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Meet Ken Martin of WinterWyman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ken Martin.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Giving back is woven into the thread of WinterWyman’s culture. Employees are provided with opportunities to give back to the community throughout the year, in ways big and small. I’m part of the Executive Search practice at WinterWyman and we have access to senior level leadership at many prominent companies in the northeast.

I have used those connections to secure sponsorship and donations for many of the charities I’m personally involved with, including the Boston Hope Lodge, The Greg Hill Foundation and the Northeast Chapter for the American Cancer Society. I’m proud to sit on each of these organization’s boards.

A personal favorite is Franciscan Children’s and I am actively involved with them as well, along with the foundations run by Shawn Thornton and Matt Light. Giving back is important to me because it creates balance in my life.

The charities I’m involved with allow me to see where our energies and dollars are going – by visiting the sites and meeting the people who are benefiting. I’m also a firm believer that everyone does what they can – I push myself to do as much as I can.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve been at WinterWyman for 28 years in March of 2018. Around two years ago we launched our Executive Search practice which secures candidate for VP and C level positions around the country.

When you are dealing at this level, the competition is fiercely competitive. Having the WinterWyman name behind us has helped immensely, as well as having partners who are committed and outstanding at what they do.

Been the most difficult thing I’ve taken on in my life, from a business standpoint. Bad days are easily gotten through when I stop to think about the folks who are going through difficult times and thinking about the charities who are helping them.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about WinterWyman – what should we know?
WinterWyman has been in business for the last 47 years, providing contract staffing, permanent placement, and executive search services to companies of all sizes, primarily in the North East.

Historically we have been ranked in the top three recruitment firms and consistently voted a top place to work. Our company focuses primarily on Technology, Accounting & Finance, and Human Resources.

I collaborate with dynamic organizations on their senior-executive talent acquisition needs. With both an academic and professional foundation in accounting and over 30 years of leading senior-level searches, I have in-depth relationships with some of the best corporate executives in the US.

I take each search personally and truly enjoy meeting with my clients’ key leaders to contribute to their hiring strategies. I believe my candor along with an objective perspective allows me to assist companies with shaping the hiring process, identifying executive candidate profiles, evaluating cultural fit and preventing hiring mistakes.

Building relationships come naturally to me and one of my strongest traits is making connections. The breadth of my network is far-reaching and so is the depth of my relationships.

Ingrained in the company culture is giving employee’s time and charitable dollars to give back to organizations they feel passionate about supporting. We have a Director or Community Development who assists in vetting charitable opportunities and coordinating company support around those organizations.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I don’t take myself too seriously!

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