Success Story: SAFEbuilt
Mike McCurdie | CEO

SAFEbuilt builds management team with HR Director and other key hires for growth

“We were impressed with the meticulous, methodical process and tools TalenTrust used, and the results they could demonstrate.  The talent we’ve been able to attract has helped us build a platform that we can leverage as we continue our growth.”

Mike McCurdie, CEO, SAFEbuilt

Challenge

When the economy improved in 2013, SAFEbuilt expanded its geographic reach and experienced dramatic growth. President Mike McCurdie realized he needed a higher level of professionals to help support these changes.

“As the company grew, we needed a different skill set,” said McCurdie. “We weren’t prepared to find that next level of talent for our management and operations team – like a Sales Manager or HR Director, which we had attempted to hire previously without success.”

Based on the critical role of people at SAFEbuilt, an advisor recommended that McCurdie assess and enhance his organization’s recruitment efforts. An outside partner with a consistent, strategic process could help the growing company build a high performance team.

“We were spending time trying to find the right people, and we weren’t being successful,” McCurdie explained. “We needed a resource that could reach into places where people weren’t looking for work, and try to draw in that talent.”

Solution

“We selected TalenTrust because we were impressed with the meticulous, methodical process and tools TalenTrust used, and the results they could demonstrate,” said McCurdie. “We trusted they could deliver the human capital we needed in a way that was much more effective than what we could do on our own, and better than anyone else we had talked to.”

Prior to diving into their specific search, TalenTrust launched the partnership with an extensive Discovery meeting to discuss the SAFEbuilt business strategy and growth goals, competitive environment, talent needs, company culture and more.

“TalenTrust knows our business and understands what we are looking for,” McCurdie explained. “Their ability to process a high volume of candidates using the criteria they developed with us has allowed us to focus on our core business without distraction.”

Results

“We have had a very positive experience,” emphasized McCurdie. “The team at TalenTrust is professional, they listen and respond, they truly integrate as our partner, and they personalize their process for us. They want to find us the right person who is the right fit for our organization. The caliber of individual TalenTrust has brought to us is extremely high. I’ve been very impressed.”

SAFEbuilt hired a Chief Building Official, Human Resources Director, Regional Business Development Manager, and a Proposal Specialist/Coordinator as a result of the company’s partnership with TalenTrust.

McCurdie commented specifically on the critical role of HR Director, which had initially prompted him to turn to TalenTrust as an expert partner. Since hiring the HR Director, the company has become much more strategic in their efforts to attract, train and retain key people.

“Working with TalenTrust, we hired an individual who is performing well, understands our systems, and is a much better fit for our organization than the people we had tried to bring in on our own.”

He added, “The positions we’ve filled through Talentrust have helped us grow the business. We brought in people with skill sets we didn’t have previously, who have developed systems and processes that are scalable. The talent we’ve been able to attract has helped us build a platform that we can leverage as we continue our growth.”

Details

Website: safebuilt.com
Headquarters: Loveland, CO
Market: Colorado, Georgia, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, South Carolina
Year Founded: 1992
Industry: Government Services

2013 Revenue: $16.4 Million
3-Year Growth: 103%
Number of Employees: 675

Awards: Inc. 5000 (2014, 2013, 2011, 2009); 2013 Colorado Company to Watch; 100% client satisfaction rating.

Description: SAFEbuilt offers customized full-service building department programs and supplemental services in short-and long-term engagements to public agencies.  SAFEbuilt partners with more than 200 communities of all shapes and sizes throughout the country for the efficient delivery of outsourced community development solutions including building department services, community planning and zoning and code enforcement.

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