TAMPA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Human capital services veterans Mark Whittington and John West have announced the formation of Hire Partners, LLC (Hire Partners) to pursue an accelerated growth strategy in the multi-billion dollar industry. The partners plan to leverage their previous success with IT staffing company System One Solutions, Inc. (System One), which they sold to Monster Worldwide (previously TMP Worldwide) in 2000.
Whittington will serve as Chairman and CEO of the new venture with West acting as senior strategic advisor and principal investor. West will also be heavily involved in the company’s pursuit of acquisition opportunities. Hire Partners will be headquartered in Tampa, Florida.
The formation of Hire Partners also creates a holding company for investments in two existing businesses, Hire Velocity, LLC and TSC Services, LLC. Based in Atlanta, GA, Hire Velocity is a Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) firm that provides high-volume hiring support primarily to Fortune 1000 companies. TSC Services is headquartered in Washington, DC, and provides on-site recruiting, along with IT contract and placement services to Federal contractors and commercial clients. Today, Hire Partners and its underlying subsidiaries employ nearly 100 people in the Atlanta, DC and Tampa markets.
Whittington indicated that “Our focus is to find the right people with entrepreneurial spirit who are energized to build another market leader in the human capital space. We’re at the early stages of a hiring turnaround in the U.S. and are confident in our ability to capitalize on this momentum. As always, our strategy is to hire, motivate and reward the key individuals that will help us make this venture a success.”
West added, “My passion is working with and developing people. I have found no other industry that allows such a focus on this passion as the human capital space. I am energized to partner with Mark in building a company that will provide opportunities for many, many talented individuals.”
West previously founded IT staffing firm System One in 1987. Whittington joined the company in 1994 and led an extremely talented management team through a period of operational innovation and significant revenue growth. After the sale of System One in 2000 and a stint with acquiring firm Monster Worldwide, West and Whittington left to pursue opportunities in other industries. Both now believe the timing is right to build a new kind of human capital business, capitalizing on the tremendous technology and media advancements that have occurred in the past ten years. Hire Partners will grow through a combination of strategic acquisitions and highly disciplined and synergistic selling strategies.
By Tim Spagnola
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