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firstPRO, Inc is a 30 year old, award-winning professional recruiting firm with over 100 internal recruiters based throughout its offices in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Boston.  firstPRO is high performance organization with specializations in Accounting & Finance, Information Technology, & Supply Chain.  Our geographically focused approach combined with our passionate dedication within our specializations has allowed firstPRO to become the absolute leaders within our markets.  By understanding the specific business environments and unique needs of our clients and professionals partners, we are able to provide the highest levels of service delivery in the industry.

“When I established FirstPRO in 1986, our goal was to provide the very best talent in the marketplace. We have grown to over $30 million in annual revenue and are now one of the fastest growing independently owned firms in the country. In 2007, FirstPRO was ranked #1 in Contingency Executive Recruitment, #4 Retained Executive Search, #9 in Temporary Employment and the #10 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned firm in Atlanta (certified by WBENC) by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. On behalf of all 138 employees, over 100 of whom are Atlanta-based recruiters, we remain passionately dedicated to our clients and committed to the professionals we represent.”
— April Fawcett Nagel, CEO


Company history.

1986 – FirstPRO founded by April Fawcett Nagel. Opens first office in Atlanta ….Started with 4 employees.

1988 – FirstPRO expands into a Regional Staffing Firm with staffing operations in North Carolina, South Carolina & Alabama growing to 12 offices.

1990 – FirstPRO surpasses 40 employees and $10 million in revenue.

1996 – FirstPRO opens professional staffing vertical markets including Accounting & Finance and Information Technology.

1997 – FirstPRO moves into new corporate offices on Glenridge Drive.

1998 – FirstPRO named a PACESETTER as a fastest growing company in Georgia.

2000 – FirstPRO sells the Electrical Division to a Public Company.

2000 – Company reaches $25 million milestone in annual sales.

2002 – FirstPRO expands into additional verticals to include Sales & Marketing and announces their Retained Search Division.

2004 – Surpasses $30 million in annual sales.

2005 – Ranked top #10 in Staffing and Contingency Search by Atlanta Business Chronicle, expansions include Attorney Search, Medical Sales, Supply Chain / MFG / Engineering and Life Sciences Divisions

2005 – FirstPRO sells the largest staffing office in Alabama to Job Center Staffing for an undisclosed multi-million dollar amount.

2006 – FirstPRO opens offices in Philadelphia and surpasses $40 million in sales.

2007 – FirstPRO named one of the Fastest-Growing Woman-Owned firms and Best Places to Work by Atlanta Business Chronicle.

2008 – FirstPRO earns national certification as a “Women’s Business Enterprise” by WBENC.

2010 – FirstPRO sells its administrative staffing offices to Global Employment Solutions to focus on its Professional and Executive level practice.

2012 – FirstPRO named the #1 Contingent Search Firm in Philadelphia by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

2015 – FirstPRO opens for business in Boston, MA. and wins Pennsylvania’s Best Company’s to Work For award.