Veteran Recruiter Launches Better Than Found

January 5, 2021 – Veteran search consultant Ben Talbert has launched a new industrial search firm, Better Than Found (BTF), based in Greenville, SC.

Specializing in professional and executive recruitment across manufacturing, engineering, and construction, BTF provides nationwide recruitment for companies in the Upstate of South Carolina and throughout the Southeast.

BTF is a full-service industrial consultant and talent resource, capable of sourcing vital and specialized professionals and executives, said the firm. With diverse industry knowledge and experience, its team has served clients in textiles, HVAC/R, consumer products, OEM industrial equipment and aftermarket parts supply, capital equipment design/engineering/automation/integration, plastics and packaging, automotive, aerospace, power generation, warehousing/ distribution/ logistics, chemicals, and food and beverage.

“Better Than Found partners with companies that are committed to excellence within their niche in the market,” said the firm. “The team uses a consultative approach to thoroughly understand a company’s unique hiring needs, adapting its service to attract talent to fit those needs, bringing a focus that precisely matches not only candidates’ skill-sets, but attitudes, values and motivations.”


“Better Than Found also provides highly qualified candidates access to today’s leading companies through a relationship-based approach, finding the best possible environments for their skills, aspirations and careers to flourish,” the firm said. “This confidential and strategic process is designed to ensure that all aspects of a potential career move will be in the best interest of everyone involved, leaving companies, careers and lives better.”

Mr. Talbert has extensive experience both working in and recruiting for the industrial sectors, including the textile industry. With 10 years of direct industry experience along with seven years of recruiting across industrial sectors, he was looking to establish a search firm that “measures success based on the number of lives impacted rather than the number of placements made.”

Mr. Talbert, who holds a textile engineering degree from what is now the Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University, spent the first eight years of his career at Milliken, followed by two years at O’Neal Inc. He has served on the board of directors for the Upstate chapter of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers for over six years. He also sits on the board of directors for 3GEN Ministries, a local non-profit ministry. Mr. Talbert is a member of the Southern Textile Association.

Mr. Talbert comes from a family with deep roots in the textile industry in South Carolina. That heritage and his experience working with and placing professionals in the industry has shown him the importance of relationship building. “It’s extremely satisfying to bring in a candidate, hear their career goals and line them up with the right company,” he said. “Better Than Found is more than just a name – it’s our mission.”

Open for Business

Over the past year, new recruiting firms have put out shingles around the world in a wide range of industries. Here’s a look at a recent sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Ahmad Popalyar has launched Succession Executive Search, a recruiting firm that specializes in finding investment banking and private equity professionals, as well as C-level executives across the middle market. “To win the war for talent, you have to first understand that the battlefield isn’t the same as it was even five years ago,” said Mr. Popalyar, who serves as president and CEO. “It’s digital now. In order to find and attract top-tier talent, you have to be connected to the virtual communities – where the networking, engagement and thought leadership is happening. You must meet the candidates where they are, and actively engage and build relationships with them before they even think about taking on their next role,” he said. “If not, you’ll find yourself spending six to 12 months trying to find that right person that could have been found in one week.

Recruitment industry veteran Tim Walsh has launched Vetted, a boutique recruitment and outplacement firm focused on supporting Greater Boston’s innovation ecosystem. “We want to help companies navigate this new world of talent acquisition, where remote hiring and the renewed importance of diversity hiring have come to the forefront,” said Mr. Walsh. “With all that’s happened in 2020, it’s more important than ever to give back. To put that into action, we’re proud to donate 10 percent of our profits to local charitable causes while partnering with Boston-area businesses who share that mindset and are excited about the good we can do together.”

BIPOC Executive Search Inc. has been launched to focus on the recruitment of black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) for organizations across Canada. The new venture is inspired by the BlackNorth Initiative — a program calling on Canadian organizations to, by 2025, ensure black leaders hold 3.5 percent of executive and board member roles, at minimum. BIPOC Executive Search seeks to support organizations in their quest to fulfill this critically important mission. “It is encouraging to see leaders, across sectors, become more intentional about increasing the representation of black people around decision-making tables,” said Jason Murray, founder and president.

Veteran executive recruiter Steve Caliger has launched The Loring Group. Mr. Caliger has had a distinguished career as a sales leader and executive search consultant in the technology industry. He is a technology professional who has held leadership positions with several industry icons. With more than 20 years of executive search and consulting experience, Mr. Caliger develops senior leadership teams for sales, finance, product, engineering and information technology. In addition, he has done work for consumer products, financial services and non-profit organizations.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor  – Hunt Scanlon Media

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