Company Chooses To Stay In Tulsa Despite International Growth

Monday, August 10th 2015, 11:03 pm
By: News On 6

A Tulsa company could've chosen to re-locate anywhere in the world, but decided to stay local and build its Global Headquarters downtown.

Two years ago, when Hogan Assessments decided on the location near 1st and Greenwood, there wasn't much around, but the company felt the potential in the East Village and downtown Tulsa.

Now, with only a couple months until the company opens the new 36,000 square foot building, employees couldn't be happier with the decision.

Hogan Assessments is a talent assessment company that began in Tulsa three decades ago and is now hired by many Fortune 500s.

It has operations in 57 countries and 46 different languages, but their headquarters aren't going anywhere, according to employee Chris Duffy.

"You look at this, and there is something going on on every corner, so we really look forward to being in the building," he said.

Judging by the neighborhood, others share that same sentiment.

Just one block over, The Ross Group is rehabbing an old building for its headquarters at 2nd and Frankfurt - 37,000 square feet set to open in late December.

Jim Coles, with the City of Tulsa, said, before Ross Group came in the building sat empty for 20 years.

"It’s really who we've been and who we continue to be, but we see a blend of new things like Hogan to keep reinventing us and growing and that is really fantastic," he said.

Duffy admits Hogan overbuilt the space but did so on purpose. He said they are recruiting clients at a faster pace every year, and the same goes for new employees - many of which will start with the company in the new downtown location.

“We find it attracts the people we like working for us - a real strong work ethic and a young and vibrant group that wants to be part of this community. We also find, logistically, it is very easy to travel in and out of Tulsa," Duffy said.

The City of Tulsa is hoping investments from companies like Ross Group and Hogan will broaden appeal to industries aside from those normally associated with Tulsa - like oil and gas.

"It just adds to it and gives us a bigger menu of things that we have here," Coles said.

Hogan Assessments will completely move out of its current location on 21st Street by Utica Square.

The new building will be able to hold up to 150 employees.