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A friend of mine has won a fairly spectacular award. I’ll reproduce his company’s press release here, then tell you what I think.

The Recruiting Conference Inc. announced that Informatica, the world’s number one independent provider of data integration software and Dave Mendoza, global talent acquisition consultant, have won the Excellence in Sourcing Innovation award. The winners were honored November 1st during the Recruiting Conference’s annual recruiting and sourcing event at the InterContinental Chicago-O’Hare.

The awards highlight some of the best recruiting efforts by corporate recruitment departments, recruitment advertising/creative agencies on behalf of clients operating in any industry sector, or private or public companies.

“The Excellence in Sourcing Innovation Award was awarded to Informatica for applying SEO based tactics in their global sourcing and recruiting efforts, and for leveraging multiple social media platforms beyond their intended utilities,” said Anna Brekka, VP of North America for Onrec.

Informatica brought global talent acquisition consultant Dave Mendoza in to spearhead their sourcing and recruiting objectives in 2010. Mendoza’s work with Informatica has revealed unique sourcing and talent mapping challenges being faced by companies globally, particularly in high growth areas like APAC and EMEA.

“Dave has opened doors to revolutionary ways of talent mapping through competitive intelligence that are immediately actionable. As Informatica continues to expand globally and is seeking out the best talent in the industry, he has been a great thought partner,” said Brad Cook, Global Vice President of Talent Acquisition at Informatica.

“Informatica is known for innovation and quality in its products and my goal is to bring that same level of innovation into how we attract and retain top industry talent. We invest in our global talent acquisition team with unparalleled, cutting edge technologies, and subject matter expertise level training in both social media and sourcing that clearly differentiate us from other Silicon Valley companies. Our recruiters and sourcers are our top priority and as a result we source and attract the smartest people in an exceptionally competitive market.”

Mendoza’s strategic roadmap earned Informatica recognition earlier this year as winner of the “Most Strategic Use of Technologies” category at the 2011 ERE Recruiting Excellence Awards. Mendoza has received numerous recognitions this past year for his initiatives in the area of talent mapping with an emphasis on product aligned competitive intelligence and bench marking best practices.

Industry analyst and respected pundit Gerry Crispin stated: “As more sophisticated recruiting models emerge with pipelines that are years in the making, we are bound to see new sourcing strategies that mash-up social media channels with competitive intelligence goals to map talent even as they form their skills, knowledge and experience. Some of the work by Brad Cook and David Mendoza at Informatica has recently been recognized for cutting these new paths in the recruiting forest.”

About Informatica: Organizations around the world gain a competitive advantage in today’s global information economy with timely, relevant and trustworthy data for their top business imperatives. More than 4,500 enterprises worldwide rely on Informatica to access, integrate and trust their information assets held in the traditional enterprise, off premise and in the Cloud.

Contact: Brad Cook, Global VP of Talent Acquisition, (650) 385

About Dave Mendoza: Dave Mendoza is a globally recognized, subject matter expert in the development and implementation of global talent acquisition strategies, advanced sourcing methodologies to generate passive talent pipelines, and recruitment technologies innovator.

Contact: Dave Mendoza, Talent Strategist, (303)

OK, so that’s the press release. Self-explanatory. But very corporate.

Dave has helped me numerous times with support and encouragement. He has helped me grow my network and had kind things to say about some of my books.

Don’t get me wrong, the award above is fantastic. In our industry he is deservedly féted as the best. He and a few others more or less created the whole field of Sourcing; then became the rock stars of that field,

But to me, the support and encouragement that I have seen Dave give to others is an even worthier achievement, and one that there isn’t an award ceremony for.

If you get a chance to hear him speak, do so, If you get a chance to have your company bring him in to consult, do so. He is a giant amongst sourcers. He is a passionate advocate for methods and technologies that people are only just beginning to get.

Well done Dave. I’m proud to know you.


Written by robertgodden

November 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm