By Kelly Wise Valdes

Riverview resident, Vong Keovongsa knew he was called to help people reach their full potential. More than three years ago, Keovongsa decided to pursue his dream and launched his own human resources firm, Vertical Recruiting Group.

Keovongsa is an experienced recruiter and senior human resources professional with over 20 years of experience leading human resource operations and recruiting programs. What drives him to success is his personal story of achieving the American dream. “I was born in Laos and was one of many refugees who were tragically impacted by the Vietnam War,” said Keovongsa. “I was 5 years old when I arrived in the United States and was fortunate to be sponsored by a farming family near Wilmore, Kentucky. I grew up loving everything American including corn bread, chicken and country music.”

Having decades of diverse recruiting experience working in the hospitality, staffing and recruiting, manufacturing and defense industries sets Keovongsa and Vertical Recruiting services apart from other staffing services.

“The recruiting group is comprised of seasoned industry recruiters as well as partner recruiting firms located within local markets and across the nation,” said Keovongsa. “I wanted to deliver a more personalized and higher level of staffing and recruiting services for business owners.”

One of his favorite things about Vertical Recruiting Group is the gratitude he receives from business owners who needed to hire quality employees to help their business grow. “Whether it is a short term or long term staffing need, we treat each client with the highest level of priority,” said Keovongsa.  

Vertical manages each job order through a single point recruiting system but clients get access to multiple staffing firms working on their job orders. The contract to hire solution is a great way for businesses to “try before you hire” because Vertical manages the payroll, workman’s compensation, taxes and benefits during the employee’s trial period. 

Vertical Recruiting Group is located at 8875 Hidden River Pkwy., Ste. 300 in Tampa. Call 758-6407 or visit

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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.