Bell Oaks History
The founders of Bell Oaks built a business on the relatively new notion of connecting people looking for jobs with companies looking for people. In those days, candidates paid search firms to find them work, and outsourcing to find talent was not a line item on any company’s annual budget. Typewriters with carbon paper, mimeograph machines and reel-to-reel projectors were standard office tools. It was a time of two martini lunches … receptionists at switchboards … and rotary dial phones.
Four decades can bring about a great deal of change to a company and an industry. In the years since, executive search has come to be considered a decidedly valuable component of business as workforce development continues to be a focus. New search firms have opened across the country particularly in the last 10 years. At Bell Oaks, we are honored to build upon a 41-year legacy and reputation as a leader and innovator in the field of executive search.
Bell Oaks is founded by Price Harding, II.
Price Harding, III bought half the business from his Dad.
Price bought other half and became 100% owner of the firm.
We were named to the Inc 500 list.
Randy Hain is recruited to join the leadership team of Bell Oaks.
We began transition to the Partner model we have today.
We were named one of the "Best Places to Work in Atlanta."
We were named to the INC 5000;
Again named as one of the Top 10 companies to work for in Atlanta;
Named a Finalist for the Client Advisor Awards
For the second consecutive year, we were named to Inc. Magazine’s annual Inc. 5,000 fastest-growing private companies. The Atlanta Business Chronicle named the firm as one of Metro Atlanta’s “Best Places to Work” for the third consecutive year. We launched the Bell Oaks Business Forum concept.
Team members join the Boards of The Atlanta Mission, Growing Leaders and the Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory University