About Nathan A. Perez

Principal, Career Innovation, LLC.
Professional & Keynote Speaker
Co-author of the 20-Minute Networking Meeting


Nathan A. Perez is a multi-award-winning author, national speaker and executive career and job-search coach at Career Innovation, LLC., a consultancy that helps all experience levels of job-seekers from across the country. 

Coming from an unusually unique and diverse professional background, Nathan brings to his clients a rare viewpoint on networking and job search. A formally trained actor with a BFA in Theatre, Nathan’s 20-year career in the arts was supported by simultaneously developing a business career, which involved an inordinate amount of resumes, networking meetings and interviews in multiple business and industries. Utilizing that background, Nathan ties that together with deep live audience experience and almost 15 years in the executive search industry. This translates to one-on-one executive coaching and dozens upon dozens of webinars, seminars and guest speaking engagements each year on the topics of networking, job search, and career development.  

As part of his LLC, Nathan maintains a consulting role in the retained executive search industry. Former Vice President of Research and currently Of Counsel, Research for Ballinger|Leafblad, a Minneapolis based retained search firm, Nathan is the first step of the executive recruitment process, devising strategies of “where and how to find” qualified candidates for all national and global search engagements. (He is the person who finds the candidates for recruiters to recruit.) As the person who is in charge of reading and vetting resumes and LinkedIn profiles for searches, this work informs his approach to developing C.V., resume and LinkedIn material for his coaching clients. 

Because of his combined professional expertise and broad, deep experience finding candidates, Nathan regularly works with professionals from all different backgrounds and experience levels. This includes everyone from Hollywood movie stars, sound engineers and fashion designers to new college grads, non-profit and civic leaders, and senior global executives.  His specialty is diverse backgrounds, and giving complex and/or multi-industry experiences easy understanding.

Nathan is a professional member of the Authors Guild; the National Speakers Association; Actors Equity Association (AEA); and a voting union member of The Screen-Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA). Nathan serves as Vice Chair at The Loft Literary Center, one of the nation’s leading literary arts centers, and lives in Minneapolis. www.20mnm.com.


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