Mathys+Potestio provides creative staffing, headhunting and talent management services. We’re recruiters but creatives, too. M+P was founded by two creative industry vets who’ve worked as copywriters, designers, project managers, account managers… we’ve even done paste-up. If that doesn’t say how long we’ve been around, maybe our typewriters will.
Who do we think we are? Jackie Mathys has been running creative staffing agencies in Portland since the late 90’s. Prior to placing creatives, she was one. She was a freelance copywriter for seven years and staff writer for POWDER magazine before that. Originally from sunny Southern California, Jackie has called Portland home since 1990.
Steve Potestio grew up in Portland and worked in creative services in San Francisco. Steve was a graphic designer and writer for many years before going into agency account services. He has agency executive management experience in HR and Operations. His staffing agency experience started in SF and includes working at FILTER, co-founding 52 Limited and now managing the growth of M+P.
Denise Faddis has worked in the creative industry in design, photography, visual merchandising, account management and publishes her own fashion/event magazine, TUSK. She is something of a go-getter. Born in Aurora, Colorado, her first car was a green Mercury Comet with a working heater.
Ashley Diehl has worked in creative recruiting with Steve since 2007. Her love of design, mid-century architecture, and beer make her a great fit for M+P. Hailing from Arapaho, Oklahoma, her first car was a 1986 Oldsmobile Bonneville with a working heater but no A/C. In Oklahoma. Yuk.
After realizing creatives really do run the world, Flavia Arsenault recently joined M+P to see what all the fuss was about. She has a background in academic fundraising and agency management from the client side. Originally from Honolulu, she has never owned a car. A surfboard, maybe. But not a car.
Nick Mendez is a journalist, writer and photographer who has reported from the ground in Egypt for the Boston Globe and CNN, and developed local content for AOL’s Patch. His first car was a black 2000 Hyundai Tiburon with a working heater. We don’t know where he was born.
Jessica Fooks keeps us all out of trouble by managing the M+P finances. A licensed pilot and accomplished musician, she is originally from Omaha, Nebraska. Her first car was a Porsche 944 Turbo. It had a working heater but also a working gas pedal. 3 speeding tickets later, she was walking.
Oh, and Potestio’s first car was a 1969 Scout and Jackie’s was a yellow Fiat 128.