More than 10 years ago, I embarked on a journey to "do something different" after a great run working for years in marketing and communications for several divisions of Prudential. I enjoyed helping to build and lead teams and found that working at The Ward Group enabled me to help our clients do just that. And I'm able to stay close to the world of marketing, communications, product management and other functions through our search work.
The Ward Group handled several searches for us when I was at Prudential, and I admired their personalized approach. As a client, I worked directly with the search leader and knew that he or she was the person who really got to know the candidates who were being presented. I really liked that. Jim and I have known each other since our time at Stonehill College: Jim and my colleagues at The Ward Group are unrivaled in terms of integrity and doing the right thing for clients. I think that our knowledge and deep experience in marketing, communications and product really sets us apart. We can relate to the demands that our clients deal with on a daily basis because, in many cases, we have been in their shoes.
I get a lot of satisfaction from helping our clients with their organization needs. We not only help our clients recruit talent, but we help retain them. I particularly enjoy providing our clients with counsel as they assess and build (or rebuild in some cases) their team. Once a candidate starts his or her new job, we are in close contact throughout their work experience. Seeing people grow and flourish is great for our clients and incredibly rewarding for all of us at The Ward Group.
Being involved in the industry is a critical focus. As a member of its Executive Committee, I lead the Steering Committee for the Financial Communications Society's Marketing Leadership Roundtable. The Roundtable is a group of CMO-level executives at top financial firms who provide thought leadership on marketing issues in financial services. I have also been a member of the Advertising Club of New York for many years. I also frequently speak to marketing and communications professionals on recruiting topics, and also address students at schools such as Boston College's Graduate School of Business, Boston University and my alma mater Stonehill College.
On a personal note, my wife Marie and I have three children: Matt and his twin sisters Ally and Marisa. I am an avid sports fan: and I am passionate about everything "Big Blue" (go Giants!). Food is very important in our home, and I am fortunate to be able to sample the hits (and misses) created by our family's amateur chefs.