“It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you have no other option but to succeed.”

Ryan Carfley

Personify is one of the fastest growing privately held Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) and Traditional Search organizations in the U.S., delivering strategic talent solutions to clients of all sizes across the globe. But this was not always the case.

On September 10, 2001 Mike and Suzy Carfley fulfilled a lifelong dream of owning a business together. This dream was realized in the purchase of a small, niche traditional search firm, originally founded in 1978, that was deeply entrenched in the IT and Telecommunications industry.

Within 24 hours, that dream would transform into a nightmare – as the attacks of September 11th rocked the nation. A country at war and an economy slipping into recession would nearly force the company into bankruptcy.

International Growth Award recipient, awarded to the fastest-growing global search firm out of more than 800 organizations, three out of the past four years.

As if things weren’t hard enough for this small, boutique firm – its President and CEO Mike Carfley was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer – a battle he would lose 18 months from diagnosis.

Amidst all the chaos, his son Ryan Carfley was asked to leave a promising career in Division 1 Athletics to join the family business in despair. Despite Ryan’s lack of management, recruiting or business experience, he was tasked with defining a winning culture and unifying the organization around the belief that better days were on the horizon.

Through the early years, we faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles, including times when making payroll or maintaining a sufficient office dwelling was difficult. With perseverance, resolve, and a commitment to putting employees first, our executive team moved the company from the brink of fiscal uncertainty to a trajectory of continued growth.

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Among the Best Places to Work, as named by Triangle Business Journal in 2015

Through the early years, we faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles, including times when making payroll or maintaining a sufficient office dwelling was difficult. With perseverance, resolve, and a commitment to putting employees first, our executive team moved the company from the brink of fiscal uncertainty to a trajectory of continued growth.

Among the 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies, as named by Inc. in 2015

In 2006, we officially rebranded as Personify. With our dedication to providing world-class, customizable talent management services backed by industry expertise and data-driven analytics, we successfully transitioned from a local staffing firm to one of the best-performing recruiting agencies in the nation.

What’s more, our commitment to employees remains as strong as ever, with significant resources continually being invested in employee development and promoting a culture of collaboration. This is evident in our team building activities, employee benefits, charity initiatives, and state-of-the-art office space, located in the historic Dr. Pepper Warehouse in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.