About ESP

Bob Hildreth



Bob joined ESP in November 1986 as owner and president and guided the firm to become one of the largest privately held IT staffing firms in the upper Midwest. Prior to joining ESP, Bob worked for Burroughs Corporation (now Unisys) in a marketing and sales position and also spent six years as president of a firm that developed personnel, human resource, and financial applications software. He earned a BA in Marketing and Management from St. Mary’s University.

An achiever at heart, Bob is invested in ESP’s next business evolution. His philosophy is to hire the best people, give them the tools to do their job, help set mutual expectations and then allow them to take ownership of their success. He is a past president of the Minnesota Association of Human Resources Consultants, a former director of the National Association of Personnel Services, past president of National Computer Associates, past Board of Directors member for the Southdale YMCA, and past president and a current member of the Edina Rotary Club. He is the past president and a current board member of MN's chapter of TechServe Alliance. 


To Me, Placing People First Means...

Doing the thing that matters most. People are a company's greatest strength. That's why 'placing people first' is more than a tagline - it's a necessity.


Favorite Quote:

“To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often.”—Winston Churchill

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From A Business Partner’s Perspective:

"I watched Bob create one of the most successful IT staffing firms in the country. An innovator, a leader, and a mentor to many, Bob always makes himself available to those eager to learn and develop professionally."