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AEC Recruiter Donna Gaines Returns to Namesake Firm

Donna Gaines has returned to Gaines International, the executive search and recruiting firm she founded in 1981 to serve the architecture, interior design, engineering, construction and real estate development industries. Gaines, away from her namesake firm for two years after its 2014 acquisition by Houston-based Allen Austin, will lead Gaines International as managing partner.

Gaines is returning to Gaines International as it embarks on a new phase of strategic growth. She’ll split her time among offices in Chicago and Houston, and on the East and West Coasts, while serving clients domestically and internationally.

“The growth in the AEC sector in the last several years has opened the door for new and exciting possibilities,” said Gaines. “The opportunities available today for both organizations and individuals are unique and dynamic, and I look forward to furthering the success of the talented people in this creative sphere who ultimately shape culture and society.”

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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