Employment Services New York
Discerning Personal & Corporate Placement
Hire Society is a privately owned, fully licensed, bonded, and insured boutique placement agency. Founded in March of 2012, our expertise lies in staffing permanent positions within our clients’ private homes, executive offices, and luxury brands. Hire Society has the uncommon advantage of being built by veterans of the domestic, corporate, and luxury service community. Our team is comprised of former Personal Assistants, Butlers, Private Chefs, and Estate Managers who use their unique understanding of our distinguished clientele to find the right hire promptly and effectively.
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The loss of David’s father at a young age made him understand the importance of domestic help early on. When he was four years old, David’s mother enrolled in graduate school and enlisted the services of an extraordinary Colombian woman who worked with David’s family for years and played an instrumental role in shaping David into the person he is today. David understands that while personal staff is a luxury, it is also a necessity, and finding the perfect hire is invaluable. By his twenty-first birthday, David was successfully producing events in one of New York City’s largest nightclubs and managing a four-star restaurant. He went on to work as a trader and trading floor manager on Wall Street before returning to hospitality in 2005. David’s return to the service industry happened by chance when a friend asked him to assist in the planning of a Fourth of July party at a private Hamptons estate. A weekend’s worth of work became a new career when the party’s host offered David a full-time position as his Butler/Estate manager. In his new role, David assisted in the day-to-day management and operation of the family’s 50-acre East Hampton estate, their six-story townhouse, and was responsible for the hiring, training, and scheduling of a large domestic staff. It was while searching for candidates that David first discovered a serious shortage of both qualified candidates and employment agencies to represent those candidates. In 2006, David joined a New York City search firm as a recruiter and later became Vice President and Partner. After six years and hundreds of successful long-term placements within private homes, c-level offices, and major luxury brands, David decided to strike out on his own. In March of 2012, David opened the doors to his wholly owned and operated firm, Hire Society.
Link: David Youdovin
Jessie brings to Hire Society both the down-to-earth charm of a Midwest gal, as well as the 'big-city fancy' of a fashion and entertainment background. Graduating as Valedictorian of her LIM College class, Jessie began her professional experience working for such companies as NBC Universal (Saturday Night Live/The Today Show/Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,) Bergdorf Goodman, and Anthropologie. Most recently, Jessie dabbled in event planning and nightlife while serving as a Personal Assistant to an entrepreneur in the hospitality industry. Her professional drive, passion for customer service, and vivid sense of style help keep Jessie both a unique and noticeable player in the office.
Link: Jessica Levine
Aleth is at home anywhere and a stranger to no one. Born and raised in France, she moved to the US at an early age. Making homes and friendships from Hawaii to Virginia, Sag Harbor to Manhattan, Aleth acquired at an early age the tools of building relationships. She learned to speak Mandarin while living in China after high school, and has visited many times since returning to the US. In addition to her talent for connecting with people as well as fluency in three languages, (English, French & Mandarin,) Aleth brings to Hire Society a high degree of organization and skill. Having earned a degree in International Business Management, she applies the same dedication and insight to her daily work in understanding the needs of her clients and striving diligently to meet them with satisfaction. No stranger to domestic service, Aleth’s considerable experience in babysitting culminated in working as a nanny for a prominent New York City family. She understands the process of establishing the confidence and skills required of candidates seeking jobs with high-net-worth individuals and the importance of building relationships that work.
Link: Aleth Boisset
A southern boy by nature and an urbanite at heart, Brian enjoys working with clients individually with a view to building lifestyle. Believing that if you make work play, you’ll play your whole life, Brian hopes to match job candidates with positions in which their enjoyment of the work can be translated into success. His first job was with an antiques dealer on fabled Magazine Street in New Orleans. Working with interior design firms and individuals alike, he was impressed with the importance of establishing a convivial atmosphere in dealing with clients – one in which wine and excellent food played important roles. As a New Orleans transplant in Manhattan, he applied this enjoyment of event planning and indulging in food to a role in business development for a high-end culinary school. He now enjoys representing candidates for Private Chef positions by helping them to curate aspects of their individual talent and style in compiling sample menus and photo-journals of their work. It is important to him that candidates are well-matched to the requirements of the families who trust Hire Society to maintain their lifestyles. In doing so, he hopes both parties will find themselves in an arrangement that works and makes them both happy.
Shantala is a global nomad who moved to New York from Texas in 2006 to make the "crossroads of the world" her permanent home. Born in Australia, she grew up in Houston, Seattle, Portland, OR, and has also lived in Switzerland and Belgium, where she also traveled extensively throughout Europe. She is fluent in French, speaks some Spanish, and has a basic understanding of German. After working for nine years as a Concierge in Four and Five-Star hotels, Shantala made the transition to working for private individuals in Manhattan. She has been successful in her roles of Second Assist to a former U.S. Secretary of State, and Household Manager/Personal Assistant for two multi-national, bilingual families with multiple properties in Manhattan, Westchester, Hudson River Valley, and East Hampton. Shantala's expertise lies in hiring, training, and managing staff; family scheduling; extensive travel coordination; and event planning. She is also passionate about collection management, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Art History with a focus on collecting as a reflection of an individual or organization's identity. Shantala is Hire Society's representative in Westchester County, Connecticut, and beyond. She lives in Pound Ridge, NY with her husband, toddler son, and Doberman.
In searching for an associate to oversee our Bridgehampton office, Hire Society was surprised and delighted to find a combination of both experience and freshness in Hamptons native Jenna Pokorny. She believes that matching a candidate to the right job should be much more than simply finding a fit – it should be a fun experience that draws out the best of candidates and clients alike. With a degree in elementary education and work experience both as a nanny and an early-childhood educator, Jenna brings a nurturing quality to our placement process. Whether working with students one-on-one or organizing structured playtime for groups, Jenna’s classroom experience allowed her to relate to the motivations that drive each individual student. She enjoys meeting candidates to assess the best of their personalities and proven work history. In screening for individual placements, she can relate to the daily requirements of supporting the Hamptons lifestyle. Having spent many summers walking the beaches with her Maltipoo Bella, she appreciates the caution and foresight that attend every moment of joy and happiness. As her extensive nanny experience has taught her, reliability and responsibility require active mindfulness. When she sees this philosophy in the candidates she meets, she knows that she’s made a connection.
Link: Jenna Pokorny