Our history is 25 years in the making, connecting our clients to top HR Talent and changing lives.

Our History

After nine years combined with Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and Accenture, Tom Darrow chose to do what not many of his recruiting peers in the Atlanta community were doing – he leaped. It was the height of a new technology era in January 1999 and Atlanta was hopping with new companies and entrepreneurial spirit. Tom saw a great opportunity to provide recruiting process consulting services in a market starved for top talent.

Humble Beginnings

First named HR Connections & Consulting, early projects took root at McKesson, Earthlink/Mindspring, and other emerging companies. Early on, clients started asking for help finding contract recruiters. Since then, the firm has become well known for helping companies secure top talent acquisition and other HR talent on a contract basis. As the firm’s network grew, large companies started to take notice and the firm built an impressive clientele that included The Coca-Cola Company, Habitat for Humanity, Microsoft, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and many others. In 2004, a new name, Talent Connections took hold reflecting its key focus and representative of a growing progressive firm. With an abundance of top HR talent in its network, Talent Connections has become the premiere HR-niche search firm in Atlanta, Georgia, the Southeast, and beyond.

Leading the HR Profession

A mainstay of Talent Connections is the extensive leadership in the HR profession locally and nationally through the years. Tom Darrow and Teela Jackson have both served as President and on the Board of SHRM-Atlanta. Tom has also been recognized with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also served nationally on the SHRM Foundation Board including as Board Chair, and is the Inaugural Board President for the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (ATAP). Teela currently serves as a District Director for SHRM Georgia State Council.

Giving Back

In addition to leadership in the Human Resources profession, Talent Connections is dedicated to community service through many volunteer activities. The Talent Connections team has served on Boards for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, the Partnership Against Domestic Violence, the Brian Jordan Foundation (retired MLB & NFL player), and the Inward Bound Center for Nonprofit Leadership.

During 2019, to celebrate its 20th Anniversary, Talent Connections served alongside clients and contractors at one non-profit a month to give back to the Atlanta community. This year, Talent Connections is celebrating our history and recognizing 25 years of service. Click here to learn more.


Through the years, we've worked with some great companies.

Here are some of them...



ADP, Assurant, AT&T, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cbeyond, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Comcast, Cousins Properties, Cox Automotive, Datapath, Deloitte, Earthlink, Emory Healthcare, Equifax, Federal Reserve Bank, Fiserv, Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia Natural Gas, Greenway Health, Gwinnett Health Systems, Habitat for Humanity, Havertys, iHealth Technologies, Jackson Healthcare, JM Huber, Kimberly-Clark, KPMG, LexisNexis, McKesson, Mercedes-Benz, MUST Ministries, NASCO, NDCHealth, Newell Brands, PepsiCo, Piedmont Hospital, Sage Group, Teradata, The Coca-Cola Company, The Weather Channel, Travelport, Turner Broadcasting, WestRock, Willis Towers Watson


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