M+P was formed in late 2010 when we merged Jackie Mathys Studio Staffing and POTESTIO. Being brilliant brand experts, we named our company Mathys+Potestio. The + sign was our idea.

About Mathys+Potestio

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. Her first car was a yellow Fiat 128.

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 in Austin. His first car was a 1969 Scout.

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 Pontiac Bonneville with a working heater but no A/C. In Oklahoma. Yuk.

Flavia Arsenault, after realizing creatives really do run the world, 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. He tweets too much @nickmendez.

Jordan Livingston, raised in Ogden, Utah, has a varied professional background, having worked in journalism, ecommerce, sales, recruiting and education. He loves facilitating relationships and becomes quite excited about any conversation that involves baseball or rock-and-roll trivia. His first truck was a 1984 Mazda pickup. He had to pop the clutch to get it started…but the heater worked.

If Jen Bishop has a mantra, it’s “maybe.” Maybe it was a good idea to quit college after one year to wait tables, sling lattes, and deliver soup by bike, and maybe finally graduating with a business degree at 31 wasn’t too late. Maybe she’ll get to live her whole life without having ever owned a car, and maybe her hometown of Portland will be the place she calls home forever.

Jennette Lemley was born and raised in The Lone Star State but spent her first six years in the Caribbean. She has been an advocate/coach/matchmaker for creative professionals since 2007. If she’s not working or learning, you will likely find her at a concert or outdoors with her pup. Her first car was a Ford Mustang. Sorry it wasn’t a truck. Follow her @tofuandbacon + connect with her.

About Mathys+Potestio

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. + more

Jackie Mathys

Jennette Lemley

Flavia Arsenault

Jen Bishop

Steve Potestio POTESTIO Blog

Ashley Diehl

Nick Mendez

Jordan Livingston