Chris Garrie, VP of Recruiting

ChrisGarrieOldcastleWhat do you do in your position?
I am fortunate to lead the talent acquisition effort for the Oldcastle family of companies across North America.

When did you join Oldcastle?
January 2005

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? There are many reasons why I like working for Oldcastle.  First, it is a very successful global conglomerate in the building material manufacturing/distribution space that is always looking for better ways to do business.  Second, the people (from top to bottom in the organization) are bright, approachable and genuinely care about the company, customers, fellow employees and the community. 

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Chris with Rochester Chamber of Commerce President Robert Duffy after a tour of our office this fall

What are the best parts of your job?
 I get to work with the best recruiting team in Rochester.  We also help people find a career with a stable, profitable company that values the contributions made by each and every employee. 

What would co-workers say about you?
I hope that they would say that I care very much about our team and Oldcastle.

Can you share any funny or interesting work stories from over the years?
When we first started to build out the recruitment effort in Rochester, we were sitting in some unused office space in our warehouse on Buffalo Road.  When we started to add staff to our team, we had to do everything possible to find space – including sitting people in old closets and conference rooms.  Mike Brigida (who ran the warehouse and is now a good friend) was very accommodating and allowed us to basically take over his office.  Since that time, we were fortunate to build a foundation that could apply to all of the Oldcastle companies. This has allowed us to grow this team so significantly over the past 11 years.  We are now in a true office on Scottsville Road,  but that wouldn’t have happened without the help and patience of many in our original building.    

What was your first job ever?
I was a dishwasher at the local truck stop in Round Lake, NY

Tell us about your family.
I have been married to my wife Erin for 10 years. We have  two boys Kyle (8) and Ethan (4) and two dogs – Shelby and Ginger.

Do you have any hobbies?
Lately, I spend most of my spare time with my family shuttling my kids back and forth from the YMCA or reading.  I do try to get out for long bike rides when we have good weather.

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Check out this clip of Chris from a job search presentation
at the University of Rochester:

Read a column Chris wrote for the Democrat & Chronicle:
How small businesses can hire top talent.

Want to learn more about working for Oldcastle?
Connect with Chris on LinkedIn.

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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One response to “Chris Garrie, VP of Recruiting

  1. alfred collins

    The reason I like working there it was a clean work place, And I new what time I was going home, And the people was good to work with. The foreman I had was easy to work with as long as you were doing your job,

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