Technical Connections is Southern California’s premier executive recruiting firm specializing exclusively in software and information technology professionals. The firm, based in West Los Angeles, offers a full range of services, including retained search, contingency placement, and short- and long-term consulting.
Technical Connections was established in 1984 by Helen MacKinnon, an executive with extensive technical and managerial experience in the computer industry. The firm, which initially focused on serving clients within the software development field, today works with companies in a variety of industries. Clients range from technology start-ups to multinational giants and include Warner Bros., The Walt Disney Company, Amgen, The Getty Trust, American Honda, ShoeDazzle, Oversee.net among many others. Technical Connections places hundreds of candidates annually. In April of 2012 TCI turned 28 years old.
The executives at Technical Connections do not consider themselves “headhunters,” but rather professional consultants whose in-depth knowledge of both technology and the marketplace enables them to offer candidates and clients a rare level of strategic counsel. MacKinnon, who has master’s degrees in both Computer Science and Business Administration from the University of Southern California, recruits her internal staff based on their technical and business expertise, as well as their recruiting experience. Unlike many recruiters and temporary placement firms that have only recently entered the technical arena, Technical Connections has always specialized in this field.
TCI believes that when all employees have an ownership stake in their company, it is reflected in the quality of their work and therefore in the long-term success of the firm. At TCI, employees have an ownership interest in the firm through the Technical Connections Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). TCI contributes annually to a trust account for the benefit of the employees. Currently, the ESOP holds 100% of the voting stock of TCI.
In addition TCI believes strongly in giving back to the community that it serves and has an active philanthropy committee devoted to donating funds to worthy causes.