People are the very heart of our business. As the first IT staffing firm in Minnesota, we’re committed to continually investing in our team, our clients, and our community. That’s what makes Placing People First more than a tag line. It’s our mission, and the key to our success.

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History of ESP


Bob Hildreth


Aaron Stratman

President and CEO

Devin Fischer

Director, Recruiting and Client Services

Shannon Kalynyuk

Recruiting Manager


No Gossip

Building trust is the foundation of our culture at ESP IT. The one thing that will undermine trust more than anything else is gossip. When we all refrain from gossip and are direct in our communication, we’re able to build trust with our coworkers and clients.

Be The Best

Exceeding the expectations of everyone with whom we work is essential to our success. We become the best through planning, professional behavior, continuous improvement, hard work, and dedication.

Be For Each Other

By combining personal high achievement with a team mentality, we’re able to find success as individuals, as a company, and for our clients. Support, encourage, and work with your teammates and clients and show appreciation for the work they do.

Wag Your Tail

We spend more waking hours at work than at home so enjoying what you do is important. Look for ways to keep your “tail wagging” most days when you head out for work—be passionate about what you do, get to know your coworkers, be willing to laugh at yourself, and remember, smiles are contagious.


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Best Staffing Firms to Work For
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100 Best Companies to Work For in Minnesota
Minnesota Business Magazine

Best Small Companies to Work For
Inc. Magazine

Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies
Inc. Magazine

Fastest-Growing Staffing Firms
Staffing Industry Analysts

Fast 50
Minneapolis- St. Paul Business Journal

Business Builder Awards
Upsize Magazine

Top 25 Management Consulting Firms
Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

Top 25 Executive Search Firms
Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

TechServe Alliance Excellence Awards
TechServe Alliance

Affiliations: IT Placement in Partnership

Certified Diversity & Inclusion Recruiter (CDR)