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The HT Group Welcomes a New Managing Director for Its Professional Services Division


20-Year Veteran Executive Recruiter Craig Patterson assumes the leadership position at one of Austin’s fastest growing human capital firms

Austin, TX (March 1, 2017) – The HT Group, a total-solution human capital firm, announces the addition of executive recruiting veteran Craig Patterson as Managing Director, Professional Services Division.

As Managing Director, Patterson will lead one of the top executive search divisions in Central and Southeast Texas, a team experienced in recruiting the nation’s premier professional, management, and executive talent. His background includes more than 20 years of experience in executive recruiting at the top level for Fortune 1000 corporations, medium-sized and startup companies and building high-performing executive search teams, including extensive experience in the commercial real estate and finance industries.

“The HT Group’s Professional Services Division has a strong track record in placing top executives throughout Texas. Our experience in retained search and dedicated search—utilizing a combination of behavioral interviewing, skills assessment and reference checking—is unsurpassed. With Craig’s leadership, we’re ready to achieve even more success for our clients and the executives we place,” says Mark Turpin, CEO/founder of The HT Group.

Before joining The HT Group, Patterson led the executive search division of the Austin-based Addison Group and, previously, launched and served as the principal of CREF Executive Search.  At the beginning of his career, he worked his way up from executive recruiter to senior partner at Joseph Chris Partners, a national real estate executive search firm.

At The HT Group, Patterson joins 26 full-time staff serving four specialized divisions—Staffing, Professional, Technical and Search—with locations in Austin, Beaumont, Orange and Port Arthur. The HT Group was founded as HT Staffing in 2001 to meet the region’s needs for traditional temporary staffing in administrative, light industrial, manufacturing and similar fields. Since then, the firm has continued to grow along with Austin. In fact, The HT Group has grown 20 to 30 percent each year since 2009. The firm changed its name in 2014 to reflect the full breadth of human capital solutions it now offers.

“We’re excited to have Craig on board and to put his experience shaping, training, managing and mentoring executive search teams to work for us,” adds The HT Group Chairman Jim Gillam.


About The HT Group

Locally owned The HT Group provides Texas companies with human capital solutions through four specialized divisions — Staffing, Professional, Technical and Search. Top-ranked by the Austin Business Journal since 2004, The HT Group has a trusted track record as a staffing, direct hire and search partner that delivers on its promises.

The firm serves Central Texas staffing needs through its Austin office and Southeast Texas through its Beaumont, Orange and Port Arthur offices. For more information, please visit