Case Studies

Sr. Estimator with Leadership

Client: Big-D Construction – MN Regional Office

Situation: Big-D Construction ($700M annual revenues) recently opened a regional MN office with an experienced MN leadership team (President, VP/SR PM and BD). A pure, senior estimator with both commercial & industrial experience was needed to complete the core leadership team for the regional office, which handles projects east of the Rockies. With the economy in steady recovery, with senior estimators high demand and understanding the importance of the right fit to help Big-D break into the Minneapolis market the client engaged Rauenhorst RC to take on this challenge.

Solution: Big-D Construction engaged Rauenhorst Recruiting Company to locate a highly qualified, pure senior-level estimator. The key criteria included a candidate with a compatible personality, strong commitment to family and integrity, as well as the capacity to evolve into a Chief Estimator role within two years.

“Our client opened their regional office at a time when the commercial construction industry was on the rebound from 2008-2012 recession, said Chuck Rauenhorst, president of Rauenhorst Recruiting Company. “The search was confidential and the RRC team worked collaboratively to meet the milestones of the search. The right candidate needed to have the solid work history as a senior estimator who demonstrated unquestionable loyalty and strong personal and professional ethics. In addition, the candidate needed to be comfortable with change and be able to thrive as an integral part of a results-driven, entrepreneurial team.”

After working the RRC timeline and taking the client and qualified candidates through a series of well-established processes, the 45-day search was successfully accomplished. The successful candidate is a seven year veteran with both commercial and industrial experience and the leadership ability to move into the chief estimator role.

Sales Engineer

Tonka Equipment Company
Tonka Equipment Company

Situation: Tonka Equipment Company, a custom water treatment solution designer, had an immediate need to replace a sales engineer after an unsuccessful hire. The client was seeking a degreed individual with three to five years of water industry experience to groom and grow with the company.

Solution: Account executive Steve Bolster successfully completed this challenging search within the sixty-day timeframe. This success was due to Steve’s keen ability to ask questions and his journalistic approach that allowed candidates to speak freely and confidently about their experiences, qualifications and career objectives. The first set of interviews yielded a candidate with hazardous waste water industry experience and hands-on work with several mechanical engineering applications. Initially the client was seeking a less experienced candidate, however, Alan Schneider’s professional demeanor, patient and calm approach, combined with his modest business savvy, convinced Tonka Equipment Company that he was the right candidate. Steve’s engaging manner allowed him to thoroughly learn about each candidate, thereby providing him the necessary information to match the company with the right person.

Engineering Manager

Rauenhorst Recruiting has placed Engineering Manager Dane Steffer with Amesbury Group as it continues to expand market share in the window and door balance industry. Amesbury Group is a division of Laird Securities which itself is a division of Laird Group PLC of London, England. Amesbury Group is comprised of eleven manufacturing locations in the U.S. and Canada and has grown its business substantially from $13 to $230 million in the thirteen years it has been a Rauenhorst Recruiting client.

National Sales Director

Rauenhorst Recruiting has successfully placed a national sales director with HomeCrest, a $50 million dollar manufacturer of affordable luxury outdoor furniture. The company patented the first swivel rocker mechanism in 1956 and which soon became the foundation of the HomeCrest outdoor product line. The company is a five-time recipient of the coveted Manufacturer’s Leadership Award for best casual furniture manufacturing and is led by former Rollerblade president and CEO John Sundet.

Director of Marketing, Product Development, National Sales Mgr

Rauenhorst Recruiting has placed a director of marketing and product development and national sales manager with Omni-Tract, an international leader in table-mounted surgical retractors. Since Bruce LeVahn founded the company in 1971, Omni-Tract’s growth and success can be attributed to its collaborative relationships with surgeons around the world. Rauenhorst is proud to be part of Omni-Tract surgical’s continued success.


  • “I cannot give them high enough recommendations.”

    “Municipal electric companies are making a mistake hiring top-level managers without the help of a search firm. To increase the field of candidates, you need to hire a search firm to go out and search for candidates who aren’t necessarily looking for a job change.”

    “The process RRC uses is well worth taking the extra front-end effort to make sure we had the fit right. By doing interviews with current staff and Board members, RRC really figured out the personality and character of the company. RRC really understands the electric utility industry. They understood that we were looking for more than just a manager, we were looking for a manager who also has both a technical and strategic understanding of the electric utility industry.”

    “We are happy, and impressed, by the candidates Rauenhorst Recruiting Company found for CMMPA. They did a great job for us and we will use them again in the future.”

    Steve Thompson, CEO, Central Municipal Power Agency/Services

About Rauenhorst Recruiting

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