Please help me welcome a good friend of the R p O A and a great human Ben Eubanks. Ben, welcome. So glad to hear my friend. Wonderful to meet you in person too, by the way. I told you that last night, but ah, goodness, it's been two years of, of chatting and zooming and everything else, and finally get to see her smiling face in person.
That's probably priceless. So, so glad to be here with all of you. So looking forward to this conversation. I tell stories, I share some data. I hopefully give you something new to think about, and so that's the, the plan for this. That sound good? All right.
We have all been in the middle of a lot of disruption in the last few years, and one of those stories I love to tell, to illustrate this a couple of years ago. A storm came through our local area and blew off a piece of the roof of a building on my dad's property. Kinda like what you see here, that corrugated stuff.
And he said, Hey, I've gotta go fix this thing. I don't wanna do it, but I've gotta go take care of it. And I said, Hey, I'll do it. I'll, I'll fix it. I'll admit to you right now, these hands were not made for building or fixing. Okay? They're great at typing. They're not so good for repairing things. So I go get the materials, go over there and I'm, for whatever reason, I'm gonna try to prove myself and make this happen.
So I go and the ladder won't even reach the edge of the roof, so I'm failing before I've even started. And I realize if I drive the truck in the building and I put the ladder in the back of the truck, I can get out onto the roof. So I climb out, I pull the materials up, I patch the hole, and it looks darn good.
I am so thrilled. I can't wait to get down and tell everybody. And then I realized that I climbed out the hole to get onto the roof and I just closed the hole in the roof. And so I debate how many bones I'll break, jumping off the side and everything else. Finally able to get down obviously, cause I'm here today, but sometimes when we saw one problem, we created another one.
Right? There's always something else around the corner and that's one of the things that you've all seen front and center. Suddenly there's this new demand, especially in the last couple of years, where employers said, Hey, we can't hire anybody who's gonna help us, who's gonna help us make this happen?
And they turned to you in the room to make that happen. You're like, heck yeah, let's do it. Let's step up. Let's make this happen. And then suddenly you can't find anybody either. You can't find the candidates that they couldn't find, and it's created all kinds of challenges and disruption and di. And in spite of that, you're gonna see some of the data today from this brand new study that shows employers value and appreciate their relationships that they have with their RPO providers.
I'm so excited to be with you. You heard the fun stuff there from, from Leise. The only thing she didn't share is that on the data, four 12 and under and ice cream is my love language. In case you're curious. So someone offered me coffee this morning. I don't do coffee, but I do ice cream. So if we're gonna have a chat over something, we'll find a cup.
We'll have, have a scoop of ice cream and we'll, we'll do deliver some of the data, some of the. So this study that I'm gonna talk through today, here's what it comes from. We, we survey these town acquisition leaders about what their value is they're getting from the rpo, what sort of things they care about, what their priorities are in that relationship, how they select, if they're thinking about changing, what's, what's in that.