Crain's Detroit Business Article on Kathleen Sinclair, President of ERI

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Kathleen Sinclair, 33
Executive Recruiters International

Biggest achievement: Receiving Outstanding Young Woman award for community involvement from the Trenton Jaycees.

Current goal: To establish an international office and recruit personnel on an international basis.

It was easier for Kathleen Sinclair to join the New York City based International Circumnavigators Club than to choose a career.

She merely had to travel around the world to join the club. To settle on a career, however, she spent 12 years working for a hauling company, a steel processor, a screw-machine manufacturer and even ran a restaurant before launching her own company, Executive Recruiters International, in 1992.

She runs the company with the same gung-ho spirit she applies to skiing or travel and expects the same gung-ho results from staff.

"I once made a placement from the top of a ski hill," Sinclair said. Employee self-empowerment motivates her five-member recruiting staff, she said. Recruiters work flexible hours and set their own sales goals and areas of specialization.

Executive Recruiters soon will go on the World Wide Web with a home page. Other planned improvements include low-cost, faster communication with clients and job candidates via fax and electronic mail. A Denver office is also scheduled to open.

Major clients include Detroit-based General Motors Corp.; the Great Lakes Site Division of Mishawaka, Ind.-based National Steel Corp,’ and the automotive division of Hartford, Conn.-based United Technologies Corp.

Executive Recruiters reported gross sales of $320,000 in 1994; Sinclair said sales will be $500,000 in 1995.

"We’re expanding; business is good," she said. "We’re goal-driven, and no matter what it takes, I’ll get there - even if it requires making placement calls on New Year’s Eve."

-Michael Goodin


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