Dallas Morning News Article --by: Cheryl Hall
Chances are that person is a close friend or family member just waiting to help, says the 53-year-old chief executive of Plano-based Eastman & Beaudine.
Beaudine's recently published book, The Power of WHO, details how to define who your real allies are and what you really want your next job to be.
Sports Illustrated called Beaudine "the most influential man in sports you have never heard of."
In the last decade, he's placed 33 major college athletic directors, 24 head coaches and a slew of top executives in the professional leagues. The executive vice presidents of sales and marketing at both the Orlando Magic and the Charlotte Bobcats owe their new pro basketball jobs to him.
"His energy is always contagious," says Steve Orsini, who was recruited by Beaudine in 2006 to be athletic director at Southern Methodist University. "When you're working with university committees, many of the members need a little jolt. Bob surely provides that."
There's nothing subdued or downbeat about Bob Beaudine.
He collects friends as business assets.
Orsini's signing with SMU was their first placement together.
Before Orsini even got to campus, he hired Beaudine to find a basketball coach, which he did: Matt Doherty. Two years later, Orsini hired him to find a new football coach, June Jones.
"I'm really proud of the hiring up Bob did for us," Orsini says, "from managing people's expectations to keeping confidentiality to coaching some of my committee members because they weren't optimistic about us getting two former national coaches of the year."
Beaudine always works on retainer with the organization looking for the management talent and usually gets paid a third of the person's first-year salary. While he has staff in offices around the country, he's the rainmaker, pulling in between $2 million and $4 million in annual revenue for the firm.
Beaudine's database contains nearly 5,500 contacts, but only about 100 are his "Who." He begins at this core when doing any type of search, then steadily reduces the circles of influence to find the best person for the task at hand. That's how he landed well-known book agent Jan Miller. He sent an e-mail to 48 friends asking who knew her. In five minutes, he had five positive responses. He chose the one who had lived in the guest house of Miller and her husband, Jeff Rich, while settling into Dallas.
In 1993, when a bored Beaudine wanted to quit, his father asked him what he enjoyed most.
"I told him, 'When I do a search for a president of a manufacturing company, I get a tour of the plant. When I do a search for the head of marketing for the NBA, we get the all-star weekend,' " he says. "Dad said, 'Go get that.'
That's how he got his first swing at big league baseball. A corporate client was also part-owner of the Atlanta Braves and head of the search committee for a new baseball commissioner. Beaudine wound up helping the committee interview candidates.
Beaudine still does corporate searches, but mostly for longtime friends.
Beaudine's office on the second floor of the Shops at Legacy resembles Tom Hanks' fantasy flat in the movie Big. Visitors are greeted with a basketball hoop and a huge bowl loaded with 50 pounds of Hot Tamales candy.
Wire bins contain balls autographed by Troy Aikman and Nolan Ryan, along with unknowns who've touched his life. There's an honorary Mustang football jersey with the number 77, the year he graduated from the Hilltop with a degree in marketing.
And an enormous moose head stares into Beaudine's office.
"I grew up with Bullwinkle, and he makes me laugh," Beaudine says, explaining his antique store trophy. "People need to be joyful in their jobs. I am."
1. You don't ask.
2. You ask the wrong people to help.
3. You're Vague.
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