Gaines International --- Our Team ---
Donna Gaines is the Founder of Gaines International.
She began her second career as a search specialist 30 years ago after 10 years working as a professional model.
Recruited to join a Chicago-based search firm, Donna
knew immediately that the search industry was where she
wanted to invest her
During that time, she
reorganized and revitalized the firm's Houston office and established a booming general search practice in Atlanta.
With that success and experience as a foundation, she
moved on to launch her
own company - Gaines & Associates International
In 1984, Donna
relocated the Gaines Headquarters 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 School of Business
and established Gaines
as the trusted name in the industry.
has been tremendously successful in the markets her
firm serves, with consultants who are experts in the fields in which they concentrate.
Over the years, Gaines
has moved into ancillary areas where there are even more opportunities for candidates - for example restaurant design and construction, and advertising companies that represent engineering, building and architectural firms.
frequently writes and gives presentations that focus on strategic hiring and management practices within the executive search and design fields.
She sits on the advisory boards for the Professional Services Management Journal and Ai, a planning and design firm with locations in Washington DC, Richmond, VA and San Francisco.
She is a member of AIA, IIDA and Women in Planning and Development.