good business.

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Allen Austin Welcomes Victoria Lopez Negrete

The Houston team welcomes Victoria Lopez Negrete  .

Victoria Lopez Negrete brings over three decades of business experience in the financial services and banking industry to her role as leader of the Financial Services Practice at Allen Austin. she is also a leading member of the firm’s diversity and inclusion practice. Victoria’s practice areas include all facets of financial services including retail banking, FinTech, payments and insurance.

Leadership Strategies for Tomorrow’s Leaders

A friend and thought partner of the firm, Mike Lejeune, is a host of a new platform for leaders across industries to share their insights, pain points and experiences. He sat down with our CEO, Rob Andrews, to talk about Total Performance Leadership (TPL). TPL is our  research-based architecture that combines Foresight, our search, selection and hiring process, and Insight our Strategic Transformation process, to help us fulfill our firm’s core purpose, which is to enhance the lives and the effectiveness of our associates, clients and leaders of the world.

Listen to the full conversation here.