At Morgan Hunter, we’re lucky to have so many tenured recruiters. As our employees celebrate their Morgan Hunter anniversaries, we thought you’d like to get to know them a little better! Today Brian Price, a Director in our Sales, Marketing, & Advertising Division, is celebrating 8 years with Morgan Hunter.
When did you start working at Morgan Hunter?
I started working at Morgan Hunter in 2008. I’ve known Jerry Hellebusch, the owner of Morgan Hunter, since I joined the industry, and we’ve kept in touch over the years. When I moved back from Chicago in 2008 I reached out to him, had several interviews, and I’m here eight years later.
801 Chophouse in Leawood. They have an amazing staff and fantastic food.
Favorite sports team?
Kansas City Royals even before their 2015 World Series win!
My favorite classic movie is “The Adventures of Robin Hood” with Errol Flynn. My favorite newer movie is probably “Christmas Vacation” as we watch it as a family every year and we still laugh out loud even though we know what is coming next.
Favorite TV Show?
My wife and I just finished watching season four of “Orphan Black.” It’s a mind-twisting TV show with a lot of turns and suspense. It’s a great show! That’s probably our new favorite and we are anxiously awaiting the series finale in Spring 2017.
My go to favorite food for a casual meal is pizza. But if I could eat steak every day, I would!
Favorite thing to do outside of work?
My wife and I travel for concerts, that’s kind of our hobby. When we plan vacations, we try to book it around concerts and music events if possible. We’ve seen some pretty big shows in our life — everything from Paul McCartney to the Foo Fighters to the Rolling Stones to Blake Shelton. We try to see a wide variety.
What’s something most people don’t know?
I’m involved with Thank You Walt Disney, which is the restoration of Walt’s original studio in Kansas City at 31st and Forest. It’s allowed me to meet a lot of great people and work to promote Walt’s history in our city. During my fundraising efforts, I’ve had the chance to work with some Disney Legends who truly encompass all of Walt’s visions he had for the company. They are great individuals who just happen to have some of the coolest jobs in the world voicing the various characters such as Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck.
What’s the best advice you can give to a candidate?
Most people get nervous in interviews, so I try to find ways to help them relax. My goal is to give them ideas they can utilize so when they walk into an interview, it turns into a conversation rather than them being grilled, or them grilling the client. I always try to find advice that fits their personality, because everybody’s different. I spend time digging down to find out what their fears are and what makes them nervous, and then I find ways to help them overcome those issues so the interview becomes more of a conversation and everyone is relaxed, including the interviewer.
Do you have a candidate success story?
My first placement always sticks out in my mind. When I first got into the industry, I was doing IT recruiting. I had a candidate that wasn’t as successful as he could be considering his experience and skill set. He wanted to get married to his girlfriend, but couldn’t afford the ring. I ended up placing him in a role with a better working environment and a significant raise in salary. He came to me two months later to tell me thank you for everything and to let me know that he was finally able to propose to his girlfriend because of his new job. It was great to know that I had a positive impact on his life.
What do you like best about working at Morgan Hunter?
The people I work with are great. The President, Jerry Hellebusch, is just a good person, and that’s what initially drew me to the company. We have no turnover for obvious reasons — it’s the people. I come to work every day because I like who I work with. We have a great team!