Darren Prenger moves into COO role for growing tech talent firm
Kansas City, MO – ECCO Select, a talent acquisition + advisory consulting company based in Kansas City, has named Darren Prenger as its new chief operating officer, effective Jan. 4, 2017.
The son of ECCO founder and CEO Jeanette Hernandez Prenger, Darren Prenger was only in high school when his mother founded the company in 1995, but after graduating college – and after stints at H&R Block and Cerner in IT roles – he became a recruiter at ECCO. Over the next 11 years, he worked his way through the positions of recruiting manager, senior recruiter, director of business development, and vice president of commercial sector and strategic development, before landing at his previous role of chief revenue officer.
“I’m so proud of Darren,” said Jeanette Prenger. “He watched the business evolve, has worked his way from the ground up, and the time is right as we celebrate 21 years in business for him to lead the next generation.”
Darren’s demonstrated track record of leading and growing business units includes rebuilding ECCO’s business development efforts as well as the recruitment and federal teams to position the company for exponential growth over the next few years. Since its $1.04 million headquarters expansion in 2014, ECCO has nearly doubled its number of full-time employees, and its annual revenue continues to grow substantially each year. Its 111-percent revenue growth in 2016 earned the company a spot on Ingram’s annual 100 Fastest Growing Companies list for a third consecutive year.
Darren had a personal hand in this progress in his previous position by leading initiatives that achieved a 400-percent increase in revenue. As he assumes his new role, he hopes to continue to guide the company down the path of growth that his mother has paved since launching the company.
“I am extremely humbled by the opportunity,” Darren said. “I can’t thank my mother enough for the mentoring, discipline and leadership. More important, her direction has positioned our company to achieve the aggressive growth objectives we’ve set out over the next few years. We have a phenomenal team in place, and I take tremendous responsibility and great pride in helping lead our collective efforts as we pursue ECCO Select’s next evolution.”
About ECCO Select
Founded in 1995, ECCO Select is a talent acquisition + advisory consulting company, specializing in providing people, process and technology solutions for our clients’ needs. Serving as “the talent behind the technology,” ECCO Select serves both the commercial and government sectors. Named as one of the “Fastest Growing Companies in Kansas City” by Ingram’s in 2016, ECCO Select is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., and is MBE- and WBE-certified. Learn more at ECCOselect.com.