Ryan Kohler

Topic: Driving your company’s objectives by changing your hiring approach

Seven years ago the movie MoneyBall changed my perspective on hiring.  It documents the story of the Oakland A’s and their struggles to compete for talent against the richer teams.  The solution to their recruiting problem was to completely break from the status quo. They stopped doing what they’d always done, and what all the rich teams were doing, and instead implemented a completely different approach to identifying talent. Employers need to take this same approach if they are going to have any hope in solving their hiring problems.
This session walks through the steps to creating a hiring process that is designed to maximize on the unique things that each company has to offer. We will focus specifically on what can be learned from our best employees, and how to use that knowledge to design a candidate focused hiring process that no only drives hiring results but delivers real strategic benefits to the organization as a whole.


Ryan Kohler started out his professional life as an accountant, earning a Bachelors in Accounting and an MBA from Southern Utah University.  Ryan quickly found that he wasn’t cut out to be a corporate accountant, and made the jump into Internet marketing & software development 15 years ago.  This change lead to the creation of a web-based hiring platform called ApplicantPro, which is currently used by over 4000 organizations.

As the CEO of ApplicantPro, Ryan has successfully bootstrapped his company from a startup into a multi-million dollar growth company with over 90 employees.  ApplicantPro’s 10 years of consistent growth has resulted in recognition by Inc Magazine as one of the 5000 fastest growing companies in the US for the last 4 years in a row.