"Your program, "Hiring Only the Best: Innovative Ways to Recruit" received excellent reviews at our 2013 Fall Health Care Conference & Expo. Not only did participants indicate that your program was very informative and you offered great ideas but you also scored a 100% satisfaction rating in all four areas Needless to say, we are very pleased with the outcome and we look forward to working with you again on future projects. Your diligence in collaborating with us to ensure that our members are served in the best way possible is much appreciated and your strong commitment to your profession makes you a valuable resource for our members. "
Karen M. Michaud
Director of Education - Maine Health Care Association
"In need of Human Resources, Rick Dacri provided the Town of Merrimac expert advice and guidance in helping us hire our new General Manager. His insights, tips and knowledge were essential. His background and reference checks on our top candidates provided us with the critical information we needed to make the right choice. Today, we have in place a high performing General Manager and we can thank Rick for this."
Board of Light Commissioners - Town of Merrimac
"We have worked with Rick a number of times on major company initiatives, from the development of a Strategic Plan to the resolution of complex human resource issues. As a facilitator, Rick has shown himself to be very well organized, thorough, and he always keeps us focused on the task at hand. Throughout the process, Rick has been very easy to work with, and he always takes the requisite time to address any concerns or answer any questions that we may have. We have benefited greatly from Rick's extensive knowledge and experience, which has allowed us to accomplish our initiatives in the most efficient and expeditious manner possible. Whenever possible, we take the opportunity to use the tips and suggestions in Rick's newsletter, which is full of current and applicable issues for our organization."
General Manager - Peabody Municipal Light Plant
"Rick Dacri's work on behalf of Skills Inc. has
been a rock solid success. In the last 15 months he has helped us
design and implement a comprehensive system to address chronic
organizational struggles with recruitment and retention. We have seen
our staff vacancy rates drop from the mid 20's to less than 5 openings.
We have raised the bar on who we hire, how we hire and adopted
practices that help us retain our best employees. The net results are a
dramatic reduction in overtime expenses, happier employees and a
CEO - Skills Inc.
"Rick Dacri provided us with an excellent training
program which was
tailored to the needs of our organization. His training was facilitated
in a way which allowed attendees to interact, while learning skills and
knowledge which can be applied to their roles as managers/supervisors.
The training was practical and presented in a very user friendly way.
Rick was extremely professional and the material was practical, clear
and concise. Feedback from the attendees of the Harassment Prevention
training was extremely positive. Rick was described as open, relaxed,
very engaging, informative, interesting and an excellent communicator."
Director, Human Resources - Saint-Gobain Abrasives
"Rick is a very strong recruiter. Rick possess a
unique combination of skills combining a knowledge of manufacturing
with human resources. These qualities allow Rick to not only identify
strong candidates, but more importantly candidates that have the
abilities to succeed."
Christopher S. Nesbitt
President - Holden Associates
"Rick served as President on the Board of the
Human Resources Association of Southern Maine while I was Secretary.
Under his leadership, the reach of the association and the quality of
programming has enriched our membership and our scope of offerings has
widened. Rick really has taken our board to the next level of
leadership. He has worked with each of us to stretch our roles and
deepen our commitment to advance the profession of Human Resources. He
is a successful leader and a great resource for all of us!"
Tracy Dickerson Thibodeaux, SPHR, Senior
Human Resources Business Partner, TD Banknorth
"Rick is a tremendous resource for anyone in the
HR field. He is an excellent speaker and author and puts out a great
newsletter filled with good advice. I respect his dedication to his
field and enjoy his great sense of humor."
Judi Jones, President, InfoHarbor
"Rick did an excellent job as president of the
Human Resource Association of Southern Maine (HRASM). Under his
leadershp the Association grew and experienced new levels of success.
He has a unique ability of being able to see the picture, yet not lose
sight of the details. He is also an excellent speaker on many HR
related topics. I would recommend him as both a leader and a speaker.
And he has a great sense of humor."
Marie Clements, Assistant Vice President, HR
"Rick's expertise spans from "nuts and bolts"
human resources issues to high level organizational development. He
asks the right questions, listens carefully, and is generous in sharing
his considerable insights. Rick is wonderful to work with."
Susan deGrandre, Owner, Collaboration
"We've had the pleasure of working with Rick Dacri
to develop and provide a series of management training sessions for our
staff. Rick worked closely with us to understand the staff he would be
working and the goals of the organization. As a result, his training
supported the needs of our management staff, affirmed the challenges
they face, and provided simple but powerful tools they can walk out the
door with. Rick's knowledge of management principals, commitment to
adding value, and engaging manner makes him an excellent trainer."
Cathleen Woodward, VP, Human Resources
Brookhaven at Lexington
"Whenever I need the right words to handle an HR
situation...or mentoring...or guidance...or advice, I can call on Rick
Dacri. I am grateful."
Debi Cherry, Office Manager
Mamma Mia's Restaurants
"I want to express my thanks and appreciation for
the work you did facilitating the Emergency Medical Services work group
over the past six months. Your leadership and guidance were fundamental
to the success of our efforts...and for helping us achieve a successful
- Larry Mead, Town Manager
Town of Kennebunkport
"Engaging Rick Dacri was the best thing I have
done. All his work on developing a harassment and discrimination
program helped me avoid an expensive lawsuit on a baseless claim. Rick
saved me a bundle and more importantly, reinforced that we're a great
place to work."
- Ken Moulison, President
Moulison North Corp.
"Rick offered excellent insight and advice in
coping with a sensitive personnel issue. It's nice to have someone like
Rick that I can turn to when things go wrong, but it is just important
to know that less things go wrong thanks to his professional advice."
"Thanks for all your good work on the
compensation study you recently completed for us. I was impressed with
the thoroughness of your research, the conciseness of your final
report, and your personal ability to effectively communicate the
results to our Board of Directors. In addition, the qualitative aspects
you included in the report (compensation best practices as an example)
were a perfect complement to the data you uncovered.
- Michael Cloutier, General Manager
Groveland Municipal Light Department
We had high expectations for Dacri &
Associates going into this assignment and you did not disappoint. In
short, you met and exceeded those high expectations and I gladly offer
my recommendation of your services to others who may be considering
engaging Dacri & Associates for an assignment."
- Scott Corse, General Manager
Vermont Public Power Supply Authority
"Rick was always available and prompt in getting
us the support we needed to deal with the complexity of everyday
employee related functions. His timely advice helped to ensure that we
complied with employment related laws and regulations. We are deeply
indebted to Rick for his sage advice as our organization grew. I highly
recommend Dacri & Associates for any organization that needs
outside HR support."
- Robert A. DeNoble,CEO
Marino Foundation for Integrative Medicine, Inc.
"The Kennebunk, Kennebunkport & Wells Water District has
utilized Rick Dacri's services for nearly three years. During that
time, what had previously been challenging and time consuming human
resource issues became simplified and easily resolved. Rick has helped
us with everything from supervisory training and performance
evaluations to disciplinary and termination procedures. He has the
unique ability to quickly get to an underlying issue and find a simple,
logical solution. Our retainer arrangement with him has been especially
beneficial, as any supervisor with any HR question can call him
whenever needed. He's like having our own in-house HR expert at a
fraction of the cost. When considering our improved productivity,
morale and peace of mind, his services have cost us nothing; in fact
they helped improve our bottom line."
- Norm Labbe Superintendent
The Kennebunk, Kennebunkport & Wells Water District
"We are very thankful for the superb job Dacri
& Associates did in helping us fill our newly created position
of Human Resources Manager. Having worked with Rick Dacri for a number
of years, we felt that he understood our organization, provided
training sessions to our staff, and were acutely aware of the problems
we were experiencing on HR issues. We felt that it was only appropriate
that he assist in our search for the right person for this job. He
identified recruitment strategies, conducted numerous phone interviews
as well as a very impressive number of personal interviews, submitted
profiles on the top candidates, and coordinated the entire interview
Our decision was extremely difficult only because we were provided with
such qualified candidates. We have hired our HR Manager and we thank
Rick for the expertise he provided to our organization."
- Sandra McWhirter, Director of Administration
"Motivating, stimulating, exciting, creative and educational are all
words I would use to describe the services provided by Dacri &
Associates. The supervisory training conducted was extremely useful and
we also turned to them for wage and performance evaluation. Our
employees and our management felt comfortable with Mr. Dacri at once as
if he'd been part of the Alger family for years."
- Melissa Hopkins, President,
The Alger Corporation
"I trust Dacri & Associates as a strategic planner and valued
member of our management team, essential to the development and
successful growth of our organization. From performing our HR audit to
establishing and action plan for managing HR to writing our Employee
Handbook and Policy Manual and more, they really know us.
We get immediate solutions to legal compliance, employee relations and
strategic planning issues. Dacri is a superb resource."
-Anita Holt, President,
Evanswood Center for Older Adults
"We rely on Dacri & Associates. Their expertise is critical to
our employee recruitment, retention and management training programs.
Their fresh approach includes alternative and unconventional techniques
with great results. I also count on Dacri & Associates for
counsel on sensitive HR situations and management strategies. I highly
recommend them to others."
- Jade Hargrave,
Human Resource Coordinator,
Protestant Guild for Human Services, Inc.
"One of the challenges facing most companies today is the recruitment
of talented managers. Rick's approach has enabled us to locate and hire
talented managerswithout the expense and long delays usually
associated with recruitment firms."
- Elaine Hart, Manager of Recruitment
"Dacri's training of our managers and supervisors were very effective
and well worth the money spent. Rick was in touch with our plant
personnel and his training techniques were right-on."
Bob Hammerton, Facilities Manager,
"Dacri's employee attitude survey provided us the answers to what our
associates were most concerned about. He helped us to meet our
organization's goals and objectives. With Rick's assistance, we were
able to ensure our organization maintained its positive associate
Nancy McDonough, Human Resource Manger,
"When internal restructuring required us to lay off some of our
employees, we called Rick Dacri for help. We wanted to provide our
employees every assistance we could to ensure a smooth transition back
to work. Rick did it all for our employees. Through his outplacement
services, we were able to send a strong message to our affected and
unaffected employees that our company cares about our people."
Rick Schmidt, Human Resource Manager,
"Rick has the uncanny ability to breakdown a very complicated subject
so that the audience came away with a far greater understanding of
complex laws and what needs to be done to comply. He elicited a great
deal of discussion from a group of business owners whose attendance
tripled from previous meetings. We highly recommend Rick."
Maegen McCaffrey, Executive Director
Wachusett Chamber of Commerce
"Once again Dacri & Associates has completed a successful
candidate search for Brookfield Machine! We could not have anticipated
a better outcome. Be assured that when the need next arises for an
employee with technical, engineering or managerial skills, we will call
only call Dacri & Associates."
- Christopher Nesbitt, President
Brookfield Machine, Inc.
"I just read your sexual harassment article, "Harassment Can Destroy A
Company." It is probably the most cogent, pointed and well-written
article I have seen on the subject."
"I saved two vulnerable employees and saved one who had already given
her notice. All that good stuff happened within 48 hours of meeting
you! Thank you for the advice!"
Susan Whalen, Administrator
"Rick Dacri has been a frequent speaker at Mass-ALFA conferences. He
received excellent evaluations with comments like "everyone should hear
this", "high energy", "kept the audience interested and involved", "He is
fantastic, bring him back", and "excellent, clear, concise and very
Valerie Konar, Director of Marketing and
"Thank you for your presentation...I found it very helpful...you are now
going to be a great addition to my reference base."
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