Meet ITAC’s Nashville Market Leader: Kemper Trull
Kemper Trull is not your typical recruiter. Through listening and learning about the frustrations in the job search process, he strives to simplify the process and become an advocate for both clients and candidates. As Nashville’s Market Leader, Kemper’s job is to build out a team, manage the office and grow ITAC’s presence in Nashville. Kemper’s genuine, competitive and empathetic personality make him a great person for this role. To learn more about Kemper, check out this Q&A!
Q: What made you want to work for ITAC?
A: I have been at ITAC for almost two years. I started in July 2017. I clicked with the owners from the beginning on their core values. ITAC is a really good place to be. I was looking for a smaller firm with heavy ownership involvement, and I found that here at ITAC. I also found that they were excited about growing the business, particularly the Nashville market.
Q: What is your favorite part of your job?
A: My favorite part of the job is getting to learn all about the city. It’s a great way to learn about the businesses and the economy. I also enjoy getting to have a huge impact on people’s lives in their community.
Q: What’s one thing you want candidates or clients to know about ITAC?
A: I want clients/candidates to know that I am different. I do a lot of reading on the frustrations in the job market from both the candidate side and the client side. I know people sometimes don’t like dealing with recruiters. But I’m a really good listener, and I try to put into practice all the things that I read about. Going through a job search is a stressful process already, so I try to make it as easy as possible and advocate for both my candidates and my clients.
Q: What sets Nashville apart as a place to work and live?
A: Nashville is booming! The economy is booming, and people are moving here at record rates. The growth is really explosive. While it is a great time to be here from a recruiting standpoint, there are also new people, companies and ideas that create a lot of opportunities for people of all different skill sets. All in all, it’s a good time to be in Nashville.
Q: What jobs are most in demand in Nashville?
A: Nashville is a healthcare mecca, so there are a lot of healthcare jobs. Recently, there has been a bit of a shift and companies need to fill technology jobs. Plus, there are jobs in healthcare technology, which is a fusion of both of those industries.
Q: What are three words that describe you?
A: I am genuine and authentic, and I can chalk that up to not knowing how to be anything different. I’m also competitive. I will compete in just about anything, and I find that it works pretty well in our industry. I’m also empathetic. I was a psychology major partly because I like learning about people and hearing their stories. I think that also plays pretty well in this industry.
Q: Tell me about your family.
A: I have an amazing wife, Jamie, who is an accountant. We’ve been married for 10 years and have two adorable children. My son, Miles, is 5, and my daughter, Norah, is almost 2. So, they keep me pretty busy. We also have a dog (who was our first baby), Deacon, who is about 9. It’s pretty chaotic at my house these days.
Q: What’s one thing most people would be surprised to learn about you?
A: Most people would be surprised to learn that I played quarterback in high school. I’m a whopping 5’8”, so me as a quarterback is shocking to most because typically you associate the position with someone who is really tall, but not in my case.