Staff Profiles

Marilyn Houston, R.P.R., Executive Recruiter

Marilyn Houston

Marilyn has been in the staffing industry in the city of Winnipeg for over 35 years. She is a Registered Professional Recruiter. Her professional service appointments include serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Business Magazine, The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, and The Winnipeg Convention Centre Corporation. Previously, she was appointed and served of the Boards of Economic Development Winnipeg, The Winnipeg Airports Authority, Inc., Health Science Centre Foundation, Red River Exhibition Association and was President of many years of the local chapter of what is now named the Association of Canadian Search, Employment & Staffing Services.

mhouston@houstongrp.com, (204) 947-6751 ext 207

Kevin Branch, Sales and Marketing Recruiter

Kevin Branch

Kevin has 29 years of business and sales management experience in Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Toronto and Winnipeg in the following industry sectors: retail clothing, dictating equipment, paging, computer hardware and software and the personnel business - temporary, permanent and executive recruiting. Most recently, 14 years of general sales recruitment - customer service individuals, territory managers, technical sales representatives and business development professionals. He has completed the following professional development workshops and seminars: POWERHiring.com - The POWERHiring Train the Trainer Workshop "How to Find, Assess and Hire Great Talent"; Behavior Descriptive Technologies - Behavior Descriptive Interviewing Workshop; "The Art of Recruiting" by Steve Finkel and The Acclivus Corporation - "BASE" Consultative Sales Training (including Train the Trainer workshop) and "Coaching & Counseling for Sales Performance".

Placement Highlights

  • Numerous Sales Professionals
  • Several Branch / Sales Managers (Canada & the US)
  • 5 Business Development People
  • President & General Manager for $40M Manitoba-based Construction Firm

kbranch@houstongrp.com, (204) 947-6751 ext 215

Rita Funari, Staffing Specialist

Swati Saxena

Rita has extensive experience in both public and private companies giving her a well-rounded view of business and its talent acquisition needs. As part of her portfolio, she has numerous years working for both a public corporation and as a co-founder/co-owner of a local company; and, she has served as President of the Society for Technical Communications (MB).

As a Supervisor, Manager, and Entrepreneur Rita gained experience in interviewing and talent acquisition. She is a graduate of the Management Studies and Joint Corporate Management Studies Program from the University of Winnipeg and a graduate of the Technical Communications Certificate Program from Red River Community College

Rita believes companies deserve the best talent and people deserve job opportunities where they can flourish and be their best. Without the right talent a company cannot grow to its true potential; without the right company talent cannot grow to its true potential. Her mission is to find the right talent for the right company.

Rita is now using her knowledge and passion for talent acquisition and partnering with our NPA associates to fill critical positions, with best talent, around the country and around the world.

rfunari@houstongrp.com, (204) 947 6751 Ext 200