Founded in 1998, The Christopher Group (TCG) has become one of the nation’s largest and most respected boutique HR Executive Search Firms.
With combined HR careers at General Electric, PepsiCo, Progressive Insurance, Merrill Lynch, R.J. Reynolds, and CitiGroup, these former HR practitioners saw a unique opportunity in the HR search marketplace. For years, founding partners Tom and Paula Christopher, had utilized several of the nation’s leading HR marquee executive search firms when filling critical mid and senior level HR openings. These firms were and are to this day good organizations with strong people and respectable search processes. However, Tom and Paula saw an opportunity to do search differently. They passionately believed/believe in creating a unique boutique executive search firm led by former HR practitioners, staffed by highly trained search professionals, and employing proprietary systems tools and processes when conducting HR only searches. This firm would provide a unique and industry redefining search experience for candidates and clients alike. It was at this time that TCG was born.
We respect the boldness of this statement and the inherent expectations and standards of performance that come with it. However, for our entire Team it really is that simple. We are not interested in being the biggest, just the best. More importantly, for our candidates and clients it is the standard we respectfully ask them to hold us to.
For us, this is more than a biblical reference and/or good lifelong principle to live by; it goes far deeper than that. Being former HR practitioners, we are able to assume the unique positions of our clients and candidates and look at the opportunities through their lenses. In doing so we are able to provide expert guidance and counsel to candidates and clients alike.
We have found that when a client decides to go to search they have exhausted previous low-cost methods (e.g. internal promotion, employee referrals, direct sourcing/ads, and/or contingent firms). Typically, by the time our clients reach us they are tired, frustrated, and wanting the job filled yesterday with HR talent that would rival their best performers.
One TCG client said it best, "I'm tired of kissing a bunch of frogs, I need you to find me just one prince”.
Bob Myers, EVP of HR Black Hills Energy
As a result, our Business Strategy is defined in three simple words:
When you engage TCG, our service delivery model will ensure we are the fastest to the marketplace, with the best possible candidates, supported by exceptional service. As a recent TCG client stated "The reason we selected your firm to conduct our strategic HR search vs. a competing large retained marquee firm, was because you do in three weeks what it takes the marquee retained firms three months to do. At the same time you provide a far superior level of service".
At TCG, every Team member knows that meeting or exceeding client and candidate expectations is the only acceptable level of performance. Due to this cultural orientation and the proven successes of our business model: