You’ve got choices to make. A number of firms made it onto your short list, but what’s next? What do you need to know so you can decide who to hire?

Obviously you want the best product at the best price. Are there other “must haves” or “would be nice to have” requirements for your project? Perhaps location matters because you need to review drawings or prototypes at regular intervals. You may need vendors to meet funding requirements or set asides for your project. You may have a commitment to use vendors who maintain a certain level of sustainable practices, or vendors who have relationships with other vendors who you have already chosen. There are a myriad of different filters to use when evaluating what may appear, at first glance, to be comparable vendors.

What type of working relationship do you want — do you need a senior manager of the vendor’s company at every working meeting, or the company head to meet with your stakeholders at regular intervals? How often do they propose meeting with you for the price they’ve given? Can they complete their deliverables in time for you to meet your milestones? Can you meet the schedule for your deliverables to them in order for them to finish their work for you?

It’s important to meet these people who you’re considering hiring. After all, if their work for you is unsatisfactory you’ll suffer the results. You want to make sure all the key players on their team meet all the key players on your team to see if their working styles would be compatible, but how do you separate those who merely interview well from those who will perform well?

Trust us to help you make the right choice.


Kate Neumiller Schureman

On behalf of the Board and staff of the Peoria Riverfront Museum, I would like to thank Punt Consulting Group for all of their outstanding assistance with the exhibits in our new facility! By moving to a larger facility, we were faced with the need to fill six galleries with exhibits that covered arts, history, science and achievement. We also had to develop, implement and administer exhibits that applied the “Delta Museum” principal. In other words, exhibits that are very flexible, and can change over time. Barbara was the perfect person to help us through the maze of exhibit planning, whether it was for a full gallery, or for supplemental components. We were able to successfully navigate both a design/build process and a design/bid/build process. Punt Consulting Group did a fantastic job of keeping us in order, and not missing any details. I would highly recommend Barbara for any exhibit-based project, and look forward to the chance to work with her in the future.

Kate Neumiller Schureman Sr. V.P. of Programs, Peoria Riverfront Museum