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Traci Hughes

Austin, Texas Area Active since: August, 2013


As the Founder and President of Third Coast Search, I partner with clients to build exceptional Marketing teams. With over ten years in Marketing and Recruiting, I understand the industry from inside and out. I am passionate about connecting successful people with opportunities at cutting-edge companies and value the needs of both my clients and candidates. I have successfully placed "rock star" marketing candidates with leading advertising agencies, media agencies, start-ups, and enterprise level companies nationwide.

Specialities: Interactive Project/Program Management, Digital/Integrated Marketing (SEO, SEM/PPC, Web Analytics, Online Product Management), Production, Online Content (creation/copywriting and management), Digital Strategy/Planning, Digital Media Planning/Buying/Strategy, Creative Direction/Design


  • May 2011  -  Present

    Founder & President; Executive Recruiter - Digital, Social, Interactive Marketing

    East Coast | West Coast | Third Coast Coast to Coast Reach - Local Expertise Third Coast Search specializes in talent sourcing and executive search in the digital marketing space. We have a diverse client roster, including leading advertising agencies, media companies, start-ups and Fortune 500 corporate clients nationwide. Services: Retained Search; Contingent Search; Training & development for staffing firms and hiring departments; Outsourced recruiting for high-volume hiring needs (Recruitment Process Outsourcing); HR Outsourcing Specialties: Digital, Social, Interactive Marketing Interactive Project/Program Management, Digital/Integrated Marketing (SEO, SEM/PPC, Web Analytics, Online Product Management), Production, Online Content (creation/copywriting and management), Digital Strategy/Planning, Digital Media Planning/Buying/Strategy, Creative Direction/Design "Traci is an extraordinarily skilled and flexible recruitment professional who has proven herself to have her finger on the pulse of the talent market, but far more importantly, been a valuable business partner to us as we’ve built out our Austin office. She’s worked quickly and effectively, yet she’s also taken the time to understand what types of staff fit in with our clients and with our culture — I’d strongly recommend her as a valuable partner for any important recruiting effort." Trevor Kaufman, CEO, POSSIBLE

  • May 2011  -  Present

    Manager, Kalu James

  • Aug 2012  -  Oct 2012

    Senior Recruiter (Contract)

    RPO - Recruitment Process Outsourcing Carat USA is a full service, award winning agency that is REDEFINING MEDIA. Carat is part of one of the world's fastest growing marketing communications groups, Aegis Media. Curiosity, Creativity, and Collaboration drive our people to deliver superior communications solutions in an innovative and empowering work environment. The depth and breadth of Carat's offerings and ability to encompass all consumer touch points, gives us a unique ability to activate all expressions of a client's brand. This includes media planning and buying, search, social media and mobile communications and the relationship will be managed and coordinated through Carat's global US team.

  • Aug 2012  -  Oct 2012

    Senior Recruiter (Contract)

    RPO - Recruitment Process Outsourcing iProspect drives digital performance on a global scale. A consultant to the world’s best brands on SEO, paid search, display, social, mobile & more. Specialties: search engine marketing, search engine optimization, paid search advertising, online display advertising management, paid inclusion management, shopping feed management, global search engine marketing, Web analytics/attribution modeling

  • Feb 2012  -  Jul 2012

    Recruiter (Contract)

    nFusion addresses today's marketing needs with an integrated, holistic approach that combines the experience of an advertising agency, marketing consultancy, and interactive firm to help you engage customers and experience results.

  • May 2012  -  Jun 2012

    Senior Recruiter (Contract)

    RPO - Recruitment Process Outsourcing AKQA is an independent, ideas-led agency that helps brands win in the digital age, including Audi, Clorox, Heineken, Nike, Target, Visa and Xbox. A recognized pioneer and innovator, AKQA collected over 100 major awards in the last year and was the most awarded global digital agency at Cannes Festival of Creativity. AKQA achieved a world first in 2011 when it was named Agency of the Year on both sides of the Atlantic by Adweek and Campaign Magazine.

  • Oct 2009  -  May 2011

    Digital Marketing Recruiter; Account Manager; Training & Development

    Aquent is a global staffing agency specializing in placing creative and marketing contract talent. Aquent works with 90 of the top Fortune 100 companies and 2/3rds of the Fortune 500, allowing talent access to a multitude of opportunities worldwide. Accomplishments: Doubled the business throughout two major company-wide transition periods on the largest Computer/Software/Hardware team account (Dell); Grew the business at Dell and other clients across multiple segments, introducing the Online Marketing specialty and continuing to maintain growth; Managed an average of 30 people working with an average of 1300-1600 hours worked; Filled over 200 orders in less than two years with Aquent.

  • Apr 2007  -  Jun 2009

    Director of Talent Acquisition - Advertising & Media

    PrincetonOne (MRI): President's Club 2008, Top Billing Rookie 1st Quarter 2008, AE of the Month January, February, August 2008; Consistently among top billers companywide. Digital Marketing, Strategic Planning, Interactive Project Management, Interactive/Digital Design recruitment.

  • Oct 2006  -  Apr 2007

    Marketing & Special Events

    Marketing and events for mid-size talent agency. Clients included Ian McLagan, A.J. Croce, The Mother Truckers, Nakia, Chaparral, Skyrocket (formerly K-Tel Hit Machine), Michael Des Barres, Pamela Des Barres, Billy Harvey, The dB's, Michael Lille, Grey DeLisle, Earl Poole Ball, The Lucky Tomblin Band, Adam Carroll, "Scrappy" Jud Newcomb

  • Jul 2006  -  Oct 2006

    Assistant to CEO

    Assisted busy music manager (System of a Down, Deftones, Mudvayne, Taproot, Rise Against, Anti-Flag, and others) with two companies and a record label with day-to-day tasks; travel, interfaced with key players, and assisted with various interdepartmental projects.

  • Nov 2004  -  Jul 2006

    Marketing Specialist

    Business development and client communications for Practice Groups and California offices of global Corporate law firm with large Entertainment Practice; Coordinated tactical deployment of marketing programs that built the Reed Smith brand within the regional market, including: advertising, public relations, direct marketing, client educational and entertainment events, and community support initiatives. Marketing representative on Diversity Committee. Clients included Clear Channel Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., JDI Records, Artists Worldwide, DIRECTV, Muse, The Ataris, Bruce Hornsby, Charlie Haden, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Eminem’s Shady Touring, and many others.

  • Oct 2002  -  Mar 2004

    Executive Recruiter

    Executive Recruiter at boutique firm headquartered in Los Angeles. Specialized in upper-level management/VP positions in Supply Chain, Logistics, and Procurement.


  • Jan 1996 - Jan 2001

    The University of Texas at Austin

    Psychology, Promotion