"Being engaged in the Chamber gave me the connections I needed to launch and grow my business."

Matt Franks
President, 1st Resource Recruiting

1st Resource Recruiting


In 2013 Matt Franks decided it was time for a change. After over 20 years of sales and recruiting experience working for major companies, he decided it was time to break out and pursue his own recruiting company. At the time he had been engaged with the Chamber through his job with a local banking company. As he set out on this new journey of business ownership, he only dove deeper into his engagement with the Chamber. 

Matt found he could use his skills to not only grow his busienss, but to grow the Chamber. He utilized his recruiting skills to secure quality leadership in both staff and volunteer capacities. He used his strength in sales to bring in new members. His passion for the Chamber and our community lead to his Presidency of the Chamber's Board of Directors in 2014 and overall board service from 2013-2018.

It was the connections that Matt made through his deep engagement with the Chamber that grew his business. He built relationships with human resource managers and business owners that allowed him to build a reputable name in the field of recruiting. Now Matt continues to rest on those relationships and new ones as he enjoyes the flexibility of a small business owner. He has more time with family  which he spends introducing his grandson to the Chicago Bears, vacationing with his wife, and checking out the newest microbreweries.