Who We Are
What is a no-nonsense recruiter to do with himself after almost a dozen years in the business working at top agencies including Digitas, Porter Novelli, Mullen, and IQJ? Venture out on his own and establish an agency that possesses the very qualities that he felt were most important - honesty, building relationships, locating the highest level of talent, and the desire to have a good time doing it.
From a junior account executive in an advertising agency, to the next dot.com guru, onto the CEO of a global public relations firm, Brian is motivated to be the best at finding the best talent - a quality he instills in all who surround him.
A native Bostonian who has lived in Chicago, San Francisco and transplanted to the worlds capital, New York City, Brian finds its vibrant and diverse energy an inspiring force for Phifer & Company. Live lobsters dont have a chance once they’re in Brian’s sight. Nantucket red is a color of choice, with kelly green close behind . Foodie is a word for preschoolers, ask him about ramps, fiddleheads, shad roe, or speck.
- Executive Assistant
Hailing from Atlanta Georgia with a degree in Theory and Performance Theatre, Brandon Coleman joined the team at Phifer & Company to tackle of the most important roles, assist and manage the CEO Brian Phifer. As Brian Phifer’s Executive Assistant, Brandon is Brian’s right hand man. He is extremely organized, self-motivated and aware of Brian’s needs before he has the chance to realize it. This ability steams from working at top modeling agencies as a junior booker managing models daily schedules and calorie intake. Not to mention he does it all in style.
Whether it’s a Ralph Lauren equestrian style riding pant and boots or a Dior tuxedo jacket paired with jeans and green velvet Tom Ford slippers, Brandon believes in quality over quantity. His belief resonates in the Phifer & Company mission statement of only representing exceptional clients and presenting first-rate candidates with phenomenal experience.
Although Brandon is instrumental in managing the fun house known as Phifer & Company, he still finds time to assist in recruiting qualified candidates, closing deals and maintaining an upbeat work environment with his natural wit and charm. On an off day you can find Brandon languishing on his sofa with a glass of Baileys watching Dexter or HGTV and listening to Mariah Carey, Kelis or Aaliyah.
- Executive Talent Manager
Although she looks like Royalty, Sue is not related to “THE” Middleton’s. She should be though, after many encounters with the clan at prep school, she had her chance but decided she wanted to be a career woman. She went on to work at many top companies including Procter & Gamble, Publicis, Omnicom Group, and now Phifer & Company! Sue’s previous internal experience in recruitment and talent aquisition help her hone in on the exact individual for each position any where in the world. Sue’s been recruiting in the EMEA and APAC areas for the past 15 years.
Sue knows dining better than any Michelin, Zagat, or online guide in London. She’s also incredibly experienced in restaurants in Hong Kong, Rome, and Athens. Sue can help you find your next career and dining experience at the same time!
- Executive Talent Manager
Blast off! It’s time to start a new! Good thing for you ... Brian Gabay has entered the building. He is here to make your life better on all levels. His energy, wisdom, charm, and personality along with our stock of hungry high quality destinations, will bridge us together like a Peanut butter & Jelly sandwich (without the crust...Ha-ha). Brian is a Long Island native now NYC bound import, who brings a unique blend of soothing energy to the table. His unique background having lived 5 yrs overseas coupled with his typical New Yorker handbag of Knick and Yankee Games allows Brian to adapt like a chameleon work wise with a background melting pot of jobs in advertising and media signifies his exact understanding of your needs. Having had extensive work in media and digital advertising transcends to our clients.
He has 20/20 vision of talent, but more importantly is a great ear who knows who how to translate your message. This coming from a man who impersonated Elvis on Maury Povitch (at age 5). So obviously you are in a "Star's hands".... So, as your matchmaker Brian will make this marriage work and last ... just promise to take him on the honeymoon....
Fear not, as he is your personal top flight liaison ... who will not rest until you have the perfect fit!
- Talent Manager
Gina strongly believes that a company's true strength is defined by the quality of its employees. Recruitment plays such an important role in the success of a company, and this is what motivated Gina to work in the HR industry by helping find the best talent!
Beyond her passion for HR and having a keen eye for talent, she brings to the team international experience and diverse hands-on skills.
After working in two of the most prestigious companies in Mexico, Gina decided to take on an international challenge and came to NY to start her journey in mastering the art of recruitment overseas. While enjoying the Big Apple´s exotic restaurants and diverse culture, she is still a little clumsy when it comes to taking the subway, so if you ever see a Mexican girl looking at the subway map like it is an algebraic formula, help her out.
The word on the street is that she makes a mean "ceviche" so don´t be afraid to ask her for recipes (beware, she eats spicy food for breakfast), Gina enjoys running marathons, so if you would print out your CV on the back of your shirt, it would help a lot.
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Although she was born and raised in northern New Jersey, Ashley is not your typical Jersey girl. Ashley is a die-hard Hokie fan hailing from Virginia Tech and did not miss a single Hokie football game in her four years of undergrad. Much like her boss, Brian, Ashley has a love for all things preppy and believes that a girl can never have too many Lilly Pulitzer dresses. She is also a proud sister of Alpha Phi fraternity, where she was first introduced to the world of recruiting. Ashley served as Vice President of Recruitment for the Greek Community of Virginia Tech for two years and has continued down the path of recruitment with Phifer & Company.
Ashley first joined Phifer & Company as a summer intern and has stayed part of the team as a Talent Manager. After majoring in Public Relations, Ashley has developed a knack for scoping out talented PR professionals and enjoys working with driven individuals. A self-described people person, Ashley is always open to meeting new people and starting a conversation about opportunities within Phifer & Company.
- Talent Manager
Hailing from Exit 168 off the Garden State Parkway, Jane has been a quick ride away from the “capital” of the world all her life. Jane decided to spread her wings and become a Hawk at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. A Giants and Yankees fan, she has been stranded behind enemy lines the past four years and is excited to be back in the Big Apple. At St. Joes, Jane led the University Service Program for the past three years, and fell in love with serving those in Philadelphia and Camden. She is an avid long distance runner, demolishing marathons and half marathons like they’re a walk in the park. Bruce Springsteen himself admitted that she has been an unending inspiration to many of his masterpieces, most notably “Born to Run.” Jane joined Phifer & Company in 2012 as a summer intern and has permanently joined the team as a Talent Manager. Fueled by her neuroticism for nutrition, Jane majored in Food Marketing at St. Joes which allowed her to develop a solid foundation in marketing principles. This foundation has subsequently been strengthened under the tutelage of the greatest PR recruiter of our time, the aforementioned Brian Phifer. Don’t be fooled by her relaxed demeanor, Jane is chomping at the bit to find the best fit for her clients and prepared to throw the proverbial gloves off if need be.
- Talent Manager
From the freezing winters of Warsaw Poland, to the dry deserts of Dubai, to the sunshine of South Africa - James comes to Phifer&Company with a love for travel and passion for meeting new people. Originating from London, James can sometimes be seen whacking a small white ball around vast green landscapes, and his love for golf does not stop with playing the game – as his fantasy golf league is serious business!
One of his other great loves is spending time meeting the locals at his nearby pub for a few chilled beverages, whilst trying to get to grips with the rules of American football.
Throughout his extensive travels, James has been fortunate enough to get to know people from all walks of life, resulting in his ability to connect with people from a variety of backgrounds. His attentiveness to detail provides him with a strong eye for talent, and with his easy going personality he can’t wait to help you find that next ideal opportunity!
- Executive Talent Manager
Although born in the United States, but if you ask him, he is English through and through. After completing all of his formative education in the United Kingdom, Lucas returned to the US with his family to attend university. During which time he discovered talent acquisition to be his calling, an ever-ready networker; Lucas never shies away from meeting new people and is proud to genuinely have their best interest at heart, although if you have something bad to say about his beloved football (soccer), you might have a problem on your hands.
During college and high school he interned at a series of financial institutions, however what really rings his bell is working with people, not numbers. If you were to ask his friends, they would all say that Lucas is something of a social butterfly, who makes friends and new acquaintances every day.
After arriving in his now home of Franklin Lakes (as in the real housewives), NJ, Lucas became instinctively drawn to Manhattan in order to fill his need for hustle and bustle; first cutting his teeth working as a startup recruiter for some of the countries newest Silicon Valley companies. Since then he has gradually moved away from the technology sector and found his niche with the likeminded folks in Digital Media, Advertising, PR and Marketing.
- Talent Manager
Spotted: Emma Demar at the desk right as you walk into the office here at Phifer. I may be from a small town in Jersey, but I have the aspirations of a big city girl. Never underestimate the drive of a 5’2’’ young lady! I was on Gossip Girl, season one as Elise Wells (best friend of Jenny Humphrey for those who know the show; I was always clad in pink!). My love of acting led me to finding recruiting (through first becoming interested in casting where I could represent other talent, to being a superstar recruiter where I can help others find and achieve their dream careers).
Aside from my goal of being a rock star recruiter, I’m a writer (you can find stacks of journals in my room; I love writing poetry and non-fiction namely) and a dancer (hip-hop is my favorite type; you can always catch me breaking it down on the dance floor). I also love traveling, and have been fortunate enough to travel to Greece, Israel, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Amsterdam, and many other places. My experience traveling and meeting new people from all over the world, combined with my love of psychology and ability to really understand and connect with others, will aid me in being a recruiter who can continually find new talent and maintain my connections with each individual. That said, I look forward to working with new potential candidates and hopefully helping to place you in a role you will love…and one in which you’ll be a superstar. We can gossip about your qualifications