Our Recruiting Professionals

John R. MacDonald, President 

jmacdonald@searchprofessions.com ·   978.927.4400 x201
John’s background includes over 23 years’ experience as a Senior Executive in Sales and Marketing within both the Financial Services and Automotive Industries. Having spent years in the field with New York Life Insurance Company, detached from the company's #1 office located in Boston, John has an intimate understanding of the industry, the ever present daily challenges faced by both candidates and client companies. His experience in the field affords him a unique perspective which is unparalleled by most recruiters and recruiting firms serving this niche market. Although John oversees day to day operations within the firm, he is still actively involved in more than 50 senior and middle management searches within more than 22 cities nationwide in addition to working closely with Senior Management at over 20 client companies. Appointed the President of Professions in 2011, and as the successor to our founder Jim Lewis, John has created an industry like culture for the team of recruiters at Professions providing each member of the team with all of the tools and support necessary to be extremely effective in today’s ever changing marketplace. John is passionate about equality for children at risk, and has been an active Board Member with the RFK Children’s Action Corp for the past decade. For the past 17 years, he and his wife Susan have lived on the North Shore of Boston.

Martin G. Kaplan, JD

mkaplan@searchprofessions.com ·  978.927.4400 x203
After practicing law, focusing on estate planning for nine years, Marty entered the insurance industry in 1976. For the next 33 years he experienced nearly every significant aspect of Life Insurance Industry. Marty was an agent for over 20 years and was skilled enough to be a top Producer. He then served as a senior officer in two different companies as well as a VP of advanced markets and a VP of special markets. He was also a SVP in charge of Marketing and a SVP of agency. At one point in his career, he acted as a Sales Manager responsible for recruiting and training and was also a wholesaler primarily responsible for point of sale activity.

Marty’s many years of experience in the various facets of the insurance industry as well as the countless relationships he has developed have uniquely positioned him as a valuable resource for those who are seeking opportunities and those responsible for filling them.

Lewis J. Leathersich

lleathersich@searchprofessions.com ·  978.927.4400 x205
Lew has over 22 years of experience in the life insurance and financial service industry. His past experience as a lawyer and a lobbyist has positioned him to help solve some of the complex problems with which business owners and individual families must contend. This extensive knowledge of insurance companies and their products has helped Lew in recruiting management and production people throughout the country.

John S. Urban, Sr.

jurban@searchprofessions.com ·  978.927.4400 x213
John has over 35 years’ experience building and managing high performance sales and sales support organizations in the life insurance and financial services industries. He has held every field position from Agent through General Agent and has served as a Corporate Executive. His responsibilities for managing several national distribution development programs for major carriers have enabled him to meet and form lasting relationships with a wide network of successful leaders in the field and corporate office ranks. It is through the these valued relationships that John can get help finding the best candidates for our clients needs and pursue his personal philosophy that…”There’s a great working relationship out there for everyone and my job is to put the right people together so they can Have Fun and Do Great Things!”

In his extracurricular activities, John has spent many years helping grow the Sport of Lacrosse at the National, Regional, and Local levels.

Johna B. Meints

jmeints@searchprofessions.com ·  Office: 402.792.8027 ·  Cell: 402.525.3267
25 years of recruiting experience coupled with business ownership and specialized marketing give Johna unique strengths for understanding success. As owner of a full service staffing company for 15 years, she achieved national recognition and numerous leadership awards, including Express Personnel Services' Circle of Excellence 1989 and Director of the Year, 1990. Johna has specialized in filling top-level management and marketing positions for Fortune 500 companies, most recently recruiting exclusively in the financial services industry. Listening to and understanding the needs of client companies and candidates while helping them achieve mutual success is her forte. Additionally, Johna feels she found life balance by helping to support and empower elders in her community. She coordinated volunteers for the operation of both a Nebraska-based Meals On Wheels service as well as a hospice care program, while simultaneously serving as a board member of The RSVP Area Aging Council. Maya Angelou said it best: "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."

Jack R. Morey, CLU, CHFC

jmorey@searchprofessions.com ·  Office: 203.743.7335 · Cell: 203.470.3824
Jack has over 40 years of experience with four major carriers as an award winning agent, a successful General Agent as well as several Home Office Executive positions such as VP of Manpower Development. What this means to you is that Jack has a very in depth knowledge of the industry as well as the various opportunities that may be a fit for any candidate in the industry. Of particular importance Jack will immediately get to work with every candidate and tap into his large reservoir of contacts to help in the search for a new profitable opportunity. The "bottom line" is to team up with Jack and allow him today to find for you a new and profitable relationship for tomorrow. In a word (so to speak), What are the ten (10) two (2) letter words that capture and indeed define the essence of our mutual relationship? They are... IF.. IT.. IS.. TO.. BE.. IT.. IS.. UP.. TO.. US!

Mark Perry

Mark has an extensive background in the financial services industry. He started his career as a registered representative with Prudential.  Mark has earned his 6,7,63,65,26,51, CLTC, CMFC, L&H, LTC, DI, and P&C. Coupled with a successful 24 year industry tenure as a Sales Manager, Managing Director, and Territorial Vice President he is a strong advocate to have in your corner. Mark has achieved numerous company and industry awards and recognitions. Mark and his wife Jen, live in Carmel, Indiana with their 3 children Morgan, Nicholas and Jaden. "My passion is team building and helping people fulfill their dreams. I look forward to working with hiring managers and candidates to achieve their goals."

Caroline W. Barb

cbarb@searchprofessions.com  ·  Cell: 404.357.0089
When Caroline entered the financial industry in 2010 as the Executive Assistant to a highly-regarded CEO/General Agent of 28+ years, her natural ability to connect with people didn't go unrecognized. In 2011, she was presented with the opportunity to take on an additional role in recruiting. Trained and mentored by one of the best in the industry, she not only learned the nuts and bolts of running the business, she quickly learned the WHY for the business. Caroline recognizes the infallible truth that an organization's most important resource is its people. "Good people make great companies!"

Caroline's Help Me, Help You mindset has created a reputation for her unprecedented professionalism, infectious enthusiasm, passion and conviction. Her knowledge of the industry, natural ability to connect, develop and grow relationships, and her sincere desire for helping people by offering a career opportunity and life of significance is truly what drives her passion.

Caroline lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She actively supports Jay's Hope Foundation, InTouch Ministries and the Piedmont Hospital Foundation. She enjoys spending time with her children and three grandchildren. In her leisure, she is biking, playing tennis and walking/running with her beloved Plott Hound, Lulu.

Help Caroline, Help You fulfill your goals. Give her a call to share a confidential conversation.

"This is your world. Shape it, or someone else will." -Gary Lew

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