Jack Manning noticed a glaring flaw in the job-placement industry. Many firms were more concerned with quickly filling a position for their clients rather than finding a candidate who fits perfectly the client’s needs. Having worked with job recruiters as both a client and job candidate, he saw an opportunity to be the solution to this challenge. He founded Manning Personnel Group in 1992.
Prior to starting the company, Jack had a career in finance at Johnson & Johnson followed by the Gillette Company. In 1986, he moved first as a partner for a national accounting & finance recruiting firm and then with KPMG’s Boston office as a Manager in their Executive Recruiting practice. All of these valuable experiences that helped Jack form his vision for MPG.
Jack is a graduate of Villanova University and has taken advanced tax courses at Bentley College. He is a board member with the New England Center and Home for Veterans, he chairs their Nominating Committee and sits on their Audit Committee as well. He also chairs the Finance Committee for Old Colony Hospice and is a member of the Personnel Board for the town of Hingham, MA.
In her role as Executive Vice President, Kelly oversees day-to-day operations of the firm’s temporary job placement contracts, which she created at MPG in 2002. She is also a client-services expert, helping other MPG team members gain the skills needed to provide the best service possible.
In her 20+ years of experience in the field, Kelly has built a client network ranging from pre-IPO startups to Fortune 500 companies. She has worked with and developed an expertise in assisting companies in industries such as health and life science, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, technology and financial services.
Prior to joining the family business, Kelly worked with an administrative recruiting firm in Boston. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of University of Massachusetts at Boston, where she double-majored in psychology and sociology, and she is a graduate of Notre Dame Academy in Hingham.
Kerri is a marketing/recruiting/accounting/finance/just-about-everything whiz for MPG. She joined our team in the early 2000’s after graduating from Westfield State College with a major in Business Management. Before she started at MPG, she developed an extensive client network as a sales manager with a national retail/manufacturing organization. She’s a natural at client-relationship building, plus knows the ins and outs of matching job candidates with the right positions thanks to 10+ years of recruiting experience.
She recently became a member of the Boston Women in Finance group. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, Jay, daughter, Ella and son Rowan.
Mary came to MPG after building an impressive resume in the arts. She is classically trained and graduated from the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. She went on to earn a theatre and dance degree from Providence College. After dancing with the Boston Ballet and Fusionworks Dance Company in Rhode Island, she transitioned to a career in recruiting. Mary has developed a significant outreach program with the Boston artistic community and sits on the Board of Directors of Fusionworks Dance Company of Rhode Island.
Colleen brings nearly a decade of talent acquisition experience to her role. She has built a career-long reputation for relentlessly sourcing and attracting talent for job seekers and employers across a variety of industries and disciplines.
She is responsible for all search activities at Manning Personnel Group, from entry level to the C-suite. Colleen enjoys preparing candidates for interviews, helping them with networking and showcasing their talents during the hiring process.
Prior to joining MPG, she spent five years in the television industry. Most recently, she was the morning anchor at the ABC affiliate in Springfield, MA. Colleen earned a B.A. in Communications from the Catholic University of America, where she was a member of the Lady Cardinals basketball team. She is also a graduate of Notre Dame Academy. Colleen lives in Hingham with her husband, Tom, their son, Liam, and daughter, Gabriella.
Tim worked in politics and management consulting before he joined the family business. In his role as a Senior Recruiter, Tim uses a personalized approach to help candidates with their job searches. He enjoys interacting with each individual to find out which type of position will allow them to thrive.
Tim is an avid Boston sports fan and also enjoys volunteering with the Missionaries of Charity. He received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in history from Boston College. He lives on the South Shore with his wife, Jennifer, and their two sons.
Donna has been with us since 2003 and began by helping with the company’s finances. Since then, she’s grown into various other roles, including accounting and finance, human resource and office management functions. Today Donna works extensively in the technology branch of the firm. She uses social media and other digital resources to promote roles which the firm has available for job placement.
David grew up in Medfield, MA and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Political Science in 2012. Prior to joining MPG in 2014, David worked at a Start-Up Company as an Operations Manager. He was able to develop strong problem-solving skills in a small, hands-on environment and discover the benefits of working collaboratively towards a common goal. David’s dedication and commitment allows him to connect with his candidates on a personal level to best understand an individual’s strengths and provide the best career advice.
The road to recruiting can be an interesting path, and that’s certainly the case for Chris. While earning his degree in political science at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he worked in the hospitality industry, eventually becoming the chef de cuisine at a restaurant which he helped open. His role also included overseeing staffing and management, and that’s when he realized he enjoyed helping job seekers with their job searches. Fast forward a couple years, and now he’s a key member of MPG.
Chris lives in Somerville and enjoys traveling and discovering new restaurants with his wife, Ashley.
Before Jessica joined our team, she worked as a salesperson for a third-party automotive research website and a building product wholesaler. She developed the ability to speak with anyone on a personal level and find out their specific needs, skills that have proved to be valuable in her role as a senior recruiter with MPG.
Jessica is a Foxboro, MA native and graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in business administration.
Maura joined Manning Personnel Group in early 2017 as a Senior Recruiter, but she wasn’t new to the Manning family. In fact, she herself utilized Manning’s services and worked in various temporary roles while pursuing her Master’s Degree. Now part of the Manning team, Maura delivers high quality recruiting services to clients and candidates in the accounting/finance, human resources, and administrative fields. Building relationships is natural to Maura. Prior to Manning, Maura was in several customer-facing roles in various industries, including insurance, online retail, and professional sports.
Maura received her B.A. in Communications and Human Development from Boston College and her Masters in Elementary and Special Education from Lesley University. She lives in South Boston with her husband Steve, and enjoys traveling out west and spending time with family.
Kate joined Manning Personnel Group after her five-year relationship with the firm came full circle. Previously a candidate with MPG, she stayed in touch over the years and is now a part of our team. Kate helps to grow MPG’s network and communication platforms and is dedicated to assisting candidates find their dream job.
After getting her undergraduate degree at Bridgewater State University, Kate received her master’s degree in HR and Corporate Communications from Northeastern University. Since then, she has continued to expand her skill set in HR and communications by working for a local government, where she managed the recruiting pipeline, employee wellness programs and the communication flow of the office.
Kate loves traveling, and lives near the airport with her fiance so she can hop on a plane at a moment’s notice. She also loves teaching yoga classes, eating French macaroons, and exploring farmer’s markets!
Alexa started working at MPG in November, 2016, as an Administrative Assistant. We quickly discovered she had a knack for sourcing new candidates, and within her first year, promoted her to Talent Acquisition Analyst. A critical member of the team, Alexa helps the recruiters find exceptional talent in the Boston area. She also plays an important role with our digital media.
Alexa is a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, ME, where she earned her degree in Psychology. As a retired member of the Varsity Field Hockey Team, Alexa is always a team-player and utilizes her competitive nature in her work.
Alexa currently lives in the North End and enjoys spending her free time exploring Boston. A Rhode Islander at heart, she can often be found visiting her family in Providence and Westerly, as well.