Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneurs are ACRE Co-Founders Chris Korres and Anthony Mete, whose company connects talented young professionals with employers. What’s their definition of success? Find out in today’s profile…
Elevator Pitch: Describe your business in a nutshell.
ACRE connects talented young professionals with employers. The Recruiting Exchange, our web platform, was built specifically with Generation Y in mind. It provides job seekers with a transparent view on each employer and the opportunity to learn what really makes each organization unique. To do this, companies have the ability to go beyond traditional ‘text-only’ job posts and company profiles; they can share employee testimonials, company perks, pictures, and utilise other powerful tools to attract talent. ACRE’s IT team is working hard to continue delivering innovative tools to our users. How about knowing how long it will take to commute to a given opportunity by car or bike? Just one of the many things were working on.
Why did you start your business, what was the inspiration?
We’ve always had the entrepreneurial spirit. Back when we were in university, we ran student painting franchises together and soon discovered that our skill sets really complemented one another. We painted over 250 homes and supplied summer jobs for over 30 students. There was definitely pride in providing jobs for people and that’s something we both realized back then that we really enjoyed. With baby boomers set to retire, and the ever important increasing role GenY is going to have in the Canadian workplace, it just made sense to start a business to serve our generation.
What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
The best part is knowing that we’re making a difference in someone’s life. There’s nothing more rewarding than connecting a talented job seeker with a job opportunity/company they absolutely love. We’ve experienced first-hand what it’s like to look for your first job out of university or even change jobs as a young professional – it can be a scary experience! It’s cool when it all comes together. As for the most challenging part, we can’t place everyone (although it’s something we’re working at)!
Where do you see your business going in five years?
We want to be offering our services across Canada and be known as the top place in the country to look for employment opportunities. We want to continue to push traditional boundaries, whether it be The Recruiting Exchange or our assessment processes. We want to be the place at the top of people’s minds when it comes to recruiting in Canada.
What does success look like to you?
Taking a step forward in a meaningful way. For us, success is a path travelled, not a destination. There is no finish line for success. Success is living everyday to its fullest and feeling satisfaction with how you live your life.
What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
The day we both decided we we’re going to quit our jobs and jump right into this. It was a big step in our careers because it not only symbolized the start of ACRE, but was really a pro-active decision to reach our goal of becoming successful entrepreneurs.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Don’t settle, be realistic and patient. We GenY’ers have a bad rap for wanting everything before its due. When looking for a job, know where you want to go, and don’t just choose an opportunity because it’s there. Take your time, be patient, and the right opportunity will present itself. And be realistic. Know the market and know where you stand. Not everyone makes 100K right out of school!
What is Notable to you?
Hard work and being humble. These two combined in the workplace will do wonders for you.
BlackBerry, iPhone, Android, or Other?
One of us has an iPhone and the other a BlackBerry. We’re always going back and forth on which one is better. It’s an ongoing debate.
How do you keep active, energetic, and vibrant?
We’re both avid runners. There’s nothing like going for a long run to start your day or clear your mind after a long day’s work. Keep an eye out for us if you’re running in Montreal!