To say it was character-building would be an
understatement. I will never forget that experience.
It helped instill a work ethic that I’ll always cherish.
And it helped push me toward the sales job I took
right after graduation. I was having the time of my
life at that job. I had a good salary, a company car,
and health insurance, and I was living in Baltimore
near the end of the career of baseball hall of famer Cal
Ripken Jr. I had great independence and autonomy
working in sales and wasn’t sure I was eager to give
that up—but Mark kept calling. At first his calls were
mostly innocent, a big brother checking in. As time
passed, they began to sound more like recruiting calls
as he tried to persuade me to move home to Indiana
and join the family business.
Over time, the conversations with Mark grew
more and more exciting. It sounded like fun to join
a growing company where the sky was the limit. I
made the switch, a little more than 18 years ago,
so—other than the job I had after college—Elwood
Staffing is pretty much all I’ve known.
It was, without a doubt, one of the best decisions of my life. To this day, I owe my dad and my
brother a great deal of gratitude.
SS: After nearly 20 years in the staffing and
recruiting industry, what do you find exciting
Elwood: I’ve met some of the smartest and hard-est-working people on the planet in this business.
There’s a tremendous entrepreneurial spirit that
seems to follow staffing industry people. We learn to
look for solutions rather than problems.
Despite advancements in technology, increases in
legal and legislative complexity, and a much more
sophisticated marketplace, one thing I still appreciate is the inherent emotional rush one gets from
connecting people to jobs. The part of staffing that
hasn’t changed fundamentally—at least not to me—
is the difference we make in the lives of people.
The industry certainly has seen changes, though. I
remember working as a recruiter before emails were
commonplace. Social media was nonexistent, and
so were smartphones. Technology has enabled near-immediate connectedness and made consistent communication possible.
Service expectations from clients have also gone
up, while increased competition has put a squeeze
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“I’ve met some
of the smartest
on the planet in this
business. There’s a
tremendous entrepreneurial spirit
that seems to follow
people. We learn
to look for