Freelancer group launches its ninth branch in Atlanta

CHICAGO: Paladin, a Chicago-based company that helps marketing freelancers find contract work, moved into its ninth location this week with a new branch in Atlanta.

CHICAGO: Paladin, a Chicago-based company that helps marketing freelancers find contract work, moved into its ninth location this week with a new branch in Atlanta.

CHICAGO: Paladin, a Chicago-based company that helps marketing

freelancers find contract work, moved into its ninth location this week

with a new branch in Atlanta.



The Georgia launch comes on the heels of a Dallas opening in late July.

Paladin, which specializes in matching PR, communications, advertising

and creative professionals with corporations and agencies for contract

and project-based positions, also has offices in Chicago, New York, Los

Angeles, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Orange County, CA, and Parsippany,

NJ.



Paladin was founded in 1990 during what executive VP Jean Ban described

as a ’buyer’s employment market.’ Now, more professionals work

independently by choice than out of necessity. ’People want more control

of their careers,’ said Ban, adding that employer perception of

well-credentialed independents has improved. ’There’s been a lot of

positive changes in their mindset over the last 10 years.’



Of the 10,000 independents in Paladin’s national database, about 10%

identify themselves as PR pros and another 20% are writers who work

across disciplines, Ban said. The company serves as employer of record

for associates on assignment and provides access to some employment

benefits.



Although Paladin has no immediate plans to open additional offices, Ban

said the company is ’very expansion-minded.’ Patty Elles will serve as

managing director of the Dallas office, while Byron Galway will hold the

same position in Atlanta.



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