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Allen Austin Introduces Communication IQ™

Allen Austin Introduces Communication IQ™

 

(Houston, TX) – Wednesday, March 24, 2021 – Allen Austin, a leading executive search, interim solutions, and leadership advisory firm based in Houston, and parent company to Gaines International, is announcing an important new service offering to support leaders in pursuit of a culture of peak performance: Communication IQ.

The Communication IQ methodology identifies seven communication styles, known as Life Languages™, which individuals “speak” with varying degrees of fluency. While each person has their preferred styles, Communication IQ aims to help people communicate in all languages successfully, making collaboration between team members a more positive and effective experience.

“Other assessments tend to do their best to describe you and build self-awareness, and then they leave it at that. Communication IQ, on the other hand, is both descriptive and prescriptive,” says Danielle Mairs, Managing Partner of Allen Austin’s Leadership Advisory practice. “It doesn’t just tell you about who you are – it tells you what you can do to improve, both as a person and as a team. It’s a growth mindset, not a fixed one.”

Gerald Parsons, CEO of Life Languages International and of the Communication IQ methodology, cites years of experience and research to back up his model.

“We’re used to some pretty dramatic numbers,” says Gerald. “Failure to communicate is at the core of most failures in a business setting, so investing in communication pays off. One of our clients, for example, lowered their turnover from 40% to 12%, and saved $1.5 million. Those are numbers we are very proud of.”

Having completed her certification as a Communication IQ Consultant, Ms. Mairs will lead Allen Austin’s leadership advisory practice in offering Communication IQ services to new and existing clients. Offerings include Communication IQ Foundations Workshops, point-of-need workshops, and team and individual coaching. Communication IQ services are also available as an add-on to complement Allen Austin’s retained search engagements, helping new executives integrate more smoothly into existing teams.

Following the launch of this new service offering, Ms. Mairs will host a complimentary, virtual introduction to Communication IQ on April 22, from 2-3 p.m. Central Standard Time. Allen Austin encourages interested participants to register online here.

To learn more, please visit our website or contact Danielle Mairs at DMairs@AllenAustin.com.

 

About Allen Austin

Allen Austin is a global management consulting firm specializing in retained search, interim solutions, and leadership advisory services. In an industry that has not innovated in over 100 years, Allen Austin delivers solutions based on Total Performance Leadership™, the nine principles that enable organizations to reach their highest potential, engaging their workforces and delivering unprecedented shareholder returns.

We are trusted advisors to boards, CEOs, and senior leaders of companies small and large, public and private, family-owned, private equity, venture-backed, domestic and international. You can count on us for competence, understanding, empathy, consistency, transparency, and honesty, even when it is not convenient.  Allen Austin’s core purpose is to improve the lives and effectiveness of our associates, clients, and the leaders of the world. Our mission is to help leaders build high performance, purpose-driven organizations that produce unprecedented results. For more information, please visit www.AllenAustin.com.

Allen Austin Announces New Interim Leadership Practice

(Houston, TX) – Wednesday, March 3, 2021 – Allen Austin, a leading executive search and leadership advisory firm based in Houston, and parent company to Gaines International, is pleased to announce Ari Cretu has joined the firm as Managing Partner of its Interim Leadership & Project Consulting practice.

“I was drawn to the firm by its commitment to culture, disciplined approach to client service, and proven methods of success,” says Ari. “Allen Austin has an aggressive growth strategy planned for the next five years, and I’m honored to be a part of that growth trajectory through building the Interim Practice. It’s an exciting time to join the team, and I’m ready to hit the ground running.”

In his new role, Ari’s responsibilities will include client management, engagement delivery, and overall execution of services. He will also serve as a key member of Allen Austin’s leadership team, assisting in the strategic direction and tactical plans of the firm.

Ari brings 15+ years of experience providing advisory services and interim leadership to start-ups, private equity-backed entities, and publicly traded enterprises. Ari has built a strong track record of assisting companies in identifying critical business issues and driving revenue growth across multiple service offerings, industries, and geographical markets. He prides himself on building longstanding partnerships with investors, owner-operators, management, and boards to deliver value to the organization.

“While getting to know Ari over the last several months, it’s clear that he is not only an exceptional consultant and leader, but he also shares a commitment to our mission, vision and values,” says Darcie Murray, Senior Managing Partner. “We are extremely excited to have him on our team, and for the opportunity to add another service offering for our clients. Our purpose and passion at Allen Austin centers around helping companies build cultures of peak performance and adding an Interim Leadership practice is another avenue through which we aim to be long-term partners and advisors for our clients.”

To learn more, please visit our Interim Leadership Practice page or contact Ari Cretu at acretu@allenaustin.com.

 

About Allen Austin

Allen Austin is a global management consulting firm specializing in retained search and leadership advisory. In an industry that has not innovated in over 100 years, Allen Austin delivers solutions based on Total Performance Leadership™, the nine principles that enable organizations to reach their highest potential, engaging their workforces and delivering unprecedented shareholder returns.

We are trusted advisors to boards, CEOs, and senior leaders of companies small and large, public, and private, family-owned, private equity, venture-backed, domestic, and international. You can count on us for competence, understanding, empathy, consistency, transparency, and honesty, even when it is not convenient. Allen Austin’s core purpose is to improve the lives and effectiveness of our associates, clients, and the leaders of the world. Our mission is to help leaders build high performance, purpose-driven organizations that produce unprecedented results. For more information, please explore our website.

Allen Austin Launches Executive Mentorship

(Houston, TX) – Wednesday, February 10, 2021 – Allen Austin, a leading executive search and leadership advisory firm based in Houston, and parent company to Gaines International, is announcing a new service offering: Executive Mentorship. This service connects talented new executives with qualified external mentors, providing a confidential space for learning and development.

“Our reputation as one of the world’s most effective retained search firms has been built largely on a commitment to facilitate matches that work and last. We practice search as a specialized form of management consulting and are known for helping clients get clear about exactly what they are trying to accomplish and who and what they need to get there. We want candidates and clients to be happy together for many years to come,” says Danielle Mairs, Managing Partner of Leadership Advisory. To Allen Austin, mentorship is an extension of that same idea. “We match new hires with mentors who have been in their shoes, who know what it takes to succeed. It’s an investment in talent for the long term.”

Allen Austin, in partnership with Executive Springboard, engages a diverse group of 80+ mentors, representing 15 functional areas, 10 countries, and decades of experience in Fortune 1000 companies. Each mentor has a minimum of 6 years of experience as a senior officer and a long history of service as an internal mentor.

“When they’re already at the top level of an organization, where are new leaders supposed to go for guidance? Too often, there’s no answer to that question,” says Steve Moss, President of Executive Springboard. “Even when there is internal mentorship available, it can be hard for executives to be vulnerable with their coworkers while establishing themselves as new leaders. We see external mentorship as the solution to that problem.”

In Allen Austin’s program, mentorship is confidential. Mentees, not mentors, report on their progress. This lets employers understand the return they get on their investment. It also leaves mentees free to ask questions they may otherwise avoid, receiving expert advice from an impartial perspective.

Mentorship programs are available at both the Vice President and C-Suite levels, and it is offered either as an add-on service to a search engagement or as a standalone service.

To learn more, please visit our website or contact Danielle Mairs at DMairs@AllenAustin.com.

About Allen Austin

Allen Austin is a global management consulting firm specializing in retained search and leadership advisory. In an industry that has not innovated in over 100 years, Allen Austin delivers solutions based on Total Performance Leadership™, the nine principles that enable organizations to reach their highest potential, engaging their workforces and delivering unprecedented shareholder returns.

We are trusted advisors to boards, CEOs, and senior leaders of companies small and large, public and private, family-owned, private equity, venture-backed, domestic and international. You can count on us for competence, understanding, empathy, consistency, transparency, and honesty, even when it is not convenient.  Allen Austin’s core purpose is to improve the lives and effectiveness of our associates, clients, and the leaders of the world. Our mission is to help leaders build high performance, purpose-driven organizations that produce unprecedented results. For more information, please visit www.AllenAustin.com.

Mike Rome Joins Allen Austin as Senior Partner

(Houston, TX) – Monday, May 4, 2020 – Allen Austin, a global retained executive search and leadership advisory firm, is pleased to announce Mike Rome has joined the firm as Senior Partner.

“Mike is well-known as a strategist, connector, and coach to some of the most influential leaders in Houston,” says Rob Andrews, Chairman and CEO of Allen Austin. “He managed the growth of Bridgeway Capital from $450 million in assets to just over $6.2 billion, and became the largest corporate philanthropist in Texas, giving 50% of profits to strategic charities.”

In his new role, Mike will co-lead the Board, CEO, and Private Equity practices. He is a member of the life sciences, industrial, professional services, and financial services practices, and plays an integral role in the firm’s growth, culture, and client service excellence commitment. Mike was drawn to Allen Austin because of the firm’s history, leadership architecture, and disciplined approach to retained search consulting. Mike is a proven operator, an accomplished coach, and counselor to boards and CEOs nationally. Mike has served on over two dozen corporate and non-profit boards and regularly advises clients on a wide variety of board, executive leadership, recruitment, culture-shaping, and succession related matters.

Prior to joining Allen Austin, Mike served as CEO and Principal at Chilton Capital. Mike is nationally recognized as a leading investment manager and management advisor to business owners, senior executives, and family offices. His forty-four-year career includes experience in virtually every facet of the financial sector and capital markets. Internally, Mike is well-known as a strategist, connector, and coach to some of the most influential leaders in Houston.

Before joining Chilton, Mike was CEO of Texan Capital for three years where he oversaw a similar transformation. At Texan Capital, Mike redefined internal incentive structure, improved culture, and hired a new Chief Investment Officer who succeeded him as CEO when he was recruited (by H&S) to Chilton. Ultimately, Mike acquired Texan Capital and oversaw the integration into Chilton.

Prior to Chilton, Mike was Senior Partner at Bridgeway Capital. Mike managed the growth of Bridgeway Capital from $450 million in assets to just over $6.2 billion. Mike talks about Bridgeway as the most amazing thing he has ever been a part of as Bridgeway became the largest corporate philanthropist in the state of Texas at one point, giving 50% of net profit to strategic charities. In his career, Mike was EVP Institutional Marketing at AIM/Invesco, SVP of Capital Markets at Merrill Lynch, EVP of Capital Markets for Kidder Peabody and EVP and Manager of Institutional Sales for Oppenheimer. He is a Partner in a small private-equity firm, Memorial Capital Partners.

Mike graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree and was a two-sport letterman in Football and Baseball. He furthered his studies in Portfolio Management at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and in Behavioral Finance at Harvard University. He is active in the community and serves on a number of boards, including the City of Houston Higher Education Finance Corp., University of Kansas School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Texas Libraries System, and Houston Baptist University’s Center for Christianity in and Houston Wilderness. Mike has also taught at the University of Houston’s Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship.

About Allen Austin

Allen Austin is a global management consulting firm specializing in retained search and leadership advisory. In an industry that hasn’t innovated in over 100 years, Allen Austin delivers solutions based on its own study and architecture around Total Performance Leadership™ (TPL): The Nine Disciplines that enable organizations to reach their highest potential, engage their workforces and deliver unprecedented shareholder returns. The Allen Austin Foresight™ search process, which is TPL Discipline #3, delivers exceptionally well-aligned A-Players that stick, perform, and deliver exceptional results. For more information, please see www.allenaustin.com.

Danielle Mairs Joins Allen Austin as Managing Partner

(Houston, TX) – Monday, May 4, 2020 – Allen Austin, a global retained executive search and leadership advisory firm, is pleased to announce Danielle Mairs has joined the firm as Managing Partner.

“Danielle brings a unique combination of leadership and executive coaching, peak performance culture shaping, sales & marketing and entrepreneurship to the firm,” says Rob Andrews, Chairman and CEO of Allen Austin. “She has great passion for our Total Performance Leadership™ architecture, and serves as board director and membership co-chair for Conscious Capitalism.”

In her new role, Danielle will head the firm’s Leadership Advisory practice and her responsibilities will include client delivery, talent acquisition, and strategic partnerships. Danielle was drawn to Allen Austin because of the firm’s groundbreaking Total Performance Leadership™ architecture and its close alignment with the four pillars of Conscious Capitalism: higher purpose, stakeholder orientation, conscious culture, and conscious leadership. Danielle is a key member of Allen Austin’s leadership team where she assists in the strategic direction and tactical plans of the firm.

Danielle brings a unique combination of dynamic leadership, passion for helping others, and entrepreneurship to Allen Austin. She has 15+ years’ experience enhancing profitability and driving bottom-line results through comprehensive strategies, sales optimization, and innovative marketing. Danielle also has extensive experience with boards of directors and creating partnerships with CBS, ESPN, FOX, Taste of the NFL, EA Sports, Big XII, Texas Rangers, The Marketing Arm, and PlainsCaptial.

Prior to joining Allen Austin, Danielle was a Program Leader and Executive Coach with Mark Kamin & Associates, an educational company devoted to organizational transformation and creating high performing cultures. While there she helped create an innovative service offering assessing extraordinary communication, impeccable integrity, and authentic leadership. She also helped individuals and companies identify and remove their barriers to peak performance, deliver better employee and customer engagement, and accelerate strategic value creation.

In addition to owning her own consulting company, Danielle spent over 12 years in the sports arena, most notably as Executive Director of the Davey O’Brien Foundation, home to the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. There she revitalized all aspects of the foundation and led a turnaround that drove nearly $3 million in incremental revenue and grew net assets by 370%. During her tenure, she was elected President of the National College Football Awards Association. Additional experience includes Positive Coaching Alliance, ESPN, AmeriCredit, and Bank One.

Danielle received dual bachelor’s degrees in finance and management from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She has completed extensive training in communication, team management, and leadership through Landmark Worldwide. Danielle sits on the board of the Dallas chapter of Conscious Capitalism where she serves as membership co-chair. She is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and has her Advanced Open Water PADI scuba diving certification. Danielle is a foodie and lily lover who enjoys traveling, hiking, and scuba diving with her husband, Scott.

About Allen Austin

Allen Austin is a global management consulting firm specializing in retained search and leadership advisory. In an industry that hasn’t innovated in over 100 years, Allen Austin delivers solutions based on its own study and architecture around Total Performance Leadership™ (TPL): The Nine Disciplines that enable organizations to reach their highest potential, engage their workforces and deliver unprecedented shareholder returns. The Allen Austin Foresight™ search process, which is TPL Discipline #3, delivers exceptionally well-aligned A-Players that stick, perform, and deliver exceptional results. For more information, please see www.allenaustin.com.

Darcie Murray Joins Allen Austin as Managing Partner

(Houston, TX) – Friday, January 24, 2020 – Allen Austin, a global retained executive search and leadership advisory firm, is pleased to announce Darcie Murray has joined the firm as Managing Partner.

“Over the last several years, we’ve been working to build an infrastructure capable of supporting world-class consultants and large, complex global clients. We’re excited about Darcie for many reasons, including her experience in building great teams, opening and leading global offices and scaling networks,” says Rob Andrews, Chairman and CEO of Allen Austin. “Beyond her technical abilities, she is perfectly aligned with our purpose, mission, vision and values. Given our commitment to build a culture of peak performance, deliver an exceptional employee experience and exceed our clients’ expectations, it is critical that our leadership embrace our relationships vs. transactions philosophy. Darcie, and members of our leadership team, engaged in deep conversations around culture, purpose, vision and values over a period of three months before making the mutual decision to join forces. At this point, it is difficult to imagine a better fit and we are looking forward to executing our five-year plan.

In her new role, Darcie will head the firm’s global search practice and her responsibilities will include client service, partner-level talent acquisition, and professional development. Darcie was drawn to Allen Austin because of its purpose and commitment to the highest levels of relationship management and client experience. Darcie’s understanding of the firm’s Foresight™ process, facilitating matches that work and last, make her an integral part of expanding the firm’s global footprint, while building on the firm’s values and culture of peak performance. Darcie will be a key member of Allen Austin’s leadership team and of its Professional Services and Diversity & Inclusion practices.

Prior to joining Allen Austin, Darcie was an equity partner, COO & Head of North America with Pedersen & Partners. She joined the firm in early 2006 whilst living in Prague and began her career in retained search as a Regional Client Relationship Manager, becoming the Operations Director in 2009 and COO by 2011. During the more than 10 years spent in Europe, she was intrinsically involved in the development and establishment of the centralized shared services operations in the Republic of Moldova, as well as the growth and expansion of the firm, together with the firm’s leadership team, that is now present in over 50 countries around the world. After more than a decade based in the Czech Republic, Darcie returned to Houston in 2015 to open their first U.S. office.

Prior to entering executive search, Darcie worked within the professional advisory services industry for eight years in the functional areas of administration, university recruiting, marketing, event coordination, employee relations, training and project management. During her career 20+ year career, Darcie has garnered an appreciation of, and a perspective on, the value of leadership advisory services, which drew her to Allen Austin’s groundbreaking Total Performance Leadership™ architecture.

“I am thrilled to join Allen Austin and to be engaging, and working with, such an inspirational group of leaders and partners,” Darcie says. “The firm’s leadership dedicated thoughtful time and consideration in 2019 to the development of a 5-year growth and transformation strategy, outlining and defining what best practices look like for our firm, and our clients, and I am excited to be a part of this vision, achieving our goals and mission, and creating a culture of peak performance.”

About Allen Austin

Allen Austin is a global management consulting firm specializing in retained search and leadership advisory. In an industry that hasn’t innovated in over 100 years, Allen Austin delivers solutions based on its own study and architecture around Total Performance Leadership™ (TPL): The Nine Disciplines that enable organizations to reach their highest potential, engage their workforces and deliver unprecedented shareholder returns. The Allen Austin Foresight™ search process, which is TPL Discipline #3, delivers exceptionally well-aligned A-Players that stick, perform, and deliver exceptional results. For more information, please see www.allenaustin.com.

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.