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Meet Our Founders: Scott Monroe

Scott Monroe

Essential Personnel – SEED Spring 2022

Published December 15, 2022

As part of our ‘Meet Our Founders’ series today, we introduce Scott Monroe, CEO and Co-Founder of Essential Personnel based in Wilmington, NC. Essential Personnel is a B2G SaaS performance development and wellness solution built for public safety agencies.

Q: What problem are you trying to solve and what influenced you to start your company?

A: As a former professional firefighter, I realized that generic HR softwares didn’t fit the operational characteristics of public safety. I used my knowledge and experience from the Marine Corps to build a holistic solution purpose-built to build strong teams for paramilitary organizations.

Q: How will your NC IDEA grant funds advance your company?

A: We largely bootstrapped our company. We were able to build a product, get customer-adoption and also bring together our team. The funds were an awesome way (that came at a perfect time) to enhance our sales efforts.

Q: Who do you look to for advice and mentorship?

A: Mentors and key advisors are absolutely critical. I have several that I lean on heavily. We built an Advisory Board just for that purpose. If you think you know it all … you are wrong. Find people that will “War game” with you and bring different opinions.


While visiting Wilmington, Scott recommends:

  • Find (or make) a friend with a boat and go to Mason’s Inlet. Eat breakfast @ Drift, lunch @ Savorez and dinner @ Seabird.

Support Scott and Essential Personnel by

  • If you know your local police chief, Sheriff, fire chief or EMS director … ask them what software tool they have for HR and Wellness. If they don’t have a good solution for ‘building their team”, direct them to us!