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Architecture & Design
President, Gaines International
Donna joins Allen Austin in our Chicago office as President of Gaines International bringing with her decades of experience in executive search and candidate placement in the architecture, design, engineering and construction industries.
gives a unique sensibility to recruitment and understands the impact of architecture and design on cultures and societies.
Since 1981, Donna Gaines
has assisted clients in finding key professionals with leadership talent to meet the challenges of modern business.
relocated the Gaines headquarters from Atlanta to Chicago following a decade that included the Gulf War, an economic downturn and overbuilding that slowed the design and construction industries.
The impact was felt at Gaines and Donna
used it as an opportunity to reengineer the company to meet prevailing demands.
chose to move her
business to Chicago to be near the architectural action.
After arriving in Chicago, Donna
completed an intensive entrepreneur program at the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Business
and established Gaines
as the trusted name in the industry.
has been tremendously successful in the markets her
Over the years she has moved into ancillary markets with expanding opportunities for candidate recruitment.
has been active in several industry associations, such as the AIA
, IIDA and Women in Planning and Development.
frequently writes and gives presentations focused on strategic hiring and management practices within the fields of executive search and design.
desire to continually grow and develop professionally has led her
to pursue certification as a Certified Professional Coactive Coach.