Technical Executive Search Specialists

Specializing in Specialty Construction and Technical Search

Why Us?

Core Competencies was formed in 2010. Our team has nearly 30 years of combined experience in the recruiting industry. We've filled over 500 openings and have placed people in companies as various as Fortune 100s to early-stage Venture Capital start-ups.

Integrity and transparency are at the core of what we do. We will let you know the challenges of filling a position, what to expect and also update you on the progress of each search. We will even share market intelligence/feedback on your reputation with you in a professional, frank manner as well as make recommendations if appropriate.

At Core Competencies LLC, we use a consultative approach with new clients. Each step is very important in our process. Without certain steps, we won't be able to assist you.  Similar to the way you have processes in your organization, we work the same.  

We take pride in finding the right match for you, not only in terms of qualifications, but also in terms of cultural fit and values. We've been told many times we "dig deeper" than other firms and provide more information than other Executive Search firms. Tenacity and follow-up set us apart from other search firms.

The most important thing to us after conducting a search is your long-term satisfaction. We would rather not fill a position than place the wrong person into your organization. Our candidates, once placed, stay and excel. Many of our clients have been clients for over a decade. Many insist on using our services exclusively.

Areas of Specialty

Building Envelope Construction & Materials

This is one of our top areas of expertise.

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Technical Search - Operations & Sales

Filling highly technical, specialized roles is what we do best.

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Search Process

Search Process
Our Process

  • Initial Consultation - Fact finding, learning about the position (roughly one hour).
  • Fee Agreement Terms - We work contingent, meaning there's no cost or obligation to work with us.
  • Planning the Search - Takes a few days to a week. Additional questions and building the criteria of your search along with finding out what would attract the ideal candidate (we think of ourselves as master story tellers).
  • Actual Candidate Search - We utilize many tools at our disposal to contact as many candidates that match the skills you need as possible. While we have an extensive data base, we don't rely on it. We want to find everyone out there but we start within your own geography first and work our way outward from there. If we can't find someone local, we find someone with ties to your area. We carefully screen each candidate and ensure they are a match in terms of technical skills, experience and culture.
  • Presentation - We present qualified candidates one at a time and ask for timely feedback.
  • Reevaluation and Further Refinement (if needed) - We utilize your feedback to ensure that we are "hitting the mark".
  • Guidance on Offer - Throughout the process, we ensure that the candidates we are finding are within your budget and offer guidance on appropriate offers. While we leave the final offer up to you, we guide you through what the candidate feels is attractive.
  • Reference Checking - We do all appropriate reference checking. We insist that are candidates provide former supervisors as professional references. We can offer background checking for an additional cost.
  • Onboarding and Follow Up - We follow up with you and the candidate to ensure a smooth transition into you organization and culture. We also want to make sure that the expectations on both sides have been met.
  • Payment - We receive payment within 30 days of start date.
  • Guarantee - We offer a 90 day replacement guarantee if the candidate resigns within 90 days. In over 25 years of combined experience, that has only happened 3 times (over 400 placements). In those rare cases, we go out of our way to replace the candidate to the client's satisfaction and have not had one unsatisfied client long-term.


Mike Pfirrman

President, Founder

Mike is the Founder of Core Competencies and has over two decades of Executive Search experience. His specialties include Specialty Construction, Building Materials, R&D and Renewable Energy. Mike has worked with over 20 highly disruptive, technology based start-ups. He has a very strong current interest in working with companies involved in Microbiome Therapeutics/Immunology, which is a rapidly growing new industry.

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Clayton Rufft

Senior Account Manager/Recruiter

Clayton has three years of experience in Executive Search. He's worked on searches in Building Materials, Glazing, Technical/Architectural Sales and Plant Production among others.

Evan Pfirrman

Senior Account Manager/Recruiter

Evan has 3 years of Executive Search experience. He's handled many specialty contractor and Engineering searches along with Technical Sales.


If you have a resume you'd like to place "on file" with us, we'd love to be able to contact you with opportunities! We will always protect your confidentiality and never send your background to anyone without your explicit permission.

  • 6404 Tracy Place
  • Mason, OH 45040

Current Openings

Check with us frequently as our jobs are updated regularly! Click on Requirements for More Details! For compensation information, click the Benefits link.

Sr Project Manager - Glazing Construction - Baltimore, MD, United States - JOS000000114

Growing glazing, architectural metal/misc metal firm is growing.  All the work is negotiated and select bidder's list work.  This client works a lot directly with owners and architectural firms.  Fantastic culture, work environment!  Very low employee turnover.

  • Must have five years of experience as a Project Manager with Glazing or Architectural Metal experience in Construction.
  • Experience Managing/Mentoring other Project Managers (for at least three years).
  • Stable track record (not multiple moves) 
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Experience in managing other Project Managers.  
Pay is in the 100K to 130K range (base) with bonuses as well.  Benefits are outstanding.  
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Project Manager - Glazing / Curtain Wall Subcontracting - Baltimore, MD (North West Suburbs) - JOS000000191

Unique Glazing Contractor with a very loyal client following is looking to expand its workforce. Performance on past projects has been so solid that more Developers and General Contractors are wanting them to do more work!

Atmosphere/company culture has been established where quality, relationships and client retention are tantamount to everything else (even profits). Very refreshing value system that believes if you take care of your clients and do what's right, they will continue to want to work with you. And this philosophy is working!

Looking for a couple of Project Managers capable of fitting into this team-oriented, client-oriented culture. All positions are due to growth. This firm has had very, very low employee turnover. The ideal candidate will have experience with glazing/curtain wall or metal panel construction working for a subcontractor/specialty contractor. You must have experience working for a sub to be considered for this role!
Solid opportunity for growth and advancement as this company is relatively young (less than 10 years old). They think differently and strategize uniquely. Great benefits and very competitive pay.
  • 5 Years of Project Management Experience with a Glazing, Curtain Wall, Window Wall or Metal Panel Contractor (absolutely required!).  
  • Must be computer proficient and able to adapt to a new environment
  • Strong sense of ethics and integrity.  This company prides itself on repeat business by doing right by their clients.  Solid performance at a fair price. 
Pay is roughly 75K to 85K base.  Company Car, insurance paid 100% for employee.  Bonuses can also be solid as well on top of this.  
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Construction Assistant Estimator I Glass & Metal - Chicago, IL, USA

Rapidly growing glass & metal subcontractor with a lot of experience in senior management is looking for an intermediate level estimator. Must have at least a few years of experience closely related to the industry - glazing, metal panel, facade, structural steel, architectural metal, etc.  
The company, regularly turning down work right now (because of their performance with general contractors) is looking to continue expansion by growing their personnel.  

Ideal candidate would be degreed or have two or more years estimating commercial projects within a related industry. Ideal scope would be over 250K in project size.

Core Competencies LLC is a leader in the Executive Search industry. With 20 years of construction specialty experience, we have worked with many of the top façade related Engineering Consulting, Contractors and Suppliers in the US and Canada.
With well over 500 key contributors placed with many of the top US firms, our influence and reach within the construction industry is very broad.
With the ability to work with most companies, we are very selective in who we partner with and only represent the best.
We take pride in our honesty, integrity and most of all our discretion. We work with the best “passive” candidates in the industry (currently employed but confidentially keeping their options open).
Feel free to contact us to see how we can assist you in your career.
Compensation Range: $60,000 - $80,000 commensurate upon experience with very strong benefits.
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Estimator - Curtainwall / Construction - Chicago, IL, USA

Really stable, quality specialty contractor based out of a south Chicago suburb (45 minutes south of the city) that has a tremendous reputation in the region with general contractors is immediately seeking to add a Curtainwall / Glazing Estimator. For the right candidate, they may consider someone with other construction Estimating experience but they would need to have a very stable background and ideally an Engineering or Construction Management (possibly Architectural) degree. Company has a very solid support structure, loyal client following and has very low turnover among their employees.

Ideal candidate will have a background in either commercial glazing / curtainwall projects or a related industry (architectural metal, structural steel, storefront systems) as an estimator. Project experience should be up to 1 million (ideally more) in size - just for the glass and glazing portion. Must be a US Citizen to be considered. Company offers a very fair salary, potentially generous bonus program (paid out quarterly) and outstanding medical / dental benefits and retirement plan.

If you're presently still employed, we will respect your confidentiality.
  • At least 2 years experience as an estimator for either a curtainwall / glazing contractor or a related industry (misc. metal / architectural metal / structural steel). 
  • Prior experience estimating on jobs up to 1 million or more. 
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $60,000.00 to $80,000.00 /year
Great Benefits 
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Construction Project Manager - Architectural Facade / Glazing / Architectural Metal - Indianapolis, IN, United States

Well-established, highly respected Midwest Specialty firm is growing again and in need of an experienced Project Manager.

Company designs, fabricates and oversees installations of Architectural Facade (glazing and architectural metal) systems. Highly engineered, unique and one of a kind type of structures/designs.

Looking for a Project Manager with at least a couple of years experience in the Architectural Facade industry --- could potentially come from a Subcontractor or a Manufacturer of similar type systems. Glazing, Arch/Misc Metal, Metal Panel and similar could all be considered. 
  • At least two years of experience working as a Project Manager for a Facade/Building Envelope related construction company or manufacturer. 
  • Strong preference for Degree (Construction Management, Civil Engineering or similar) 
  • Detail oriented, ability to multi-task.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral.  
Very competitive package (around 65K to 85K base).  Benefits for employee paid 100%.  Family benefits additional cost.  Bonuses (historically) have been as high as 20K/30K.  
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Construction Curtain Wall Glazing - Project Manager - Omaha, NE, United States - JOS000000183

Rapidly growing (over 400% growth in the past 10 years), well respected curtainwall contractor is seeking to hire a Project Manager in Omaha, Nebraska due to growth from acquiring competitors and expanding to new markets. This company is known for having a great reputation in terms of performance and stability. Competitive pay and benefits along with the opportunities for Senior Leadership/Advancement.
  • Must have at least a few years of experience closely related to the industry (glazing, metal panel, facade, etc.). 
  • Ideal candidate would be degreed or have two to 10 years (or more) experience managing curtain wall projects. 
  • Ideal scope would be over 500K in project size. 
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Project Manager - Glazing Glass / Architectural (Misc) Metal Construction - Baltimore, MD, USA (Southwest Suburb) - JOS000000194

Growing specialty glazing contractor that also does some work in architectural metals, misc metals is seeking (due to growth) an experienced Project Manager. This company has many loyal clients based on performance and outstanding, award-winning work!
Company is in a very defined niche' that is both highly specialized and in high demand (also very profitable for them). Not many (if any) companies can duplicate what they do and how they do it.

Must have experience as a Project Manager that has worked with a glazing contractor or an architectural metal contractor (or possibly metal panels). Some of the work is very custom. Other work is more volume/simplistic but very time sensitive. Must have project scope experience over $200K. The ideal candidate will have been a Project Manager for over 3 years.

Nice, stable company with tremendous growth potential. Pay commensurate with experience. Company pays very competitively for the right person.
  • Must have five years of experience as a Project Manager with Glazing or Architectural Metal experience in Construction.
  • Stable track record (not multiple moves) 
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Pay is in the $80,000 to $110,000 range (base) with bonuses as well. Benefits are outstanding. 
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Estimator - Curtainwall / Glazing Commercial Construction - Nashville, TN, USA

Prestigious Glazing/Facade Contractor is looking to add a very proven, qualified Glazing Estimator.
Stability, proven competency over time and integrity are key qualities that this employer will look for the ideal candidate to possess. Highly respected contractor, reputation for doing some of the best projects in the Southeast, looking for someone that will be with them for a long time. This company enjoys very historically low turnover, the ability to work on some of the best projects (because of their reputation for quality/performance) and treats their employees very well.

Would require at least five years of bidding glazing/facade/building envelope for larger commercial projects.

Unique company within the construction industry known for their ethics, integrity and quality. They actually turn down more work than they can possibly do. Because of this, they value honesty, integrity and competency in individuals that take pride in what they do and want to work for a company that does the same.

Must be able to provide professional references confidentially. 
Base Salary is very competitive. Bonus and Medical Benefits also outstanding. 
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Fabrication Production Lead / Operations Manager - Exterior Building Products Facades - Nashville, TN, USA

Very prestigious specialty/niche' contracting firm is seeking an Operations Manager that can coordinate between the field and the fabrication facility. This role would be one where planning, field experience and leadership along with an expertise in commercial facade/exterior construction would be required.

The ideal candidate would be someone that (possibly) came from the construction field as a Superintendent or Foreman and has moved into fabrication/production and understands scheduling and planning. Someone that can identify hurdles or stopping points in advance and work to overcome them for a smoother operation.

Understanding of how production effects field and visa versa is ideal. 
Must have a background in exterior construction as a Foreman or a Superintendent. Ideal candidate would also understand fabrication of commercial exterior building products. Ability to think critically, lead others and plan ahead are critical. 
Pay commensurate with experience in the industry. 
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Project Manager - Curtainwall / Construction - Farmington Hills, MI, USA

Outstanding opportunity to be involved with a rapidly growing, private company that has expanded in the last five years. They design, fabricate and install larger Architectural Facade projects nationally.

Low employee turnover, very profitable and have an excellent reputation within industry. Looking for an experienced Project Manager that has at least 2 or 3 years working in the Architectural Glazing/Curtain Wall industry. 
Pay Commensurate with experience but roughly (base pay) $70,000 to $90,000. 
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AutoCAD Drafter - Glazing / Curtain Wall / Building Facades - Indianapolis, IN, USA

Solid company in a major growth mode looking to add to staff due to increased volume of work and a track record of industry performance.

Looking for an AutoCAD drafter/designer with experience in the facade/building envelope industry. 3D experience with Inventor would be a huge plus.

Would like to have someone with formal training in Architectural Drafting and at least one to two years of practical experience. Detailed shop drawing experience with a company that fabricates would be a strong preference. 
Pay Commensurate with experience but roughly 40K to 60K per year. 
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