Pokémon, one of the world’s most recognizable gaming companies, whose products delight millions of children and adults, needed to build an entire HR team from the top down. In such a competitive, creative and fast-moving sector, it would be easy to find candidates. The challenge lay in finding the right candidates-people who could handle the specific HR needs of such a unique and dynamic business.


Irene Shimizu, Vice President of Human Resources for Pokémon, knew that Big Wave’s Chris Englin was the person she could trust to take on this challenge. Tapping into her deep knowledge of the local talent pool, Chris carefully and patiently evaluated candidates in the context of the company’s culture. In some cases, Chris advised Irene against hiring certain candidates because it simply wasn’t the right fit.


Pokémon’s work with Big Wave resulted in the formation of a complete HR group, staffed with professionals who truly “get” the hiring needs of fast-moving tech and gaming companies. To other innovative companies in the Seattle market, Irene doesn’t hesitate in recommending Chris Englin and Big Wave: “I would refer Chris without a doubt. She’s awesome.”

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