Kathy Boelter, Arrow Solutions Group President, visited with Yellowstone Valley Woman to discuss the motivation behind ASG, and what it’s like to be president of the company, the mother of a 3-year-old and to work with your spouse.
“Kathy left the intensity of New Jersey and the east coast a little over 10 years ago in search of a work/life balance. She arrived in Billings and began working with a local computer technology company. As she acclimated to the pace and culture of Montana, she began to see many local companies were using national recruiters to fill their technical staffing needs. While they were finding success at bringing in potential candidates, the challenge was helping those new hires put down roots and want to stay in the area.”
In the early days of AGS, Kathy, “opened Arrow Solutions Group, an Information Technology (IT) staffing and recruiting company on January 1, 2009. At the time, it was a solo operation. She met with clients, negotiated the contracts, processed the billing and did everything else that was required to make the business successful. All profit went directly back into the business.”
The article goes on to reveal that Kathy brought in a professional strategist a couple years into the business, and together they crafted a job description for a Vice President of Operations. “Kathy realized that the skill set the company needed could be found close to home, specifically in her then boyfriend, now husband, Jim Boelter. Jim came on board as Vice President of Operations in July of 2014. He brought not only strong strategic skills to Arrow, he also brought incredible technical skills, having worked in the tele-communications industry for years. His ability to screen technologists puts them at the advantage when placing employees. Even though Arrow Solutions Group lost 40% of their employees in the process of streamlining their business, within the first 18 months of Jim’s employment they grew their business by 60% and it continues to grow.”
Kathy describes the challenges of working with your spouse, coupled with a commitment to make the situation successful. “This couple is determined to make it work. Their desire is that their three-year-old, Gwendolyn, will grow up in a relationally healthy home, with a front row seat to both a successful marriage and a successful business.”
Read the entire Yellowstone Valley Women article here.