Traits of Successful Clients

  • Leaders who understand that quality people are the key to providing clients with quality solutions.
  • Hiring teams who take responsibility for the quality of their hires.
  • Companies who demonstrate the dichotomy of competent humility and constantly seek improvement.


“TJ and Ambassador Search Group have been instrumental in hiring several key people for MN over the last 18 months. We’ve worked with different recruiting agencies and Ambassador is head and shoulders above the competition. They spend the necessary time to thoroughly vet each candidate prior to presenting to us for review, which saves a lot of time and effort. Each of the hires we’ve made through Ambassador has fit into our culture and made an immediate impact. I highly recommend working with them.”

— Rich Robb, CEO of MN Builders

“As a rule, I don’t like recruiters. I’ve used them a handful of times over the last 35+ years with little to no luck. Last year we were desperate for some new talent and having no luck on our own using the typical online and social media tools. A friend of mine recommended TJ, I shared with him the same information I opened with here; he suggested I be open-minded and give TJ a call. As they say, the rest is history. Even after telling TJ I didn’t like recruiters he convinced me to give him a try. In the last year, TJ has placed three people us. People we never would have seen otherwise; people we are ecstatic to have on our team. He has been, prompt, professional and spot-on in choosing the right candidates. I almost hate giving Mr. Kastning such a glowing recommendation, he’s been like a secret weapon for us.”

— Garry Westover, Owner of Air Systems of Sacramento

“The Ambassador Search Group team brought success to ours in many more ways than just finding the right person for the job. Their thorough process really defined what we needed in our candidates and our company to propel our growth. We will rely on them for all our future high-level hires!”

— Mike Aalgard, Louis Ptak Construction

“As a smaller company, we don’t work too much with recruiters. TJ has good instinct and obviously a great network as he approached us with a potential candidate that he felt would be a great fit for our company. Turns out he was spot on and the position he helped us fill was not only very timely but very well represented. TJ worked hard to make sure this was a great fit for not only us but the candidate as well to make it a successful placement. Would highly recommend TJ and use his services again for future key hires.”

— Eric Schmitt, Owner of Schmitt + Company General Contractors

“TJ helped me recruit some senior personnel for my business. He was very organized and a pleasure to work with. The quality of the personnel that we hired for our business was exactly what we were looking for. TJ listened to our needs and executed on his promise to find us the right people for our business. I highly recommend TJ if you are looking to recruit excellent people for your company.”

— Andrew McHale, Owner of Design Line Construction

“TJ has been very helpful in finding well-qualified candidates for us in a very tight job market.”

— Pete Moffat, Owner of Pete Moffat Construction

“TJ Kastning, a great resource for finding key talent. No hassle, straight talker, and very talented.”

— Fred Parker, Preconstruction Manager

“I have been working with TJ on our recruiting needs for the last two years. He has done a great job of providing us with qualified candidates. He makes sure to understand our needs and is very considerate of my time which is important to me. TJ is an excellent resource for our company.”

— Steve Mazza, VP Field Operations at GSE Construction

“We are working with TJ Kastning in four marketplaces across the US. Our business strategy requires that we attract and retain the absolute best talent in our industry niche and we are thrilled with the people TJ recruits to fill all of our various positions. He is the best!”

— Jim Dow, Dowbuilt

“TJ has been an asset for The Boldt Company in introducing quality candidates, staying helpfully involved through the process, and looking out for our best interest. We have placed several people with his assistance. If you are interested in a relationship with a professional who will take the time to understand your organizational needs then talk to TJ.”

— David Thomack, Vice President & General Manager at The Boldt Company

“TJ is the best recruiter I’ve known. He listens, asks probing questions, and understands that character matters more than skill sets. He’s brought people to us who love to learn and grow, who are driven to excel, who fit into our collaborative teams, and who care deeply about living and working with integrity. Many recruiters search resumes for keywords; TJ goes deeper, gets to know people, and finds matching values and ambitions. His communication is careful and clear, and he follows up on each step. I expect we’ll work together for a long time.”

— Norman Meites, Partner & Chief Estimator at Cello & Maudru

“Our small family company has never worked with a professional Recruiter so working with TJ was our first experience. I can highly recommend TJ for his outstanding attention to detail and his recruiting philosophy, fit with our company, updates on the process and progress, offer/negotiation effectiveness, endurance (our region made for a longer term working relationship). I give TJ high marks and look forward to working with him again.”

— Jo Anne Estes, Owner of Estes Builders

“TJ Kastning is amazing at not only finding candidates but also finding the right personality fit for our growing firm. He is very strategic in his recommendations. There isn’t a better recruiter that I have come across in my entire career. I would highly recommend him and add we use him exclusively.”

— David Hughes, Owner of Hughes & Co

“TJ is a leader in his field who acts with a high level of professionalism, integrity, and attention to detail. TJ has been a pleasure to work with and we will continue to grow our talented team through our partnership.”

— Jason Martin, Area Manager at The Boldt Company

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