About Us

Born in Adversity and Designed to Revolutionize

 

First String was created with the idea to connect job seekers, employers, and recruiters in a way that has never been done before. It was designed to empower each side in fair and equal representation by providing transparency in the hiring process. When the COVID-19 pandemic arose, it became even more important to preserve these essential components in the hiring process. The First-String App was built at just the right time to become an essential tool in an ever-changing, remote oriented world, without sacrificing human connection. With video resumes, video references, and an electronic Bragg book, job seekers and employers alike can connect in a safe and modern way without the risk of becoming just another number on a page or a casualty of a computerized key-word search algorithm.

First String is your missing piece of the puzzle to save time, money and safely find the right person, right now for your company! Welcome to Recruiting Re-Imagined!

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Barry Jones

Founder

Barry started his career as a United States Army officer. In 1994 he transitioned into the pharmaceutical industry to work for Johnson & Johnson. From there his success allowed him to join Actelion, a start-up, rare disease Biotechnology company. After a very successful tenure at Actelion he joined yet another Biotech start-up where he was responsible for the initial startup of the sales force. After 25 very successful years in the Pharmaceutical industry, winning Presidents club or equivalent awards Seven times, multiple CEO executive performance citations as well as being the most awarded Sales Director in corporate history he transitioned to the executive Recruiting sector. It was here where he found inspiration to build a better recruiting model. A technologically advanced model that was designed to be extremely efficient fair and cost appropriate to all involved. This platform would revolutionize the recruiting industry. First String was born.

Janet VonKohn

Janet VonKohn has assembled a stellar track record of success in leading multiple organizations in the recruiting and executive search industries. As a founding partner of both National Sales Network and VonKohn Search Group, she led business development, operations, and candidate resource management teams. Her personal brand is known as a consistent, knowledgeable, results driven partner to her clients. Janet brings a sense of urgency that is tempered and disciplined by her concern for the accuracy and quality of her work. She is a nimble professional who adjusts quickly to changing conditions and comes up with practical ideas for dealing with them. Bottom line, she is an expert problem solver who sets extraordinarily high standards of work quality and timely accomplishment of objectives.

She has been described as an expert in rapidly simplifying complex issues and identifying opportunities while creating and implementing innovative solutions for clients’ success. Janet believes in collaboration and focus to unify teams to exceed goals.

Tyler Jones

Co-Founder

Tyler is a former Division 1 student athlete who competed for the University of Georgia on both the track team and as a team captain for the cross-country team. As an athlete he found success through hard work, consistency, and leadership. During his time at UGA, Tyler was a 3x SEC academic honor-roll recipient, multiple time SEC qualifier and scorer, as well as presented runner of the week by the South Eastern Conference committee.

Post-graduation, and with a degree in Consumer Economics, Tyler was eager to pursue a path down business with the inspiration to make consumers’ lives easier. He has always had a passion for helping others coupled with an entrepreneurial mindset.

Chasing this passion, Tyler invested 9 months in the financial services industry at Capstone Financial LLC to chase that hard work and entrepreneurial dream. When COVID-19 became a factor, Tyler experienced 1st hand what it was like to feel exposed and helpless in a competitive and limited job market. Together Barry and Tyler realized that there are so many qualified and overlooked candidates that have extraordinary talents and passions for their work that were in the same position. With that being said, First String was born with the vision to bring convenience, quickness, and cost-savings to the hiring process when it was needed more than ever.

Joshua Martin

Joshua started his career as a US Navy Officer, after being accepted to and graduating from Baylor University, with a Masters degree in Kinesiology/Physical Therapy. In 2003, he transitioned into the pharmaceutical industry to work for Novartis. From there his success allowed him to join McNeil Pharmaceuticals, of Johnson & Johnson, Psychiatry Specialty Sales team. After a very successful tenure at McNeil he joined Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals, and was soon promoted into the role of District and Regional Manager roles. After 14 successful years in the Pharmaceutical industry, winning Presidents club or equivalent awards 5 times, and working with multiple Pharmaceutical Brand Marketing Sales Leadership, “Strategy Think Tank Leadership Ad Hoc Teams”, he was inspired to transition into the executive Recruiting arena, to work with and help build a better more streamlined recruiting model. A technologically advanced model that was designed to be extremely efficient fair and cost appropriate to all involved. This platform would revolutionize the recruiting industry.