April 15th. My last blog post was April 163-days-ago Fifteenth. That was 114 work days ago. That was fsunburstorever ago. I don’t even know where I was on April 15th of 2015. Paying taxes? No, that was earlier. Working? Yes, working with my head down when I received a phone call out of the blue. Kind of out of the blue. Kind of with my head down. You see, I was thinking there had to be something more. Had kind of (that phrase again) settled into a groove: search, source, contact, repeat. Kind of got to the point where I could see things going where they were supposed to go. Kind of missing newness and mostly wondering if what I was doing was meaningful to the greater, I don’t know, universe… So, I kind of applied for a volunteer coordinator position with hospice, which is a thing I have been passionate about consistently over time. Someone called and said, hey, do you want to do this other thing for us, instead of the volunteer thing? Yes, yes, I had always wanted to do that. Was it fate? Or was it faulty vision? I went. I buried myself in something. And now I’m back above ground. A little wiser. A little worn out. And with a longer list of friends, because I met some great people during the last 163 days. Every time you leap, you risk something. Every time you risk something, you gain something, too. Does every risk have rewards? I’d say so.

So, what have you been doing for the last 163 days?


Moving Up – GKA Names Tom Goettl VP

GKA VP Tom Goettl

GKA VP Tom Goettl


George Konik Associates Promotes Tom Goettl to Vice President

Promotion reflects continued demand for engineering/IT recruiting and staffing in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (July 16, 2014) – Twin Cities-based engineering/IT recruiting and staffing firm George Konik Associates (GKA) has promoted Tom Goettl from Senior Recruiter to Vice President.
In his new role at the second generation family-owned business, Goettl assumes responsibility for staff hiring and development, overseeing client placements, maintaining client relationships and new business development.
“Demand for engineering and IT staff in the region has never been higher,” said Brad Konik, president at George Konik Associates. “With Tom’s expanded role, the firm is not only positioned to respond to today’s client recruitment and staff needs but also adapt to the rapidly changing recruiting and staffing landscape. Under Tom’s guidance we’ll implement strategies to harness developing technologies to benefit clients and employees.”
Goettl has worked exclusively in staffing and recruiting industry since graduating from Winona State University in 1997. Following graduation, he joined GKA as a Recruiter then in 2003 he left the firm for a position with a national staffing company. Goettl returned to GKA in 2009 as Principal Recruiter.
“Working for a company that is committed to its employees is empowering; it’s what every job seeker strives to find,” said Goettl. “At George Konik Associates, that is the culture Brad (Konik) has developed. In my expanded role at the firm, my goal is to continue to foster the culture and work ethic that sets George Konik Associates apart from other recruiting and staffing firms.”
About George Konik Associates
George Konik Associates, Inc. (GKA) has been providing staffing solutions to Twin Cities and western Wisconsin businesses since 1974. The second generation family-owned business is solely focused on meeting the engineering, architecture and IT staffing needs of its clients. Through its long-term relationships with candidates, clients, and employees, GKA provides the fastest and easiest link between employees and employers. For more information on the Edina, Minn.-based GKA, visit

GKA Tom Goettl