Drew Hegarty is the Branch Manager of our Tampa, Florida office. He has been with Johnson Service Group for almost three years. We wanted to take the opportunity to chat with Drew and learn more about his career at JSG. Here’s what he had to say:
You started with JSG as a Sr. Account Executive before being promoted to the Branch Manager position. Tell us a little bit about your career and working for JSG.
My career has always been sales-centric, starting with desktop application software. I moved into the consulting/staffing industry in 2002, and have been all in ever since! When I first joined JSG, I was the sole employee in Tampa. Since then, with the leadership of Senior Vice President Mike Measures, we’ve been able to grow the team to 4 members here in Tampa. We’ve also been able to leverage other recruiters throughout the region as our portfolios grow. My strategy as a Branch Manager is to be hands-on, stepping in to help whenever I can!
What’s your favorite thing about working for JSG?
What I like most about JSG is the entrepreneurship-mindset. There’s so much room for growth when you are allowed to be autonomous while still having the support of a large company behind you. I also really enjoy working for our Senior Vice President, Mike Measures. He has created a comprehensive roadmap for our region. This has allowed us to grow and be extremely successful by keeping our focus on day-to-day tasks.
What is your goal for the Tampa office this year?
While we love the support of our region, we want to continue growing independently as a branch. We’d love to secure a couple of additional cornerstone accounts to keep our team in growth-mode. This will allow us to compete with local competitors.
What’s the biggest challenge that hiring managers are facing in this current market?
The hiring managers we speak with are struggling to find talent in this candidate-driven market. With so many opportunities out there, it’s also become difficult for great companies to retain their best employees. I always tell our clients to consider “lifestyle points” when trying to attract talent. This includes benefits beyond competitive salaries, including working remote, vacation time, healthcare, etc. The companies that offer these are the ones securing great talent.
What do you like most about working in the recruiting industry?
Making a difference in someone’s life. You think about the big events that everyone goes through marriage, kids, career. Helping people change their careers makes a huge impact on their entire lives. It’s extremely rewarding to be able to be such a positive influence and get that call from someone saying, “Drew, you changed my life!”
When you’re not busy at work, what do you like to do in your free time?
I love to play and coach basketball at the local rec center. I will also be the Assistant Coach at high school my kids went to. It’s great to have the opportunity to give back to the community.