Long Story Short:
Buffalo’s startup ecosystem is teeming with great opportunities for emerging businesses right here in Western New York.
For candidates who are looking to get their feet wet in the startup world, who can they connect with?
As Viaduct’s Director of Recruiting and Business Operations, Tom Hausler is helping link Buffalo’s hottest startups with high-quality candidates.
Keep reading to learn more about Tom and explore his professional journey.
Where did you grow up? Do you have Buffalo roots?
I grew up in Williamsville, which is north of Buffalo, and attended Williamsville East High School. For college, I attended Fredonia State, where I received my undergraduate degree in sports management and exercise science.
Tell us a little bit about your professional background. How did you get into recruiting?
I began my journey in recruiting back in 2011. While working at Brookfield Country Club—in Clarence, NY—as a summer job during college, I connected with a former Acara Solutions Vice President. Acara is an Aleron Group company, along with Viaduct. He suggested I submit my resume to an Acara recruiter who may have a client searching for recent graduates. I ended up interviewing and being hired for a junior recruiter role at Acara—at the time Superior Group.
How did you find the opportunity at Viaduct?
In 2017, I was the Recruiting Manager for the Buffalo Acara team. Scott Stenclik, CEO, approached me about leading the recruiting side of a new venture he was launching. The new company’s mission was to assist emerging Buffalo companies to grow by helping them find and hire the right talent. This new venture became Viaduct.
What are your primary day-to-day responsibilities?
In my role, my primary responsibility is to manage the entire recruitment process—sourcing, screening, selecting, hiring, and onboarding—for all Viaduct client positions. I develop and manage relationships with clients and candidates to ensure they have a positive experience throughout the entire process. Over the past year, I have also taken on a larger business operations role within Viaduct and our sister company TalentRise.
What excites you about the startup ecosystem?
It is very rewarding to recruit talent for startup companies when you know these candidates are helping to grow and scale the client’s business to drive them forward. Seeing the placements Viaduct has made over the years and the positive impact each hire has created within their organization is extremely exciting. For example, Viaduct placed:
- 15+ candidates at PostProcess Technologies who pioneered the development of automated solutions for post-printing and have raised over 30M in funding.
- 15+ candidates at the Jacobs Institute—an organization that develops cardiovascular medical device prototypes for other startup companies.
I am fortunate to be involved with Forge Buffalo a talent community—of job seekers, employers, and entrepreneurial spirits in Buffalo, NY—that was co-founded by Viaduct. Powered by Empire State Development, Viaduct, and 43North, Forge Buffalo features some of the best and brightest leaders in the startup and emerging business community of Western New York. To see Western New York startup organizations hiring through Forge Buffalo is extremely rewarding to me. All our hard work in creating a platform to help emerging businesses hire more effectively is working!
What do you want people to know about you?
I have two children—Willow (4) and Gavin (1). I’m a die-hard Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Braves, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Tar Heels fan. When I have a day off of work and my kids are in daycare you will most likely find me hiking, kayaking, fishing, or golfing.
Interested in connecting with Tom to explore opportunities with Buffalo’s emerging startups? Shoot him a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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