The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry.
Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network.
For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others.
“I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team.” – Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group
Ellen is the CFO and Co-Founder of the Birmingham Group. She finds her work recruiting for the construction industry especially gratifying as she sees it positively impacting both candidates and clients success.
Before Ellen and husband Brian opened the Birmingham Group in 1995, she worked in purchasing at a Fortune 100 company. Those days behind her, Ellen now enjoys gardening and working out. She loves living on the lake and spending time outdoors and seeing her son Jacob, an all-season high school athlete, thrive.
As Vice President of the Birmingham Group, Adam oversees the firm’s Wastewater/Water Treatment, Military, Healthcare, Concrete, Commercial, and Heavy Civil Construction practices. The work he does within those industries, impacting candidates’ lives and contributing to the growth of his clients’ companies, is truly fulfilling for Adam. Since the start of his recruiting career in 2007 he has achieved Pacesetter status seven times, a program which rewards the top 5% annually within a global network of recruiters.
Adam earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Michigan State University and held positions in sales, management, and marketing with a Fortune 500 company before realizing his true destiny in recruiting at the Birmingham Group.
Adam is married with a kid and resides in the metro Detroit area. He enjoys working out, tennis, ping-pong, running and spending time with his family.
As Vice President of the Birmingham Group, Jody oversees the Oil & Gas Engineering and Construction practice. The work she does within this industry significantly impacts candidates’ lives while contributing to the growth of her client companies. Jody’s passion is recognized by her clients and candidates. Call her and see for yourself.
Jody has been recruiting for the Birmingham Group since 2012 when she built a new market and even made it to Pacesetter status. Pacesetter is a program which promotes top performers within a global network of recruiters. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lakeland College and even managed to squeeze in some master’s classes. She has held positions in outside Sales, account management, and recruiting prior to joining the Birmingham Group.
On a personal note, when she is not working, her husband loves to take her on scuba diving trips around the world.
Nikki joined The Birmingham Group in 2014 and instantly became a key member of our team. One of Nikki’s greatest passions is to learn about new cultures and meeting new people. Nikki enjoys talking to both clients and candidates and learning their story, because of this Nikki has a gift for recruiting. Her excellent communication skills and energetic personality make working with her especially memorable. Clients and candidates know that whether she is play with her fur baby, JuJu, going to a concert, or traveling she always has something new to share.
Prior to joining The Birmingham Group, Nikki held managerial positions in retail. She earned her bachelor’s degree in History from Oakland University with a minor in Marketing, and during her years in college, Nikki was a part of the Honors College and studied abroad at Oxford University in England.
John Gignac began his career with The Birmingham Group in 2014. He specializes in recruiting professionals for the construction industry. John knows what it takes to identify high-potential prospects, nurture relationships, and select the highest quality candidates based on in-depth research and analysis. John received his bachelor’s degree in economics and management from Albion College, which only adds to his refined networking capabilities. John played baseball at Albion for 4 years and due to of John’s work ethic, drive, communication skills and positive attitude, he quickly became captain of his baseball team.
John’s role is building client and candidate relationships, as well as, matching top talent with the needs of his clients. His principled values and resourcefulness have led John to a solid record of accomplishments. He never cuts corners and as a result he never disappoints. Over the years, he has had great success placing passive job seekers, with his strong network of leading construction companies. John is obsessed with helping his clients Build their Dream Team and changing his candidates’ lives.
When John’s not in the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Megan. Besides being a huge fan of the Detroit Tigers, John also enjoys reading history books. On the weekends you can find him on the golf course.
As Director of Business Development at The Birmingham Group, Courtney partners with our construction recruiters to assist clients in building a dream team. Prior to joining TBG Courtney spent the last 9 years in student recruitment in for-profit higher education. The last 3 year Courtney was the Director of Admissions. She has a passion for changing lives whether it be through education or helping them advance their careers.
Courtney is a single mom to a beautiful daughter. When she isn’t working she spends her time with her daughter or traveling.
Nanci earned her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and her Master’s from Wayne State University. While at MSU, she participated in Study Abroad twice in England. During one of those trips she held an internship in the HR department of a hotel, honing her skills in management and hospitality. Nanci taught math for 7 years then joined the Birmingham Group where she manages the research staff and interns, and facilitates the training of all new employees. She enjoys working in the recruiting industry to help individuals take their career to the next level.
Nanci has 2 children with her husband of 10 years. She enjoys taking her kids to museums, sports, and school activities. They often travel to England to visit her husband’s family.
Andrew has extensive experience in business development, sales, and marketing in both residential and commercial real estate. He is high-spirited in his endeavor of building mutual relationships with clients and the community.
In his former role as the business development associate of a major real estate company, he was persistent in building new markets and his clients appreciated his clear and thoughtful communication style. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism at Michigan State University with a concentration in sports reporting and media.
He enjoys staying active through playing hockey, tennis, and ping pong. He and his girlfriend Kaley like to spend time together with friends, family, and with their two dogs. He is a Michigan native and lives in West Bloomfield.
Lisa is the Birmingham Group’s “go-to” for all things and has been for over 10 years. Her role extends from office administration to supporting our Search Consultants, Recruiters, Account Executives and President providing them with everything they need to get the results they are looking for. Lisa is also our “Ambassador of First Impressions,” extending unmatched courtesy to anyone our office interacts with a goal to offer them all the sense of caring and confidence that The Birmingham Group stands for.
Before joining The Birmingham Group, Lisa spent five years as an Executive Administrative Assistant for one of Northern Michigan’s top real estate offices. She also worked ten years in various customer & product support positions for McKesson Corp in Michigan and Arizona.
Lisa enjoys being active with her family and friends, and is especially fond of the time they spend in Northern Michigan. Her passions outside the office include kickboxing classes and cheering on her Detroit Lions.
Christa has always been passionate about making people’s dreams a reality. Through her extensive background in new construction real estate, she has helped hundreds of families over many years build their dream home. Now, she brings her sales experience to the world of recruiting, helping people find their dream career or build their dream team. Working with home builders large and small, she specializes in the unique industry of residential construction.
Christa earned her bachelor’s degree in business management and her MBA in global leadership from Cleary University, a private business school. She is also a Licensed Real Estate Broker in the state of Michigan.
She enjoys spending time with friends and family in beautiful Northern Michigan. You can find her on a boat or at the beach in the summer and riding her snowmobile in the winter.
Cori is enthusiastic about building relationships with people and helping them achieve their professional goals. As an executive recruiter, she is able to fulfill this mission every day. She is also passionate about being a lifelong learner, so every day is an opportunity to learn something new in this business.
Her desire to help others grew out of her experience working in retail management. Listening and building strong relationships have always been strengths of hers. She grew up playing competitive fastpitch and pursued it at the collegiate level so, she takes pride in being a team player. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology (with a focus on clinical practice) from Oakland University.
In her free time, she enjoys running with her dog, reading, going to sporting events, and camping. She also loves to spend time with family and go out on the lake in the summertime.