Did You Hear? We are Forging a New Path in Our Industry Once Again!

This year Aureus Group’s parent company C&A Industries, Inc., celebrated its 50th Anniversary. It was a milestone that marked not only five decades in business but the remarkable evolution of a company that grew from a one-employee business to one of the largest staffing and recruitment firms in the country.

In 1969, Larry Courtnage (or as we call him, Mr. C.) established a staffing and search firm out of his basement. A visionary, he not only grew his business step-by-step, he paved the way in our industry with an innovative approach to the search firm-talent-employer relationship. His move toward an Employer Paid Fee vs. what was previously an Applicant Paid Fee changed the staffing industry. He understood that the success of any business is based on the caliber of its people, long before it was popular. His model is now the industry standard.

Mr. C. was our pioneer and now it’s time for him to propel what he built into new territory once again and enjoy well deserved retirement. He began his career forging new ground and at 80 years old is creating another industry disrupter by investing in and transitioning C&A, Aureus Group, and C&A’s other affiliate firms to another Omaha-based firm, the largest private acquisition in our industry’s history.

Aureus Group has been an important part of the C&A story and we’re looking forward to what the future holds for us, our clients, and the candidates we represent. Beyond our core business, we share many similarities with our acquisition partner – values, culture, and mission – and we’re excited for us to get to know one another and build a united strategy. Collectively, we will continue to serve as the premiere provider of staffing solutions in all business sectors, including Aureus Group’s practice areas.

While we anticipate the transaction will officially be completed early in Q4, our transition to integrate our organizations has already begun. Our integration teams are getting to know each other and diligently working with Bain Consulting to build a new company. This game changer will not prompt immediate changes as we expect a long and thoughtful process over the coming months and years.

Together we will be a stronger organization, better positioned to achieve our vision of becoming the premier diversified leader and preferred partner in the industry, serving our customers with a total suite of staffing solutions. This will create more opportunities for all of our in-house and contract employees, customers and our strategic partners. We will keep you updated as we build even stronger service lines to help our customers and contract employees achieve their goals.

Thank you for allowing us to serve you for the last 50 years. You’re an important part of what’s to come. Your success is our success!

As always, we welcome your feedback about our services, your partnership with Aureus Group, what’s working well for you, and how we can improve. We also know you may have questions about the acquisition. Please reach out to us. We appreciate hearing from you!

Chris CarlsonChris Carlson

Chris is an experienced executive in the staffing industry. She has developed operational analyses, implemented programs /compensation plans, and has assisted hundreds of firms streamline processes and upgrade the competencies of their workforce. Finding innovative ways to generate new business, isolate top talent, and build teams is her passion. She has designed and executed many successful strategic marketing /recruiting plans and promotions. Chris began her career at Aureus Group, a full-service professional recruiting firm, in 1994 and currently serves as the Managing Director of Aureus Group specializing in the Finance and Accounting, Information Systems, and Executive Leadership roles in all industries including; Healthcare Administration, Banking, Finance, Insurance, Commercial Services, and Manufacturing.

In addition, Chris is a Certified Professional Consultant, and has an Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


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