As told by founder and CEO, Tony Seminary
My Grandfather on my mom’s side was quite the storyteller, which makes sense as he was American Indian and Native’s have a knack for telling great stories. As a young boy I used to listen to my Grandfather talk for hours about his life. And I suppose from my roots that is why I love a good story to this day.
Our story at IT Motives is that we started from humble beginnings in July 2008 and I was the lone employee. We had no website, no marketing material, no applicant tracking system, no office, no company logo. And did I mention I had no experience as an entrepreneur? What I did have was a desire and passion to create a company. So I decided it was time to venture out on my own and take the entrepreneur plunge.
Before starting IT Motives, I worked for another recruiting company called SolutionsIQ that was based in the Seattle area and they had a branch office in the Portland metro area. I worked there for over 9 years and they decided to close our office on December 31, 2007.
So being single at the time with no family, I decided to take a mini-retirement from the work world, a term I learned from reading “The 4 Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferriss. I went to the public library every day like it was a Monday through Friday 8-5 job for me for the first 6 months of 2008. During that time, I read about business and entrepreneurship. And read. And read. It was sort of like me going back to school and trying to get a degree in business.
Fast forward to July 2008. One of my friends and industry colleagues called me and said he had a bunch of job openings he needed recruitment help for. I wasn’t sure I necessarily wanted to go back into recruiting after being out of it for 6 months. I knew I wanted to start some kind of business, but just wasn’t sure if it would be in talent acquisition. I thought about it, and less than 1 hour later I called my friend and I said I was back! And away we went as a company.
From those humble beginnings we’ve evolved to where we are today. We have a website, we have marketing materials, we have an applicant tracking system, we have a nice office, we have a great logo, and most importantly we have great employees. I am no longer working in my home office as the only employee.
This journey since July 2008 has been an interesting one that’s for sure. We’ve never wavered in who we are as a company and that’s an important thing to me. We have our own unique identity at IT Motives and we’ve collectively worked hard to make sure we keep that positive identity in the market.
The core purpose of my company IT Motives is really simple. We want to build long-term relationships, grow people, and make career connections. These are my own passions and I dare say these are also the passions of the people on my team at IT Motives.
So that’s a bit about our story. What’s your story? We would love to get to know you better.