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Three years ago, Paul Conaghan and William Excell fulfilled their long-time ambition by becoming Directors and Co-Founders of their very own IT consultancy firm, Tiro Partners. By utilizing Paul and William’s 25 years of IT recruitment experience, the firm now contends with major players in the recruitment field, and the pair have indisputably built a reputable yet niche IT recruitment business. Specializing in project and product management, business analysis, architecture, development, and testing, the firm has a long history of successful delivery across a variety of sectors, including media, retail, and finance.
Refreshingly, the foundations of Tiro Partners are built upon strong person-to-person candidate-client relationships. Tiro Partners is not corporate, nor does it aspire to be. This goes a long way towards explaining how such a small niche agency has been able to participate in such a competitive market. The consultants at Tiro Partners pride themselves on being industry experts with a personal touch. They have a genuine passion for exceptional customer experience, so they make sure to take the time to understand the needs of their candidates and clients.
This mentality undoubtedly stems from the co-founders’ risky decision to move out of the central London zone, a year and a half after Tiro Partners’ establishment. Both Paul and William craved the restoration of work-life balance after starting young families outside of the city. Despite risking candidate attraction with the relocation, the decision has undoubtedly worked to Tiro Partners’ benefit.
After moving beyond the hustle and bustle of the city, and with its innovative views towards growth, Tiro Partners began to feel the full effects of its old CRM system. Paul felt that the tool’s lack of one hundred per cent cloud-based structure was a crucial fault. It was “very slow, didn’t update automatically,” and its visual appearance was decades out of date. Overall, it “did not serve a purpose” due to its lacking functionalities and limited mobile capabilities.
Paul and William pride themselves on using the latest tools and technologies to solve their recruitment needs. Thus, they wanted to purchase a solid database upon which they could build the foundations of their company. For Paul and William, Bullhorn’s true cloud solution was the only platform they could see themselves partnering with to grow their business. Most importantly, however, they found that Bullhorn’s CRM with people skills complemented the way they work on a day-to-day basis. Tiro Partners takes the time to understand the needs of its candidates and clients, and Bullhorn’s automatic capture of client and candidate interactions coordinated with these principles perfectly.
After nearly two years of being live with Bullhorn, we caught up with Paul, who, having worked for two of Europe’s largest recruitment companies, has over sixteen years of recruitment experience.
First and foremost, Paul noted how the Bullhorn system is easy to use for the whole team, enabling the company to grow from two to almost ten within a short span of time. Historically, Tiro Partners’ consultants were using alternative platforms to source candidates, leading to disarray and poor internal communication. With Bullhorn, however, “consultants want to use the system,” especially because “each consultant can now customize to his or her own requirements.” Paul is more than happy with Bullhorn’s searching capabilities, email functionalities, seamless ability to add new licences with “great online training.”
2015 has been a particularly “exceptional year” for Tiro Partners and Bullhorn. Remarkably, Tiro Partners has doubled its revenue from 2014 since moving out of the city.
Bullhorn has played a big part in establishing Tiro Partners, a small niche agency, as a strong contender within the IT recruitment industry. For Paul, Bullhorn has “enabled efficiency,” and Tiro Partners certainly “won’t go back” to more primitive technology.
Technology-centric consultancy Tiro Partners has big plans for its future with Bullhorn. Firstly, Tiro Partners plans to generate detailed reports and fully utilize Bullhorn’s Customizable Dashboard features, as these functionalities have not yet been utilized due to Tiro Partners’ rapid expansion. Secondly, Paul and his Co-Founder William plan to upgrade to Bullhorn’s Corporate Edition. Given the well-known prominence of social media use within the recruitment industry, Tiro Partners is excited to implement the next edition and take advantage of Bullhorn’s LinkedIn Integration tool.
Bullhorn anticipates an impressive future for Tiro Partners and is delighted to be part of its long-term future.
SVP of Product and Salesforce
Jonathan Novich is SVP of Product and Salesforce for Bullhorn, the global leader in CRM and operations software for the recruitment industry. A staffing technology innovator, he has developed broad and deep product and technical experience consulting to staffing firms over the past 15 years. Jonathan has acted as an independent consultant for some of the largest staffing companies in the world and advised companies on acquisition targets.
At Bullhorn, he oversees product initiatives as more than 10,000 staffing companies rely on Bullhorn’s cloud-based platform to drive sales, build relationships, and power their recruitment processes from end to end. He graduated with honors from Princeton University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Computer Science and a certificate in Operations Research.
SVP, Workforce & Revenue Cloud
As Bullhorn’s SVP of Workforce & Revenue Cloud, Ed drives the company’s middle office strategy and overall product offering. Ed joined Bullhorn as part of the Peoplenet acquisition where he spent 7 years as the President/CEO leading up to the acquisition in late 2017. Prior to joining the Bullhorn family, Ed has spent his career designing, building and managing technology solutions for numerous Fortune 500 companies. He has been a Partner in an ERP-focused consulting firm, a CIO for a global pharmaceutical company, a supply-chain leader for a retail company and the leader of a services company from its inception to $50MM in revenue. Ed was born in Florida but has spent the last 20+ years in Atlanta, GA. Ed loves to play golf, tennis and basketball and occasionally gets out kite boarding when the wind is just right.
Ed holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
Brian Sylvester is Bullhorn’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with more than 15 years of financial leadership experience. Brian leads Bullhorn’s financial, accounting, and legal functions. Prior to becoming CFO, Brian spent three years at Bullhorn in various finance & accounting roles. Prior to Bullhorn, Brian was Corporate Controller at Pegasystems, a global provider of business process management software where he scaled the finance organization during a period of 2.5x revenue growth. Brian began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their technology audit practice.
Brian is a CPA in Massachusetts, has a Master’s of Science in Accounting from Boston College and a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Bryant University.
SVP, Customer Success
As the Senior Vice President of Customer Success, Tamsyn leads Bullhorn’s Services and Customer Success teams. She is responsible for the successful delivery of all products and services globally and is committed to creating and maintaining incredible long-term customer experiences in the Candidate to Cash process. Tamsyn has been delivering implementations for over 25 years with companies such as SAP, Ariba, Zuora and Apttus: specializing in HR, Payroll, Procurement and Quote To Cash capability. She trained as a software engineer after studying Maths, Statistics, and Computing in England.
Founder & CEO
Art Papas is the Founder and CEO of Bullhorn, Inc, the global leader in software for the staffing & recruitment industry. Art was the original architect of Bullhorn’s flagship Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, which now helps more than 8,000 companies around the world run their businesses. Art is the Chairman of the Board at Career Collaborative, an organization that teaches unemployed and underemployed adults how to build careers that change lives and strengthen families. In 2014, Ernst & Young named Art an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner in New England. Prior to starting Bullhorn, Art started his career as a software engineer at Thomson Reuters. Art is a graduate of Tufts University, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.
President and Chief Technology Officer
As President and CTO, Matt leads Bullhorn’s architectural, technical, and software design and development efforts. He also directs the product management team’s work defining product strategy, and global customer support and success. Since joining Bullhorn in 2004, Matt has held a variety of leadership positions managing the growth of various technical and services teams, including Vice President of Professional Services. Prior to Bullhorn, Matt worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in systems process assurance for such companies as Fidelity and State Street Global Advisors. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Boston University’s School of Management.
Chief Revenue Officer
As Bullhorn’s Chief Revenue Officer, Mike drives the company’s global revenue growth. Mike was one of the first 15 team members of Bullhorn Inc. in Boston and relocated to London in 2010 to start up the International team. In his 6 years in London, Mike drove regional expansion into the Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, and Australia. He has supplied cloud-based solutions to recruitment consultancies in over 50 different countries worldwide for the past 10 years. Mike was born and raised in the Boston-area where he grew up an avid sport fan. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Babson College.
Chief People Officer
Kristin oversees Bullhorn’s human resources function in her role as Chief People Officer. Kristin joined Bullhorn in 2020 and is responsible for helping Bullhorn scale to the next level, build leadership capacity, and accelerate growth in global markets. Kristin brings to the role over 20 years of experience leading high-potential companies through breakthrough growth and brings a depth of knowledge in organizational design, scalable processes, and flexible systems culled from some of the most successful global companies in the world. Leary joins Bullhorn from Hitachi Vantara, where she served as Chief Human Resources Officer, and before that she worked as Chief Human Resources Officer at Forcepoint, a private equity-backed company with 3,000 employees operating in more than 45 countries. She has also worked at high-growth enterprise technology companies like Alphatec Spine, Boston Scientific, and Hewlett-Packard.
Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and International
Peter oversees Bullhorn’s international operations across EMEA and APAC in his role as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and International. Peter joined Bullhorn in 2009 and was responsible for its highly successful UK launch. In addition to growing the international team to over 50 staff and establishing Bullhorn as the UK’s market leading recruitment software in fewer than three years, Peter has expanded Bullhorn’s reach into EMEA and APAC and achieved a user base of more than 10,000 international users. Prior to taking on the launch of Bullhorn in the UK, Peter spent 20 years working in the recruitment industry and held a number of senior director roles before moving into the technology space.
Executive Vice President of Enterprise and Salesforce
Ryan Murphy is the Executive Vice President of Enterprise and Salesforce. He began his 10-year career at Bullhorn as a finance and sales intern, affording him a 360-degree view of the software-as-a-service industry and Bullhorn’s business model. Prior to his current role, Ryan served as an Enterprise Account Executive where he honed his customer-first leadership style and championed Bullhorn’s offerings to its most strategic clients. Today, Murphy is charged with leading the enterprise strategy and go to market for both Bullhorn and Bullhorn for Salesforce, enabling customers to maximize their investments on both platforms and deliver an incredible experience to their customers and candidates. Ryan has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Boston University.
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