Our mission is to apply decades of successful experience in the industries we represent to identify impact players, meaningfully qualify candidates, and significantly streamline the hiring process for our clients.

Our Story

We had front-row seats as the industries we worked in underwent dramatic changes between 1990 and 2010.  Jay worked in the magazine business, both print and digital, and Peter worked on Wall Street; by 2011 both had independently come to the same conclusions: Those changes were only accelerating, there was not enough top technical talent to meet demand, and together they could build a successful business helping companies overcome this scarcity.

We chose recruiting because we both had experience building effective teams and found that process among the most satisfying professional experiences we'd had.  We felt recruiting offered the best opportunity for us to leverage our own expertise.  We understand the vast changes digital technology is precipitating because we successfully contended with those changes as managers/executives in demanding, high-pressure environments.

We are, essentially, matchmakers.  When the process works, when we successfully place a candidate, we've achieved two great things at once: solved a critical problem for the client and facilitated a life-changing event for the candidate. 

That's gratifying work. 

Peter Wagner, Managing director

Founder Peter Wagner came to New York City in 1992 with a freshly minted master's degree in Computer Science from Brown University.  He spent the next 20 years building front-office trading and risk systems for some of the largest and most prestigious firms in the financial industry.  Peter managed the development of the strategic, fixed-income risk platform for Lehman Brothers - still the primary front-office risk platform now in use at Barclays.  At Morgan Stanley, he was responsible for the credit derivatives risk reporting system and managed the firm's data warehouse providing all transaction data to the credit risk and capital systems of the bank.  Peter also has significant experience building and managing offshore teams.  With his wealth of technology and industry experience, Peter is uniquely positioned to find and evaluate talented individuals who excel in the high-pressure environment of the financial industry.  His writing appears in QuantNet, and his quarterly assessments of the financial industry hiring landscape are also widely read.

Armine khudinyan, RECRUITER

mailto: armine@affinityny.com

mailto: armine@affinityny.com

Armine started her career in recruitment and human resources administration at the Academy of Learning in Canada, where she coached the school’s graduates in the areas of job search, interviewing and resume writing. After a subsequent move to the United Kingdom, Armine joined the London-based head office of Kate Spade New York. There she provided high-level HR support to the store managers and drove the efforts to attract and recruit top retail talent. Armine has been with Affinity North since 2016. She helps streamline the recruitment process and provide exceptional client and candidate experience. Armine holds a Master’s Degree in English Language and Communications, a Diploma in HR Practice from West London College as well as a Certificate in Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness from New York University.

Mark Spiegel, Account executive

Mark joined Affinity North from Nomura where he was Executive Director and COO for Global Markets Research, Asia.