Caitlin Demo 2014-09-03 01:24:51
Relationships— I t ’s in Their DNA FINDING YOURSELF "I was doing well in my career and had a lot to be thankful for. However, I knew there was something greater to achieve,” said Eric Gilo. He and his wife, Christine Gilo uncovered their greatness in MOGEL, the strategic recruiting firm they founded in early 2014. In their own right, Christine and Eric were at the top of their game in their former positions. Both were left slightly disenchanted by the policies and limitations that are inherent in corporate America. “In the recruiting industry there are many complaints – the inflexibility of fees, the belief that placements are made to be made rather than for the benefit of both parties,” Christine said. “Those were some of the driving forces for me. We wanted to create a company that always does the right thing for our clients and our candidates, looking at long-term relationships over quick placements. “With our professional backgrounds in recruiting – living and breathing it – we knew we could build this business and have fun doing it without losing sight of the fact that we’re working with people,” she continued. FOCUSED ON THE BIGGER PICTURE MOGEL is a professional recruiting firm. While they deal more broadly, their name highlights the core of their business: the mortgage (financial services) and legal industries. “Once the name was created, the branding of a new company made sense and the pieces just came together,” Christine said. It was the structure of big business that drove these two mavericks to open their own firm. Beyond just numbers, recruiting is in the business of setting companies up for success. With the right people in the right place, businesses flourish. Oftentimes the limitations of the corporate food chain preempted greatness. With too many rules and restrictions, a recruiter’s hands are too often tied. Instead of finding the perfect solution for the long-term benefit of both parties, they were restricted by corporate policy, unable to find the client the right solutions. Breaking free of this world, Christine and Eric sat down to write up their own 10 commandments – their core values. “I look at these values as our ‘shareholders,’ our guidance,” Eric said. At the heart of these values is their mission to create and grow relationships with their clients, which all starts with a discussion about their company. “That is our opportunity to sit down with a client and discover where they are and where they’re looking to go,” Eric said. “We do a lot more than just place people in jobs,” Christine said. “We’re changing lives by helping our clients expand their businesses. Our goal is to develop a business partnership with our clients, a relationship that helps them grow with the right people.” Looking at their logo, Christine describes it as strong and powerful. Eric adds that it has a certain confidence and energy; something that he says – they bring to their work. The pride one associates with the lion is stirred together with the creative design to project the forward-thinking and confident company this husband-and-wife team set out to create. “As a boutique company, we are guided by the best interests of our clients,” Eric said. “We’re looking for a non-cookie-cutter approach to working with attorneys and other professionals.” “While we’re driven to be the best,” Christine said, “we’re also family-focused people that like to have fun and who prize humility and honesty as well as expertise.” TEAMING UP FOR THE LONG-HAUL When you look at this power couple, you see two professionals at the top of their industry. Christine admits that the couple hesitated before plunging into business together. “A lot of people cautioned us against it, but we took a leap of faith. It felt right,” she said. “There are challenging days, of course, but at the end of the day we’re a partnership.” Looking to the future, both Eric and Christine are looking for organic growth. “We’re not looking to grow this business just for the sake of growing it,” Eric said. “We want to grow when it feels right to expand. We want to make sure each new team member is aligned with the core values of MOGEL.” “We’re in this for the long haul,” Christine said.
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