Vice President of Business Development
As Vice President of Business Development, Steve oversees the growth of FGP’s Direct Hire Search, Temporary Talent and Human Resources practices. He is also a leader in the firm’s Outplacement services group, covering career transition and coaching services.
Steve is engaged in developing new and existing relationships globally for FGP’s core areas of emphasis; accounting and finance, healthcare, manufacturing and engineering, nonprofit and technology. With more than 25 years in talent acquisition, he is a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and frequent speaker on recruitment and organizational leadership.
The longest tenured member of the firm, Steve has played a vital role in the management of what has become one of the fastest growing recruitment and staffing firms in the country. He was instrumental in FGP’s initial launch in technology recruiting back in 1990. For a period of five years he led FGP’s Executive Search division and revenues grew 500%.
Prior to serving as the Director of FGP’s Executive Search Division, Steve was a Sr. Executive Search Consultant for 16 years at FGP (previously Phillips International). His focus was primarily in IT placements within the banking, grocery, manufacturing, retail, and warehousing/distribution industries.
Steve is active in the South Carolina community serving on the Board of Commissioners for Palmetto Pride and the Board of Directors for Water of Life. He is also on the SC Affairs Advisory Council and Greenville Health System Patewood's Advisory Council. Finally, Steve is a graduate of Leadership South Carolina, Leadership Greenville and Leadership Greer.
What's the last book you read and what did you think?
I have been a big fan of many books written by Jim Collins (Good to Great) but my favorite business related book is all about building your professional network called Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi.
What motivates you to work hard?
Since my first week on the job while a senior in college, I’ve been completely mesmerized by the opportunity I’ve been given to build great companies and advance the careers of genuinely talented professionals. There is an indescribable satisfaction when all my efforts are poured into helping others succeed!
What celebrity would you like to meet at a Starbucks for coffee?
I actually met Ron Howard and his family in Hilton Head at Starbucks. My wife has been a huge Andy Griffith watcher for years and there he was, standing in line right behind us talking with his brother about a movie they were producing. Even got an autograph to make it legitimate!