Meet Our Team: Debra Savage

Debra Savage, Executive Recruiter

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT GILMAN PARTNERS?

A year and a half

WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT WORKING AT GILMAN PARTNERS? 

I knew I would love working with the Gilman Partners team, but what I didn't realize is how much we make a positive impact on people's lives. I enjoy that most of all, knowing at the end of the day I've been able to connect people in a way that will make the candidate's life better and the client's business maybe a little more successful. I truly like that we make a connection with our clients and candidates.

IN WHICH AREAS OF RECRUITING DO YOU SPECIALIZE? 

Accounting/finance, non-profit, operations, HR and leadership

WHAT WAS ONE OF YOUR MORE CHALLENGING AND/OR REWARDING PLACEMENTS?

Probably my first one. I was able to place someone I had met several years before. She wasn't sure what she wanted and she wasn't the exact profile we had identified, but in the end she was just the right person for the role.

HOW DO YOU SEE THE PRACTICE OF RECRUITING AND RETAINING EMPLOYEES CHANGING IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

I really see the influence of flexibility and benefits in the workplace making an impact. Clients are going to have to be more open to the needs/desires of the candidates and do more "selling." I think recruiters are going to be even more important in crafting the job description and negotiating an offer. I believe that recruiting is an art form.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES?

I love to sew! I started sewing when I was 8, eventually making my own clothes, then clothes for my children and grandchildren. Although I am capable of complex projects, I love crafts such as business card holders and travel bags. The best part is sharing these with my friends and clients. I also love to renovate and remodel. Currently I am remodeling my kitchen and have developed a list of 22 other projects at my house. I have acquired a Pinterest obsession.

WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT?

I like to be out in the community doing either one-on-one visits or talking to large groups. I am also passionate about women's issues and am currently pursuing avenues to help other women. I am involved in several women’s groups such as the Ohio Society of CPAs Women’s Initiative and Clermont County Women in Leadership. I will be working in the spring with Aviatra Accelerators’ launch program and am looking for more project-based volunteer roles.

I started in public accounting when there were few women in leadership roles. It was a much tougher road than for my male counterparts and I always thought that shouldn’t be. I have also raised three strong women who have a bright future and I would like that for all women. My favorite quote, from an unknown author, is, “Strong women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”