Leadership Team

Nancy Halverson

Interim Leader & GM of Franchise Operations

With nearly 30 years of experience in staffing & recruiting and executive search, Nancy joined the organization as VP, Learning & Talent Development in 2008 to drive the organizational training strategy including the design, development, and delivery of all sales, recruiting, technology training tools and management programs. Her role expanded to VP of global operations and franchise recruitment in 2013 which she held through 2016. Nancy was asked to serve as the VP, Franchise Engagement & Culture in late 2016, as a commitment to the franchise community of our focus on culture and retention of our most important assets, our franchisees. This role focuses on meetings, events, awards, recognition and franchise relations & owner engagement programs. She continues to serve a critical role in franchise recruitment, and is currently serving as the interim VP in her previous role until a replacement is identified. Prior to joining MRINetwork, Nancy spent more than 19 years in a variety of roles for Spherion Corporation (now Randstad, NA), in recruitment, sales and management roles with her last role as Vice President of Strategic Accounts managing sales and service delivery for a $77M nationwide portfolio of seven of the company’s top clients. Prior to that, Nancy held the role of Vice President of Talent Management at Spherion where she was responsible for training, business meeting services, organizational effectiveness, and internal recruiting. Nancy holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Michigan State University.

 

Alfred W. D'Iorio

Chief Financial Officer

Al’s financial and general management expertise coupled with his experience in multiple franchise environments, positions him well to serve the needs of MRINetwork. Over the course of his career, he has served as CEO and CFO in franchise environments, which has given him the perspective to think and act like an owner. By linking activities and metrics to business outcomes, he is committed to creating tangible value for franchise owners.

Prior to joining MRINetwork, Al served as president of Swiss Farms, a food retailer that provides customers with “fill-in” grocery shopping in a unique drive-thru format, and CFO of Saxbys Coffee, a franchisor and operator of coffee cafes. Both organizations are part of the MVP Capital Partners portfolio of companies.

For twenty years, Al also held a broad range of positions in the pharmaceutical division with Johnson & Johnson, serving as financial manager, controller and general manager. Through the development of strategies and business plans aligned with the needs of customers, he drove the growth and performance of the business. Under Al’s leadership the business doubled in size.

Al is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University with a B.S. in Accounting and has passed the Certified Public Accountant Examination and the Certified Management Accountant Examination. He is also skilled in the use of Quality Management systems and 6 Sigma methodologies to improve business performance.

 

Sherry Engel

Vice President, Learning & Talent Development

As Vice President of Learning and Talent Development, Sherry is responsible for setting the strategic direction of learning by partnering with franchise owners to establish learning solutions that help them achieve their business goals and objectives. Sherry is a metrics-driven business professional with over 20 years’ experience tying learning strategy to human performance. Her unique background in learning and finance help to ensure a results focus for all learning initiatives. Sherry has extensive experience in leading learning initiatives using adult learning theory including learning solutions that leverage innovative technologies such as micro learning, social learning, gamification, and mobile learning. Sherry has served in strategic learning leadership roles for Santander Bank and Penn Medicine where she’s transformed the learning experiences at both organizations. She is a published author and has spoken at national conference on topics related to measurement of learning and innovative learning solutions. Sherry holds an undergraduate degree in Finance, with a Masters in Instructional Technology.

 

Marquis Parker

Vice President, Business Services

Marquis Parker serves as Vice President of Business Services for MRINetwork, where he is charged with leading the delivery of business-related services and support to affiliated executive search offices and the execution of initiatives focused on operational performance improvement and strategic growth for MRINetwork Corporate.

Before joining MRINetwork, Marquis spent six and a half years with Aon plc, a $12B provider of risk management and human capital advisory services, in a number of strategy and business operations leadership roles, most recently serving as a Divisional Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development. Prior to Aon, Marquis worked for McKinsey & Company, the global management consultancy, where he advised both private and public sector clients in several industries, including financial services, public infrastructure, and education. His client engagements covered a range of topics, including post-merger management, organization design, performance transformation, and growth strategy.

Marquis holds an A.B. in Computer Science from Princeton University, M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, M.A. in Education from the Stanford University School of Education, and M.S. in Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia.

 

Ann Santomas

Vice President and Senior Legal Counsel

Ann Santomas has served as Vice President and Senior Counsel of MRINetwork since December 2006. In her current role she provides legal counsel to the management team, and oversees the franchise administration functions for the Network. Ann has held several positions at MRINetwork prior to her current role including Associate General Counsel and Vice President. Before joining the Network, she served as Corporate Counsel and Director of Franchise Administration and Compliance for Jackson Hewitt Inc. More recently, she was President and Director of Browns Canyon.

 

Vince Webb

Vice President, Marketing

Vince joined MRINetwork in 1994, in a newly created role for the organization, Vice President, Marketing. During his almost 10-year tenure in that role, he worked with the management team and the MRINetwork franchise community as the organization grew to span four continents, from its roots as a contingent recruiter of sales and management talent. Vince moved to parent company, CDI Corp., in 2003 directing the firm’s marketing, communications and investor relations functions. Recently Vince rejoined MRINetwork as Interim Vice President, Marketing.

Prior to joining MRINetwork and CDI, Vince spent most of his career in national marketing positions within Marriott.

 

Colin Dittus

Sr. Director, Contract Staffing, Ops & Development

With nearly 20 years of experience in recruiting and contract staffing, Colin leads operations and development for MRI Contract Staffing. Colin first joined MRINetwork in 2004 as a business consultant for the organization’s franchise operations, advising owners and training desk-level producers. He was then hired by a leading pharmaceutical/biotechnology recruiting firm to establish and grow their contract staffing division, which he grew to a $9M+ business in high-margin annual revenue during his 11 years with the firm. He was responsible for business development, market assessment, client identification, sales, delivery and account management, always focused on growing market share. Now back at MRINetwork, Colin is dedicated to helping both small and large offices succeed in growing their contract staffing business.

He holds a BA in Psychology from Millersville University.

 

Josh Gernatt

Sr. Director, Franchise Services

As Sr. Director of Franchise Services, Josh is responsible for leading the franchise development team in developing and improving processes and services to enable offices to grow their businesses.

Prior to joining MRINetwork, Josh spent eight years as Director of Franchise Operations at Mighty Distributing System of America, LLC, an international franchisor and distributor of aftermarket auto parts and services. In this role, he led teams that drove franchise growth and profitability, implemented benchmarking and key performance standards, coached franchisees, evaluated potential new franchisees, and directed onboarding activities.

Prior to Mighty, Josh worked in a variety of roles, including Director of New Center Development, for Velocity Sports Performance Franchise Systems, LLC, a national franchisor that delivers performance training programs to elite and amateur athletes. He oversaw new market development, provided business coaching to franchise owners, and helped implement growth strategies for the system.

Josh holds a BS in Management from Berry College, and an MBA from Kennesaw State University.

 

Brett Felmey

Director, Contract Staffing, Sales

Brett has over 25 years in staffing, HR and talent acquisition for multiple Fortune 500 companies as well as regional and independent search firms. He has extensive experience in negotiating large contracts, increasing market share in the U.S. and globally, and tactical and strategic business development training for full cycle recruiters. Brett joined the MRINetwork corporate team in 2014 and is based in the Philadelphia Headquarters. He has a BS in Finance from Duquesne University.