I was born in upstate New York, but raised here in Charlotte since the age of three. Charlotte, if you are unfamiliar, is a metropolitan area of about a million people. It is the 16th largest metro area in the country.
I went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. As a point-in-time reference, I was there just before the Michael Jordan era.
Upon graduating, I became a Sales Engineer for Rogers Foam Corporation, a company out of Boston, but I was based in Charlotte. I had a small airplane and I flew all over the Southeastern U.S., where I sold and designed things made out of flexible urethane and polyethylene foam. Probably my biggest accomplishment was that I helped design the packaging for the Maverick Missile out of Eglin Air Force Base. This was a $.5 billion missile project.
I was with Rogers Foam for almost 20 years until 1999. I then started Client Connection Marketing here in Charlotte. With this firm I created marketing and advertising campaigns for a variety of businesses. I was a little bit ahead of my time, as I was doing video emails for companies before there was a YouTube. That may tell you something about the creative streak I have.
I ran that company until 2008 when I decided to start CareerOpps.
I decided to start CareerOpps for 3 reasons:
Reason #1 From my experience in calling on CEO's & Decision Makers, I discovered that they hated the process of hiring! It was a big distraction to them. I noticed that companies are good at what they do, but that they are not necessarily good at hiring people. That's not their business. There are some excellent HR Departments out there, but I knew I could help companies find better talent than they were able to find just on their own.
Reason #2 It was right at the start of the Great Recession in 2008 and I saw how many people - how many really GOOD people - were having trouble finding any employment and were certainly having trouble becoming FULLY employed. That is, being in just the right position that was the right fit for their talents and abilities, so that they could maximize the value that they would bring to a company and thereby maximize the value that they would get for themselves and their own career development. Since I knew that the process of getting a job is really a sales and marketing process and since that was my background and expertise, I knew I could help people market themselves better.
Reason #3 For most of my adult life, I have done quite a bit of volunteer ministry and frankly, I was looking to put together a career where I could just spend my days helping people. So for the last 9 years now, I've really been able to do just that. I've helped a lot of people and companies in one of the toughest job markets this country has faced since the Great Depression. I do, indeed, get to spend my days helping people.
CareerOpps is my company. It is not a franchise. I warmly embrace being called a "headhunter." In fact, I like being known as "The Helpful Headhunter." I am 59 years old and have been married for 37 years to the nicest girl on the planet. We have a daughter who is all grown up and doing very well in her own right. (Ask me about her. You'll be amazed by what she does!)
I post all this so that you may have more of a comfort level in dealing with me in business, along with some points of reference to business and locations so you may see where we have things in common. I am absolutely dedicated to helping both people and companies navigate the challenging world of careers.
Located in Matthews (Charlotte), North Carolina,
I serve clients and candidates nationwide.