Mr. Pickens is responsible for leading Beacon Hill Financial in the Chicago region and managing Beacon Hill’s executive search practice and its Midwest expansion. Prior to joining Beacon Hill, Mr. Pickens held various leadership roles within two prominent international recruitment firms where he created and directed multi-disciplinary businesses in both executive search and staffing. He is well known for his commitment to clients and unwavering focus on recruiting exceptional talent for their organizations, and has been recognized as a top producer in the Chicago marketplace for many years. Before beginning a career in executive search and staffing, Mr. Pickens was an audit manager with a Big Four accounting firm leading audits in the energy, financial services, manufacturing and distribution sectors. Mr. Pickens received a Bachelor of Science degree in business with a concentration in accounting from Tulane University and is a Certified Public Accountant.