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A Twenty Year Partnership

Ken Taunton, the founder of The Royster Group, originally began his career as a sales rep for a pharmaceutical company covering his home state of Alabama and the Washington D.C. territories. After six years in the sales organization, he was promoted to be the Southeast Regional Recruiter headquartered in Atlanta, and Mr. Taunton described the excitement and passion that recruiting brought him. One day on an airplane, Mr. Taunton found himself in a conversation with a Managing Partner who worked for an international executive search firm. Following this conversation, Mr. Taunton was later interviewed at a competing firm and hired in their healthcare recruiting division.

Upon the burst of the tech bubble in the ’90s, the recruiting firm Mr. Taunton worked for downsized from 60 associates to 20 as a struggling economy results in few open job positions to fill. When one of the partners of his agency left the firm, Mr. Taunton quickly decided to make a shift to starting his company. Over his working experience, Mr. Taunton recognized the lack of diversity in executive candidate pools. He felt that his focus on presenting qualified and diverse candidates would serve as his niche for his firm. On September 1, 2001, Mr. Taunton founded The Royster Group.

Mr. Taunton described the difficulty of opening up his business just days before the tragic events of 9/11. With an economy on lockdown and an extreme sense of uncertainty surrounding all aspects of life, a new business venture proved to be very difficult. As Mr. Taunton navigated through the unfolding chaos, he put most of his focus on finding certifications and associates which would help ground his business and open the door for The Royster Group’s long-term success. Through this process, Mr. Taunton read about the services offered by the Atlanta MBDA Centers, which assisted clients in applying for business certifications and securing contracts. Mr. Taunton quickly reached out to the centers and has been a client ever since.

Working with the center for approximately 20 years, Mr. Taunton commented on how he has relied on the Atlanta MBDA Centers for various needs as his company has grown over time.

“When an entrepreneur starts a company, you don’t have the workforce or the capacity to help write proposals or help with the tools that are needed to evaluate pricing standpoints for different agencies. The centers were a huge piece of my process from the start. Also, from the operations side, I established systems that led to a more developed structure as we grew. As a result, I could focus on larger scale projects and contracts.” Ken Taunton

Mr. Taunton spoke about how recently the Centers, particularly, helped The Royster Group secure a spot as one of 36 companies to participate in a $7.5 billion government contract with the Defense Health Agency.  This fantastic opportunity for the company marks just one of the many successes The Royster Group has experienced as of late. This past year, The Royster Group achieved $22 million in revenue as they have been focusing primarily on recruiting healthcare providers for government agencies across the country. Holding firm to the ultimate vision of saving lives and eradicating unemployment, The Royster Group operates on its core values of customer service, integrity, teamwork, accountability, and respect.

To learn more about The Royster Group, please visit their website and LinkedIn page.

Georgia Tech’s Custom Career Portal

This week, will be the final part of our Georgia Tech resource series specifically focusing on the Georgia Tech Career Center, but do not worry, our following articles will continue to explore other opportunities offered by various groups and centers at Georgia Tech. To close out our Career Center segments, we are emphasizing the main tool that employers can utilize when recruiting Georgia Tech students, CareerBuzz.

What is Career Buzz?

CareerBuzz is Georgia Tech’s specific online career portal open to current students, alumni, faculty, and employers. Similar to other hiring platforms, CareerBuzz allows employers to create an online employer profile where they can upload open job opportunities. These employer profiles will be visible to Georgia Tech students and alumni, and they describe your company’s industry, size, and location. Creating a detailed employer profile is a great way to connect with students who might not have heard of your group or visited your company at a career fair.

After creating an employer profile, you have the capability of uploading open positions onto the platform which students can find through independent searches. For example, if your group is looking to hire an intern for Human Resources during the next academic semester period, Georgia Tech undergraduates majoring in Business Administration will come across your job posting if they search for Human Resource related positions as well. In contrast with other online job boards, CareerBuzz will allow you to customize the job listing for specific Georgia Tech majors, degree types (undergraduate, graduate, or alumni), and years in school (freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior). These unique features make recruiting students significantly easier if your group is targeting a specific age range of students.

How to Access CareerBuzz?

First make sure to visit the Georgia Tech Career Center page and read the previous articles in our series to learn more about the various resources available to employers engaging with Georgia Tech. Then follow the steps listed below from the Career Center:

Georgia Tech uses CareerBuzz to manage all of its job, internship, co-op postings, and on-campus interviews.

To ensure all students and recent alumni within 2 years of graduation have access to all job postings we ask that employer use our FREE online job posting and management system (CareerBuzz).

Step one is to set-up your account and employer profile on Careerbuzz.

New users should log on to CareerBuzz and click on “New Employer Registration.”

Returning users can log on to CareerBuzz with their username and password.

After you have created an account, you will receive an approval message with your log-in information within 48 hours, at which time you can post a job.

Step two is to create your job posting.  Log into your Carerbuzz account.  Under the “My Quicklinks toolbar on the right select “Create a New Job Posting.”

If you are interested in posting a job and/or internship or co-op, and HOLDING INTERVIEWS ON CAMPUS please go to our On-Campus Recruiting tab for additional information.

Whether your company is looking to hire a next round of student workers, or your group is attempting to start a brand new internship or co-op program, CareerBuzz is an easy place to begin. By posting your jobs on CareerBuzz, you are guaranteed to tap into a network of Georgia Tech students eager to gain valuable work experience and contribute to your company’s overall mission.

 

Resiliency in Business

Leonard Wright began his career working for a software company after graduating from college. In this position, Mr. Wright managed the productions and operations for the company. Through this work, he noticed the large amount of courier freight services that the company used, and Mr. Wright began to mark up their own courier pricing. Through this process, Mr. Wright became aware of the opportunity that existed in courier servicing, and in 1993, Mr. Wright established his own courier company. New to the business field at the time, Mr. Wright unfortunately had to close down this company in 1998. By October of 2000, however, Mr. Wright’s resilient and persistent attitude led him to open Inpax Shipping Solutions which today pulls in $30 million in revenue.

Mr. Wright noted that he first came into contact with the Atlanta MBDA Centers in 2003. Serving as a member of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, Mr. Wright was introduced to Donna Ennis, current Project Director for the Atlanta MBDA Centers. Over years of working together, Mr. Wright described a number of projects he and the Centers collaborated on including developing management teams, hosting seminars at Georgia Tech, and discussions with various financial groups. Mr. Wright noted that his partnership with the Atlanta MBDA Centers has developed over the years as his business has continued to grow.

“As far as the Centers go, I think they run a very good program. It’s definitely been a help to us over the years. From everything to keeping us in the know about what’s happening from a small business/minority business perspective to financial/economy trends. It’s been great to be in the program… The information that I get from the group is very informative and very helpful. Overall, I’m very pleased with being a part of the program.” Leonard Wright

Mr. Wright noted that recently Atlanta MBDA Center’s Business Advisor Anita Davis helped his organization secure $3 million of funding for the acquisition of Freedom Freight Services in 2020. As Inpax Shipping Solutions continues to grow, they are seeking to one day achieve over $100 million in sales through various mergers and acquisitions.

To learn more about Inpax Shipping Solutions make sure to visit their website.