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Laura Connelly

Founding Partner

Laura is a Founding Partner of Talent Resource Solutions, a global mid-management search firm with strong fulfillment capabilities across multiple sectors and disciplines.  With locations in Chicago, Philadelphia, Tampa and London, the firm is focused on delivering a consistent platform of talent solutions for their clients. Laura runs the Tampa location of Talent Resource Solutions.  Previously, she was President and co-owner of The Henley Group, a Pittsburgh-based search firm she founded in 2002; as well as The Bayside Group, a Tampa-based search firm she acquired in 2008.

Laura leads the Telecommunications Search Practice at Talent Resource Solutions. In her fourteen years in the recruiting business, she has established an extensive database of contacts, and a strong track record of success.  She has been fortunate to be ranked in the Top 10 Billing Managers within her affiliation, among over 1000 other owner-managers.  Her telecommunications practice has a network that spans the United States. By focusing her efforts on identifying and bringing top talent to her clients, she is able to help them continue their branding efforts in a positive way throughout the competitive landscape that exists in the telecommunications marketplace. 

Because Laura spent six years in the telecommunications industry, selling for both AT&T and IBM/Rolm prior to becoming a recruiter, she has a strong knowledge of the business and the fundamentals it takes to make a company successful.  She does an extensive amount of repeat business with a select group of telecommunications clients who have come to trust her to bring them the talent they need, primarily within the areas of sales, operations, marketing and customer care executive, manager and individual contributor roles.

Prior to founding The Henley Group, Laura spent eight years in various executive search and leadership roles at Management Recruiters International, including Account Executive, General Manager, and Vice President of National Accounts; and Global Operations Manager/COO for Banister International.

Prior to joining MRI, Laura was Regional Sales Director for another services company. She also spent seven years in national account sales for AT&T and IBM. Laura received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University in 1981, graduating cum laude. She and her husband Bill live in Tampa Bay, FL.


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