On October 1st, ESP will be 48 years old. In an industry where reputation based on relationships is everything to your success, we couldn’t be prouder to be celebrating 48 years of serving the IT community in Minnesota.
In 1968, ESP stood for Electronic Systems Personnel, which was what “IT” was called back when computers took up whole rooms. The name has evolved over time, to ESP Systems Professionals, and now, ESP IT to reflect current terminology. Along with the name changes we’ve adapted our services to fit current market needs, but in most ways, we’re still the same “ESP”.
In November of this year, we have even more to celebrate, as it marks the 30th anniversary of Bob Hildreth’s ownership of ESP. Bob’s steady leadership built on acting with integrity, and creating trust with his team and ESP’s business partners, is the largest factor in why ESP is where we are today. His leadership is what drove us to create our Blueprint three years ago. These 21 principles that we adhere to as a team are the daily behaviors that allow us to fulfill our mission of placing people first and serve both our client companies and IT professionals to the best of our ability. Bob is also the reason we keep striving for continuous improvement and healthy growth. Bob always says, we’re in a “people business” which is why it’s so important that “we really do put people first” in all our dealings, whether that be our partners, our internal team, our deployed consultants, or our direct hire candidates, and ideally, we find win-win-win solutions to put them all first at once. Thank you Bob for your 30 years of integrity-driven leadership and all you continue to do today to make ESP a great company.
Some highlights from our 48th year include awards and sponsorships we’re especially proud of.
We were thrilled to celebrate these awards:
- For the fourth year in a row, MN Business Magazine named us one of the 100 Best Companies to Work Forin Minnesota.
- Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal ranked ESP as a top executive search firmin the Twin Cities, and ESP was the top ranked firm working exclusively in the IT market.
- Two national lists recognized our growth for the fourth year in a row: We ranked 14thon Staffing Industry Analysts’ 2015 list of the http://esp.com/about-esp/news/esp-ranked-one-fastest-growing-staffing-firms-th/fastest-growing staffing firms and were on Magazine’s ‘Inc. 5000’.
In our efforts to give back, we continued old and started new partnerships in the Twin Cities Community:
MN Business Magazine’s Community Impact Awards
We were proud to be a presenting sponsor at the awards ceremony which took place in February of this year. Giving back to the community has always been important to ESP, and in fact is one of our 21 Blueprints for placing people first. We were truly moved by the stories shared at the ceremony and honored to celebrate companies doing good works in our community.
We’re proud to be a member of the Minnesota High Tech Association and partner with them in their efforts to get young people interested in careers in technology. That’s why we encourage our clients to participate in MHTA’s Tech Experience Tours and were sponsors of the program during the 2015-2016 school year. Contact us for more information on how you can get involved.
We think planning for the future is important for all leadership and teams, so we’re excited to be a sponsor of Twin Cities Business Magazine’s CIO Forum this October 17. If you would like to learn from other CIO’s how you can ready your business for 2020, and attend this event as our guest, please contact us.
We look forward to many more years of serving the Minnesota tech community and cannot wait for what the next year holds for both us, and our partners.