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Paul Vogrinc

Executive Recruiter

Vogrinc & Short, Inc.

What company do you work for?

I work for Vogrinc & Short, Inc which is a Rockford-based recruiting firm. We are a generalist firm, which me means that we recruit for many different professional opportunities and fields, from Engineers to CEO’s. However, we tend to specialize in recruiting professionals for the manufacturing industry.

It is an honor to do what I do because I often get the chance to recruit people to Rockford. As a firm, we work on jobs all over the country, however, my favorite jobs are the jobs where I get a chance to recruit people into the local area. I enjoy the opportunity to get to know and learn about the companies we recruit for and introduce them to the area. I get a chance to show people why Rockford is a great place to live and grow your career.

How long have you been a Next Rockford member?

I have been an NR member since 2015.

Why are you a Next Rockford Member?

I am a Next Rockford member because I love the community in Rockford and I believe in the people. When I have the chance to go to the meetings, I enjoy learning about what is happening and developing in Rockford. I enjoy hearing ideas, networking, and meeting some of the most talented individuals in the area. It is great to feel a part of the transformation and see the growth that is happening.

What is your vision for the Rockford region?

Right now, probably due to having a young family, my vision is that Rockford continues to be a great place to raise a family. I want Rockford to continue to embrace the strong values, the beauty of the four seasons, and the opportunity to provide for your family. This includes the continuation of great places to work and grow your career. In the past few years, I have certainly seen a rejuvenation of excitement regarding career opportunities in the Greater Rockford area.

What is your favorite thing to do in the Rockford region/place to visit, etc.?

Maybe it’s nostalgia from growing up in Rockford, but I don’t think there is a better place to do Fall and Christmas than in Northern Illinois. My favorites are Edward’s Apple Orchard in Poplar Grove/Pecatonica and Williams Tree Farm in Rockton.