Civil Engineering, Recruiting and Friends

November 15, 2010 at 6:40 pm 3 comments

By Carol A. Metzner
President, The Metzner Group, LLC and
Managing Partner, A/E/P Central, LLC home of

View Carol’s profile & connect with her on LinkedIn

This past weekend, a recruiting colleague- and friend, Rick Farquar passed away. With more than 25 years of executive search as owner of Environmental Transportation Consultants, Rick was a big guy who really loved civil engineering and recruiting. He touched many lives over the years. No doubt that his clients and candidates (many who had become friends of his) will miss him. He cared about everyone with whom he came into contact.

People also got to know him by his comments on LinkedIn Groups. And, reading group postings, his loss is felt by many he never met. We connect in this world of social media and have established professional relationships and friendships with colleagues we may never meet in person. Not meeting in person makes these relationships no less important than those with colleagues who sit in the office next to us.

Recruiting is a profession that is much more than a business. If done correctly, it involves understanding client needs, culture and personalities and trying to make the best match with a candidate. Those of us who love our jobs understand that we are dealing with people’s lives. We try to get to know our clients and candidates and, many become long time friends. Rick did this well. He will be missed.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mark Vieaux  |  November 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    My condolences to Rick’s family and friends…no doubt he will be greatly missed. He was clearly a passionate and committed professional. MV

  • 2. Anthony Fasano  |  November 15, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Rick’s commentary and personality will be missed. May he rest in peace.

    Thanks for this heart felt post Carol.

  • 3. aepcentral  |  November 15, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    God Bless you Rick. Though I was only fortunate enough to speak to Rick a handful of times over my career, I can tell you that he will be missed by many. Rick did indeed use the internet as a medium to connect with people and he was always a great conversationalist and enjoyed sharing his opinion in order to generate a worthwhile dialogue. He contributed a number of times to our blog through his comments and also through our group on LinkedIn. Rick was a master of his craft and was successful in sustaining his recruiting business for 25+ years as a result of the positive relationships he built with members of the civil engineering community. But from what I know about Rick through my interaction and from the interaction that Rick had with those folks that I know, he will be more so remembered for his contribution to society. You will be missed my friend, God Bless.

    -Matt Barcus


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