is ready for the next chapter of his
The Florida native came to Birmingham in 1993 to join Bruno's Supermarkets and spent four years heading the chain's manager trainee program.Then it was off to Marvin's, where he worked for nearly two years as human resources director for the building materials chain. Six years ago he started a consulting firm, Human Strategies Inc., whose first major project involved helping the Birmingham Zoo find a new leader.
> Next up for Blickenstaff: serving as the Birmingham-based chief executive of TaxBreak LLC, a Gadsden firm with an unusual niche that joined forces with his Human Strategies Inc.
Though only the TaxBreak name remains, Blickenstaff
describes the union as a merger.He
, which was a client of his
consulting firm, as a perfect match for his
company.In fact, TaxBreak
worked with Human Strategies
to develop HireEvolution, hiring software that helps companies reduce costs of recruiting applicants to fill positions. "We were both in the people business, just on different sides of the equation," Blickenstaff said about TaxBreak's Shannon Scott, a technology expert who remains with the company as president.
said giving up the Human Strategies name was difficult, but he
recognized that TaxBreak
has more value as a brand. TaxBreak
, which has 30 employees, last month placed No. 434 on the Inc. 500 list of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.The company's sales surged 662.3 percent from 2003 to 2006, the magazine said.
"It made sense from a recruiting and marketing standpoint because every business wants a tax break," Blickenstaff
said the transition from human resources consulting to heading TaxBreak
has not been difficult, in large part because the new recruiting software project the companies worked on together fits his