A move to mod­ern digs

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - BUSINESS - By Kather­ine Feser STAFF WRITER kather­ine.feser@chron.com twit­ter.com/kfeser

The Alexan­der Group, an ex­ec­u­tive search firm, is set­tling in to its new home in the Up­per Kirby Dis­trict.

The Alexan­der Group has traded its Gal­le­ria of­fices for mod­ern digs in Up­per Kirby Dis­trict.

The 35-year-old Hous­ton­based ex­ec­u­tive search firm has leased nearly 6,000 square feet on the eighth floor of Kirby Col­lec­tion, a new mixed-use project of Thor Eq­ui­ties at 3200 Kirby Drive. The move was com­pleted in July.

The of­fice is out­fit­ted with col­lab­o­ra­tive meet­ing spa­ces and, rather than open work ar­eas, 18 work­sta­tions with “hot de­sk­ing” tech­nol­ogy. As­so­ciates, who are not as­signed to spe­cific desks, can log in at any work­sta­tion or work off cam­pus, thanks to re­mote tech­nol­ogy.

“Our team needed the flex­i­bil­ity to tran­si­tion seam­lessly from the road to the of­fice to home,” Alexan­der Group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor John La­mar said.

The lo­ca­tion, be­tween down­town and Green­way Plaza, is smaller but more cen­tral than its former of­fices at Gal­le­ria Tower I on Post Oak Boule­vard. It’s close to restau­rants and neigh­bor­hoods such as River Oaks.

“The way we work has changed. Our need for tra­di­tional of­fice space de­creased as our busi­ness shifted to­ward fewer, more per­son­al­ized C-suite and board of di­rec­tor ex­ec­u­tive searches,” La­mar said. “Seven years ago, we leased close to 11,000 square feet of of­fice space in Hous­ton.”

Alexan­der Group, along with sis­ter com­pany Alex & Red, has 22 em­ploy­ees and con­trac­tors world­wide, in­clud­ing 13 in Hous­ton. The com­pany has con­ducted ex­ec­u­tive searches in the fi­nan­cial, hu­man re­sources, sales and mar­ket­ing, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, le­gal and other sec­tors.

The new of­fice pro­vides a kitchen with cof­fee bar, high-tech con­fer­ence room, lounge area and ac­cess to a roof-top ter­race. Floor-to­ceil­ing win­dows of­fer views of the city.

“We wanted our team to be en­er­gized and in­spired by their work space,” La­mar said. “Kirby Col­lec­tion helped us de­liver on that.”

“Our team needed the flex­i­bil­ity to tran­si­tion seam­lessly from the road to the of­fice to home.” John La­mar, Alexan­der Group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor

Alexan­der Group photos

The Alexan­der Group has re­lo­cated to Kirby Col­lec­tion, a mixed-use de­vel­op­ment at 3200 Kirby Drive.

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