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Meet Elizabeth Tucker of KNF&T Staffing Resources in Downtown Boston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth Tucker.

Elizabeth, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
When I was just 26 years old, I was asked to join three other women in founding KNF&T. I jumped at the chance. That was in 1983 when things were a bit different – I had a vision of providing a more consultative approach to identifying talent for clients, and also be more consultative with candidate in order to find them the best fit in their job search. This focus on the personal touch and in developing long-term relationships with clients has led KNF&T to become one of the premier staffing firms in Massachusetts.

Over the last three decades, we have evolved from a temporary staffing firm to one that also specializes in direct hire and diversity search, with a range of positions from entry level to executive level.

In the end, our mission is simple — to deliver on the highest standard of service at a fair price. Plus, we help candidates achieve their career aspirations, and we are passionate about finding the right fit for their dream job. What could be better than that?

Has it been a smooth road?
Certainly balancing my personal and professional life was very challenging. I was raising three children on top of a long commute. I was keeping my focus on the business strategy and growth, and I was keeping up with schedules of three active and athletic children. It was all very challenging, but I was lucky — the key to managing it all was a supportive spouse and a very, very organized schedule.

The other professional challenge I faced was deciding to purchase 100% of the company from my last business partner in 2011. She had faced a series of tragedies that left her incapable of contributing at a high level. She realized it was time to move on, but had experienced so much loss if was very difficult to consider an exit plan. Through my contacts and network, and ultimately a women’s leadership group, I was able to identify a specialist in transition and exit plans who coached us both through a trying and difficult time. Her exit meant a substantial financial reinvestment in the company on my part and there was certainly some fear and anxiety about my ability to assume that debt as well as be responsible for the whole company. It hindsight, it is the best move of my career and I am much more gratified and happy that I took the risk.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
KNF&T Staffing Resources is more than a recruiting firm. Driven by my vision, KNF&T has adopted the mantra of finding “the right fit” for both candidates and clients alike. It’s not just about filling one job after another, it’s about making sure each individual will be happy in the position we find for him/her. It’s about helping someone through arguably one of the hardest times in their lives – finding a new career.

In addition to being a trusted HR partner to our clients, we advise them on the processes and practices essential in developing and managing an outstanding workforce, and we provide special expertise in helping to build a diverse talent pool. Our expert team has been building our reputation and expanding our regional footprint since 1983.

Additionally, philanthropy is a big part of who we are. KNF&T’s mission is assisting women and children in transition. To that end, we encourage employee Volunteer Days, hold yearly toy drives around the holidays, partner with organizations like Dress for Success and Crossroads, participate in the Rodman Ride for Kids, and more.

Who else deserves credit – have you had mentors, supporters, cheerleaders, advocates, clients or teammates that have played a big role in your success or the success of the business?
A My father founded his own bank and was a major influence on me professionally – he was a key mentor when it came to starting KNF&T and making it successful. Additionally, I joined a leadership forum for women business owners, held by the Commonwealth Institute, and I built many strong relationships there. The fellow women business owners acted as sounding boards and mentors during challenging times.

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