Blue Rock Search

Dawn Russell

Managing Director and Executive Search Practice Leader
Customer Experience

As Managing Director of Executive Search for Blue Rock Search, Dawn brings her Social Talent Black Belt skills and deep analytic abilities to bear, developing quality talent pipelines for a variety of diverse industries focused in Customer Experience. Dawn is the only Director of Recruiting at Blue Rock Search that is equally knowledgeable in three of our four specialties including: Customer Experience, Franchise, and Human Resources. The very first official hire at Blue Rock Search, Dawn has become an indispensable resource for the entire team.


Prior to Blue Rock Search Dawn was a Talent Acquisition Specialist for a $4 billion life sciences company doing business in 180 countries. She has a keen sense of “what good looks like” and can dependably deliver a slate of talent that offers an exceptional match to Blue Rock Search’s wide variety of clients.  

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Get to know Dawn

Dawn is a healthy combination of fitness and nutrition enthusiast and “foodie.”  She enjoys talking about, cooking, and eating new cuisine which is perfectly matched with her husband Nick’s love of mixology and serious outdoor grilling.  A former southern California girl and now an avid beach goer, Dawn and her family spend as much time as possible on the white sands of Siesta Key or boating on the Gulf of Mexico. She has eclectic tastes when it comes to “me time” when she might watch her favorite movie Hair again, listen to Billy Joel or Dave Matthews, and re-read her favorite book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.


Dawn resides in Sarasota, FL with her husband Nick and their two beautiful little girls, Sophie and Emma, and their chocolate Lab Kai.

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Dawn's Charity of Choice

“Rob Machado is a professional surfer who resides in my old neighborhood in San Diego. Surfing and the ocean have been a huge part of my world and have brought the most amazing people and times into my life since childhood. Now It would be great to give back to a charity that is bringing environmental education into kids’ lives, providing clean drinking water, and encouraging reusables over single-use plastic water bottles to help keep our water and beaches clean.”

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