In Memory Of Our Friend – Bruce Dorskind

A good friend of Shaker Recruitment Advertising & Communications, and for that matter, a good friend to everyone in the recruitment advertising and employer branding industry has sadly passed away.

We will always remember the graciousness and generosity, as well as the expertise and ingenuity of Bruce Dorskind.

Bruce not only shared his wisdom and his connections with all of us throughout the recruitment communications industry, but also shared his love of baseball and his passion for treasured major league collectibles with baseball enthusiasts in every city and country he was able to visit and maintain online friendships.

Professionally, Bruce’s marketing and senior-level management experience was sought-after for three decades from those of us in the advertising, internet and publishing sectors. Along with our own founder at Shaker, Joseph R. Shaker, as well as other pioneers during the formative years of our industry, Bruce guided senior leaders as well as young, new recruits in our industry to become more-responsive and more valuable to HR practitioners.

Not only did Bruce graduate Magna Cum Laude from the Wharton School in 1973, but he was also a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma. Furthermore, he received degrees from Advanced Management Programs at Insead and Columbia University.

In 1981 he formed Donahue & Associates, which he sold to WPP Group in 1989. He then went on to manage three divisions for Thomson International Publishing.

In 1994 he formed The Dorskind Group, a strategic consulting firm specializing in marketing communications, global recruitment, and business development for the collectibles, financial services, marketing communications, executive search and publishing industries. With Bruce’s guidance and persistence, his group helped many firms maximize their overall value and position in their specific niches. One of those companies in the recruitment advertising niche which benefited from his insights and counseling was Monster.com.

As an avid collector of valuable baseball memorabilia, Bruce assembled an amazing collection. So much so that The Bruce Dorskind Collection has been displayed by various institutions including The Museum of The City Of New York during their exhibit, “The Glory Days: New York Baseball, 1947-1957”.

For baseball, for marketing and for recruitment advertising, Bruce Dorskind had a genuine enthusiasm that has left an indelible mark on each and every one of us who had the honor to meet and learn from Bruce.

I think we can all agree, that Bruce was an “MVP” —- a “Most Valuable Player”.

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