Maureen Wilner knows that to the uninformed, recruiters and agencies can get a bad rap. But anyone who’s worked with her and her company, The Wilner Group, knows that this is certainly just a stereotype based in misinformation. That’s because Maureen not only knows how to pair the right candidates with the right companies for optimal success on everyone’s end, but because she takes the time to get acquainted with the strengths, needs, and goals of each of her many clients, and her dedication has made many a great match between companies and candidates.
Maureen brings over a decade of experience in the recruiting industry to The Wilner Group, which she founded in Montvale, New Jersey, in 2016. Prior to recruiting, Maureen was a director of operational audit with Siemens, which required frequent travel and time away from her family. When she realized that she was beginning to recognize the flight attendants from flying so much, she knew it was time for a change. She transitioned into recruiting, and says it’s the best decision she’s ever made. She met various business leaders and staff, and found she loved helping people reach new opportunities. “To help someone in their career and identify a new opportunity where they can be happy and successful and continue to grow is most rewarding,” she says.
Maureen also personally knows about the importance of finding the right career match and identifying the wrong ones. After graduating from Berkeley Secretarial School in 1981, she landed a secretarial seat at a law firm, but quickly realized it was not the role for her. So, she went back to school and earned her bachelor’s in business management, which allowed her to enter the business world and gave her the basis for eventually running her own business.
Today, The Wilner Group provides professional staffing and talent management solutions on a temporary, temp-to-hire, direct hire, and retained search for businesses of all sizes across the U.S. Many of their clients have worked with Maureen for more than 10 years, since before she founded her own company. Thanks to those relationships, Maureen has been able to grow her client base considerably on referrals alone. Being in charge of her own company also means that Maureen does not need to limit her focus in terms of the types of businesses she works with; she describes her company as “industry agnostic.” To Maureen, it’s more important to understand who a client is and what they stand for, as well as the vision, ethics, and culture of their company. “It makes the job easier because I am aware of who is on the other side of the table,” she explains. In fact, one of the first things she requests from new clients is a one-hour meeting so she can get a feel for who they are. “It makes all the difference,” she says. “The only way I can identify talent is to know who the client is and what they represent. Once I have that commitment, it is a fantastic partnership.” To date, she’s worked with companies focused on finance and accounting, IT and engineering, customer service, human resources, sales and marketing, and many more.
Running her own business was also a valuable learning experience for Maureen. She reached out to her expansive network and asked for advice on running a business, which further cemented those relationships. “I ran at about 100 miles per hour for a few years,” she says. My team of recruiters “are loyal, driven, fun, and always do the right thing for both the candidate and the client” and her HR coordinator is “the glue that keeps us all on track.”
When she’s not matching talent and companies, Maureen loves to cook and plans out two-course meals most nights of the week. She has two adult sons, one of whom is recently married and expecting her first grandchild. She enjoys golfing with her husband and friends, exercising, and spending time with her fur babies.
Owner — The Wilner Group