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Kristian Schwartz
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It all started with my first job out of college at Wired magazine in San Francisco. I was able to witness the dawn of the dot-com era at one of the companies that created the digital transformation of our world. On my desk rests Wired 5.10 - the issue that was released the month I joined in October 1995. I’m still inspired by it.

Following Wired, I went on to senior-level roles with major advertising agencies in San Francisco - Razorfish, Wunderman, SapientNitro, DDB and Saatchi & Saatchi. I was fortunate to work with clients such as Visa, Verizon, Clorox, Unilever and Hewlett-Packard. The work was challenging - yet rewarding as I was able to lead change for my clients and establish lifelong relationships. Nothing is more satisfying than looking back and knowing we were able to generate positive business results - and change the way my clients and their organizations benefited from our efforts.

Moving to executive recruitment was a natural transition. I have always been a ‘people connector.’ Inside knowledge of the advertising and marketing world --often serving as a hiring manager-- has provided a deep experience-based foundation. This culminated in becoming a Senior Partner at the Lucas Group in Atlanta.

The Montgomery Group is the newest chapter of my career and life experience. My vision is simple: a boutique search firm, staffed by senior industry veterans dedicated to creating positive experiences and career-changing impacts for their clients and candidates- from superior placements to career advice to an introduction within the industry.

I graduated from the University of Oregon, with a BS in Microeconomics and an informal degree in outdoor pursuits. I am an active blogger for Huffington Post. Outside of work, you can spot me cycling, cooking, fly-fishing and spending time with my wife and twin, red-haired daughters.

Entries by Kristian Schwartz

How to Say Thank You After a Job Interview

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 3:20 PM


Should I send an email or handwritten thank-you after a job interview? It's a question I get asked almost daily as an executive search consultant. My answer is, yes and yes.

Sending an email ensures...

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Long Live the Art of Handwritten Notes (In the Business World)

(9) Comments | Posted January 25, 2014 | 5:15 PM


Imagine this: right now you have 2,070 emails in your in-box and two handwritten notes on your desk. Which one do you think stands out the most? If you answered "handwritten," give yourself a pat on the back. You are not only right,...

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