Enrique Washington, Generator Group, Partner One of three partners at the Generator Group, Enrique Washington is responsible for attracting new business to the executive search firm, both in the consumer products and technology practice areas. He also manages existing accounts to ensure Generator clients receive the level of service they need. Enrique has played a prominent role in evolving the Generator Group into a leading- edge executive search firm. Generator Group was the 2005 winner of the Oregon & Southwest Washington Better Business Bureau Customer Service Award and has been recognized by the Portland Business Journal as one of the Top 100 Fastest growing private companies in Oregon. Among Enrique’s accomplishments have been to help the Generator Group establish a strong presence in the consumer products arena by winning prominent clients such as: Adidas, Brooks Running, Hanesbrands, Hanna Andersson, Horny Toad, LaCrosse/Danner Footwear, Keen Footwear, New Balance, Reebok, Timberland, Umbro, and Yakima Products. Before joining the Generator Group, Enrique spent 14 years working in human resources and recruiting for companies such as Mentor Graphics, Nike, Pixelworks, FLIR Systems and New Edge Networks. At Mentor Graphics, Enrique was responsible for recruiting employees in the technical, operational, administrative and legal areas of the organization. At Nike, Enrique hired footwear developers, footwear designers, product engineers and other specialists to staff Nike’s footwear division. While at Nike, Enrique was one of the first recruiters to introduce the concept of Internet recruiting into the organization. He also trained Nike executives and hiring managers on how to interview for success. In 2006, he received the “40 under 40” award by the Portland Business Journal for his work and accomplishments in the Portland business and local community. Enrique has been recognized as one of the top minority recruiters nationwide by US Black Engineer Magazine. He has also been featured in Diversity/Careers in Engineering and Information Technology Magazine for his work helping Mentor Graphics build a recruiting strategy designed to hire diverse talent. Enrique has been featured or quoted in several other publications including Fortune Magazine, HR Magazine and the Portland Business Journal. In addition to serving on the board of Big City Mountaineers, Enrique serves on the board of Answer to Cancer, an Oregon-based non-profit that raises money to fight liver cancer. He also founded the Major Taylor Foundation in 1999 to help expose youth to the story of Major Taylor, a prominent African-American cyclist and social activist in the early 1900s. Enrique participated in the 1995 Olympic Festival Track Field Team, being named a Track Field All American while in college. He received a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in corporate and public communication, both from Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Enrique teaches recruiting, selection, and human resources management to undergraduate and graduate students at Portland State University. He also teaches recruitment and selection courses to human resources professional in the Portland State University Development Center Program. Additionally, he has also taught career planning courses at Clackamas Community College.
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