December 15, 2020 – Rush & Company, a national executive search firm focused on the textile industry, has named Kimber McFadden as vice president of nonwovens and industrial textiles. “Kimber has been a tremendous addition to Rush & Company, going back close to a decade,” said Rick Rush, founder, and president. “She has been instrumental in building our nonwoven and industrial business and it is safe to say that she is the principal search consultant across the country in this sector. She has become a critical resource to industry leaders in helping them source the best talent solutions to drive their business forward,” he said. “We are very fortunate to have her as part of our team.”
Since joining Rush & Company in 2012, Ms. McFadden has dedicated her work to finding candidates for clients in the textiles and nonwovens industry. She transitioned to the recruitment field from a career in real estate. “Her work creating and managing sales teams has lent itself to her success with Rush & Company,” the search firm said. “Finding the best talent is so much more successful with a niche recruiter,” said Ms. McFadden. Navigating the turbulence of the pandemic showed her potential for the leadership position.
Rush & Company was founded in 2003 and is an executive search firm that specializes in the fiber, fabric, and nonwoven industry. They place sales, marketing, product development, merchandising, design, sourcing operations and engineering positions. Rush & Company has worked with some of the top companies and brands in the industry. They have a proprietary, in-house developed database of over 15,000 industry related candidates. Rush & Company works with all salaried and managerial positions up to the C-Level.
Mr. Rush offers 26 years of experience having started his recruiting career in 1994. Mr. Rush has over $18 million in personal career billings, having conducted over 2,000 searches. Since 1999, he has been a member of The Pinnacle Society, a consortium of 75 industry-leading recruiters in North America within the direct placement and search industry.
Recruiting During a Pandemic
Mr. Rush recently sat down with Hunt Scanlon Media to discuss how his firm is working with clients during these trying times. “Our firm has had a remote model in place since launching the company in 2003, with our full desk recruiters and even administration staff working remotely around the country,” he said. “Fortunately, we had all the systems, processes and technology internally to continue business as usual when the pandemic hit. We have team members located from California to Georgia but from an outside lens, our goal has always been to seamlessly service clients as if we are all sitting in the same office. Interestingly, what has changed for us is that our clients are more comfortable with video meetings and want to kick off searches and meet via video calls. That has certainly been a positive for us in building stronger client relationships.”
“During the pandemic, the interview process has changed with more video calls and we expect that to continue post pandemic,” Mr. Rush says. “Also, companies that were hesitant to hire remote, work-from-home candidates, are now finding that it does work for their organization and we believe there will be more continued flexibility in that area. From the candidate perspective, remote flexibility and a work-from-home option was considered to be a perk or selling point with a company, however now it will be a candidate’s expectation and “even the playing field” when candidates have multiple offers to choose from,” he said. “Companies will need to continue to find ways to differentiate themselves from their competition to attract A-players.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media