KIP HOLLISTER

President & CEO, Hollister Inc.

Hollister, KipKip Hollister opened the doors of Hollister in 1988 with the dream of eliminating the transactional nature of the staffing industry and build her business one relationship at a time. Her goal was to build an organization focusing on long-term value not short-term profit, and emphasize the importance of relationships between recruiter, client, and candidate. Thanks to this vision, Hollister is one of the leading recruiting firms in Massachusetts and now has clients nationwide.

Hollister’s reputation for excellence speaks directly to Kip’s entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to meeting the needs and exceeding the expectations of both clients and candidates. Hollister’s success is based on deep relationships, trust and integrity, and Kip leads with these values every day. Kip shares her success stories and principles with leadership nationwide in the business community.

Her passion, commitment and leadership in the community have raised the bar around the importance of community and corporate social responsibility. Kip serves on the advisory boards of YMCA Training Inc., Cristo Rey, and Everybody Wins, and Metro Boston. She’s also actively involved with City Year and Year Up in Boston.

“For me, it’s developing relationships with non-profits that center around workforce development,” says Kip. “We must walk the talk. We live in a small business community and I believe wholeheartedly of the changes that must occur.”

In addition to serving on the Alliance Board of Directors, Kip serves on the Workforce Investment Board, the Workforce Development Committee of Massachusetts and on the advisory boards of WEST (Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology.) Her awards include the prestigious Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurship from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and in 2011, won its Small Business of the Year award. She was awarded 2008’s Enterprise Woman of the Year and in 2007 was inducted into the Boston Business’ Hall of Fame through Junior Achievement of Massachusetts. She is also a Stevie Award recipient in Business and the “NIFTY Fifty” award from the National Foundation of Teaching Entrepreneurship. Hollister is listed in 2011’s Boston Business Journal Top 100 Women-Led Businesses and is listed in the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Hollister is also certified as a State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance.

Kip holds a BA in Sociology from Susquehanna University. She lives with her husband and four children in Dover, Massachusetts.