Co-Founder and Chief Rainmaker
I have been in the engineering recruiting business since 1980 and prior to that I spent 3 years working for AT&T/Bell Labs. Prior to starting my career, I was in the U.S. Navy for 4 years (1971-1975), stationed at the Pearl Harbor submarine base. During my time in the Navy, I spent a total of 18 hours at sea… I really do love my job and I hope to continue working for 20 more years.
Short Interview with John Peterson:
Where did you learn the most about life? Going to bars with my father from age 5 to age 17 on weekends and weeknights, in a small town in Central New York.
Who do you admire most in life? My mother, Elizabeth, who had a rough family life but was always positive and who never said an unkind word about anybody.
What is your current state of mind? I’m happy with my business, happy with my wife Denise and happy to work with Adam who is a Christian that walks the walk and talks the talk.
What do you enjoy most about being a recruiter? I really enjoy earning the trust of an employer or applicant and working with them to make their life better.
What talent would you most like to have? I would have a singing voice that my wife could tolerate
What is your most treasured possession? My father’s WWII diary comes to mind but other than that – I’m not really a “things” kind of person.
Co-Founder and Wizard of Information
I’ve been working as a technical recruiter and research assistant now for 11+ years after graduating from Wheaton College in 2006 with a degree in Psychology. It’s been fun and challenging to start and grow a new company with John and I really enjoy the work that I do. In particular, I’ve enjoyed seeing how technology has changed this business, even in the relatively short time that I’ve been doing this, and I’m excited to see how it continues to integrate with the recruiting business.
Short interview with Adam Krueger:
What is the worst mistake you ever made in your life and what lesson did you learn from it? I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life – I don’t know if I want to share my “worst mistake” but here is one incredibly dumb thing I did in high school and what I learned from it. We lived in the suburbs growing up – my next door neighbor was a single guy and had been out of town for awhile and his grass had grown high. I was mowing my parents lawn and thought it would be funny if I mowed “MOW ME” into his lawn. He did not think that was funny and came over to tell me about it. I ended up having to mow his lawn for a month. What I learned to do was think about how my actions might be perceived or how they might affect others. Just because I have an impulse to do something, even if my intentions are pure (more or less), doesn’t mean I should do it. I can laugh about it now, but having my neighbor stand there and tell me how embarrassed he was was not funny at the time.
What is the most unusual place you have ever been? I would have to say that most unusual/interesting place I have ever been in the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. There is a very large Mayan pyramid there, and at that at the time I went (early 2000s) you could climb on in (I think this has since been banned). It is very well-preserved and I believe it is one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. If you ever find yourself in Cancun or in Playa Del Carmen, it it well-worth the day-trip to go and see it.
What do you like to read? I can find a way to like almost anything, as long as it’s well-written. When left to my own choices, I typically veer towards non-fiction, and I particularly enjoy history. I have read several David McCullough books and if I really try hard, I can make my way through a Ron Chernow book. Lately, I have discovered Cormac McCarthy and really enjoy his writing style. I am also an avid podcast listener and enjoy Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast, in particular.
What are your greatest achievements in life so far? Almost 10 years of marriage to my wife Leslie, our growing family, and starting Sun Recruiting with John.
If you couldn’t be a recruiter, what other occupation would you do? I would love to work in the front-office for my favorite baseball team, the Minnesota Twins. That would be a dream job. Another one I tried to get into once upon a time was being a detective, I am grateful that did not work out.
What quality do you admire most in others? The people I admire the most are those people that you meet or get to know that make you want to be a better person. My wife, Leslie, is definitely one of those people.