Mike Barker Joins The Select Group as Chief Operating Officer

Award-winning firm brings on industry veteran to lead operational strategy.

Raleigh, North Carolina, Jan. 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Select Group (TSG), a dedicated leader in North American technical service offerings, today announced Michael H. Barker (Mike) as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Barker has been an advisory board member for The Select Group since January 2017, helping accelerate the growth of TSG. In this new role, Barker will oversee operations, sales, services, marketing, and technology. 

“I am confident that Mike’s vast expertise in the industry will strengthen our capabilities as one of the fastest-growing and largest technical services firms in North America,” says Sheldon Wolitski, CEO and Founder of The Select Group. “Mike is a seasoned and trusted leader who has consistently delivered results in his previous roles. As Chief Operating Officer for TSG, he will be uniquely qualified to drive initiatives across the company, with a focus on operational excellence.”  

As Wolitski concentrates his efforts on major account development and strategic efforts, TSG will lean on Barker’s decades of experience in staffing and technology services. Barker previously served as a member of the board of directors of Eliassen Group from January 2017 to November 2018. Prior to this, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Experis - North America, the $1.3B Professional Services Division of ManpowerGroup from April 2010 to December 2015. Barker served as Chief Operating Officer of COMSYS IT Partners, prior to the ManpowerGroup acquisition. He joined COMSYS IT Partners as a result of a merger with Venturi Partners in 2004. As COO of both COMSYS and Venturi Partners, Barker led rapid growth and optimized business performance. 

"Sheldon and the team have done a great job creating a strong culture that puts a focus on high performance and providing a top-notch experience for clients and consultants,” said Barker. “I am looking forward to being part of the future growth and success of TSG.”  

Prior to COMSYS, Barker led emerging technology companies to rapid growth and success. He founded a systems integration company, LAN Solutions, in Atlanta in 1987. Barker sold the company to Evernet in 1991, where he became part of their national leadership team. Evernet was sold to Control Data in 1993. Next, Barker led The Computer Group, which became an integral unit in the formation of the Technology Service division of IKON, the world's largest independent provider of document management systems. 

Barker has an electrical engineering degree from the University Of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has been married to his wife, Robin, for 41 years and they have two children, Claire and Philip.  

About The Select Group 

Founded in 1999 by CEO Sheldon Wolitski, The Select Group is headquartered in Raleigh, NC, with branches throughout North America. With a company purpose of impacting lives, one positive experience at a time, TSG offers managed services and staff augmentation to businesses of all sizes, as well as a dedicated government services division for meeting federal, state, and local government needs. TSG’s technically-trained staff of recruiters and account managers are focused on building relationships to add value to the hiring and talent management processes. To keep up with news, follow The Select Group on LinkedIn. 



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