January 27, 2014 — Versique Search & Consulting announced its 2013 year-end results today, citing revenue growth, the addition of several key division leaders, and increases in employee and client partners among its early successes, following the January 2013 split from its former entity.
In just one year, President & CEO Tony Sorensen and Co-founder Chris Ohlendorf have seen noteworthy results that indicate the organization has clarified its vision and is poised to become the leader in Minnesota’s talent-acquisition industry.
“We’ve developed a shared vision for the company and a management style that meets the flexibility and specialization necessary in this industry,” says Sorensen. “Collaboration is driving a new level of success here at Versique.”
Re-launched in January 2013 following an amicable split from its predecessor, Versique has experienced some of its most significant results to date, including as its former entity. Fourth Quarter revenue, new hires and placements were the highest in company history.
Sorensen attributes the fast-growing success of the organization to a more streamlined management team, able to accommodate changes to the marketplace; the addition of several key division leaders who now oversee and are responsible for recruitment and consulting services in their function areas; and a roster of 40 internal employees and 110 consultants committed to the new organization’s culture.
Key 2013 milestones include the following:
Sorensen and Ohlendorf make amicable split from former partners.
Online Marketing Division Launches: Chris Peterson, former vice president of Online Marketing at a large local advertising agency, joins Versique as vice president of Online Marketing. Peterson launches Versique’s Online Marketing practice, specializing in SEO (search engine optimization), PPC (pay-per-click) and CRO (conversation rate optimization), etc.
IT Perm Division Launches: Joe Janasz brings more than 20 years of Minnesota IT recruiting experience to Versique. Janasz is hired, as practice director of IT, to lead recruiters specializing in IT permanent placements.
Finance & Accounting Division Launches: Seasoned executive recruiter Joe Reardon joins as managing director, Finance & Accounting. Reardon brings more than 12 years of experience in executive recruitment following 20 years of finance and accounting leadership.
Versique HR Hires New Leadership: Following more than a decade in agency and corporate executive recruiting, Chris Dardis, who has held leadership roles at Schwan’s and Robert Half International, joins as vice president of Versique HR.
Oct. – Dec. 2013
Versique and sister company McKinley Consulting experience most successful Quarter for revenue and placements in company history, including as previous entity.
Jan. – Dec. 2013
Versique hires 17 new employees, with roles ranging from account executive to vice president. Versique and McKinley Consulting hire additional consultants, now totaling 110.
Sister company, McKinley Consulting, was also recognized in 2013. Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal honored the organization with two awards: the Fast 50, which recognizes the fastest-growing private companies in Minn., and the Top 25 Management Consulting Firms. Additionally, Versique was named a finalist for the upcoming Minnesota Business Community Impact Awards in the category of “Best in Class: Small Business.” This award reflects Versique’s passion for giving back to the community.
Looking forward to 2014, Versique and McKinley Consulting plan to generate $23 million in revenue and make more than 400 local placements.
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In 2019, 2020, and 2021 Versique was recognized as Star Tribune Top Workplace, was nominated as a Best of Business Finalist by Twin Cities Business, and made the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal's list of Twin Cities Largest Executive Search Firms. Versique also ranks as one of the top 25 most socially/marketing engaged staffing firms in the country and #1 in Minnesota by LinkedIn.
The Versique brand represents a powerful combination of “versatile” and “unique” as it hints at the concept of “search” in its pronunciation: ver-seek.