“Really getting to know people and companies is the cornerstone of executive search, and it happens to be what I enjoy.”
Bill is Founder, President and CEO of Heyman Associates, as well as Founder and Director of Taylor Bennett Heyman, an affiliated firm with offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Melbourne. He has filled top communications roles for some of the most recognized brands in the world, including leading corporations, foundations, academic institutions and professional associations.
With his diverse network and passion for executive search, he sets the example for HA and TBH in building top-performing communications teams around the globe: listen to our clients, get to know their unique corporate cultures, and deliver candidates with the right mix of hard skills and intangible qualities.
Bill is the only recruiter to be named a PR Power List Supporting Power Player three times by PR Week, which said, “In an industry where talent is everything, Heyman helps connect some of the most senior pros to jobs, making him an indispensable asset to all those involved in executive searches.”
Bill is involved in a number of professional associations. He is a committee member of The Seminar, a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, a trustee of the Institute for Public Relations and a founding board member of The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations at the University of Alabama. Bill is also a member of the Department of Communication Advisory Council of the College of Charleston and has served as an Executive Advisor to the department since 2007.
In collaboration with The Plank Center, Bill has initiated four groundbreaking public relations studies. Most recently, in the Leadership Report Card, over 800 senior communicators rated their organizations’ commitment to employee engagement and empowerment. He also co-chairs The Plank Center’s annual Milestones in Mentoring awards dinner.
A Gettysburg College graduate, Bill has served on the school’s National Campaign Steering Committee, Communications and Marketing Advisory Council, and Board of Fellows. He has served as President of the Class of 1974, is a mentor for the college’s Young Alumni Leadership Program and received the Gettysburg Meritorious Service Award. Bill earned his MBA from Adelphi University.
Bill gets his energy to meet new people by starting his day as early as 5:00 a.m. at the gym, but this doesn’t stop him from staying at the ballpark to watch his beloved Yankees, even when they go into extra innings. Bill and his wife Doreen have two daughters and live in Matinecock, New York.
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“Albert Einstein defined insanity as ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’ I like to think that our firm helps clients to avoid that by approaching things differently to get better results.”
Maryanne delivers results in corporate communications, media relations, investor relations, speechwriting and public affairs executive searches for blue-chip companies – many in the Fortune 100 – with industry expertise in financial and professional services, technology, entertainment and media, and conglomerates, along with a recent focus on real estate. In addition to search engagements, she regularly develops competitive analyses and compensation studies for clients.
As Chief Operating Officer, Maryanne also optimizes our search procedures and, in general, ensures that the firm functions smoothly. In that role, she handles business development, manages and supervises research team operations, and oversees broad research and technology initiatives – including collaboration with our affiliate firms in the U.K. and Asia Pacific region.
A leader in the field, Maryanne has communications and HR contacts at corporations, agencies, academic institutions and associations here and abroad. Industry and membership groups frequently welcome her as a guest speaker, and she is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Maryanne has been quoted in the trade and general press and in broadcast media on topics including relocation, negotiating compensation and job search strategies.
Before joining Heyman Associates, Maryanne spent over a decade at what was then Chase Manhattan Bank, managing large teams in customer service and loan servicing. Earlier, she worked in public relations at United Cerebral Palsy.
“I’ve been doing this a long time, but it never gets old. Recruiting is a series of steps – each search has a beginning, a middle and an end. What makes each engagement unique is the human element. The firm adds value by ensuring the process results in genuine relationships between our firm and the client and, more importantly, between the right candidate and the client. To accomplish that, you have to get the details right. Having built my career in a corporate environment, focused on operations, I have the discipline to deliver the level of service clients expect.”
Maryanne is a summa cum laude graduate of the New York Institute of Technology, with a bachelor’s degree in communications. She also earned an MBA from Adelphi University. Maryanne is a native of Long Island who spends as much time as possible near the beach or on the water with her husband and two daughters. A news junkie, she reads four newspapers a day. She also loves to cook and entertain.
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“Finding the candidate with the right skills is the easy part; finding the one with the perfect chemistry is the challenging, but rewarding, part.”
With her knack for assessing cultural fit, Lisa handles executive searches in corporate communications, public relations, marketing communications, branding and public affairs for the firm’s blue-chip clients, including Fortune 500 corporations and nonprofit organizations.
While her industry expertise includes healthcare, consumer products and industrial and infrastructure companies, she also handles assignments for academic institutions. Based on her early career, she has an affinity for colleges and universities, where she serves as a frequent speaker, including at the Public Affairs Council, Rutgers University and the University of Southern California.
Earlier in her career, Lisa developed her recruiting skills as an executive search associate with The Cantor Concern, after having been the national management recruiter for NutriSystem. Previously, she was a nurse recruiter and assistant registrar for the College of Allied Health Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She began her career in college admissions at Widener University in Chester, PA.
“College recruiting taught me all about building relationships and staying attuned to the intangibles that make people who they are. I’ve never lost that skill.”
Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree in communications and theater arts from Susquehanna University, where she is a member of the Board of Trustees. Prior to that, she served on the university’s alumni board. Lisa is also active in a variety of industry associations. She serves on the board of the PRSA Foundation, which raises funds to support programs that attract ethnic and racial minorities to careers in public relations. She is the chair of the board’s Development Committee. In addition, Lisa serves on the board of the Public Affairs Council.
For fun, Lisa can be found mixing up her exercise routine at the gym with spinning and pilates, when she’s not mixing up customized cupcake recipes to the delight of her friends (and work colleagues).
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“From our San Francisco office, I work closely with clients on the West Coast and forge new relationships here while also supporting our efforts across the country and serving as an additional bridge to our partnerships in Asia.”
As a member of the firm’s senior management team with significant experience travelling and living abroad, Jessamyn has a global role. She established and leads the firm’s West Coast presence, working on engagements across the country while managing client relationships in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. She also collaborates with our international affiliates: Taylor Bennett in Europe and joint venture Taylor Bennett Heyman in Asia and Australia.
Jessamyn’s intellectual curiosity and passion for getting to know people allow her to manage searches to fill myriad roles in digital communications, media relations, strategic communications and other specialties. She works with clients in a variety of industries, with an emphasis on the technology, healthcare, financial services and nonprofit fields. She is also an active member of the Arthur W. Page Society’s Page Up association.
Jessamyn developed a taste for public relations through internships at Abernathy MacGregor and Burson-Marsteller. “My agency experiences were an invaluable introduction to the profession. They taught me how to identify good communications, appreciate what it can do for a business and recognize talented professionals in the field. Early on, I knew that I wanted to spend my career working with communications people.”
Jessamyn is a cum laude graduate of Bucknell University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and education. Having lived in Texas, Switzerland and California, she approaches work and life with a broad worldview. Her Papillon Olivia doesn’t make a very good foreign language practice partner though, so her German and Spanish are a bit rusty. She travels whenever she can and is a devoted fan of SoulCycle.
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“I enjoy getting to know everyone involved in a search on a personal level. That and a deep understanding of the market are the keys to making a mutually beneficial match.”
With his ability to uncover the unique qualities of both clients and candidates, TR has managed a range of searches, including for public affairs, government relations, internal communications and media relations, in the consumer goods, healthcare, energy, non-profit and higher education sectors. He runs Heyman Associates’ government relations and public affairs practice, splitting his time between New York and Washington, D.C.
TR is a member of the College of Charleston’s Communications Advisory Council, is the Chair of the board for the New York region of Citizens of the World Charter Schools and serves as a guest speaker at colleges and universities – for both undergraduate and graduate programs – on career development topics.
Prior to joining Heyman Associates, TR worked for Teach for America, rising to Recruitment Director. In that role, he managed recruitment efforts at liberal arts colleges and state universities and developed the hiring and training programs for over 250 interns. Previously, as a corps member, he taught high school U.S. government and world history in Baltimore City, MD.
“Recruiting for Teach for America taught me how to develop goal-oriented strategies, while still focusing on identifying candidates who were a perfect fit for the organization. I learned how important it is to understand individuals’ core values, which often determine appropriate fit for a role.”
TR graduated from the University of Richmond with a dual degree in leadership studies and political science and then earned a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Education. He remains active in his alma mater, serving in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies Alumni Corps and on the University of Richmond’s Alumni Recruitment Committee.
Having effectively eaten his way through the East Village and Long Island City, TR is now on to his third borough, living in Fort Greene, where his dog, Lady Bird Johnson, is taking full advantage of finally having a backyard.
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“Smart hiring decisions drive an organization’s success. It’s an incredible feeling to be part of a process that culminates in those pivotal moments.”
Kara supports searches in corporate communications, investor relations and media relations across a range of industries, including pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, technology, financial services, foundations, and higher education.
She also supports the firm’s participation The Seminar, which is an annual gathering for top communications leaders to discuss important global events and issues. In addition, Kara created and manages the Heyman Associates internship program and oversees the staff’s community and volunteer involvement.
“I approach each search as an adventure, hoping to exceed client expectations with thorough research that leads to outstanding candidates.”
Kara received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In her free time, Kara loves to travel the world and is often training for a triathlon or running race. An adventurer at heart, Kara likes to heli-ski, but also enjoys the tamer excitement of Frisbee in the dog park with her black lab.
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“Each search comes with a new set of exciting challenges. I enjoy adapting to the needs of each client to ensure a successful outcome”
Based in Heyman Associates’ San Francisco office, Vanessa focuses on the Western region’s diverse portfolio of clients, including financial services, technology, medical devices and non-profit.
Previously, she worked at executive search firm Chaloner Associates. As Assistant Project Manager, she provided research support for executive positions in public relations, marketing and communications.
In her first experience with public relations and marketing, she interned at Bookish.com – Hachette, Simon & Schuster and Penguin’s joint venture digital platform – for which she helped with the B2C marketing communications launch campaign.
“My earlier experiences in executive search and marcom have given me a solid foundation in recruiting and an appreciation for communications that I bring to my Heyman job every day.”
Vanessa received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Bucknell University. A native of the East Coast, Vanessa moved for Heyman Associates from New York to San Francisco, where she enjoys the active pace and lifestyle of the city. Once addicted to New York Italian food, Vanessa has discovered a newfound passion for burritos and sushi.
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“I enjoy being a strategic partner with clients and candidates throughout the search process. Seeing both the client and candidate happy about the outcome of a search is what I love about this job.”
Heather supports searches in corporate communications, media relations and employee communications across a variety of industries with a focus on financial services, consumer goods, healthcare, retail and nonprofit organizations. Heather also facilitates the firm’s work with The Institute for Public Relations (“IPR”), a nonprofit foundation dedicated to research in public relations.
Prior to joining Heyman Associates, Heather was a media and marketing intern at The Entertainment District, an event venue in Michigan, where she was responsible for social media, events, advertising and promotion. She began her career with communication and marketing internships at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in Michigan and Verge Magazine UK, an online student magazine based in London.
“In my early experience in an international setting, I learned how to fulfill client expectations while navigating a variety of cultures – a great foundation for executive search.”
Heather received her Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from Western Michigan University and spent time abroad at American Intercontinental University in London. She was a member of the National Communication Association Honor Society as well as the American Marketing Association. She is a Michigan native who loves to travel, spend time with family and explore new restaurants in New York City.
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“Being involved in a search at every phase allows me to become a partner to both clients and candidates and work toward the common goal of finding the right person for the right job.”
Virginia supports searches in corporate communications and government affairs across a variety of industries, including nonprofit organizations, higher education institutions and major corporations. She also leads the firm’s partnership with The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations.
Prior to joining Heyman Associates, Virginia worked for the House of Representatives as a District Representative for a Member of Congress in New York, where she advocated on behalf of constituents in the areas of immigration, education, environment, housing and other related matters. Before that, Virginia worked during college in different customer service-oriented roles.
“Working in constituent services showed me how to connect ordinary people with their government. Through this experience, I learned that connecting people is the type of work I want to continue doing.”
Virginia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in law and society at American University in Washington, D.C. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books of all kinds (and welcomes suggestions); spending time with her precious Pomeranian, Cookie; staying current with what’s happening inside the Beltway; and exploring new cuisines.
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“Building relationships has always been a passion of mine. I enjoy creating and fostering connections with clients and candidates to guide them through our process, since having solid relationships ultimately leads to a successful hire for both parties.”
Molly supports searches in media relations and corporate communications across a variety of industries.
Prior to joining Heyman Associates, she worked at a recruitment firm, Nigel Frank International, where she managed the full lifecycle recruitment process for IT contract placements. Before that, Molly worked at a nonprofit organization, BuildOn, working with the development team to help communicate the organization’s accomplishments to donors to foster continued donor support.
A traveler at heart, after college graduation, Molly spent nine months backpacking on her own through India, Southeast Asia and Australia.
“I love meeting new people from all different cultures, and I find this to be a crucial trait for working in executive search. It is important to find a candidate with the right experience and skill set, but cultural fit matters just as much.”
Molly received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Colby College. While at Colby, she played varsity squash all four years and led the team as Captain her Senior year. She still loves to get on the court and play whenever she has a chance.
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“My goal is to make the process move along as smoothly as possible, but people always come first.”
With her personable approach to business operations, Marianne ensures an efficient search process and office environment. She oversees all aspects of client contracts, including answering questions, handling negotiations, managing accounts payable and receivable and expediting details. She also manages the administrative staff and serves as the point person for technological initiatives, facility needs and vendor coordination.
Marianne brings two decades of operations experience. Prior to joining HA, she handled corporate development at Alcoa and served as Administrative Manager, East Region, at TMP Worldwide Executive Search for four years. Marianne also held senior-level positions at iFormation Group, Peterson Consulting and Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Co.
“My career spans a wide spectrum of work environments. In the corporate sector, I operated within deep-rooted formal processes; in a startup situation, I created and implemented infrastructure from the ground up. I call upon my business experience every day. It assists in my handling of broad and diverse job responsibilities.”
Marianne received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College. Outside the office, she continues to put people first, through her active participation in the Wounded Warrior Project and other veteran support programs. She also enjoys social activities, including all sports (with a particular love of biking) and relaxing at the beach.
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“When my colleagues match up a great communicator with a great organization, that real-life happy ending is more satisfying than the final lines of a fantastic page-turner.”
Greg ensures that all content generated by the firm meets the high standards of our clients and candidates. He manages the firm’s communications efforts and online presence and also serves as the firm’s General Counsel.
Prior to joining Heyman Associates, Greg was a researcher and business writer with a roster of clients that included executives, academics and judges. For several years before that, he practiced complex litigation at two large New York law firms, advising global financial institutions and Big Four accounting firms facing bet-the-company litigation. Guided by earlier experience in magazine journalism and Web development, he believes that the visual presentation of content is as important as the words themselves.
“The common thread running through my career is an intense focus on crafting language that informs, persuades and moves an audience.”
Greg is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, where he earned an A.B. in English and conducted original research on the history of the American publishing industry. He also holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. In his spare time, Greg indulges his passions for industrial design and music by building home audio equipment.
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