Adam Gellert

Get to know the Linkus Group CEO & Founder with Lola the office Westie!

By the Get Leashed Doggy Style team

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Dog-friendly offices make better work places. It’s not an official science, but since there are so many good reasons to bring a dog to work, we feel safe making the statement.

At Linkus Group, a firm dedicated to redefining HR and recruitment, Lola the Westie ties the office together by being a shining, joyful face in the office environment. Which isn’t to say that founder and CEO Adam Gellert and his team have any sort of bland office on the go, but even a lively bunch of young go-getters and a leader with a vision as enthusiastic as Adam’s can use the adorable stimulation only a dog like Lola can bring.

If you’re in need of recruitment services, we’d suggest looking at Linkus Group’s model. Spending just a short time in their offices, it was plain as day that Adam’s put together a team of motivated staff to meet clients’ needs and find the best personnel for the job. Read on for more insight into Adam, Linkus Group, and life as a young entrepreneur who’s put together a killer business with a great team to back him up – Lola the Westie included, of course.

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Please tell us about yourself:

I eat, sleep and breathe recruitment. I can talk for hours about anything to do with the growth of an organization from a people standpoint; attraction, retention, culture fit, etc. I’m the Founder and CEO of Linkus Group. We are a full-service HR and Recruitment firm based in Toronto and opening in Vancouver in the coming months. I started the company with the intent to disrupt the recruitment industry, and we are doing just that. I’ve got a fantastic team and we work very hard to help build championship teams for our clients that can sustain a winning outlook again and again.

A bit about your pet:

I’ve always been an animal person; my family had a German Shepherd growing up and I worked at a veterinary clinic for seven years (with the intention of becoming a vet).  Therefore, I knew I wanted to have a dog of my own! I chose Lola (Westie) because she’s a small breed (perfect for my condo) and hypoallergenic (perfect for everyone), and is able to match my lifestyle as an entrepreneur always on the go. I talked to a vet who’s also a long-time family friend about what breed he recommended based on this criteria and sure enough Westie was suggested and Lola came into my life shortly thereafter.

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What does your ideal weekend look like?

If I’m not glued to my phone or at the office, I’ll be out with friends at a restaurant, bar or concert. I’m a big fan of all the activities Toronto has to offer in terms of musical events, art, food and the outdoors.

Describe your personal style:

I have a style for every occasion and I like to always stay on trend.

What inspires you?

“I know that I was born and I know that I will die; the in between is mine.” That’s a quote from Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. I believe living in the moment, respecting everything around me and creating positive change is key to success in life, love and work. I think most people who know me would say I’m very patient and would do just about anything to help out when needed.

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How would you describe your home?

I live downtown in the West end. My place is very simple, with very few things (I don’t own a TV). I like the mix of parks and concrete my area affords. Having everything very accessible when you’re always on the go is my number one requirement for a place to call home.

A story about Lola:

Lola takes her job very seriously at the office as our first impressionist/office mascot, making her way around the office each morning to say her hellos. She’s nine years old, but without a doubt anyone new thinks she’s a puppy based on how much energy and attention she gives them. I think she’s part cat, always having to be nested on the highest point, whether it’s a chair, windowsill or the top of the couch. If there’s ever a doubt that she’s well-loved, just ask the long list of people wanting to take care of her when I go away — even if it’s just for the afternoon.