Founder and CEO
Kip Hollister opened the doors of Hollister Staffing almost 25 years ago at the age of 26 with the dream of eliminating the transactional nature of the staffing industry and building a business one relationship at a time. Her goal was to focus on long-term value not short-term profit, while emphasizing the importance of relationships between recruiter, candidate, client and the communities in which they co-exist. Thanks to this vision, Hollister is one of the leading women-owned, full service recruiting firms in New England and has expanded its relationships nationwide.
Kip is the quintessential entrepreneur. This is reflected in her ability to keep her business operations nimble, thereby creating a unique customer experience that consistently delivers excellence. Hollister’s success is attributed to the trust and integrity that Kip leads with every single day. Kip shares her success stories and principles with leaders nationwide in the business community. She is a sought after, inspirational speaker and panelist at national and local events. In 2008, when the Country fell into recession, instead of “right sizing” her organization, Kip seized the opportunity to invest in her employees and began the journey of creating a Leadership Development program to give them the tools to develop to their full potential. This initiative proved so successful that Hollister has added customized Leadership Development programs to its service offerings.
Kip’s values, as well as her commitment and leadership in the communities that she serves, is the foundation of her success. Her emphasis on the importance of community and corporate social responsibility has raised the bar for her New England peers across all industries.
“For me, it’s developing relationships with non-profits that center on workforce development,” says Kip. “We must walk the talk!”
Kip serves on the Board of The Alliance for Business Leadership and is the Co-Chair of the Job Creation and Economic Development Committee. She is on the Boards of YMCA Training, Inc., and Cristo Rey Boston High School. In addition she sits on the Advisory boards of Everybody Wins! Metro Boston and WEST (Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology) along with the Workforce Investment Board and the Workforce Development Committee of Massachusetts.
Kip’s awards include the prestigious 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (National Finalist). In 2011, YMCA Training Inc. awarded her Employer of the Year for creating jobs and internship programs. Also in 2011 she was named as one of the Small Businesses of the Year Award by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Previously she was the 2008 recipient of The Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurship; 2008 Stevie Award recipient in Business; 2008 Enterprise Woman of the Year and in 2007 was inducted into the Boston Business’ Hall of Fame through Junior Achievement of Massachusetts. Kip Hollister was named on the Boston Business Journal Top 100 Women-Led Businesses from 2010 -2012.
Kip is a certified Primordial Sound Meditation Teacher and holds a BA in Sociology from Susquehanna University. She lives in Dover, MA with her husband, Warren and their four children.
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