In 1988, Bejan Douraghy made his way to Chicago with $1,000 in his pocket and an idea for a business. A prior job experience had taught him that you had to treat creative talent with the same level of respect as you treat your customers, because as a creative staffing agency, people are his products and his service.
Five years later, his company, Artisan, had tripled in size. A year after that, he appeared on the cover of Inc. magazine about how bootstrappers change their business practices to foster growth and move beyond the start-up phase.
Almost 14 years later, his words still hold true, and he emphasizes a commitment to his team and to the growth of Artisan, a creative haven for top talent, such as artists and designers, that balances the demands of businesses needing creative services while advocating for the talent filling those needs.
He has built one of the best-known brands in the United States’ creative staffing services industry, serving nearly 2,000 companies and providing challenging work to 8,000 artists. The company continues to gain recognition with promotional events that recognize the best artists and designers in the global creative community.
Douraghy knows that putting together the right people for his client needs is equally as important as putting together the right internal team for Artisan’s culture and sustained success. When employees ask for professional development opportunities, he examines the request, considers an appropriate budget and encourages them to pursue creative endeavors.
HOW TO REACH: Artisan, www.artisantalent.com