Brion Bickerton

Brion A. Bickerton is a Senior Consultant with 25 years experience in executive recruiting, coaching and business development. He is a former practicing international corporate lawyer in the London and Boston offices of the law firm, Bingham McCutchen (now part of Morgan Lewis).  In addition, he was General Counsel and Director of Business Development for a start-up, international merchant finance company focused at the time on the developing markets in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

His focus for the last 20 years has been executive recruiting and he founded the most successful legal recruiting firm in Boston before merging it into a national legal search firm.  Most recently, he has been a Senior Partner at the Lucas Group, a national, diversified executive search firm, recruiting for corporations and law firms.  Brion has substantial experience recruiting for overseas positions in Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Dubai, Brazil and Mexico.  He has recruited for a broad range of industries – financial services, life science, manufacturing, law firms, social media, consumer product and entertainment businesses.

Brion brings to MDL his considerable background as an executive recruiter with an in depth understanding of the dynamics of recruitment as it impacts candidates, the preparation of candidates for interviews and a sensitivity for the approaches candidates should and should not take in approaching the job market.

John C. Decker

John C. Decker has been an Executive Vice President with MDL Partners for more than 15 years. In that time he has successfully implemented and completed job search campaigns for over 1,000 senior level managers, executives, professionals, and entrepreneurs. He is a frequent speaker on executive career management topics.

John Decker's management development includes functioning as a Staff Instructor at IBM, Senior Manager in two of New England's largest banking establishments, and a member of the Senior Management Team for the financial subsidiary of one of the nation's 10 largest manufacturing corporations.

Over the years, John has worked with top managers and executives to develop and implement human resource plans and programs to meet company objectives. At MDL Partners, he has developed innovative and effective techniques for managing a job search in today's challenging marketplace. A Senior Manager, Career Consultant, College Instructor, and the past Chairman of several human resources management committees, John Decker is a resourceful businessman and innovative planner who believes that people can be empowered to control their professional destiny through a strategic marketing approach that fuses needs analysis, tactical marketing, and a skillfully implemented business plan.

John graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and earned an MBA from Union College.

Tom DeCrosta

Tom DeCrosta, Senior Vice President Mid-Atlantic at MDL Partners, joined the organization in 2014. He has lived and worked in Northern Virginia for the past 22 years. Tom and his wife presently reside in Reston, Va.

Tom has over 30 years of senior executive level experience working for Fortune 1000 organizations and successful early stage companies in the telecommunications, technology, enterprise application software and business process outsourcing market segments. Tom has an ongoing track record of success in managing profitable growth across functional lines, with particular expertise in sales, marketing, business development and operations support. Tom was a founding field executive at MFS Communications and has held executive level positions at MCI Communications, One Point Communications, Teligent, Inc., Granite Systems and AtSite Inc. He has also served a business advisor to several start-up companies in the Mid- Atlantic area.

Tom has extensive experience creating and building top performing field and headquarters business units and been part of a highly successful telecommunications IPO and two private company acquisitions.

He is a dedicated MDL Partners team member who successfully leverages his diverse business experience working with clients through their career transition and change.

Tom earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and his MBA from Lehigh University.

Robert A. Gough Jr., Ph.D.

Robert A. Gough Jr., Ph.D. is a Senior Vice President at MDL Partners, with 30 years of experience in management and investment banking, including hedge funds and specializing in capital markets. Bob has been principally involved with Fortune 500 decision makers, both domestically and abroad, national and international government policy makers, and dozens of emerging growth company entrepreneurs.

Bob's primary professional focus has been on two fronts: (1) identifying and developing new investment and strategic opportunities, and (2) assessing market shaping trends associated with the global economy, policy, and technology. He is renowned for his public speaking in both this country and abroad on the effects of economic, government policy, and technology issues on investment opportunities and growth strategies, and for his television and radio commentaries on economic topics and issues.

Bob was Managing Director of investment-banking firm Lexington Partners. He was Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist of Fernwood Investment Management, an investment company focused on alternative investment portfolios as well as venture related opportunities in the art and collectables markets. He has been Chairman of Castel, Inc., a software solutions company providing state-of-the-art voice and data integration technology; President and CEO of Organizational Dynamics, Inc., an international management consulting firm; President and CEO of Corporate Broadcasting Network, a multimedia business information company in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Senior Vice President of Data Resources, Inc.

Bob has had extensive experience in the broadcast industry. He has been Economics Editor at WBZ-TV, the Boston NBC (now CBS) affiliate. He has appeared regularly on various news programs to discuss, analyze, and comment on topical economic issues and breaking news events. He has frequently appeared on nationally televised programs such as the Lehrer News Hour, the Today Show, Good Morning America, and the CBS Evening News. He has hosted radio call-in shows including on National Public Radio (NPR) and syndicated AM stations, and currently does radio commentaries for WBZ 1030.

In addition, he has held senior consulting assignments with various international and federal agencies, such as the Office of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Great Britain, the Japanese External Trade Organization, the Bundesbank, the U.S. Department of Defense, INEL, and led the forecasting team for President Reagan’s Grace Commission. He has testified before various U.S. House and Senate committees on U.S. fiscal, monetary, and budgetary policies, as well as lectured frequently at various leading colleges and universities in the U.S., including the Harvard Business School, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, MIT, UCLA, Stanford, Duke, Amherst, Babson, the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia School of Journalism, Georgetown, the University of Texas, Williams and Wellesley. For 10 years, he taught Economics at Wellesley College and is Visiting Professor of Management at the Peter T. Paul School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Gough is an alumnus of Bates College and received his Ph.D. from Duke University.

He has served or currently serves on several corporate and nonprofit boards of directors in various capacities including Windhaven Investment Management, the Board of Trustees at Bates College, the Advisory Board of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke, the National Operations Management Association, as well as the Council of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Business Leadership Committee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the “100th Anniversary Celebration Committee” of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New England Board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Chairman of the Board of Covenant Christian Academy. He lives on the North Shore of Boston with his wife and two children.

John Hackett

John Hackett has worked in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern Operations of the company since 2002. He is a native of Virginia and has lived and worked in the DC area for the last two decades.

John's career spans over 25 years, having held executive level positions in early stage /start-up companies as well as large, multinational enterprises. He has built and led world class teams comprised of hundreds of talented and ambitious professionals. His responsibilities have included sales, marketing, operations and executive management roles. John has worked for a variety of companies including Ceridian, Tie Communications (Division President), MFS/WorldCom (Division President), Network Access Solutions (SVP Sales and Marketing) and Blue Ridge Networks (CEO).

He has a successful track record with venture capital companies having raised several millions of dollars of funding as a CEO. In 1999, John also participated in a successful IPO that ultimately raised over $200 million. He has significant turnaround experience and knows first-hand the challenges of working with highly successful corporations and struggling ones.

John is a team builder, a motivator and has great empathy for people going through career changes. He knows how large and small businesses think and operate as they seek talent. Our Washington office continues to be one of MDL Partners best performing operations.

John earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and his MBA degree from Old Dominion University.

Doug Lemmonds

Doug Lemmonds, Executive Vice President of MDL Partners, is responsible for the Mid-Atlantic and Southern Operations for the company. Doug is a native Virginian who now lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC.

Doug's career spans over 30 years and he has held Executive and C Level positions in several multi-national organizations both in the United States and in Europe. Doug has led multi-cultural and geographically dispersed teams of up to several hundred professionals. His experience includes leading sales, marketing, key account management, risk management and operational groups, all at the executive level.

Doug has worked for Sun Trust Bank (Executive Vice President), the Deutsche Bank Group (Managing Director of Deutsche Bank AG and President of Deutsche Bank Trust Company), Bank of America and Swedish based management consultancy Mercuri Urval (Vice President and the International Business Manager). In addition, as a consultant he has worked numerous clients across a diversity of industries and sizes including companies such as Credit Suisse, Broadridge Financial, Charles Schwab Volvo North America, Marriott International Lodging, the European Space Agency and BT North America.

Doug specializes in both implementing change management and the building of successful businesses — both as an executive and as a consultant. He understands the global nature of today's business environment and has hands-on experience in working with global companies, both large and small.

Doug passionately believes that the success of a company is attributable to the quality and dedication of its people. He is highly experienced in enabling people to recognize and utilize their business potential to further their career aspirations.

Doug has his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and his graduate degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Eric Loomis

Eric Loomis is an MDL Partners Vice President who has over 25 years of experience in Enterprise Software and Professional Services Sales. He first joined MDL Partners 17 years ago as a client, and has now come full circle to join our team and offer his expertise toward supporting other C-level executives to reach their career goals.

Eric is a forward-thinking strategist who promotes unconventional ideas and alternative solutions to complex challenges. He has spent his career walking the hallways of Fortune 500 companies creating relationships with C-level executives, and he utilizes his ability to communicate with individuals from all levels of an organization to help enrich corporate atmospheres with connection, motivation, and upward momentum.

As Vice President, Eric is a first point of contact for many MDL clients. He utilizes his deep understanding of the corporate career climate as a way to uncover what a client’s specific needs and goals are, and then matches that client with an MDL consultant that can meet those specific needs and map out the prefect strategic career plan for that client to achieve their goals. Eric also mentors and supports clients in expanding their professional network by cultivating meaningful relationships and making introductions that benefit all who are involved.

In his earlier years, Eric studied Political Science at St. Andrew’s College where he competed as a top-ranked athlete in soccer, baseball, and track. He now likes to spend his free time coaching youth soccer and volunteering within his community with various youth organizations.

Ed Manning

Ed Manning has over 30 years of Corporate experience building and managing high performance teams in the high-tech industry. He has extensive experience working with multiple Fortune 500 companies such as HP, Compaq and DEC on organization dynamics, recruitment and talent management. Most recently he has been involved in consulting for business planning and marketing strategy for both commercial companies and non-profits. He has coached candidates on their career development and acted as a mentor to those seeking insight on navigating within complex organizational structures. Ed has also been working with entrepreneurs, through a formal incubator program, helping them develop business plans and appropriate staffing models.

Ed is known for the art of culturally diverse, cross-functional collaboration and the ability to communicate effectively across any level of an internal or external organization around the globe. He has extensive In Country experience working as an expat for 8 years managing teams in Asia and has wide ranging global experience recruiting candidates in the US, Asian and European markets.

Skilled at coaching individuals on achieving their career and personal growth goals Ed is a passionate believer in actively managing one’s career both within organizations and externally in search of new challenges.

Melody Martin

Melody Martin, MDL Partners’ Vice President, Administration has over 15 years of experience in client services coordination and communications, event coordination, and team building and leadership. She supports MDL Partners in identifying best practices and executing them in a manner that enriches the client experience.

With a background in marketing, promotions, communications, and business consulting, Melody has supported small businesses nationwide to focus their mission and remain accountable to company goals. She has worked closely with entrepreneurs to develop business plans, pricing strategies, marketing strategies and materials, web copy, and lead sourcing techniques.

Melody is also the Founder of The Synchronicity Project, a resource platform designed to draw attention to personal accountability and integrity as one steps into their life vision. She is the author of Be, Do, Have, A Crash Course in Reality and Creating the Life you Choose, which supports readers in uncovering the hidden obstacles they place in their own way which hinder them from achieving their goals.

Melody is an alumnus of the University of Florida where she earned undergraduate degrees in both Physics and Philosophy. A South Florida native, but a northerner at heart, she has enjoyed living in the New England area since 2014.

Thomas P. McNeil

Thomas P. McNeil, President of MDL Partners, is one of the founders of the company. He is a native Bostonian, a graduate of Boston Latin School and received a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Boston College.

Tom spent seven years on active duty as a Naval Aviator and subsequently took a position as Operating Center Manager, Aviation Systems for a Washington, D.C. based consulting firm, Systems Consultants, Inc. He relocated to Boston as a District Manager for Pat Ryan & Associates and remained there until he accepted a position with Performance Dynamics International. He was instrumental in growing this company from four to sixty five locations over a seven year period and became Executive Vice President.

Following his active Naval service, Tom spent 13 years in the Marine Reserve and retired as a Colonel after serving as Commanding Officer of a Boston based Marine Fighter Squadron. He is also a graduate of the Navy's famed "Top Gun School." He was featured in the New England Executive segment of ABC's "Evening Magazine".

With over 30 years of experience in the career consulting industry Tom has established an exceptional, worldwide network of executives, professionals and entrepreneurs. His philosophy can be summed up in these words: the customers of any business are a precious resource. Listen to them, and treat them fairly, and you can't help but have a successful enterprise.

Alfred J. Smith, Jr.

Alfred J. Smith, Jr., Senior Vice President, lives in Darien, Connecticut with his wife and four children, and provides professional and legal services to clients in the Connecticut and Massachusetts areas.

Al received his BSBA (Finance) and MSIR (Labor Relations) from Loyola University of Chicago, and his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. He is a member of the Massachusetts, Connecticut and Federal bars and has represented clients throughout the country. Al was elected to the Darien Town Meeting and has run for Congress twice.

Al has over 30 years of business, HR management and legal experience with Stone & Webster Engineering, Barry & Smith, ITT, Brink's, Inc. and Horsehead Industries, Inc. where he was COO of Great Lakes Research Corp., a subsidiary. He joined the company in 1997 and has provided our clients with negotiation and legal advice. He is a practicing employment attorney, with offices in Stamford, and is Chairman and CEO of, Inc., an Internet-based entrepreneurial organization specializing in negotiation and legal advice on severance and employment agreements.

Richard M. Story, III

Richard M. Story, III is an Executive Vice President at MDL Partners in Farmington, Connecticut.

During Rick's business career he has been employed by one of the nation's premier financial institutions, one of the nation's leading outplacement consulting firms, and he has been the Owner and President of two businesses. This combination of corporate and entrepreneurial experience provides Rick with a unique understanding of and empathy for his clients' career aspirations. Additionally, Rick has been active in his community and state, serving most recently as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau representing over 100 cities and towns in the State of Connecticut.

For over 30 years Rick has been employed in the Career Consulting and Marketing profession. During this time he has developed the philosophy that a person needs to actively manage his or her career in concert with a Career Advisor who has the judgment, wisdom, experience, and perspective that comes from assisting hundreds of people in advancing their careers. It is difficult for one person alone to be an expert in searching for the right opportunity when it is something they do not do very often, especially when comprehensive assistance is available through a firm such as MDL Partners.

Rick holds a BA in Economics from Knox College and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Paul J. Stanton

Paul J. Stanton is a native Bostonian who has over 35 years of experience as a leader in both secondary and higher education. After serving for eleven years as chief administrator of two private secondary schools in the Boston area, he has spent more than twenty five years in several administrative posts at Tufts University, including as Dean of Student Services for the past sixteen years. Based on his administrative experience, he has had key roles in projects spanning construction planning and campus space redesign, planning and implementing of new technology, and restructuring large organizations in order to enhance services while creating cost efficiencies. He has served as a consultant and lecturer for other universities on these topics during his time at Tufts.

Paul’s management responsibilities included Career Services during a period of extreme change in service demand and expectations. Career centers in many colleges now require undergraduates to learn about the value of networking in order to obtain internships and jobs as part of their requirements. In addition career counselors work with graduate students (including those in PhD programs) and a significant percentage of alumni annually. With parents more focused than ever on ROI, multiple internships are now perceived as an essential part of the undergraduate experience. Paul worked with career center leadership to reshape the service model in order to increase user satisfaction at a time of increased demand and constrained resources. He also served as an adviser to many first year students, coaching them on everything from selection of majors to career choices.

Paul is a former client of MDL partners who has been an active member of our referral network for more than twenty five years. Paul states that his involvement with referrals as well as his career center connection led to an abiding interest in following trends in the job market and changes in the hiring process. He is currently writing a guide for new managers based on his experience, research, and observations, and he hopes to go to print within the year. He holds a B.A. from Stonehill College and a M.Ed. from Suffolk University.

Success Stories


Previous Position
Vice President, telecommunications company

Previous Income
$150,000/yr + bonus

Action Plan
Structured campaign leading to a number of offers in three months

Regional Vice President with leading edge communications company, 60,000 pre-IPO shares

Compensation Package
$125,000/yr + $75,000 bonus + 60,000 pre-IPO shares

Campaign Duration
3 months

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