ESP IT's History

Connecting thousands of IT Pros with organizations of all sizes since 1968.

Minnesota’s First IT Staffing Firm

ESP has been staying ahead of technology since 1968. From mainframe computers to application development for smartphones, we've enjoyed being an active participant in the evolution of technology. 

But when it comes to technology staffing, some things never change. As the first IT staffing company in Minnesota, we’ve always believed that IT professionals and employers deserve to work with an IT consulting and staffing firm that acts with integrity. To us, that includes open and honest communication when it comes to your next potential gig, job, consultant, or employee. After more than 50 years, ESP continues to be the most trusted IT staffing company in the Twin Cities area with a long-tenured staff and a large proprietary database.

Our success comes from placing people first.


ESP IT's History



Electronic Systems Personnel (ESP) began in Minneapolis in 1968. IBM and Intel were just starting to develop computers and programs and an Electronic Data Processing (EDP) trainee earned just $6,000 a year. ESP made its first permanent placement in 1969 and placed its first consultant in 1970.  In 1986, Bob Hildreth joined ESP as owner and president.


ESP evolved from a primarily permanent hire firm to a complete service IT Staffing firm, offering consulting, contract programming and project management options for clients. By building a business based on quality service and integrity, ESP became one of the largest, privately held IT staffing firms in the upper Midwest. 


In 1993, Inc. Magazine named ESP one of the Best Small Companies to Work for in America. In 1996, ESP’s IT consulting division merged with the public company, Cotelligent Inc., a national consulting firm looking to expand its upper Midwest presence. ESP continued to focus on IT staffing in the Twin Cities Metro area.


With a talent for recognizing both technology and culture fit, ESP IT revamped the contract consulting business in 2008.  Our rapid growth has been recognized by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Staffing Industry Analyst, and Inc. Magazine. We have also been ranked among the Best Companies to Work For in Minnesota.