Melissa began working as a Recruiter in 2000 and launched Franklin Professional Associates in 2011. Melissa is a natural-born entrepreneur. Her business pulse and music dreams lead her to study Music Business Management at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. She aspired to match music acts with recording labels. During this time, Melissa met her husband, Joe. They supported each other through college as they worked full time and attended night classes at Fitchburg State University. Before the Franklin era of her career, Melissa spent 12 years working in the staffing industry. She hit the ground running as a Recruiter, advanced into Business Development, Branch Management, then into a Managing Director role for a boutique firm in Westborough.
Currently, Melissa and Joe live in Leominster with their two daughters. They enjoy running, writing music, gardening, wine-making, and sailing around Boston Harbor during the summertime. Melissa is passionate about developing relationships and spends much of her time focused on Business Development, Community outreach and leadership initiatives. She volunteers her time to the North Central Mass Chamber of Commerce Human Resource Council Committee, Loan Committee, and Leadership Committee as well as the Leominster Credit Union Advisory Committee.
Linda is a skilled Recruiter with a passion for making jewelry. Not only does she love to create her bling, but also valuable human connections that have stood the test of time. She has a loving 45-year strong relationship with her husband, Brian. Out on the town, Linda never fails to get spotted by someone she has helped in the past. Her staffing success has made her practically iconic in the recruiting world.
Linda has 18 years of staffing experience and is still going strong. After moving from state to state, Linda and her husband returned to Leominster, Massachusetts where her staffing career began. Linda’s favorite place is peaceful Ogunquit, Maine. Here, she and her husband can have fun and recharge. Her warm demeanor makes you feel like a part of her family, who are her greatest accomplishments in life.
Director of Learning & Development
Mark is the founder of MindsetGo, a leading training provider that coaches professionals and students to become more confident and effective communicators. With over two decades of experience teaching communication, sales and engagement skills, Mark empowers individuals to maximize their potential to be more successful personally and professionally.
Prior to MindsetGo, Mark founded Mark Altman & Associates (MA&A) in 2001. He grew and transformed his vision into a business, which was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the nation in 2010 and 2011. Shortly thereafter, Mark brokered the successful sale of MA&A to Factor Systems DBA Billtrust.
Mark volunteers with NFTE, Business Professionals of America, Babson and Bentley mentoring students on entrepreneurship, presentation skills and personal development. He wrote the curriculum and is the Lead Trainer for Mindset Future, a program designed to prepare students with the essential communication skills they need for life after high school.
He also wrote the curriculum and teaches the Parenting your Teen: Communication for Life workshops that help parents and teens better talk and listen to each other so they can strengthen their relationships. Mr. Altman is a single parent of three who has successfully navigated and trained adults on effective co-parenting, raised and taught children with special needs, and runs a leadership program called L.E.A.P (Listen, Experience, Act and Progress) that coaches kids to support other kids in efforts to build confidence and promote self-advocacy.
He is a native of Boston and enjoys spending time with his three active children. He has also been a passionate youth sports coach for the last 15 years, and a freelance sports reporter for the Associated Press (AP) covering home games for the Boston Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins.
Marketing & Social Media Specialist
Julia is an incoming senior at University of Massachusetts Amherst studying Marketing with a minor in Psychology. She grew up in Central Massachusetts and her family is from Brazil. Throughout her college career, she has been a member of the Women in Business club on campus. She values time with her family and friends, as well as her two pitbulls, Dexter and Rita.
On top of that, she really enjoys spending her free time traveling. She spent the spring semester of her junior year studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain and exploring various other places in Europe. Here, she continued her studies in business while experiencing different types of cultures.