Alissa’s entrepreneurial spirit and drive for business success began at the early age of 15 when she drafted her first business plan. Since then she has worked for two top recruiting companies and subsequently founded her own talent and recruiting firm in 2008 – Premier Alliance Group (PAG). Alissa saw an opportunity to raise the bar on the traditional “headhunting” model where the need to quickly “fill a position” too often superseded the importance of matching an employee to the company’s culture. In contrast, PAG’s foundation was based upon strong ethical standards, positive client relationships and a longer-term, result-oriented focus. At the forefront of her business model was a dedication to finding and retaining talented employees who best integrated into her client’s culture and day-to-day operations. Expand
While growing PAG, Alissa began teaming with Mary Nutting of Main Consulting. They quickly recognized a shared enthusiasm for the industry and an unexpected complement to one another’s services. Thus, PAG and Main Consulting joined forces and CorTalent was born. As a Principal in CorTalent, Alissa maintains a dedicated and diverse clientele of medium-sized, Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 firms. Her passion for recruiting is evident in every client search. She realizes the importance of understanding the nuances of an organization as they relate to potential candidates and she remains committed to serving the long-term goals of her clients. In addition to her extensive recruiting and talent responsibilities, she is an expert in utilizing social media to grow a company’s image and generate the “buzz” that translates into higher website traffic and increased brand-awareness. By mastering these tools and correlating them to her client’s ATS (applicant-tracking-systems), Alissa has been integral in driving applicant flow to her searches.
Alissa’s loyalty and dedication to her clients are founded upon strong family values instilled as a young girl growing up in southeastern Minnesota. She learned that with hard work comes achievement and with honesty, integrity and compassion comes loyalty. Alissa maintained these values through her athletics, academics and her subsequent employment. She was an avid volleyball player in high school and received a four-year athletic scholarship to play Division II volleyball at South Dakota State University where she later graduated with a double major in Business Economics and Spanish. Alissa has lived and worked internationally, and is fluent in Spanish.
Alissa lives in Albertville, Minnesota with her husband, Lucas, and their Great Dane, Lulu. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, traveling and especially frequent trips “up north” to Thunder Lake.
As the daughter of an industrious dad who throughout his career was employed as a construction worker, plumber, policeman, city administrator, small business owner and campground operator, Mary learned about risk-taking and what it took to be a successful entrepreneur at a young age.
Mary was born in Duluth and spent her childhood in Two Harbors and Aitkin Minnesota, before moving to Minneapolis at age 19 when she began working for Northwestern National Life (NWNL) as a Help Desk Analyst while also attending college.
As NWNL grew and became ReliaStar, and then ING, so too did Mary’s responsibilities. She rose through the ranks to become the Director of IT, supervising a staff of 30 and managing numerous technical projects throughout the company’s multiple business units. Expand
In 2001, Mary was recruited to join Organizational Concepts International, a global talent management company, to help spearhead the creation of an executive search and assessment firm. This new practice was instrumental in contributing to this fast growing company’s success.
Five years later, Mary’s passion for sales, marketing and team-building led her to start her own business, MAIN Consulting, with a strategic focus to provide big company talent management consulting for small to mid-sized organizations that did not have this expertise.
Mary founded MAIN Consulting with a three-tiered focus on Honesty, Integrity and Results. Mary brings an unrivaled ability to turn your company’s business strategy into a people strategy that maximizes employee morale and productivity to grow your financial bottom line.
Mary’s hobbies include travel, cooking and antique shopping. She and her husband of 25 years live in Bloomington, Minnesota and are the proud parents of two high-school aged daughters and a cockapoo, Weezie.