Iva Messy Appointed as Director of Talent and Michael Ellison as Product Manager

Riviera Partners is pleased to announce the latest additions to our growing firm. Recently, Iva Messy and Michael Ellison have been appointed roles within the Operations team as we expand our effort to evolve the recruiting sector through use of technology services and data analysis.

Iva Messy, Director of Talent, has an extensive background in human empowerment. Most recently, she was human resources manager at Stanford Management Company (SMC), the professional organization responsible for investing approximately $20 billion of endowment and other financial assets for Stanford University. Here, she played an integral part building and promoting a collaborative culture on staff-related issues, policies, programs and processes. Previously in her career, Messy was with the NBA franchise Brooklyn Nets, previously known as Nets Basketball. Her diverse background also includes time spent as a professional tennis player.

Michael Ellison, product manager at Riviera Partners, has a variety of responsibilities drawing heavily on his experience as a three-time entrepreneur. Ellison founded his first company at 19 and was invited to speak at Harvard Business School on social entrepreneurship at age 20. Over the next six years, he helped found three additional companies. Prior to joining Riviera Partners, he played an instrumental role in the startups Class Metric and Opez and was a partner in Goodzuma, a crowdsourcing platform that promotes time-efficient collaboration among senior creative executives.

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Tania Binder to Lead Contingency Practice at Riviera Partners

As Riviera Partners continues to grow and extend its market position, the company has made another key hire, bringing aboard Tania Binder as General Manager for Riviera’s Contingency practice.

In her new role, Tania will help evolve this group into an increasingly valuable solution, leveraging Riviera’s success in technical search and recruiting services. She is responsible for leading a team of more than 30+ technical recruiters to effectively match clients’ unique requirements with top-notch engineering candidates.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tania to our team,” said Managing Partner, Michael A. Morell. “Her proven management experience, leadership skills, and strategic vision will help Riviera grow into an impactful, high-service solution for our clients and candidates.”

With more than 18 years of sales, marketing, and general management experience, Tania has a successful track record of developing a strategy to get results while leading teams through hands on-collaboration, process optimization, and coaching. Most recently, Tania was Senior Vice President of Global Sales at TRX, where she was responsible for driving the company’s worldwide revenue and triple-digit annual growth in over 80 countries. Prior to TRX, Tania worked in software where she ran a $100M business for BMC Software.

“I am extremely excited to join Riviera Partners’ dynamic team of executives, technical recruiters, and operational staff,” Tania said. “With its innovative approach, advanced technology, sophisticated clientele, and custom internal applications, Riviera Partners truly is an industry leader positioned for long-term success. I look forward to being part of the company’s growth as we continue to deliver valuable services to existing and new clients.”

Increasingly, companies are seeking a recruiting service partner with a strong technical focus, an understanding of start-up business operations, and a high-quality candidate network. Riviera Partners brings these elements together into a high-service business model to meet the growing demand for client-centric solutions.

The Contingency practice compliments Riviera’s Retained search business—both leveraging the company’s access to top talent, targeted and multi-faceted sourcing, dedicated team of recruiters, and consulting best practices.

“Having both Contingency and Retained search services is a unique differentiator for Riviera, enabling us to develop long-term client relationships with clients and extend the ‘Rivi’ brand,” Tania said. “We will continue to leverage synergy between the teams so that we can effectively deliver on client needs—whether they’re seeking to fill a single position or build a team of 30 engineers.”

Please join us in welcoming Tania to our team!