Category Archives: careers

I’m Test Driving Retirement

dsc_0339(Post by Rick Dacri, September 8, 2016)

It’s time for a new adventure.

I’ve decided to try something new. What, I am not sure. What I do know is that I am closing my firm, Dacri & Associates. After 21 years in my consulting business and nearly 40 years in the HR profession, I am ending this chapter to begin exploring other options.

In the interim, I am, as my wife has aptly described it, test-driving retirement.

Retirement (having trouble writing that word, never mind doing it) was not part of the original plan—not at least at this point in my life. I had planned to take the summer off from my business (something I have never done before) and while doing it, I decided it was time to consider doing something else. 21 years running a solo consulting business and 40 years in HR is a lot. So while I don’t know what I will be doing next, I know it is time to step away from Dacri & Associates.

The good news is that I am doing it at a time when I am healthy and in a financial position where I do not have to earn a living. My family is supporting my decision, encouraging me to enjoy this time and tolerating some of my doubts and second-guessing.

It has been a great initial few months since I began this venture. I now have a terrific tan from my time at the beach (summers in the Kennebunks are the best); I am learning to play the piano again (after a 50+ year break since the last time I tried); I am gardening for the first time in 25 years (you should see the zucchini, tomatoes and eggplant); I am learning to cook (my wife is thrilled with this…I’m not bad); I am taking much longer walks with my dog, Bailey (he loves it and has lost weight); I am starting my 9th David Baldacci thriller (must reads); and I have found my camera and have begun taking pictures (I may share at some point). I am frankly living the good life.

For those who were planning to call me for help, call anyway. I would like to talk and I am happy to make a referral. For anyone who would like to have coffee or lunch, I have time. My calendar is not that filled.

I’ll continue posting to my blog, though more likely it will be on all things not HR…but they could be. And when I finally decide what I want to be when I grow up, I’ll let you know. It’s a journey, after all.

So, be well, stay in touch; but for now, I’m off to the beach!



Filed under careers, Uncategorized

Vice President, Human Resources Position Open

carroll-logo-642x152Vice President, Human Resources

Carroll Enterprises, Inc.

Carroll Enterprises,headquartered in downtown Worcester, MA, with over 250 employees in multi-state locations, seeks a strong leader to serve as their new Vice President Human Resources. This is an ideal position for a Director of Human Resources or an Assistant VP who is ready to move to a VP-level position.

Since 1968, Carroll Enterprises, Inc. has met the specialized needs of insurance buyers and major corporations in the business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets.  Carroll Enterprises is an entrepreneurial, technology intensive, marketing distribution and services company, serving the retail, wholesale and institutional marketplaces in the insurance and financial services industries.  

Reporting to the CEO, with full responsibility for all aspects of the HR function, the VPHR will be part of the executive committee and will manage a staff of five HR professionals. The ideal candidate will have strong HR generalist skills, demonstrated skills in managing a strategic HR function, and enjoy working as a full business partner in a growing, dynamic organization. You should possess 10 years of progressive HR responsibility, preferably from financial service or technology industry, and have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Working within an organization with a call center is ideal. An outgoing, confident, hands-on professional, who is not afraid to make decisions, will thrive in this entrepreneurial environment.

Carroll Enterprises is facing unique challenges in an industry steeped in tradition, while moving to a culture that embraces technology and ecommerce. Carroll needs an individual who can hit the ground running, operate effectively with a highly diverse workforce, and actively contributing to the senior management team.

The next VPHR will enjoy the opportunity to work in a vibrant community, with a supportive management team and staff as well as an experienced and engaged workforce. Carroll Enterprises is a recognized leader and takes pride in being a premier employer and a respected community member.

Located in the heart of Massachusetts, the city of Worcester combines historic New England charm with the conveniences and lively attractions of a bustling metropolis, that includes 10 colleges and universities, world-class medical facilities, a convention center, vibrant arts and other cultural venues, museums, college and professional sports teams, golf courses and many new dining options. For those looking for things to do while escaping traffic and parking problems, Worcester is the place to grow your career.

Carroll Enterprises offers an attractive salary and comprehensive benefit package along with the opportunity to grow your career. To learn more about this position, call Rick Dacri, Dacri & Associates Executive Search, at 207-229-5954 or

To apply, email your resume, cover letter and salary history, in confidence, to:

Rick Dacri

Dacri & Associates, LLC

Executive Search



Carroll Enterprises is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Leave a comment

Filed under careers, executive recruitment, Uncategorized


Portland Water District

The Portland Water District (PWD) is seeking an experienced, customer focused, innovative General Manager.
The position is open due to the retirement of the incumbent.

Dacri & Associates has been engaged to exclusively conduct this recruitment search.

Portland is the largest city in Maine. Located on the southern coast, PWD and the communities it services enjoy a mixture of artistic and outdoor adventures. With a thriving working waterfront, vibrant economy and downtown districts, historic buildings, art community, and colleges and universities, all contributing to the cultural pulse of the city and region, making this area an outstanding place to work, live and enjoy.

PWD supplies water to 15% of Maine’s population. It has a rich tradition that forms a solid foundation for delivering quality products, while forward thinking provides innovative approaches to combat emerging issues within the industry. PWD is an independent quasi-municipality, serving over 200,000 people, in 11 Greater Portland communities and provides both water and wastewater service to five of those communities.

PWD employs 178 employees, services 54,000 customers, and has 69 wastewater pump stations and 4 wastewater treatment plants, in a service area of 140 square miles. Its annual budget exceeds $40 million.

A Board of Trustees composed of 11 members manages the affairs of PWD. Trustees are elected for a term of 5 years. The General Manager is selected by and reports to the Trustees.

The ideal candidate for Portland Water District’s next General Manager will have a broad and varied professional, business, municipal and management background with demonstrated success in leadership. The individual will be current in modern leadership and management practices, technologically adept and have well-developed skills in strategic planning, people management, labor relations, regulatory affairs, government, board relations, utilities, conflict resolution, organizational analysis, and consensus building. He/she will have strong financial skills, but won’t be afraid to invest; can work well with the trustees, but is comfortable challenging them; and can outreach to the legislature, town managers, regulators, ratepayers and all other stakeholders. The new GM must be willing to be the face of PWD, yet be equally comfortable working behind the scenes. The right candidate should possess a Bachelor Degree in business or public administration, while a Masters is ideal, and have at least 10 years of progressive business or municipal leadership experience.

This is a unique opportunity for the career-minded manager, who thinks strategically, works collaboratively, listens attentively and can make tough decisions. PWD is facing unique challenges with an aging infrastructure, increased regulations, changing technology, and deregulation. Portland Water needs a General Manager who can hit the ground running, lead a vibrant team of engaged employees in concert with the Trustees, work effectively with the 11 municipalities, their leadership and rate payers and provide the vision and direction to PWD in the future.

PWD takes pride in being a premier employer and a respected community partner.

The Portland Water District offers an attractive salary and comprehensive benefit package along with the opportunity to grow a career in a vibrant community.

To learn more about this position, call Rick Dacri, Dacri & Associates Executive Search, at 207-229-5954 or 

To apply, email your resume, cover letter and salary history, in confidence, by January 29, 2016:

Rick Dacri
Dacri & Associates, LLC
Executive Search

Feel free to forward this posting.

The Portland Water District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Leave a comment

Filed under careers, executive recruitment, Uncategorized

End Bad Hires…Now (Webinar)


End Bad Hires…Now!

How to Find & Hire Quality Candidates, Every Time

Wednesday, January 13 @ 2PM ET

NEW 60 minute Rick Dacri  webinar

Register Today via email at

or call 207-229-5954

Not another Bad Hire!!! Sorry, I didn’t mean to upset you. But I know, it’s a sensitive, troublesome, often unnerving, always necessary topic. You know that hiring the wrong person can make you crazy and run havoc with your entire operation. And if you’re going to stay in business, you have got to find great people.

Hiring quality people is getting harder and harder. I don’t know about you, but I am seeing managers struggle to find quality people with the skills and attitudes they need in their organization. There seems to be fewer people around and those that are available often fall short on what it takes to be successful.
Well, frankly, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are good people out there, but they might already be working…and maybe they are working for your competition. And maybe, if they knew more about you, they might want to work for you. So how do you find them and get them to join your company?
In this 60-minute webinar, titled End Bad Hires…Now, How to Find & Hire Quality Candidates, Every Time, I will provide you a recruitment program, filled with practical strategies and recommendations. Stop making bad hires and start hiring superstars! In my 25 years as a management consultant and executive recruiter, I’ve developed a number of different approaches to finding excellent candidates.
In this small (25 person max), highly energized 60-minute webinar, I tell all (maybe a little more than all): All you have to do is register for this webinar scheduled for Wednesday, January 13th at 2:00 ET

Here’s what you’ll learn in this webinar:

How to find great candidates who may not know of you (yet)
How to develop a positive recruitment brand that attract candidates to you
How to make your company standout from your competition
How to improve your overall recruitment program in 7 easy steps
How to find candidates who aren’t looking, but who would be perfect for you
How to use social media to attract tech-savvy candidates
How to develop a recruitment campaign that provides immediate results
How to develop an applicant pool with multiple sources of candidates
How to interview candidates so you know who they really are (eliminate surprises)
How to get excellent references beyond the usual “name, rank & serial number”
How to get a candidate to accept your job offer with enthusiasm

I don’t have to tell you how important it is to recruit top-notch talent. Your success is dependent upon it, but it’s getting harder and harder to find qualified candidates who can make an immediate contribution to your organization.

This webinar will provide you with the information and advice on how to develop a comprehensive recruitment brand and program to ensure that you have a steady stream of great hires—every time.

Once again, to enroll, email me at or call 207-229-5954

Cost? $125.00. Not a bad investment for learning how to hire great people, more easily. And Dacri & Associates’ clients pay only $100 (a 20% savings).

I hope to see you there,
Rick Dacri

Dacri & Associates, LLC

We will be recording the entire thing (audio and visual). Your admission gives you access to the recording for easy reviewing after the fact.


Register Now via email at or call 207-229-5954



Feedback from Previous Webinar Attendees:

· It was excellent, clear, easy to understand and follow; applicable in many areas and overall very interesting. Thank you
· EXCELLENT as Rick Dacri always is!
· This was incredibly informative and I would love to attend more!
· The program is great because it triggers you to look into areas of the organization that need improvement.
· Thank you, Rick. Well paced and informative.
· Nice work Rick! Enjoyed the presentations.
· Great information to have for managing a business. You are a great resource for questions.
· Great tips and information.
· As always, a wonderful Rick Dacri presentation – just the right amount of information and appropriate stories to illustrate the point.
· For an hours time the information covered was very valuable.
· The content was incredibly helpful. Found the content on hiring right, training managers to interview well and addressing problematic performance important and useful.
· It is good to have a better understanding of the HR side of the business and how to avoid potential problems



Register Now via email at or call 207-229-5954.

Leave a comment

Filed under careers, executive recruitment, human resources, Job Search, Uncategorized

Executive Director Position Open, Northeast Public Power Association

help-wantedThe Northeast Public Power Association (NEPPA), which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director. Reporting to the Board of Directors, we are looking for a dynamic, forward thinking leader with demonstrated record of successful business, utility or association management. NEPPA, located in Littleton, MA, is a private, non-profit association representing over 70 consumer owned utilities in New England. NEPPA provides a variety of services to its members including education and training, legislative advocacy, publications, and member representation and communication to its members on the activities of ISO-New England.
NEPPA prefers candidates with 10 years senior management experience in business, utilities, or association management, ideally in public power. The successful candidate will have demonstrated financial, management, project management and legislative experience; and the ability to work effectively and with transparency with its board of directors, members, employees and elected officials. The right candidate should possess a Bachelors degree.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for the career minded manager, who thinks strategically, works collaboratively, listens attentively, and who can make tough decisions. NEPPA is facing some unique challenges over the next five years: a need to upgrade its training to meet the ever changing requirements of our industry and to provide the highest safety standards for our members; continuous outreach to our members ensure their satisfaction; and advocacy and education on issues, legislation and regulations affecting our members and industry. NEPPA desires an Executive Director who can hit the ground running, lead a vibrant team of employees, in concert with the Board and to provide fresh leadership to this highly recognized association.
NEPPA’s offices and new training facility is located in Littleton, MA. Littleton is a bedroom community west of Boston. It has an excellent school system and is close to nationally recognized medical facilities and has easy access to major sports teams, theatre and the arts, and outdoor activities including beaches and skiing.
NEPPA offers an attractive salary and comprehensive benefit package along with the opportunity to grow your career. To learn more about this position, call Rick Dacri, Dacri & Associates Executive Search, at 207-229-5954 or

To apply, email your resume, cover letter and salary history, in confidence, by August 3, 2015:

Rick Dacri
Dacri & Associates, LLC
Executive Search

NEPPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Leave a comment

Filed under careers, executive recruitment

Online Accelerated Supervisory Development Program–May 13

Last year I introduced the Accelerated Supervisory Development Program. I conducted two programs and 24 individuals signed up and successfully completed it. Since then I have been asked when I was going to offer the program again. Well, mark your calendars. A new program is scheduled to begin on May 13, 2015.

This training program is specifically designed for small companies with only a few managers or companies that want to quickly provide training for a single manager or two. I call it

 Rick Dacri’s Uncomplicating Management

Accelerated Supervisory Development Program.

Here’s what some of the “graduates” said about recent programs:

Great class. Rick cleared up issues on employee problems.”

Chris Davidson, Supervisor, Paras Electric


“Rick Dacri provided me a template with which I can elevate the performance of my crew, reward top performers, and address the needs of those not yet reaching their potential.”

Kevin Snow, Supervisor, Groveland Municipal Light Department


“Just the chapter/lesson on legal issues of hiring and terminations and drug testing do’s and don’ts are worth its weight to the average employer who doesn’t deal with this on a regular basis. Lots of info packed into a very painless time frame.”

Mark Dufoe, Operations Manager, Kennebunk Light & Power District

In five short weeks, you or your supervisors will:

  • Enhance their skills as a manager
  • Increase their ability to motivate and engage their people to deliver outstanding results
  • Know how to attract, hire and retain exceptional talent
  • Delegate and make better decisions
  • Inspire, coach and mentor their people, creating enthusiasm, clarity and increased effectiveness
  • Listen and communicate better, resulting in open and honest dialogue
  • Confront problem employees, resolve tough issues, including attitude, performance and behavior
  • Provide honest feedback, praise and recognition
  • Understand and operate within the law, without fear of lawsuits

The program includes 5 regularly scheduled training sessions, one-on-one coaching with me, training materials, my book, and more.

 Interested? Follow this link and read all about it and register. With a starting date of May 13, this program is the perfect way to develop the skills and effectiveness of your management team!

To learn more or to enroll, click Accelerated Supervisory Development Program or call me, Rick Dacri at 207-229-5954 or email me ar

Enrollment is limited, so sign up now.

Leave a comment

Filed under careers, Leadership, Management

Supervisory Development Program Grads

book_logo100(Posted by Rick Dacri, June 9, 2014)

12 supervisors and managers successfully completed the Dacri Accelerated Online Supervisory Development Program. Designed to provide managers the skills to effectively manage their workforce, these individuals participated in a 5 week, highly interactive program. Click here to see the program outline.

The graduating class:

  1. Mark Bixby, Rowley Municipal Lighting Plant
  2. Eric Grover, Rowley Municipal Lighting Plant
  3. Bill Snow, Marblehead Municipal Light Plant
  4. Mark Dugan, Marblehead Municipal Light Plant
  5. Tirstan Vidmore, Bristol Seafood
  6. John Young, Bristol Seafood
  7. Kevin Snow, Groveland Municipal Electric Department
  8. James Brown, Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department
  9. Reynell Townsend, ABCD Boston
  10. Paul Cote, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport & Wells Water District
  11. Keith Archibald,Kennebunk, Kennebunkport & Wells Water District
  12. Greg Pargellis,Kennebunk, Kennebunkport & Wells Water District

Earlier this year, 11 other supervisors successfully completed the initial offering of this program.

Call me if you’d like to learn how your supervisors can enroll.

Other posts you might like:

  1. Supervisor’s Mistakes Open Company to Lawsuits
  2. Medical Marijuana, Picking Bad Managers & Turnover Signs
  3. Harassment Prevention Training: What Must Be Included

Leave a comment

Filed under careers, Management, training