At Ethan Allen HR Services, we’ve got a team of industry experts and experienced HR professionals connecting businesses with comprehensive HR solutions and dedicated local support. Our employee spotlights introduce you to the people behind our services and the work they do to ensure Hudson Valley businesses get the HR support they need.
This week meet Tom Lemmey, Director of Sales at Ethan Allen.
Tell us about what you do at Ethan Allen.
As the Director of Sales, my responsibilities range from identifying and creating relationships with potential new clients to working with our current clients. I also interact with our internal team to develop solutions for both current and potential clients and work with our sales team to drive results for the organization.
What do you find most interesting about working with the Ethan Allen team?
From a client perspective, I get to meet with a wide variety of companies and spend time getting to know them and their businesses. It’s great to learn about a company’s operations, challenges, and what makes them successful.
Internally, we have a great team of professionals dedicated to supporting our clients and helping them with the many challenges that might be facing them (i.e., staffing, governmental compliance issues, etc.).
How does Ethan Allen support your career and personal goals?
I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the Ethan Allen team for the past 12 years and have seen our organization grow during this time. I have a great opportunity to drive my own career and balance my family commitments at the same time. There’s a unique working culture that’s only possible in growing, local companies that the large corporations I’ve worked at previously struggle to meet.
What’s the number one quality you feel is important to achieving success in the staffing/PEO industry?
First and foremost, you have to be interested in supporting the clients’ needs. The only way to do that is to fully understand their business and there is no way to fake that interest. So, my answer is to have a sincere curiosity that will allow you to work toward the best interests of your clients.
What’s the biggest benefit to partnering with a staffing firm in a job search?
From a candidate’s perspective, it’s that the staffing firm may know about job opportunities that are not advertised and/or great companies that are not well known to the public. The staffing firm can also effectively present you to a potential employer as they know the qualities the specific employer likes to see and where you could be a great fit.
From an employer’s perspective, there are many candidates that are not actively seeking a position, but, if the right one came along, they would like to hear about it. Staffing firms represent a great way to find the passive job seeker!
If you could give one piece of advice to a client, what would it be?
I would encourage any clients or potential clients to always look to see if there is a local service provider before moving forward with a large corporation. The large corporations can do a good job, but when you work with local/regional companies your business will be appreciated and typically serviced better because the people in that company will be focused on you.
What’s your favorite thing to do in the Hudson Valley?
I’m an avid golfer and look forward to the spring all winter to get back outside and play!
Do you have a unique skill or “stupid human trick”?
Does the ability to recall useless sports/music/movie trivia count? If not, then let’s go with a “No.”
What else do you want to share about yourself?
My wife and three daughters all consider it a blessing that we’ve been fortunate enough to live in the Hudson Valley and call it home.
Searching for HR support for your business? Tom and the Ethan Allen HR Services team are ready to help. Contact Ethan Allen today to get started!