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Mathys+Potestio provides creative staffing and placement 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.

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, worked in San Francisco as a graphic designer and writer for many years, and has agency executive management experience in HR and Operations. His staffing experience includes working at FILTER, co-founding 52 Limited and now managing the growth of M+P in Austin, Portland and future cities. His first car was a 1969 Scout. What 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 Pontiac Bonneville with a working heater but no A/C. In Oklahoma. Yuk.

Denise Faddis

has worked in the creative industry in design, photography, visual merchandising, account management and publishes her own arts magazine, TUSK. She’s called Denver, Portland, Austin and Astoria home. It’s no coincidence they all have great breweries and an outdoor lifestyle. Born in Aurora, Colorado, her first car was a Mercury Comet with a working heater. You can follow her @denisefaddis.

Nick Mendez

is a writer and photographer who has reported from Egypt for the Boston Globe and CNN, and developed local content for AOL. These days he makes internet things, mostly. He was born in New York and spent his wonder years in Queens. His first car was a black 2000 Hyundai Tiburon with a working heater. He tweets too much @nickmendez.

Flavia Arsenault

realized creatives really do run the world, and 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. In her spare time she funded a Kickstarter project. You can follow her at @flaviaarsenault.

Jordan Livingston

was raised in Ogden, Utah, and 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.

Jen Bishop

seems to have followed the mantra of “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.

Eric Howes

is a designer and (sort of) developer who likes type, maps, and other forms of data. His favorite color, even though it’s technically not a color, is grey. He moved from Michigan, where people regularly drive through snow. He bought his first grey car for $200, which had a heater that worked for awhile.

Kay Johnson-Suglia

grew up in the Catskill Mountains of New York State, and fulfilled a variety of roles at digital agencies before moving into traditional advertising. Her forte is business development and fostering productive business relationships. Kay is an active yogi, dog kisser, food and wine lover, gym rat, fiction writer and bibliophile. Her first car was a Subaru Outback, with a working heater, which mostly sat in a Brooklyn parking lot.

Blaire Ottoboni

brings a background in digital marketing and a passion for company culture to M+P. When not out exploring the menus at her favorite PDX restaurants, you might find her at yoga or hopping on a plane to somewhere far, far away. She mastered the art of driving a pickup truck out near the garlic fields in Gilroy at the age of 11.

Molly Hitchings

is a California native currently living in Austin. She majored in Graphic Communication with a concentration in Web and Digital Media at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Her loves include typography, craft beer, and taking dance classes at Ballet Austin. Her first car was an Acura that died more than it ran, forcing her onto a cruiser bike more often than not.

Dave Couzens

grew up in the mean streets of Detroit Rock City’s suburbs. He has a background working in various support and account management roles with staffing and vendor management agencies over the last 10 years. He enjoys viewing sports, taking hikes and indulging in PDX’s food and craft beer scene. His first car was a 1990 Ford Probe with a working heater.