Cindy Laughlin

Cindy, a native Rhode Islander, is President of Recruiting Specialists, a national executive search firm based in Dedham, MA. Their specialties are in the confidential search of executives and various levels of sales and management in retail and hospitality. Cindy began in 1984 as an executive recruiter. In 1993, she acquired ownership and has grown the business working nationwide. She attributes her success to the talented staff who share her work ethic and maintain the strictest of ethical standards. A strong advocate of these practices, Cindy serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of Personnel Services (MAPS) as Education Chairperson. She has also received the designation of Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) from the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS). Since 1961, the NAPS assures recruiting professionals uphold the highest of ethical practices and standards.

Cindy is also very involved in community outreach. Since 2001, she has served on the Board of Directors of Justice Assistance, a non-profit organization and assists with their efforts relating to employment problems of the adult offender population and rehabilitation programs.

A longtime PPAC patron, Cindy has been an active volunteer serving on several committees from the Annual Gala, where she has twice served as a Co-Chair, to community outreach programs such as the Arts Scholarship Program. PPAC honored her unwavering support in November of 2000 by selecting her as the theatre’s “Partner in Philanthropy” and in 2003 by adding her to their Board of Trustees.

It was in January of 2015 when Dr. Patrick Conley, the President of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame, nominated Cindy to the Board of Directors. Believing in the organization’s mission statement to honor and tell the story of prominent Rhode Island history makers, it has been a privilege to serve as well as host several inductees over the years.

As a resident of Narragansett, Cindy’s South County ties have drawn her to participating in restoration efforts of the Narragansett Towers and the attempt to locate the National Lighthouse Museum in Point Judith. Having learned at an early age that philanthropic endeavors were a crucial part to leaving a legacy you could be proud of, Cindy keeps busy with various community outreach projects and has participated in various fundraisers for such organizations as AIDS Care Ocean State, Adoption Rhode Island and the Alzheimer’s Association of Rhode Island.

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