About Helbling

Established in 1992. Still growing strong. 

We were founded by industry veteran Tom Helbling on the value of his strong relationships with multi-disciplined construction contractors and real estate development entities. Our network expanded as our clients began referring us to their colleagues outside of those sectors. Today, we serve architecture, engineering, construction, and real estate development firms, as well as entities that have significant real estate assets and facilities management needs.  

What makes us different. 

Our business has always been based on long-term relationships, and our culture has been focused on serving clients’ long-term interests. We’re driven to understand their business with a curiosity level that’s beyond what is usually expected of a search firm. We’re built to be personal and collaborative, not just with clients, but with each other as well; because that’s the best way to find the leaders our clients need. We thrive on the challenge of difficult searches for positions that don’t have a ready supply of obvious candidates, and we are known for our candid and open communication with clients about the business realities surrounding their search goals. 
As a result, a search performed by Helbling is different from a search for “typical” candidates. We expand the process beyond the expected profile, showing clients the potential value that individuals with diverse backgrounds can offer. By understanding clients, objectives for their hires, and areas within their organizations that need to be strengthened, we show them possibilities that are often beyond what they initially anticipate.  

Our Clients Encompass:

  • Architectural
  • Environmental
  • Geotechnical
  • Multi-Disciplined
  • Structural
  • Transportation
  • Construction Management
  • General Contracting
  • Heavy Civil
  • Electrical
  • Energy & Utility
  • Infrastructure
  • International
  • Mechanical
  • Private Equity Firms
  • Program Management
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Specialty
  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Acute Care Hospitals
  • Boarding Schools
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Energy Managers
  • Energy Service Companies (ESCOs)
  • Fortune 500 / Corporations
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Historical institutions
  • Hospitality Owners
  • Industrial Services
  • Laboratories
  • Libraries
  • Management Consultants
  • Museums
  • Non-Profits
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
  • Preparatory Schools
  • Private Equity Firms
  • Public Agencies
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Retailers
  • Technology
  • Utilities
  • Commercial Real Estate Developers
  • Facility Managers
  • Property Managers
  • Residential Builders


  • Retained Executive Search
  • National Scope
  • Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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