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Staff Profiles

Francine Sparks, President
Dan Clancy, Vice President Multi-Practice Search
Patty A. Murphy, Director of Client Services

Francine Sparks, President

Francine Sparks, Founder and President of DTI, has spent the last 16 years placing human resource professionals in the greater Boston area. She served as Vice President at two Boston-area placement firms where she was architect of a more consultative approach to HR placement, and helped grow each business significantly. She formed Distinctive Talent in 2001, as a way to build upon her many years of experience, and to expand the range and depth of services available to clients looking for HR talent.

Prior to her work in human resources placement, Francine did needs assessment and business development for a Boston-based training and development consulting firm. She left to become Partner in a consultancy specializing in custom learning solutions for corporate clients. There she promoted the companyís methodology and was instrumental in the rapid growth of the business. Early on in her career, Francine directed large scale non-profit employment and training programs geared towards finding jobs for low income populations.

Francine has a B.A. degree from Brandeis University, and completed coursework towards a Masters in Clinical Psychology at Harvard University. She is active in several Boston-based Human Resources professional associations.

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Dan Clancy, Vice President,
Multi-Practice Search

Dan leads the Multi-Practice Search Division for Distinctive Talent. Under Danís leadership, Distinctive Talent now offers search services for general management as well as Human Resources positions.

Danís career includes over 20 years in the Executive Search field. He was a Principal at two well-known search firms, where he had full business development and management responsibility for all search activities and client relations. Dan has built relationships and networks of professionals who support his work and seek his services. He has contacts at a large number of companies, both local and national.

Dan has successfully completed over 200 searches in core business functions including Human Resources, Accounting, Operations, Development, Production, Supply Chain, Administration, Finance, Engineering, Information Systems, Sales, and Marketing. He has placed senior level executives in a broad range of industries including Healthcare, Financial Services, Technology, Manufacturing, Service, Academia, Insurance, and Retail. In the Human Resources field, Dan has placed the Vice President/Director of Human Resources in over forty companies.

Earlier in his career, Dan worked as an Accountant. He also spent time in the Human Resources field in staffing and HR Operations roles at a couple of healthcare institutions.

Dan earned a BS in Accounting from Providence College and an MBA from Babson College.

On a personal note: Dan is an avid sports fan. He actively promotes youth sports programs in his community where he has enjoyed years of managing leagues and coaching teams.

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Patty A. Murphy, Director of Client Services

Patty Murphy handles information management and research activities at Distinctive Talent. She helps organize the vast amount of data which underlies our service capability, using a variety of tools, technology, and resources to make sure Distinctive Talent is up to date in its information needs. Patty also manages marketing and outreach projects to deepen our search capability, and promote our brand. Patty maintains a high level of involvement with our ongoing assignments, regularly interacting with candidates and clients to provide follow up or needed information. Her role is central to the smooth operation of the company, and her contribution allows the entire team to continually function at the highest possible high level.

Pattyís background includes over 15 years of Human resources experience in professional services and healthcare. In addition to working as a generalist, she has experience in Benefits, Work Life Programs, and HR Operations. Patty holds a BS degree from Providence College.

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Distinctive Talent, Inc.
Human Resources Search and Placement
4 Militia Drive Lexington, MA
Tel: 781-860-0040  Fax: 781-860-0060

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