HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Local and state officials attended Startek's ribbon cutting. The call center will supply the county with more than 600 new jobs.
Startek officially opened their doors after Monday afternoon's ribbon cutting.
Many officials, both county and state, attended the event. Presidents and CEOs of HTC, Santee Cooper, Horry Georgetown Technical College, County Chairman Mark Lazarus, as well as Governor Nikki Haley.
The Vice President of Operations for Startek, Mike Sears, explain's they've been anticipating this event.
"A welcoming for Startek and a thank you to the community for welcoming us is really one of our main missions here today, So it's pretty exciting and we're glad to be here," Sears said.
Startek has hired just over 160 people, so far, but they plan of filling 600 positions. Positions, the Vice President of Marketing, Rosemary Hanratty, explains will not be basic customer service jobs.
"What it is, is that it's a mindset of coming in and helping people. It doesn't matter who the client is, necessarily. What you're focused on is ensuring that the customer walks away happy, and that you have represented the client in the best possible way," Hanratty explained.
Gyms, huddle rooms, bright walls, magic markers for new employees to sign their names on furniture, are just some of the things that make Startek a bit different from your average work environment, and as Governor Haley explained in her ribbon cutting speech, Startek could have chosen to go anywhere.
The new location will also be the start of Startek's newest and largest venture, healthcare. As of now, Mike Sears explains, Startek's clients include cable and business based services. Sears is in charge of their new healthcare operations.
Sears also explains they are trying to provide a second home for their employees as well as provide opportunity.