Meet Tim Sackett

Tim Sackett SPHR, is the ultimate Mama’s Boy!  After 15+ years of successfully leading HR and Talent Acquisition departments for Fortune 500s and smaller technical firms, Tim took over running the contingent staffing firm HRU Technical Resources in Lansing, MI. Serving as the Executive Vice President, Tim runs the company is mother started over 30 years ago, and don’t tell Mom, but he thinks he does a better job at it than she did!  Check out his blog at Because he’s got A LOT to say, and FOT just isn’t enough for him.

See Tim’s riffs and rant on Fistful of Talent here…



1.  The elevator just closed and you’ve got 30 seconds to pitch the random reader on who you are and why they should read your rants.  Go..

First off, I’ve got space issues – I don’t like close talkers, so I’ll be addressing from the other side of the elevator. Hey – tell me what the most valuable part of your business is – and you can’t give me the CEO line “our people are our most valuable part of our business” garbage – I mean what is it really? No, you’re wrong.  It’s talent!  And let me tell you talent is different than people – anyone can get people, you’re either lucky or good at getting talent.  The most important part of every company is its Talent, not its warm bodies. In most companies it is the only true competitive advantage you have.

2.  Now for the mundane – break down your location, title, company/firm and what you do for a living..

I’m the Executive Vice President for HRU Technical Resources, which really means they just ran out of titles between Director and CEO.  What I really do is attempt to make sure everyone is happy and productive – for those who have worked in staffing firms you know exactly what that means. We are primarily an engineering and technical contingency firm that specializes in the manufacturing sector in defense, consumer products, automotive, higher ed, etc.  We are based in Lansing, MI – but have close to 500 employees all over the country.

Besides the 8 years of staffing experience, I have 8 years of corporate HR background with Fortune 500 companies in management/director roles.

3.  One more question that everyone expects.  What’s the reason you’re in this game? (why do you do what you do?)

I’m white and 5’7”, and while I have a great outside shot the Lakers just wouldn’t give me a shot – it was completely racial.  Seriously, right out of college I started recruiting and it just seemed to fit my personality and need to try and get things to fit together.  Find the right person for the right job and for that small moment in time – the world makes sense. I’m always amazed at how the majority of very talented people have no idea the value of their skills and how to go about best using those to further their career.  So, in HR I get to be a Pied Piper for really talented people.  I also love the aspect of seeing how the entire business fits together – you don’t really see that in marketing, accounting, etc.  In HR you get to get your hands dirty in all aspects of the business – how cool is that!

4.  If you’ve ever been to a professional baseball game, you know batters from the home team get to pick their own theme music as they walk from the dugout to the plate.  If we ever have a FOT convention, what theme music will you come out to to pump the crowd up and why?

My wife will laugh at this, but it would be the same song I asked to have for our wedding first dance (although I didn’t get it – again purely racial) – Uncle L – LL Cool J – “Mama’s Gonna Knock You Out.”   So, don’t call this a comeback, I’ve been here for years.

5.  Let’s stick with the baseball theme.  If you’ve ever been to a pro game, you also know that the visitor doesn’t get to pick their own music.  The home team picks that for them, and it’s usually less than stellar, as a means of attempting to crush them.  If you could pick theme music for your arch-rival to walk into a conference room to, what would it be and why?

Dancing Queen – ABBA (I know everyone has it on their iPod – so, I’ve heard –  but it would still be funny to see them walking into that song)

6.  Finish the following sentence – “When I’m interviewing, I can tell within one minute that this thing isn’t going to work out because _________…”

The person won’t look me in the eye, speak in complete sentences and convey a clear thought.  I’m not a big believer in “the person was just nervous” philosophy of interviewing. Every time I’ve taken a chance on a nervous person they haven’t worked out.

7. Name the actor/actress who will portray you in the movie about you.  Why the heck is that a fit?

Ron Howard – take a look at me – when I was young I was “Opie”, then I became “Richie Cunningham”, now I’m just waiting for Ron to play his mid-life defining role to see what I become next!

8.  List three of your favorite books to pander to the educated segment of our readership…

1. Tipping Point – Gladwell (I like all of Gladwell’s books, but this was the first I read and I just really feel a connection to his thought process)

2. Living, Loving and Learning by Leo Buscaglia (Taught me more about how to manage/treat people then any business book I’ve ever read – probably because it isn’t a business book)

3. (tie) Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson & The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams (Only through cartoons can we really point out that which is true in our society!)

9.  List three of your favorite movies to connect with the segment of our readership that doesn’t like to read…

               1. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

               2. All 6 Star Wars movies (I count them as one – just broken up in 6 parts)

               3. Beaches – just kidding – Again, probably a tie between the Matrix and Dumb and Dumber.

10.  Let’s reach out to what remains of our readership.  Who’s your favorite Old-School Rapper and why?

Tupac or KRS 1 – I just love how they were able to put into words a completely different experience then which I ever experienced.

10.5.  My first car was a <blank> and here’s how it defined who I am….

My first car was a 1970 Monte Carlo (which ironically was the year I was born).  I bought it from my sister for $100 and drove it for a year, sold it for $150 and engine blew up 1 week after I sold it.  So, I could tell you it defined me in that I was able to take something and make it better – or in that after I leave things usually blow up – or probably closer to the truth is that it was a pretty conservative purchase from sister, who took pretty good care of it – in the end I’m not a huge risk taker!


See Tim’s riffs and rant on Fistful of Talent here…