Tom Shahnazarian – PRESIDENT
Tom Shahnazarian serves as President for Spectrum Search Partners. He is responsible for leading the firm’s new-business-development efforts and managing its day-to-day operations. He co-founded Spectrum in 2009 with his partner, Kevin Hahn.
Tom’s professional background consists of nearly three decades of experience delivering results that have exceeded his clients’ expectations. His resourcefulness, blending research, analytical, and relationship-building skills, was essential for helping several CEOs transform their industries (office products, urban renewal, and travel nursing/crisis staffing). With a diverse business background outside the executive search field, Tom’s skill set complements that of Kevin Hahn, Spectrum’s CEO. During his career, Tom has reported to three CEOs, while consulting for numerous others, and has held several sales leadership positions. These experiences make him uniquely qualified to understand the needs and challenges of senior executives seeking fresh talent. He has also worked for companies with varied ownership structures, from foreign-owned Asian and European firms to family-owned businesses and businesses in the Fortune 500, and the non-profit sector. As a result, he has a deep appreciation for cultural fit.
Most recently, Tom collaborated with Kevin Hahn for three years at Tri-Worth Solutions, a regional executive search firm headquartered in Chicago, where he helped develop the firm’s Private Equity practice and strengthened their Sales and Marketing practice.
Previously, Tom served as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for FASTAFF, the largest unit of US Nursing Corporation, a $200 million business that he helped sell to a private equity firm. The firm pioneered the concept of crisis staffing within the travel nursing business and was renowned for the level of talent they provided for their clients.
Tom’s career includes nine years with Corporate Express (acquired by Staples in 2008), the world’s largest B2B distributor of office products. There he created the firm’s corporate and business development functions working under CE’s founder and CEO. In just six years, the firm’s sales grew 100-fold (from $45 million to $4.5 billion) through a highly successful acquisition and integration program that Tom helped develop and execute. When CE was sold to Buhrmann in 2000, Tom led the integration of the national/strategic accounts organization and helped drive a profitable turnaround that increased sales 50 percent in less than three years, to $1.5 billion. At the time of his departure, CE was doing business with 92 percent of the Fortune 500.
Tom spent the first decade of his career on the East Coast, where he grew up. He worked four years for TIAA-CREF in their Real Estate Investment division, managing a loan portfolio of $150 million for the largest pension fund in the world. He then joined the F.D. Rich Company, the largest privately held company in Connecticut at the time, and led the sales, marketing, and project management efforts for several of their real estate and other investment properties. A number of these assignments required selling to the C level of major corporations. His sales efforts generated more than $15 million in new business.
Tom earned a BA degree in Economics from Bucknell University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Connecticut’s Graduate School of Business. He has lectured at the business school level on the topics of Sales and Marketing, Finance, and Mergers and Acquisitions at Columbia University and the University of Denver. He has been an active fundraiser for the University of Colorado’s Health Sciences Center and is involved with several non-profit organizations whose missions are to find a cure for lung cancer and promote the prevention of heart and lung disease.
Kevin Hahn – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Kevin Hahn serves as Chief Executive Officer for Spectrum Search Partners. As a co-founder of Spectrum, Kevin brings more than 16 years of search experience, leadership, and business acumen to his clients and teams. His background includes four years as the number-one search consultant in the country for DHR International/JobPlex, one of the five largest executive search firms in the US. In that position, Kevin recruited and built one of the highest-performing teams in the country, leading to his company’s being honored as the top search firm in Colorado by the Denver Business Journal for four consecutive years.
Before co-founding Spectrum, Kevin served as a Managing Partner for Tri-Worth Solutions, LLC. While there, Kevin and his teams built a robust business and were acknowledged by the Denver Business Journal as one of the Best Places to Work in 2008. Kevin was responsible for securing high profile relationships with leading Fortune 500 companies, private equity firms, and emerging organizations.
Kevin has a reputation for delivering exceptional client service and world-class candidates. During his career, Kevin has placed more than 1,000 professional candidates with a combined $80 million in salaries for his clients. These successful placements have occurred in a wide-cross section of industries and across diverse functional roles. Kevin has also spearheaded large complex projects that have contributed significantly to the bottom line.
Earlier in his career, Kevin worked for Career Forum Inc, a contingent boutique firm. During his time there, Kevin was the “Top Representative” for seven consecutive years.
Kevin is an active member in the community having supported Sungate Kids, Denver Scores, Denver Rescue Mission, and others. Kevin earned a BA degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.
Jay Lane – SVP, RECRUITING & RESEARCH
Jay Lane currently serves as Vice President of Recruiting & Research for Spectrum Search Partners. In this role, he is responsible for setting the recruitment strategy, overseeing the quality of the firm’s talent sourcing efforts, conducting searches and managing client relationships. Jay has earned a national reputation for identifying and recruiting world-class talent on behalf of Spectrum’s clients.
He has successfully filled over 250 assignments during his eight-year career in the retained executive search business. Those searches required him to recruit C-level executives, management professionals, and key individual contributors across the country.
Jay’s search experience covers a wide range of industries with a key focus within the Private Equity space. Specific industries include: Cloud (SaaS, IaaS), CPG, Energy, Financial Services, Gaming, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Marketing and Professional Services, Real Estate, Retail, Telecom and Luxury Travel. He also has significant experience recruiting Executives to Private Equity companies and their portfolio investments.
Jay’s career in the Executive Search business began at DHR International/JobPlex, the nation’s fifth-largest retained firm, as an Associate, where he first started working for Kevin Hahn, Spectrum’s CEO. He played an active role in building the business and was recognized as the firm’s “Rookie of the Year” in his first year because of his hard work and outstanding execution performance. Jay was quickly promoted to Senior Associate, and in his second year, he continued to excel and was rewarded with a promotion to Principal, reaching this level faster than anyone in the company’s history.
In 2006, Jay helped Kevin build Tri-Worth Solutions, a regional retained executive search firm, headquartered in Chicago. Joining as their Vice President of Sales and Operations, he focused on executing senior level assignments and creating new business development opportunities.
Prior to entering the executive search business, Jay was a Tour Manager for Marketing-Werks, an experiential marketing services organization, where he was responsible for managing the company’s largest mobile tour, Chevrolet’s Chicago Revolution. He also was part of the first crew team of the VERB Anytour, a $240 million program sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control, focusing on educating tweens on active lifestyles.
Jay earned his degree while on an athletic and academic football scholarship at Western New England University, where he was a four-year varsity letterman.
He is deeply involved with the University of Colorado Mentorship program where he mentors Junior & Senior’s thriving for business careers.
Heather Wiester – DIRECTOR OF RECRUITING
Heather Wiester is currently a Director of Recruiting for Spectrum Search Partners. In this role, Heather is defining and executing our national search strategy, identifying top candidates through a rigorous search process and working closely with our clients to deliver exceptional professionals. Heather has been recognized consistently for outstanding performance and an unwavering dedication to Spectrum’s client’s success.
Heather has fifteen years of executive-level retained search experience and has successfully completed hundreds of successful searches in a variety of industries including Advertising, Education, Financial Services, Fundraising, Healthcare, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Online Services, Private Equity, Software and Technology. These searches have focused on executive talent ranging from the Vice President level and above.
Heather began her recruiting career directly out of college where she was recruited by the CEO of Staffmark, one of the top 10 staffing agencies in the US, to establish the Memphis, TN office. Within one year, the Memphis office was recognized nationally as a top performing office with sales finishing in the top 1% of the country.
Heather then moved into a Principal role with DHR International/JobPlex, the 5th largest retained search firm in the country. She was recognized as the Top Account Manager for the company nationally for several consecutive years while directly supporting Kevin Hahn for over nine years.
In 2006, Heather was recruited to Tri-Worth Solutions. A regional retained executive search firm, headquartered in Chicago. As a National Account Manager, Heather was responsible executing retained search assignments while helping build the research function.
Heather is well known throughout the industry and has been asked to present at multiple training, research, and recruiting events across the country. She has also been contacted by several media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, the Denver Post, the Denver Business Journal, and the Memphis Commercial Appeal to share her industry expertise.
Heather attended the University of Memphis and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
She is actively involved in fundraising for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Community Food Share/Feeding America.