Placers’ Insights

Outside Insights- Why Do I Hike Big Mountains?

by placers on October 22, 2019 in Outside Insights


Steve Jobs once said, “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” Man, am I familiar with this phrase.   Many years ago, I decided to become an entrepreneur – my first company, the CBI Group, was born. At that time, I believed that every hour I worked would equate to future value. […]

Outside Insights: The Lake of Life

by placers on October 8, 2019 in Outside Insights


As a member of the Scaling Up community, a strategic coach, and a business owner of a growth-oriented mid-market company, I have had the pleasure of learning life lessons from some of the best leaders and entrepreneurs on the planet. I discuss one of my favorites below – and how I’ve used it to better my life […]

Outside Insights: The Third Purpose of a Business

by placers on September 23, 2019 in Outside Insights


When I was 19, I was the assistant manager of a late-night sub shop on the beach. I served customers, managed employees, and reconciled any issues. At 21 I was the manager at a sporting goods store. With this position, I was tasked with managing a team of ten people, running the budget for a […]

Registration is Now Open for Placers’ Crush Your Run 5K!

by placers on September 17, 2019 in Delaware News, News


Food trucks, games, and fun for a cause – you’re invited to the official Crush Your Run 5K kickoff event! Newark, DE, September 17, 2019 – Placers, Delaware’s leading staffing and recruiting agency, invites you to the official registration kickoff event for their annual Crush Your Run 5K benefiting Preston’s March! The event will take […]

The Life List Story: A Plan for Living Intentionally

by placers on August 26, 2019 in Outside Insights


For my entire life, my father, Alan Burkhard, has been my best mentor. At every turn he would share sage advice on seemingly anything – business, life’s obstacles, career crossroads, really any damn topic that the rest of us knew less about than him.   Today, Alan is a 75 year old retired grandfather who […]

Placers Recognized for Exceptional Growth in 2019, Looks Forward to Supporting Delaware Businesses with Total Talent Solutions

by placers on August 16, 2019 in News, Workforce


Leading Delaware staffing and recruiting agency recognized for substantial growth for the sixth time   Newark, Delaware, August 16, 2019 – Placers, a leading staffing and recruiting agency in the state of Delaware, is in the midst of record growth thanks to ongoing innovation, commitment to exceptional service, industry leadership, and their new Total Talent […]

When You Think of Placers, Think of Margaret

by placers on August 13, 2019 in Culture, Workforce


“Margaret is an example of Placers’ long track record of treating people the right way. Placers would be nothing without the Margarets who represent what we stand for.” -Alan Burkhard, Founder of Placers 1.0   At Placers, we’re proud of our bold orange letters. Over the years they have acted as a beacon to Delaware […]

How I Callused My Mind (and Climbed a Mountain)

by placers on August 9, 2019 in Outside Insights


  “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Elliott   The truth is, those who know me are tired of hearing about my Mount Rainier climb. I don’t blame them – the preparation was all-consuming for me. In fact, I should start with a […]

Build Your Top 20

by placers on July 26, 2019 in Outside Insights


  Build Your Top 20   We often think of being “results based” as simply achieving outcomes. Getting shit done. Hitting your forecast or sales quotas. Winning. You get the picture. But before you work full-steam ahead towards these outcomes you must clearly and succinctly understand what you’re trying to accomplish. What is the desired […]

What 2009 Taught Me

by placers on July 12, 2019 in Outside Insights


In 2009, many businesses ground to a halt – almost a complete stop. Corporate customers stopped buying. Consumer sentiment was down, and people stopped spending. In the U.S., this was our entire economy. Most leaders found themselves navigating uncharted business waters, and leadership became narrowly focused on one thing: survival.   I am proud to […]