Joe Wargo

Regional Manager

Joe is responsible for client development and search management with a leadership focus on the state of Illinois.

Joe began working as a search consultant at Helbling in 2006. His recruitment experience is broad having completed searches for healthcare and higher education institutions; independent schools; general, industrial, heavy civil, and electrical construction firms; and national energy management firms.

Working closely with institutions and other types of organizations with significant real estate assets, Joe secures individuals involved in facilities leadership, sustainability, energy and utilities, and regional management. Within the construction realm, he attracts professionals for senior executive management, business development, and operations roles. 

Joe holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance from Robert Morris University, and his hobbies include golfing, hiking, biking, and volunteering.

Geographical Focus

Illinois, New England, New Jersey, and upstate New York


  • APPA - Leadership in Educational Facilities

Recently Completed Searches

  • Associate Vice President for Facilities Services for the University of Chicago
  • Senior Director of Capital Programs for Northwestern University
  • Assistant Vice President, Planning Design & Construction for the University of Central Florida
  • Assistant Vice President for Facilities Operations for Princeton University
  • Associate Vice President for Facilties & Planning for Hamilton College
  • Senior Director, Facilities Management & Planning for St. Paul's School

Active Searches

“I enjoy educating passive candidates about the reasons why an opportunity could be a great fit for their skillset and career aspirations, both short- and long-term. It is especially gratifying when a talented professional is initially reluctant to pursue a position, eventually agrees it’s worth to keeping an open mind, ultimately gets hired, and months later, calls to express his/her appreciation for being encouraged to pursue the role in the first place.”

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