TECHEAD is headquartered in Richmond, VA. We service clients across the U.S. providing Creative Talent and Information Technology staffing services. We’ve built our reputation on building strong client relationships for over 29 years.

Core Values

Honesty

At TECHEAD, we believe that honesty is at the forefront of our business. You can build a lot of relationships but none are quite as strong as relationships with honesty. This goes for our internal staff, consultants, and clients. Little is accomplished when there is no honesty.

Integrity

Integrity is often referred to by others as doing the right thing, even when nobody is watching. This stands true for TECHEAD as we look to serve our clients, candidates, and consultant partners on what’s best for everyone. You can’t win every time but we live by the saying “success will come and go but integrity is forever.”

Community

We believe involvement starts in our local Richmond area and is carried out in communities across the US. TECHEAD accepts the responsibility to be a good neighbor through our contribution of time, support, and activity to benefit those around us.

Company History

1988
1991
1994
1995
1998-1999
2000-2002
2005
2007-2008
2014
30th YR Anniversary
2018

1988

TECHEAD was started in 1988 by Phil and Philise Conein out of their small Richmond apartment. Initially the company provided graphics support and desktop publishing services to local clients.

1991

Looking for a more professional image and a separation of work and personal space, they moved into a 600 sq. ft. office in 1991 in Shockoe Bottom. In late 1991, they added graphics staffing support services for their clients.

1994

As the company continued to grow, a decision was made to move the office again. In August of 1994, the company moved into 3,000+ square foot building. The circa 1900 building is in the heart of the Shockoe Bottom area of Richmond, the center of Virginia’s Tobacco Trade a century ago. Diagonally across from TECHEAD is The Farmer’s Market which is the oldest continuously running farmer’s market in the United States.

1995

Computer Training Classes were added in early 1995 in a variety of popular graphics and multimedia applications, such as QuarkXPress, PageMaker, Photoshop, Illustrator, FreeHand, and Director.

1998-1999

In December of 1998 the Company changed its name to TECHEAD. In 1999 the building next door to 111 was purchased and construction begun. The company was chosen as a 4th time honoree on the list of the Rising 25 fastest growing Richmond, Virginia based businesses

2000-2002

TECHEAD has been a Richmond “Rising 25” honoree four times in a row. We were also named as a “Fantastic Fifty” Company in the State of Virginia for 2000 and 2001. Also in 2001, we made the “Purple Squirrel 100,” an exclusive ranking of 100 of the fastest-growing IT staffing/services firms in the United States. And in 2002, we were honored to be included on Inc. Magazine’s “Inner City 100” list, recognizing America’s fastest-growing urban businesses, and we also received a Better Business Bureau Torch Award for outstanding business ethics.

2005

In February of 2005, TECHEAD was honored to be recognized as Small Business Success Story of the Year in 2005, by Virginia Business Magazine.

2007-2008

In 2007 TECHEAD made the Inaugural list of the “Inc. 5,000” a prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. We also were honored in May 2008 as an honoree on the “Inner City 100” list, which showcases the nation’s top 100 urban entrepreneurs. Over 15,000 inner city companies were nominated for the year’s Inner City 100.

2014

In 2014, TECHEAD won the opportunity to provide cleared contractors for the NGEN Contract (Prime Contract N00039-13-D-0013) with AT&T Government Solutions (Subcontract 20130628.049.C). This multi-year, multi-million-dollar contract includes providing cleared Networking and Communication specialists nationwide to maintain the US Navy’s communication infrastructure around the world.

30th YR Anniversary

RICHMOND, Virginia, October 5, 2018 –  (PRNewswire)  —

Thirty years ago in March of 1988, Phil Conein, took a leap of faith and applied for a business license to found, what is now the Richmond, Virginia based company, TECHEAD.

His wife and partner, Philise Conein states, “I joined Phil in September of 1988, on a whim, with little forethought to the future and to what a business “was”, or could be. Our original business model was doing graphic design, mostly logos, and presentations, on the antiquated Videoshow platform.  In 1991, we added creative staffing services to the mix, after a client said, ‘Hey, we could use someone like you onsite, at our office’. ”

She continues, “Now, it seems almost a lifetime ago.  We look back on all the years, with joy, with tears, but  mostly with our hearts full of gratitude. We attribute our longevity to hard work, persistence and alot of good fortune. We couldn’t have done it without each other, and we certainly couldn’t have done it without a lot of help, input and insight from others. Businesses do not build themselves, nor can they grow or change without teamwork and talent.”

“We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our many clients, vendors, employees, contractors and friends who have helped us make it this far.  And, we are looking forward to the next chapter!”

There is much data on the the web about the dismal survival rates of small businesses.  Some quick stats:

  • 80% of entrepreneurs starting a business fail within the first 18 months. (Forbes)
  • 50% of small businesses fail after five years. (Small Business Trends)
  • Only 33% percent of startups reach their 10 year anniversary. (Credit Donkey)

TECHEAD is a Richmond, Virginia headquartered Staffing company that provides skilled digital and technical talent to Commercial and Federal clients around the country.  They are WBENC certified as a Small-Woman Owned Business. For more information, please visit www.techead.com

 

2018

TECHEAD expands into the Cyber Security Workforce Space

RICHMOND, Virginia, October 5, 2018 –  (PRNewswire)  — Most companies have some flexibility for Military Reservists who are required to spend weekends with their units. If the company is not large enough to have a flexible workforce schedule, it can becomes a productivity issue.  The company may find itself assigning the Reservist short-term projects to make up the continuous disruption in their workflow.

That doesn’t stop one company based in Richmond, Virginia from hiring Reservists. “We love Reservists who are in the network communication field.  They have the skills, certifications, and clearances we are looking for. They’re perfect for NGEN or other Federal Contracts”, said Phil Conein, President of Techead. “Not only will the Reservist get a better experience from working on one of the largest  enterprise networks in the World, but they will also get to earn a competitive salary, fit in a culture they’re familiar with and have an incredible experience to put on their resume to enhance next steps in their career path”.

Phil Conein, as President and ITPSO of TECHEAD is leading a new initiative called US CYBER WORKFORCE. TECHEAD is celebrating its 30 year anniversary of business in 2018. They are a Richmond, Virginia headquartered Staffing company that provides skilled digital and technical talent to Commercial and Federal clients around the country.  In 2014, TECHEAD was approached by the multinational telecommunications giant AT&T to be a subcontractor on the Next Generation Enterprise (NGEN) contract for the Navy.  Reservists have become a good source of talent for this project.

Conein further stated, “Out of 100 resumes I see, 20% are fake. Maybe 80% do not have the qualifications or certifications that I am looking for, and 95% do not have the clearances needed.  The clearance and the certifications are the key pieces for a hire on the NGEN contract.  You either have them or you don’t, and if you don’t we can’t green light the individual to get on base to perform the work.”

CompTIA certifications are the gold standard of classification for IAT (Information Assurance Training) levels. Not only does it make it easier to qualify the skill level skill of a candidate, it verifies the credibility of the skills of the Men and Women coming out of the Armed Forces, enabling them get well paid IT jobs in the civilian world.

Retired Lt Col. James Dyke added, “The US Government made a fundamental change 10 years ago in how they train their workforce. Our images of US Armed Forces are men and women in action inside ships, tanks, trucks, beach landings, jumping out of airplanes and so on. The reality is, the Armed Forces rely on technology for deployment, logistics, and communications. Because of base rotations or deployments, The US Government needs a reliable workforce of cleared, certified civilians and contractors to be the conduit of consistency for keeping large enterprise telecommunication Networks up and running.”

 

For more information on Techead’s Cyber Security initiative, please visit www.techead.com