Glenn R. Diersen Jr., founder and CEO of Summit Human Capital, has always been an entrepreneur at heart, launching a lawn maintenance business at age 12 and a painting business in college. But the staffing industry “put entrepreneurship on another level,” he says.
Diersen started his career at The Select Group in 2014 as a technical recruiter and was promoted to account management within four months, the fastest promotion in company history. One year later, he carved out a role as the first-ever account executive of government services at TSG Federal and ended 2017 as the No. 1 producer in the entire organization just months before he founded Summit Human Capital.
His successes fueled his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2018, he launched Summit Human Capital, an IT human capital company headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. By March 2020, the firm had 30 active clients in eight states and surpassed $30,000 in weekly spread; in 2019, its first full year, the company reported just shy of $2 million in revenue.
To differentiate Summit’s offerings, Diersen partnered with the ex-CIO of a large competitor to build an applicant tracking system that customizes opportunities in real time and builds a talent portfolio that competitors don’t have access to. “We are absolutely leveraging technology in every single way,” Diersen says.
Summit recently signed a five-year lease to triple its headquarter office’s square footage. “These are the days that build the DNA of your future and the key core values of the team that you hire really come out,” he says. “I will always remember these days as we scale toward our aspirations of being a global organization.”