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Meri Laird Jones

Meri Laird Jones

Boyne City, Michigan

Recruiting and consulting with long term clients for successful hires, high retention rates in manufacturing and other industries globally

Sales Technology Operations
Hourly rate
115 USD
Avg project cost
7 reviews
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My Recruiting Experience

I recruit all levels of operations talent in manufacturing from entry level to VP and Director Levels. I have staffed both start-up and greenfield facilities as well as very large facilities. I have recruited talent for high technology processes as well as very simple ones.
Roles hired:
Operations Manager • Plant Manager • Production Manager Materials Manager Supply Chain Launch Management Tooling Logistics Cost Estimator Program Manager Quality Manager Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Health and Safety VP Director President
Tier 1 2 and 3 Automotive Suppliers • Chemical Manufacturers • Paint Manufacturers Start-Up Companies High Technology Plastics Plastic Injection Molding Blow Molding Insert Molding Metal Stamping Laminated Materials Soft Trim Hard Trim Interior Trim Clean Coal Technology Power Generation
I recruit technical sales candidates in all areas of engineering and manufacturing as well as other non-technical sales in other industries.
Roles hired:
Sales Engineer • Applications Engineer • Account Manager • Key Account Manager VP of Sales Director of Sales Product Manager Sales Manager Business Unit Manager Innovation Manager
Tier 1 2 and 3 Automotive Suppliers • Chemical Manufacturers • Paint Manufacturers • Start-Up Companies • High Technology Plastics • Plastic Injection Molding • Blow Molding • Insert Molding • Metal Stamping • Laminated Materials • Soft Trim • Hard Trim • Interior Trim • Clean Coal Technology • Power Generation
I recruit all levels of engineers and other technical talent from research and development through product launch and continued manufacturing. We place entry level up through VP, Director and President.
Roles hired:
Design Engineer • Quality Engineer • Product Engineer • Program Engineer • Program Manager • Quality Manager • Engineering Manager • VP of Engineering Application Engineer Research Engineer Product Manager Director of Engineering President Process Engineer Materials Engineer Tooling Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Materials Manager Designer
Tier 1 2 and 3 Automotive Suppliers • Chemical Manufacturers • Paint Manufacturers • Start-Up Companies • High Technology Plastics • Plastic Injection Molding • Blow Molding • Insert Molding • Metal Stamping • Laminated Materials • Soft Trim • Hard Trim • Interior Trim • Clean Coal Technology • Power Generation

Where I work...

Boyne City, Michigan
United States: Detroit, Louisville, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Iowa, Florida, Massachusetts
Your team at Davidson Laird, Inc offers you years of expertise to provide the highest quality service. Our expertise is in partnering with organizations looking to find the best talent to position them for success. We have worked with companies based overseas to start up and develop their teams in North America as well as working to find leaders in other countries for new ventures or start up manufacturing facilities for US based clients. We enjoy great success working with medium sized growing companies with an entrepreneurial spirit seeking a specific “corporate personality” in addition to the “hard” skill sets they require. Our goal is to work with companies who fit well personally with our chemistry and work style so we can truly be a team with the same goals in mind. Our retention rates are among the highest in the industry and we work with many people we placed many years ago. It’s gratifying to watch the people we place grow along with the companies in which we have placed them. That is the true reason I am still in this business (and loving it) after twenty plus years navigating through constantly evolving markets and changing economies! We welcome inquiries as to how we may benefit your hiring or HR consulting needs. Primary Industries serviced include: * Automotive * Plastics & Chemical & Processing industries Primary Functional experience include: • Technical, Operations and Sales, from Staff Level to VP / Director / C-Level • Engineering and manufacturing, from Design Engineer to VP / Director Level Specialties: Automotive Plastics Chemical Global capability

I have worked with Meri and her team for more than 10 years, first as a job seeker, then as a hiring manager. Meri takes the time to understand the candidates' skills and personality to not just place them in a job, but to find a good, long term fit. From a hiring company perspective she takes the same care to understand the culture of the company. She targets the right hires beyond what may show up on a resume. My company has had many long term, successful employees join the team through Meri.

Sherri Harrington

Over the span of my career I have been dealing with quite a few recruiters, both as a candidate as well as a hiring manager. Meri is by far standing out for her absolute professionalism, truthfulness, and approachability. Meri always is available to answer questions (or get the answer from the other party). I strongly believe that Meri does not simply 'go with the flow' to fill a position, she goes above and beyond to make sure that it is a good match for all concerned. Case in point: One of her clients retained to fill the position for VP of Sales, Meri recruited me, and I stayed ten years with that company.

Birgit Bosch Villeminey

I had the pleasure of starting my working relationship with Meri close to 15 years ago when she placed me in my first management role. Since then she has guided me and the companies I have worked for, in hiring and retaining top automotive talent.

Meri is a sharp individual who is in tune with the inner workings of the auto industry. She has kept up to date with the changing environment and the talent market, while maintaining the single thing that I (as a manager and recruit) value that most....her personal interest in vetting the candidates vs automated systems.

Adeel Baig, MBA, MS

I have worked with Meri for over 25 years and she has been an invaluable resource for a wide range of HR and operational support. I started working with her at Lawrence Plastics where she helped locate technical and quality personnel while company expanded. Then again while at Montaplast, Meri played a significant role in recruiting top talent as the technical and sales team grew from 8 to over 60 people. Most recently she has provided excellent support as I have started a stand alone North American division for Wiesauplast. As a start up situation she was able to provide basic necessities to ensure all HR functions were addressed in order to be able to provide a complete benefit package so that we can be competitive in the market. She has been able to understand the culture of each company, the team members, and find resources that not only compliment each company, but expand the experience in a positive manner. She is the best recruiter I have worked with in my career.

Dave Anderson

I have worked with Meri Laird Jones for over 20 years in recruiting talented associates to work at Shawmut Corporation. Davidson & Laird was referred to me by a colleague many years ago. I am so grateful for the work she and her team have done for me. Meri has a unique way of actually becoming part of my extended Human Resources team in that she truly understands our business, our culture and is able to determine the profile of who will be successful long term at Shawmut.
I am proud to be associated with Meri and can recommend her talents highly.
MaryJane Denley
VP, Human Resources
Shawmut Corporation

MaryJane Denley

I've known and worked with Meri for over 22 years. Within that time Meri, and her team have shown to be highly focused, enthusiastic, and driven to ensure both their customer and potential incumbents are supported during the interview and on-boarding process.

Meri is a great listener, and her passion to ensure both the candidate and the company hiring are communicating well during the vetting process ensures a successful hiring process.

Meri is very adept at forging lasting relationships with her customers by providing a high level of service and attention, and by having a reputation for exceeding expectations. Meri is an extremely talented, motivated - I give her my highest recommendation.

Roger Paulson

Meri is great at bringing only highly qualified candidates to our recruiting process. The hires that we have made with her have been strong performers and key team members for many years. She is very professional, personable and effective. I’ve enjoyed working with her for over 15 years.

Kevin Brophy
Positions held:
Sr. Recruiter 1986 - current
National Association of Personnel Services
Drake University, Des Moines, IA

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