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.

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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Estimator - Masonry Restoration/Waterproofing/Sealing/Tuckpointing - Indianapolis, IN, United States - JOS000000180

Well-established, highly respected Midwest Specialty firm is growing. This company has a fantastic reputation among Engineers/Consultants for their work on Commercial Renovation/Masonry Restoration projects in this region. Highly profitable company with a great track record of employee retention. Many times they are on a select bidder's list because of past solid performance, bonding capacity and ability to hold to a schedule. Looking for a future leader.
  • At least two years of experience bidding commercial Masonry Restoration projects.  Additional experience with Waterproofing, Tuckpointing and Pressure Washing strongly preferred.
  • 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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AutoCAD Drafter - Architectural Metal & Misc Metal Construction - Tinley Park, IL, United States - JOS000000187

Stable and growing manufacturer / contractor of exterior sunshades, grilles, light shelves etc. is seeking to fill an additional drafting role. The company was founded nearly 15 years ago and is currently doing around $10 million a year in projects up to (roughly) $250,000 in size. The ideal candidate would need to have prior experience providing shop drawings for either the glazing industry or a related industry (HVAC, Structural Steel, Misc. Metal, Roofing, Millwork, Cabinetry, Commercial Windows etc.). with a custom fabrication shop. In addition, the ideal candidate must be well versed with AutoCAD - preferably AutoCAD 2016 but later programs would be okay. Full time position with great benefits and a great career path.
  • Prior experience creating shop drawings for a custom fabricator.
  • Background within a similar industry - Misc. Metal, Structural Steel, Glazing etc.
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD 2016 or a newer version. 
  • Pay is commensurate but in the range of $45,000 to $55,000
  • 80% health coverage (family plan under blue cross blue shield)
  • 100% math on 401k up to 3% zero vesting
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Project Manager - Glazing / Curtain Wall Construction - Chicago, IL, United States - RPC000000053

Highly reputable curtainwall / glazing organization out of Chicago suburbs is seeking to add an experienced project manager to their team. Company known for stability, superior leadership team, financial strength and extremely low turnover among employees. This opening is due to steady (but controlled) growth.

Must be stable, have at least 3 years in the glazing / curtain wall / façade industry and should have experience with a subcontractor (not a GC). Must have exposure to larger unitized work not just stick frame projects. Project size experience would ideally be someone that has worked on projects of at least $1M in size and scope.

Competitive pay which includes strong base + quarterly bonus along with excellent employee benefits.
  • 3 years experience (minimum) in the glazing industry
  • Project experience up to $1 million for strictly the glazing portion
  • Prior experience working with unitized curtainwall systems
  • Salary commensurate upon experience but in the range of $80,000 to $110,000
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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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Structural or Mechanical Engineer - Finite Element Analysis (FEA) - Building Structures/Facades - Austin, TX, USA - JOS000000193

Very unique building material manufacturer that creates high-end, custom facade elements for prestigious commercial, landmark type projects is looking for an Engineer due to growth. This company has a solid reputation for performance in the construction industry, has grown steadily over the past decade and is very financially stable/secure. This company also enjoys a very low employee turnover due to their management practices/systems and compensation.

This position mostly will deal with Finite Element Analysis (FEA)/Stress testing, especially non-linear type models/simulations. The ideal candidate will be either a Mechanical or Structural Engineer, possibly an Aerospace Engineer. One or two years minimum practical experience using FEA software, working for a company (as opposed to academic training) is required for this role.
Some possible software experience could include COSMOS, Nastran, Abaquas, Ansys, Strand7 or Solidworks Simulation.

Because this company is still mid-sized, this role is a very multi-tasking one. Great communication skills, both internally and externally, is an important quality to possess for this candidate.

Would certainly like to have an EIT or even possibly a PE in this role as well. Pay commensurate with experience and level of engineering.

This is an individual contributor role (non-management for now). Opportunities for career growth are ample. All inquiries will be handled discreetly.
80K to 100K base salary with bonus, solid medical insurance program.  
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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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Drafting / Engineering Management - Curtainwall / Glazing Construction - Houston, TX, USA - JOS000000195

Long established (25+ years and rapidly growing) glazing / curtainwall contractor out of Houston in need of a drafting / engineering manager. The company has made significant advancements / expansions in the last few years. Currently, the company is on pace to do $50 million this year. Incredibly low turnover amongst employees and known for treating their employees very well. They currently have three individuals in their drafting department. That said, they're looking for an individual with proven leadership abilities and someone who could help establish a larger drafting / engineering department to match their expansion. Ideal candidate will have worked in the industry (for a glazing or architectural / misc metal contractor). Must have at least five to ten years of solid drafting experience including shop drawings / fabrication drawings. Recent experience with later editions of AutoCAD is desirable. Looking for a proven leader with prior management experience.
  • Primary background in drafting (5 to 10 years) with a familiarity with the engineering aspect of the curtainwall / glazing industry. 
  • Prior management experience is a plus. 
  • Strong leadership ability.
  • Pay in the range of $80,000 to $100,000 (base).
  • 401k match - 50% up to 6%. 
  • Individual health care - full coverage. 
  • Bonus up to 10% of base - paid out quarterly based on key performance indicators. 
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Project Manager - Glazing/Curtain Wall/Commercial Window Construction - New York, NY, USA - JOS000000196

Very stable, very profitable and well-established mid-sized Glazing Subcontractor is growing and in need of an additional Project Manager (or two). Company enjoys a fantastic reputation for performance in NYC (does not travel outside of NYC), has extremely low employee turnover (less than five have left in nearly 20 years) and has a very loyal General Contractor/Developer following in NYC.

Culture is fantastic. Straight-forward management with no second-guessing on where you stand. No hidden agendas or politics here, which is something rare these days in that industry. You work hard from 8-5 (rarely are people working beyond 5) and enjoy your life. Do your job well and you get mostly left alone and not micromanaged, but you must bring competency in the door!
Higher end managers that aren't "doers" need not apply. Looking for a very technical, experienced Project Manager that absolutely must be from the Glazing/Curtain Wall industry. No other industries will be considered. You must be working for a Glazing Subcontractor (or at the very least a Facade Consulting firm) now.

Experience running glazing projects over 500K per project a strong plus. Over a million, even better. All inquiries will be handled discreetly and confidentially.

Must have Permanent US Residency status!
Solid benefits, very attractive base and a bonus too (yes, this company has actually been paying solid bonuses because they are making money, not losing it!).

Base plus bonus very, very competitive.  
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