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Last week in The Pinnacle blog, we resurrected the popular “Ten Questions” feature, and the first recruiter we interviewed was Preferred Member Jim Folger of ONESource Technical, Inc.  We published the first part of that blog series last week (i.e., the first five questions), and now we’re ready to provide the exciting conclusion!  (Which, of course, would be the last five questions.)

If you’d like to be featured in our “Ten Questions” series, just let us know.  We’ll ask you ten questions.  They won’t be the exact same questions that we asked Folger, but some of them might be the same.  Or they might all be different.  Or some might be the same, and then some might be different.  You get the idea.  If you’re interested, send an email to

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6. Finish this sentence: “If I wasn’t recruiting, I’d be . . .”

Prior to starting my recruiting practice, I worked as an Electrical Engineer and Engineering Manager at Rockwell.  I’m probably too far removed after recruiting for the last decade to go back to Engineering, but it does help considerably as a recruiter.  I suppose now I could probably be a Recruiting Manager in a company if I decided to get back into Corporate America, but I don’t see that happening any time soon . . .

7. What’s your biggest pet peeve?

When I take Henry the dog out to do his business.  He gets out there and sniffs and sniffs, and looks around, and sniffs and sniffs, and then sniffs some more.  Just do it, for pete’s sake!

8. When you’re not recruiting, what do you do for fun?

When not working, my wife Barb and I are involved in whatever our kids are doing.  Over the years, this has included a variety of recreation, travel, and premier sports (mainly soccer), but now both of our sons (Jimmy, 21, and Ryan, 18) are mostly into music.  Jimmy (who attends Baldwin-Wallace College with a major in Sustainability and a minor in Marketing) is an accomplished guitarist who composes and plays recreationally.  Ryan (a senior at Solon High School) is a percussionist who has aspirations to study percussion performance in college and eventually teach at the college level, play professionally, and teach privately.  Currently, Ryan keeps us very busy with the high school marching band; wind ensemble; jazz band; show choir; and his funk band, “The Phunkhie Panduh Munkhieees.”  Ryan is currently preparing for auditions at The Berklee College of Music (Boston), The Capital University Conservatory (Columbus), and The University of the Arts (Philadelphia).

9. For whatever reason, you have to choose a “last meal.”  What do you order?

I think I would have filet mignon cooked medium to medium-rare.  On the side, I would have grilled onions and mushrooms and a tossed salad with ranch dressing.  Normally, I would stop there, but seeing how this is my “last meal,” I would probably throw in a loaded baked potato.  Oh yeah, and large quantities of red wine . . . and maybe a piece of banana cream pie to top it off.

10. Which actor would play you in a movie about yourself?

Yeah, that’s gonna happen!  Maybe Ray Romano from Men of a Certain Age.

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Jim FolgerThe “Comments and Compliments” series is one of our most popular features in The Pinnacle blog . . . but so is our “Ten Questions” feature, which we’re resurrecting this week.  After a brief absence—during which The Pinnacle was transitioned over to its current blog format—the feature returns, and up first is Jim Folger of ONESource Technical, Inc.

After all, you may be recruiters, but you’re also people—people with families, interests, hobbies, and quirks.  Why keep all of that intriguing information to yourself?  Well, with a little help from us, you don’t have to.  Although Jim specializes in placing professionals in a broad range of industries, we wanted to delve a little deeper with Top Echelon Network’s “Ten Questions.”  (Editor’s Note: the second half of this blog post will be published next week.)

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1. What’s your most unusual candidate-related or client-related story in the past 12 months?

The last 12 months have been fairly predicable.  Nothing really comes to mind.

2. What’s the last book you’ve read (title and author)?

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.  The book provides some interesting perspectives. Many times, people are consumed by worries about past or future events, and it prevents them from fully experiencing the present.  Most of the time the actual things to worry about in the present are fairly negligible.

3. What music is in your CD/MP3 player right now?

A fairly eclectic mix: AC-DC, Alanis Morissette, Barenaked Ladies, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Blue Oyster Cult, Blues Traveler, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Counting Crows, Crash Test Dummies, Daughtry, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Genesis, Indigo Girls, Jackson Browne, John Mayer, Kansas, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Miles Davis, Ozzy Osbourne, Queen, Shaggy, Sheryl Crow, Spin Doctors, Steve Winwood, The Beatles, The Black Crows, The Jackson 5, The Rolling Stones, Tom Cochrane, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, U2, UB-40, Yes, and (of course) The Phunkhie Panduh Munkhieees.

4. What’s one of your favorite all-time movies?

The Outlaw Josey Wales, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, and John Vernon.  A story about a Missouri farmer who joins a Confederate guerilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.  This film brings back fond memories of watching these types of moves with my dad when I was a kid.

A memorable Josey Wales quote: “Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you’re not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean.  I mean plumb, mad-dog mean.  ‘Cause if you lose your head and you give up, then you neither live nor win.  That’s just the way it is.”

5. What’s one thing that other recruiters in the Network don’t know about you (and that you don’t mind sharing, of course)?

As a much younger person, I studied martial arts for about 20 years.  I got up to the rank of third-degree black belt and taught self-defense to men, women, children, and police for a number of years, and for a while had a dojo with two of my black-belt buddies.  When my kids came along, other things became more important and I took a break.  I did get involved again to teach when my boys were about five years old.  Both boys earned their junior black belts, but then I officially started my transformation into soccer dad and rock band roadie.

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(Editor’s Note: “The Phunkhie Panduh Munkhieees” is the name of Jim’s son’s band.  Check back next week for the “next five questions” with Jim Folger.)

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