Phil Castle, The Business Times
Sarah Davis works as a matchmaker of sorts for the energy industry in connecting companies in need of staff with qualified employees looking for jobs.
And nothing makes Davis happier than finding the right fit. “It’s a win-win,” she said.
Davis operates Fastline Energy Services, a Grand Junction-based recruiting and consulting firm. While the business remains small for now, Davis expects to soon expand the Grand Junction office as well as open additional offices elsewhere in the large region she serves.
Davis launched Fastline Energy Services in November 2011, initially working out of her home in Rifle. Davis and her husband moved to Grand Junction about a year ago. She opened an office in the Alpine Bank building downtown about a month ago.
Davis works with Molly Worth, a sales manager involved with recruiting and business development.
Davis brings to the venture experience as a national account manager for a recruiting firm in Denver and several large telecommunications corporations in California and the Pacific Northwest. But she’s also familiar with the energy sector. Her husband operates an oil field service business. Moreover, she grew up in Oklahoma, where many members of her family worked in the industry.
Fastline Energy Services helps a range of companies involved in energy exploration and production fill a variety of positions — everything from crew hands and truck drivers to petroleum engineers and executives.
Fastline Energy Services advertises nationally and integrates marketing with online job search engines, Worth said. The company then screens applicants through forms, telephone interviews and background checks.
“It’s a lot of paperwork, a lot of phone calls,” she added.
For many clients, Fastline Energy Services acts as an extension of their human resources departments and augments their efforts to meet staffing needs, Davis said. In addition to recruiting staff, the firm handles the paperwork and compliance issues involved.
Because of the nature of oil and natural gas exploration and production, staffing needs fluctuate substantially over short time periods. And it’s not only a matter of how many workers are needed, but also where.
Davis said her firm strives to quickly deliver new hires while providing experienced and skilled placements. “We take pride in our excellence.”
New shale plays have made North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas some of the hottest spots for oil exploration and production. But activity also has increased in Utah and New Mexico, Davis said. Development still occurs in Western Colorado, although on a much smaller scale now than five years ago. And that situation isn’t likely to change until natural gas prices increase, she added.
Davis hopes to expand her own operations, though, in hiring additional staff for the Grand Junction office and opening new offices in North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas.
Given that recruiting constitutes a reliable leading indicator of subsequent development, Davis said she’s optimistic in her outlook for the energy industry in the United States.
And that means she expects to remain busy finding the right fits between employers and employees.
For more information about Fastline Energy Services, call 242-0363 or visit the website at www.fastlineenergy.com.