David N. Youdovin
New York City -212-203-1803 – david@hiresociety.com

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.

Jessica Levine
Palm Beach – 561-899-0775 – jessica@hiresociety.com

They say you can take the girl out of the city, but you can never take the city out of the girl!

An interest in the fashion industry brought this Ohio native to New York City in 2006, and a drive to succeed saw her graduate as valedictorian from LIM College three years later. Wasting no time to make good use of her talents, she worked both as a founding stylist for Anthropologie and as a costumes production assistant for NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show and Saturday Night Live. Reliability, passion, and an uncompromising work ethic won her next position as executive assistant to a high-profile entrepreneur in the hospitality industry. Two years later, a deep-rooted professional relationship helped drive her visibility as the obvious choice to represent the face of Hire Society and support the CEO when the company was initially founded.

Since working with the firm from the start, Jessie has made herself indispensable in helping each candidate put his or her own best foot forward. Nothing gets past her discerning eye, and our clients can trust her experience and judgment in screening candidates for quality and compatibility. After helping build Hire Society into the most reliable placement agency in New York, Jessie has carried our flag to Palm Beach where she now runs our newest office as Hire Society Vice President.

Ayelet Cohen
New York City – 212-203-1896 – ayelet@hiresociety.com

Growing up the eldest of five taught this Southern California native to stand out and make it happen. Thanks to wanderlust and California-sized dreams, the sun has never set on Ayelet’s ambitions. She set an independent course of study that has taken her across America, Europe, and Israel. Maintaining a nearly perfect GPA in the study of Marketing and Economics at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Ayelet applied her academic and organizational talents to marketing research and public relations campaigns while employed by some of New York’s highest profile tastemakers. Thriving in a fast-paced environment, Ayelet responds creatively to the challenge of managing tasks for which there is little or no standardization, and finds reward in working hard to satisfy the expectations of high-performance individuals. Organizing events for the Tory Burch Foundation was both an opportunity to work with a fashion icon as well as a chance to support Tory Burch’s mission of encouraging women entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. Providing service is very consistent with Ayelet’s personality, as she is always the big sister. With insight into how individuals can best move forward in a competitive world, Ayelet brings to Hire Society her instinct to nurture, her talent for organization, and the best of her many abilities.

Aleth Boisset
New York City – 212-203-1831 – aleth@hiresociety.com

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.

Sofia Ziegler
New York City – 212-203-1781 – sofia@hiresociety.com

Having spent a childhood in the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a lifetime backpacking across every major continent except Antarctica, Sofia finds herself everywhere at home. She remembers how the varied and principled brush strokes of all the paintings she enjoyed as a child gave her the sense that the world was full of different stories. Her love of art and her ability to build relationships in new places and across languages has made learning the stories behind different individuals both a skill and a joy. Alongside ten years experience in the art world – most recently serving as Gallery Registrar for Winston Wachter Fine Art, Sofia also brings to Hire Society an extensive background in high-net-worth placement. It was as David’s executive assistant that she previously managed a busy calendar of client engagement. She and David also worked together to quality control their expanding candidate database, and in so doing often found themselves among various professionals of the trade. She took classes to learn what being a private chef entails and how to correctly repair a hem. Sofia’s intellectual curiosity has also taken her across the globe as a community project volunteer. Whether improving irrigation and filter systems in Australia’s Kimberley region, or meeting clients at a gallery downtown, Sofia finds her way.

Regina Previti
New York City – 212-203-8932 – regina@hiresociety.com

Regina joins Hire Society as a project manager with a wide range of experience behind her.  An equestrian from an early age, her love for animals in general gave her the discipline to manage all aspects of care for her horses. Always a taskmaster, Regina has approached intellectual and creative pursuits with diligence and a firm belief in perfection. Before starting at Hire Society, she managed high-value interior design projects for a custom lighting company that also brokered antique fixtures. With experience spanning first class stables, international travel and museum-quality lighting, Regina is able to match her hard work ethic with first hand experience, and we ever excited to have Regina pursue challenge, excellence, and creativity with the many projects Hire Society manages on behalf of our clients.

Forrest Barnett
Hamptons – 631-237-1856 – forrest@hiresociety.com

With a love of entertaining, and deep family roots across the Hamptons, Forrest was a natural choice to head Hire Society’s Southampton office. Having previously worked for many years in New York City in both event production as well as management of a popular restaurant, Forrest returned to the Hamptons lifestyle as a butler and house manager to a large, semi-formal estate. With music, food, and sailing among his greatest pleasures, Forrest often finds he has much in common with clients and job candidates alike. He looks forward to getting to know our clients and coming to understand their lifestyles, as well as finding those candidates most likely to enjoy, and excel at, maintaining the high standards of living that have made the Hamptons a place for relaxation and convivial socializing for those who call it home.

Jessie Mignone
Westchester, Connecticut & Worldwide – 914-924-7380 – mignone@hiresociety.com

Native Manhattanite Jessie Mignone is our only team member to have experienced Hire Society as both a candidate and a client. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she met with David to find a professional outlet for the pleasure she took in working with children. Hire Society first placed her as a nanny to one of New York’s most prominent families, and then David and Jessie steadily grew her career to the level of first personal assistant, and then to international household manager, in the employ of an A-list celebrity. From this vantage, Jessie later met frequently with David to find successful placements for her employer. Her experience on and behind the scenes, as well as her extensive list of contacts, gives her a keen eye for cultivating perfect placement relationships. Serving for many years in the management of a large and complex household has also proven helpful in other ways, as Jessie now occupies herself with the restoration of an historic property in Westchester she calls home. We have frequently consulted Jessie for candidate referrals over the years, and are now proud to formally welcome her, as well as her many insights and talents, to the Hire Society team.

Brian Bishop
New York City – 212-203-3493 – brian@hiresociety.com

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.

Annie Levitt
Hamptons – 631-237-1855 – annie@hiresociety.com

Annie came to Hire Society Hamptons after having worked extensively in hospitality and event production.  Visitors to our Main Street office will find her managing a full schedule of appointments plus the inevitable surprises of daily life with a confidant smile on her face.  She credits her fun mother, who knows exactly how to throw a party, for her ability to balance organization with spontaneity.  Annie previously planned weddings and special events at a former East Hampton estate that now serves as an inn, complete with restaurant and marina.  With guests coming and going by land and sea, the logistics of large events demanded forethought and execution, which Annie perfected while retaining her ability to surprise and delight.  Annie is remembered by guests as being the original spark that put their events into motion, as well as the determined force that willed them to completion.   We are pleased to have Annie’s strong commitment to all of our projects, and hope you will reach out to her if there is anything at Hire Society Hamptons that she can do on your behalf.

Bradley Gordon
Palm Beach – 561-899-0776 – bradley@hiresociety.com

As Hire Society expands our Palm Beach office, we are delighted to have Bradley Gordon join us. In addition to dedication, consistency, and a positive attitude, Bradley arrives at Hire Society with many valuable professional skills cultivated from extensive experience working with high-net-worth individuals. Bradley established a first-of-its-kind concierge program for a luxury real estate development in South Beach, where he successfully managed client relationships and established protocols and training for new staff. Anticipation and strong follow-up are his secret ingredients for success, and his ability to engineer a positive outcome has proven vigorous and unfailing in the face of extreme obstacles. When one of his clients found herself and her two small dogs stranded in the Turks and Caicos prior to a hurricane, Bradley worked around the clock to safely evacuate her and maintain communication with her family, so that nobody was left to worry. Bradley looks forward to personalizing the Hire Society experience to the clients and candidates who come our way.

Rachel Doyon-Egosi
New York, NY – 212-203-9095 – rachel@hiresociety.com
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Graham Lefford
New York, NY – 212-203-1867 – graham@hiresociety.com
Graham Lefford is an all-American butler with a British pedigree and a love for the outdoors. His father’s work in medical research brought the family from the bustle of London to the natural beauty of the Adirondacks, and developed a skill for adaptation that has served Graham throughout his career as a butler. Whether managing a New York City townhouse or overseeing a ranch in New Mexico, Graham can take care of everything from museum quality antiques and VIP guests to cattle and power generators, all while maintaining a high level of quality control.”I like to learn how to do everything myself. This way I don’t have to depend on anybody else.” Graham often jokes that he knows a lot about things that come up very little. These small details, however, are what make someone an effective butler, especially when such a small detail becomes a big issue. When raccoons became a problem at a secluded Connecticut estate, Graham had fortunately been taught by a hunter how to set a live trap. Graham caught seventeen raccoons in one day, all before a pest control professional had to be called, and before the family ever learned there had been a vermin problem. Whether working with an antiques expert, carpenter, or HVAC repairman, Graham always became friends with the tradespeople who crossed his path, and made a point to teach himself the services they can provide.

The lost arts of home economics are alive and well with Graham, who credits his parents with setting him up for success as a butler. He had been raised in a strict household where everybody had to contribute, whether that meant cleaning, doing repair work, or sewing. These skills have proven to be invaluable over the course of his career, in which he has repaired evening gowns just in time for a glamorous fundraiser in New York, opened houses in Palm Beach and the Hamptons to make them guest ready for the season, and even trained to be a cowboy to manage cattle across the American Southwest. Perhaps most valuable of all has been Graham’s ability to establish rapport. Whether dealing with the lady of the house or the piano repairman, it has always been Graham’s philosophy to try to understand what makes a person tick. Doing so has allowed him to work well with a variety of people, and to accomplish the many tasks of his working day with both satisfaction and enjoyment.

 

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