Semper Hires Rick Littrell as VP to Help Companies Hire Production/Creative Staff
BOSTON—March 31, 2015—Semper International, the leading placement firm for skilled help for companies involved in marketing, graphic design, programming and printing, announces that it has appointed Rick Littrell to the position of vice president, Direct Hires and TechCreative talent.
Littrell is a proven team leader with more than 30 years' experience working with emerging technologies, business development opportunities, and start-up organizations. He is known as an innovative marketing professional with a reputation for maintaining customer focus and company profitability during strategy creation, development, launch and support.
Littrell is well known throughout the graphic arts and creative communities. He began his career in applications engineering and product management roles for such well-known industry vendors such as Agfa, Information International, and Scitex. He is a serial entrepreneur as founder of a regional digital services company (Graphics Xpress), an integrated marketing company (Magicomm LLC), and an international consulting and marketing services company (Littrell Associates). Additionally, he has worked for graphic communications service providers including General Motors Photographic, Magna Graphic, and more recently Winbrook Inc.
Littrell has also served as a vice president of communications, and most recently, president, of the Boston chapter of the American Marketing Association. He has been active in additional volunteer roles as vice president, board of directors, of the ARC of Greater Haverhill & Newburyport, the world's largest community-based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and Chairing the Personnel Committee for the town of Groveland, MA.
Littrell will be responsible for managing direct hire services, for both Semper's traditional print and graphic arts areas where he is known extensively, as well as TechCreatives. 'TechCreative' is a market segment that Semper identified to take advantage of the intersection of the two worlds of creativity and technology—the people with the technical expertise to make marketing ideas a reality, and the areas where a business can apply this new way of thinking to grow and uncover new profit centers. Littrell was an influential consultant in the development of Semper's TechCreative strategic planning. Littrell's strong TechCreative background will support clients as they focus on staffing. He will be particularly adept at helping clients understand the application of complex technologies and processes, including integrated marketing strategies, digital marketing, marketing automation, content management solutions, and social media.
"I look forward to working with my friends and colleagues, helping them grow professionally, while assisting companies build an internal talent base that will propel them into a bright future!" said Littrell. "At this stage in my career, it is my way of paying it forward."
Brian Regan, Semper president, also commented, "I have known Rick for some time. We both enjoyed being early print adopters of social media platforms and came close to working jointly on a Virtual World program. I have been a big fan of Rick's, and have enjoyed meeting up with him at industry trade events or attending his industry presentations. His background, energy and passion for success will serve as an excellent addition to our team."
About Semper International
Semper International is the nation’s largest and most trusted supplier of skilled talent for companies involved with print, pre-media, graphics and interactive media. Semper was founded and is staffed by professionals who were raised and trained in the printing and graphic arts industry, and who understand the innate needs and demands of the profession.
Since 1994, Semper has provided a variety of staffing solutions: flex, flex to hire, and direct hire, from design to press to finishing. Semper has a thorough understanding of all the positions, equipment, and software essential to the business, which assures a perfect employee—employer match. The company's experienced, reliable team personally screens and rigorously tests every applicant before it recommends them for placement.
The Semper team constantly monitors job market trends in the industry. They understood the changes that occurred in job responsibilities when electronic prepress replaced the typesetter and mechanicals, and similarly understand the impact trends such as direct-to-plate and digital print have on staffing. Realizing how the Internet is revolutionizing the industry, Semper also works with the most talented web designers, graphic designers, desktop publishers and production managers. Semper most recently introduced TechCreative—professionals whose skills encompass both artistic, design and technical skills to output to any media.
Semper has offices in Boston (HQ), Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Minneapolis and Wayne NJ. Direct Hire services for sales and management positions are conducted throughout the country.