Our Team


After nearly a decade working in energy trading and marketing, I saw an opportunity to leverage my experience to fulfill a much needed role in placing high caliber candidates in front- to back-office positions within the global energy community. Backed by a thorough understanding of the industry’s business models and the talent required to optimize their performance, I co-founded a niche executive search firm in 2000, and from the start, I have partnered exclusively with industry leaders to build profitable teams.

In response to both game-changing developments within the energy sector and a fundamental paradigm shift in the overall recruitment process, I founded a new venture (A. Cullen & Associates, Inc.) in 2012 to ensure I was able to provide the solutions needed to meet the changing needs and requirements of hiring managers at all ends of the energy spectrum. Leveraging a combination of recruiting veterans from my initial venture and the talent and technology I gained via my firm’s acquisition of SmartGridCareers.com, I have broadened our expertise to include the burgeoning Smart Grid arena and significantly enhanced our products and services portfolio.

Heather Anusbigian

Heather joined our organization as a result of our acquisition of SmartGridCareers.com in 2011. Featured regularly in industry publications such as FierceEnergy and FierceSmartGrid, Heather is a recognized thought leader in the Smart Grid sector. Her passion for conducting pioneering research on hiring trends in the energy sector has given our clients the insight needed to anticipate market trends and adjust their recruitment strategies accordingly.


Cliff Papish

Cliff joined A. Cullen & Associates in 2012. Over the past 30 years, Cliff held leadership roles in the back-office energy operations at AIG Trading Corp., Sempra Energy Trading Corp., RBS/Sempra Commodities and most recently J. P. Morgan. His enthusiasm, knowledge and extensive network of industry contacts have been a tremendous asset to our team.