About Us

People are our business

 
 
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Our hands-on client-centric approach truly sets us apart.

Our goal is to help you achieve Talent Management outcomes that drive enhanced organizational performance, whether within the team you have today or the individuals you need to hire. We recognize that every organization has unique needs and no Talent Management solution approach can be ‘cookie cutter’. That’s why we take the time to understand your business strategy, objectives and culture.

Let us help you attract, assess, develop and transition the right talent at the right time

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Our History

Founded by Dan Portes in 1989, the Management Resource Group, Ltd (MRG) began as a human resource management consulting business in Davenport, Iowa and Rockford, Illinois. Early on, Dan leveraged his management experience as a retail business owner to build the firm’s retained search services, helping clients attract and retain executive talent.

Today, MRG has evolved into a full-scale Talent Management consulting firm, providing core strategic services across the areas of retained search, assessments, coaching, and career transition as well as a variety of specialized consulting services. The firm includes a diverse group of individuals with a rich mix of business, education and life experiences serving clients in the Midwest, from coast to coast as well as internationally in the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Australia, France, Brazil, Denmark, and Spain.

MRG is as an active partner-owner in Career Partners International LLC (CPI), a privately-owned global leader in Talent Management consulting services. Investment and membership in CPI’s elite alliance has contributed to MRG’s growth and success. With more than 200 offices in over 40 countries around the globe, MRG offers services as a local provider with a truly global reach.

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Our Team

CHAIRMAN & CEO

Dan Portes

Dan is the founder and CEO of Management Resource Group, Ltd., providing the strategic vision for and overseeing the successful operations of the company. With over 35 years of experience in Talent Management, Dan specializes in senior level executive retained search and is recognized as one of the Midwest’s leading retained search executives.

Education

DRAKE UNIVERSITY
B.A. in Communications

Organizations

  • Quad Cities Chamber, Board Member, Former Chairman
  • Illinois Casualty Company, Board Member
  • Scott County Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Putnam Museum, Former Board Member
  • Davenport Public Library, Former Board Member
  • Davenport Community Schools, Past School Board Member
  • Quad Cities Chamber, Past 'Community Leader of the Year'

VICE PRESIDENT, TALENT MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

Lauri Flanagan

As MRG's VP of Talent Management and Business Solutions, Lauri provides valuable support in corporate executive search assignments and in business consulting to support organizations with various consulting, succession planning, and executive management projects. Lauri also manages MRG's Assessment Center, which is designed to provide comprehensive assessment and tests available for selection, promotion and development purposes.

Education

LORAS COLLEGE,
B.A., Psychology

CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY
M.S., Management

Organizations

  • Society of Human Resource Management
  • Great River Human Resource Association
  • Life & Family Educational Trust, Governance Committee

Director Career Services

Mary Jones, SHRM-CP, PHR

Mary manages MRG's Career Services. She has assisted individuals through all phases of career transitions since 1985. Mary leads workshops and provides individual career consulting sessions covering assessments, effective resumes and cover letters, job search strategies, social media strategies, interviewing, and negotiating job offers.

Education

SCOTT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
A.A., Business Administration

    Organizations

    • Society of Human Resource Management
    • Iowa SHRM State Council, Board Member
    • Life & Family Educational Trust, Board President
    • Great River Human Resource Association, Board Member

    Certifications

    • Professional in Human Resources
    • Certified Professional, Society of Human Resources Management
    • Certified Career Transition Specialist, Career Partners International
    • Certified Retirement Specialist, New Horizons

    Marketing | Research

    Kelly Faley

    Kelly joined MRG as an intern in 2014 while attending Western Illinois University. Once she received her degree in Marketing, MRG hired Kelly as a full-time employee. Kelly has been instrumental in helping MRG with their marketing plan and social media relationships. She also functions as a researcher for MRG's search practice. With her well-developed communication skills, her research capabilities in finding resources to identify new talent, and her ability to relate to diverse groups of people, Kelly has proven to be an excellent addition to the MRG team.

    Education

    WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
    B.B., Marketing

    Organizations

    • Great River Human Resource Association, Board Member
    • Society for Human Resource Management
    • PR Network of the Quad Cities
    • Lead(H)er

    PSYCHOLOGIST | SR. CONSULTANT

    Dr. Susan Stewart

    As a Senior Consultant at MRG, Susan utilizes her expertise in psychological measurement in the following areas: selection, coaching, team building, organizational development, succession planning, and position modeling.  Susan earned a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and has worked with a wide variety of organizations for over 20 years.  Susan is also a professor of Human Resource Management at Western Illinois University where she teaches courses on personnel selection, performance management, employment law, compensation, leadership, organizational behavior, and more. She serves as faculty advisor to an award-winning student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.

    Education

    EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY B.A., Psychology and Speech Communication

    ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY
    M.A., Industrial and Organizational Psychology

    UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, KNOXVILLE
    Ph.D., Industrial and Organizational Psychology

    Organizations

    • Society for Human Resource Management
    • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

    Publications

    • Counterproductive Workplace Behavior (by the American Psychological Association)
    • Human Resource Management: An Experiential Approach (by Irwin/McGraw-Hill)
    • Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational BehaviorJournal of ManagementInternational Journal of Selection and AssessmentJournal for Human Resources Education, Educational and Psychological Measurement, and more.

    EXECUTIVE COACH | CONSULTANT

    Dr. Connie Thurman

    Connie brings more than 25 years of experience in her role as an Executive Coach and Consultant for MRG. She offers executive level clients a unique perspective, combining her operational knowledge and formal education in organizational behavior and human resources.  Her focus is championing the value of human capital in organizations. Previously, Connie held executive positions in the manufacturing sector and she currently serves as the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness/Human Resources for Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, IL.  

    Certifications

    • American Society of Quality, Six Sigma Black Belt

    • American Society of Quality, Engineer

    • American Society of Quality, Manager

    • Senior Professional of Human Resources

    • Certified Manager

    Education

    KNOX COLLEGE
    B.A., Chemistry

    WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
    M.A., Business Administration

    ST. AMBROSE UNIVERSITY
    Doctorate, Business Administration


    EXECUTIVE COACH | CONSULTANT

    Ray Grymski

    Ray has 31 years of experience as an Executive Coach and Organizational Consultant to over 125 organizations that include Fortune 500 companies, small and medium-sized businesses, hospitals and non-profit organizations. His clients have included Motorola, HP, McDonalds, Allstate Insurance, US Bank, OfficeMax, NiSource, Commonwealth Edison, and Kaiser Permanente.

    Education

    CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY
    MBA

    THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO BOOTH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
    Organizational Behavior