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December 29, 2017

Happy Holidays Recruiting and Talent Acquisition Friends!

The holiday season is a wonderful time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the upcoming year, and take some well-deserved personal time as a reward for the hard-work we invested into our respective jobs, but above-all, it is a time show others how important they are which is why I am writing this note to you today.

2017 was a successful year for MNTRN filled with high-impact learning and fun networking opportunities!

As President of MNTRN I would to say, “Thank you!” to all of you and your enthusiastic participation for MNTRN events.  

A special "Thank You" goes out to Allianz, Cargill, MRA and Robert Half for hosting MNTRN Lunch & Learn and On-Demand Group for their continued support via Corporate Sponsorship.

From its beginning MNTRN was an acronym for "Minnesota Technical Recruiter Network." However, there have been multiple conversations over the past few years within the Board discussing the fact that MNTRN is not necessarily "technical" in its focus even though it was part of our organization name.

The Board has rebranded the MNTRN organization to more accurately depict its true devotion which is "TALENT" and will be called, "Minnesota Talent & Recruiting Network" moving forward.

Minnesota Talent & Recruiting Network, MNTRN, is YOUR organization.  The Board Members are volunteers to serve YOU with career enhancement opportunities through our educational / learning and networking events throughout the year.  

Your help has made MNTRN the largest non-profit recruiting network in the Midwest, and overall membership has shown tremendous growth in 2017 including new highs for the number of Corporate Memberships.

We very-much appreciate the support and commitment that you have shown to the MNTRN, and personally, I have absolutely enjoyed connecting with all of you at our events and making new professional and social acquaintances while serving you and the Recruiting/HR industry as President and Event MC.

Your participation with MNTRN this past year has been wonderful! By renewing your membership, attending the events, offering suggestions to enhance the organization and helping to recruit prospective members to MNTRN, you continue to make valuable contributions that enable MNRTN, you allow us to provide superior learning, networking, social-and-charitable events/opportunities that are professionally impacting, affordable, and convenient to attend. We simply cannot do any of this this without you, so again, I thank you for your valuable dedication & support, and I encourage you to consider joining our Board and our committees because your input and perspective will assuredly add value to our continued success.

MNTRN is proud to have held the following Lunch & Learn and Networking Events in 2017:

    “2017 Ready, Set, GO!!! - Jump start 2017 with this Recruiter Checklist” – (Paul DeBettignies, The MN Headhunter)

    Winter Social at Lake Monster Brewing

    “How to Source Top Talent” – Panel Discussion – (Leaders from UHG, Hearth & Home, SPS Commerce, Experis, The MN Headhunter)

    MNTRN & LEHRN Recruiter and HR Conference – “Transforming HR From the Inside Out!” – (Full Day at RiverCentre)

    “Global Workforce Changes” – (Caroline Ostrom, Immigration Attorney)

    Summer Social at a Saints Game

    “Managing the Talent Acquisition / Hiring Manager Relationship” – (Alan Larson, Federated Co-ops Inc.)

    “The New Social and Economic Realities Brought-about by Recent Demographic Shifts in MN” – (Susan Bower, Minnesota State Demographer)

    Webinar – “In-OR-Out? Creative Sourcing Techniques to Find Your Candidates OUTside the Box!” – (Shannon Pritchett, SourceCon Editor)

    Toys-for-Tots / Ugly Sweater Holiday Social Event – (In-partnership with First Tuesday Networking)

In 2017 our social networking opportunities via Happy Hours at fun, unique locations have continued to be well received. This was highlighted by the 3rd annual August St. Paul Saints game networking event at the stadium Craft Beer Corner which also included a pregame BBQ picnic, that despite a wildly-odd snap of cold-weather, the game went-on, networking and fun were had by everyone. This is no surprise, however, because we like to have fun at MNTRN while we are improving the professional knowledge base of the recruiting-and HR industry. We believe that celebrating together is very important while we support one another along the way!

As we look at 2018, there should be a-lot to celebrate ahead of us because it is very-clear that all of us in the recruiting-and-HR industry have a great deal to be look-forward-to and to-be proud-of next year. Our professional knowledge and skills in securing talent for our respective organizations perhaps valued more than ever! We provide them with the most important component of any company, their people, and the opportunities, tools and skills required to find and provide these people continue to grow as do the challenges we face amongst growing levels of need and a rapidly changing talent markets; therefore, MNTRN’s value to the industry has never been more important. It is why your active participation, input and support is so important as we continue to mold MNTRN into the go-to organization for ongoing training and professional growth in 2018.

We have a very strong and growing membership base, a committed volunteer Board working together as a large team to make all of this happen, and we strongly encourage you to volunteer as Board Member, A Committee Member or even the occasional attendee at a Board Meeting because "When more hands of great people join, more wonderful things can happen for everyone!"  

If you have an interest in becoming a Committee Member, please contact me directly. We have elevated expectations for the upcoming year therefore it will be very busy. We would welcome anyone who has a desire to assist.

There will be many other events announced for 2018. Please check the MNTRN website for event updates.

Please do not hesitate to contact the MNTRN Board to share ideas you may have for speakers, learning topics or any other thoughts you may have to enhance YOUR ORGANIZATION!

Again, "Thank You!" for making it an exciting year for all of us!

Happy Holidays to all of you, and we look forward to seeing you soon in the New Year!


James Meyer

MNTRN President

INT Technologies, Regional Manager

(651) 452-8825

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