Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Growing up in small town in Northwest Indiana, my parents gave me the following advice. “Do great in high school so you can go to a good college. Get your degree so you can find a job with a stable company. Work your way up the ranks, and do whatever the company asks of you. Then, when you’re ready to retire you can go do what you love.
…that advice, at the time, sounded logical to me.
For the first 5 years of my professional career, I took their advice. I went into the financial services industry and began building my career. I worked hard, hit my goals, climbed the corporate ladder, earned a very nice compensation, and managed to spend my earnings as fast as I could make it. I had all the material possessions I thought I needed to live a happy life.
…then something horribly magical happened, I got laid off.
At the time, a lay-off seemed like the end of the world, but as I reflected on the situation, I realized I never had a sense of connection to the work I was doing—it was simply a means to an end. Did I want to spend the rest of my career doing work I didn’t feel connected to? Did the money I was making justify the unhappiness I felt?
As you might have guessed, I decided to change careers and do something that provided me with a sense of purpose, something that left me fulfilled at the end of a hard day. I joined a small technology start-up by the name of Jobing.com. For the next 11 years, we grew the company from nothing to more than $38MM in annual revenue and from 5 employees to more than 400. It was my first exposure to the power of Culture, the power of Values, and the power of Purpose. More importantly, it was my first exposure to doing work that truly mattered to me.
…why couldn’t everyone feel this type of alignment and connection?
In early 2012, I teamed up with Max Hansen and Brett Farmiloe to build a company that would allow anyone to connect, to align, and to build a career based on something other than just financial rewards. Y Scouts is a new kind of Executive Search Firm—a Purpose-Based Leadership Search Firm.
With more than 70% of the workforce disengaged in their work, we knew there had to be a better way to help leaders and companies connect in the recruitment process. Bad leadership is the #1 reason for poor engagement, and we believe purpose-driven leadership will reverse that trend. In fact, we’ve witnessed awe-inspiring transformations that prove purpose is not just an ideology, but instead it’s a bottom-line strategy and a competitive advantage.
The highest currency in today’s employment market is meaningful work, not just a paycheck. If that statement doesn’t ring true for you, connect with us.
A little more about me:
• Jackie’s husband
• Taylor’s and Riley’s dad
• Tom and Nancy’s oldest of three boys
• Passionate music enthusiast
• Above average Texas Hold ‘Em poker player
• Deathly afraid of, yet strangely obsessed with sharks