Jeff Jorgensen has been a valuable member of the IBS family since 2001. Starting out as the Cincinnati branch manager, he was named president of the company in 2015. We sat down with him to learn more about his experience at IBS and to find out what he’s like outside of the office.
How did you get started in the staffing industry?
After I graduated college, I worked for a finance company. I helped sell and underwrite loans. A friend of mine that I met working there eventually left the company to work for a new IT staffing firm in Columbus, OH. He asked me to come work with him, and we got the Columbus location up and running together.
Where did you go to college?
I went to Kent State University and double majored in Accounting and Finance. When I had to depreciate a leased asset, I realized that I may need to do something other than accounting!
What led you to IBS?
Someone from my former company had taken a job with IBS and knew they were looking for a branch manager for the Cincinnati office. This coworker recommended me to Dan Williams (CEO and Founder, IBS). I interviewed, and he offered me the position. I was attracted to the culture of IBS, but I also liked that IBS had the ability to do project-based solutions in addition to IT Staffing.
What are some things that make IBS different from other companies you’ve worked for?
IBS’ workplace culture is what sets us apart. We genuinely want to provide exceptional service to our clients and our consultants. A lot of companies don’t treat potential consultants well, looking at them as resumes or billing, but we don’t. We see people, people with great skills who seek opportunities, and we want to help them succeed. We have to work hard to overcome the bad reputation that other staffing companies give the industry.
Unlike our competitors, we have a very low turnover rate. We create long-lasting relationships with our clients and consultants. We treat our team well and fairly and make sure they always feel cared for and supported. We want to instill a level of trust within our network, and that starts at the top with Dan [Williams]. No matter what, he supports you and wants to reward hard work. That respect and care trickles down and we show it to our consultants, clients, and to one another.
What is your favorite part about being company president?
Something that I enjoyed about being a branch manager was getting to build relationships with clients and getting the satisfaction that comes with making a sale. Now, as president, I can help others achieve that same satisfaction. I really love getting to help our staff strategize and break down barriers.
I also enjoy traveling to the different branches. I like just getting to hang out with the different teams. I’ve also had the opportunity to visit our development center in India several times. We have such a great team, and they always make me feel welcome.
What is your favorite memory of working with IBS?
I’ve had so many great opportunities that it’s hard to choose just one. Going on the top performer trips is definitely one of my favorite things to do with the company, though. It’s so fun to see the people that you work with outside of an office environment. I especially enjoy when we do group activities on these trips where we get to do things as a team. I also appreciate the chances I’ve had to visit our offices in India and getting to experience a different culture.
One funny memory I have of IBS is something my son did during one of our office Christmas parties. I had only been with IBS for a few years, and my youngest was only 18 months old at the time. We were getting food from the buffet and he stuck his whole arm into the bowl of ranch dressing!
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It’s so important to treat people how you would want to be treated, and I think IBS especially does a great job of following that advice.
What do you like to do outside of the office?
I love hanging out with my family. I have two sons—one in college and the other in high school. I love playing tennis with them and my wife. Between work and spending time with family, I don’t have a whole lot of free time for myself, but I like to run, fly fish, and play golf when I can. I also really enjoy cooking and like trying new foods.