In 1959, Robert Underwood established a recruitment agency that's been guiding great hires and soaring careers ever since. As you celebrate Amtec's 60th anniversary with us, we hope you feel our gratitude for the countless opportunites we've had to help shape the stories of so many clients and career seekers. Much has changed over the years, as you'll see from the logos and timeline below! But our passion to serve you with integrity remains as strong as ever.
When Bob Underwood dreamed up the Amtec name, he imagined helping customers find dependable, qualified professionals, mostly engineers at the time. As a former Navy man and mechanical engineer with a committed work ethic, Bob related well to the candidates he interviewed and placed.
Serving customers like Beckman, Brunswick, Rockwell, Northrup, and Boeing, Amtec often placed designers and draftsmen. To accommodate the Amtec temporary team members of our customers with large contract projects, we maintained a large back room with many drafting tables, drafting machines, lamps, and stools. Using a small moving van, affectionately called the White Elephant, Bob would also cheerfully cart drafting equipment on loan to Amtec temps who worked on customers’ premises.
We continued to build relationships as we helped customers find great candidates, collecting paper resumes which lived in our growing file cabinet system. Each week, we warmly greeted contract team members by name as they came in to pick up their paychecks, and we hand-delivered many paychecks to local customers. To locate the resumes of professionals who fit a current order, we used a coding system with hand-punched cards and a metal skewer.
Always looking for ways to serve people better, we bought our first computer, which allowed for faster retrieval of candidate information. Soon, we purchased an applicant tracking system, and Scott Kuethen, a young new recruiter, convinced Bob to adopt use of the FAX machine! Now, candidates could send us resumes in a flash, we would scan them into the computer, and customers could receive top candidate recommendations from us sooner than ever before.
Although the Gulf War, earthquakes, and storms dominated the headlines, our recruitment firm kept growing and helping people find fulfillment in their workplaces. No recruiter was more passionate than Scott, who soon became an owner and COO of Amtec. His motto was “Win, win, win!” because he was happiest when customers and candidates were satisfied. With the advent of the World Wide Web, our database of resumes grew exponentially.
The world did not end with the new millennium as some feared! In fact, we gained a bright-eyed, young recruiter in Jay Ramos, who is a friend to everyone he meets! To serve our customers in a more scalable fashion, we built a recruiting center in 2008—and then the market crashed. By God’s grace, we stayed afloat, still making great matches and refining our hiring process under Scott’s leadership as the CEO. Jay now became the Director of Engineering Services. Thanks to so many of you and our new recruiting methods, we continued to thrive during this time.
As we grew, we saw the need to separate our service offerings to sharpen the focus of our contract and direct hire teams. Compared to 1959, we look a lot different today with the convenience of automated time cards, direct deposit, a time-tested recruiting process, and virtually unlimited candidate access. But you’ll also find that our caring team of trustworthy recruiters are more passionate than ever about providing you with excellent service, whether you’re a customer who needs qualified professionals, or a candidate whose career is about to take a turn for the better!