Westchester County's Most Accomplished Women Entrepreneurs
Meet 28 of the county's most successful, move innovative, most respected business women.
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Founder and CEO, Loughlin Personnel Ltd.; Co-Founder and COO, Westerly-Enright
After starting out as an administrative assistant at Architectural Digest in Manhattan (“Very exciting for a girl from Rockland County!”), Laura Loughlin found her vocational footing working her way up the ladder at recruiting firms. “I liked it immediately,” she says. Ten years later, however, when the last firm she worked for closed its White Plains branch, Loughlin found herself out of a job. “I was faced with a huge decision: work for another firm or go out on my own,” Loughlin says. “I decided it was now or never—and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.”
Loughlin Personnel opened its doors in 1998 and was successful from the get-go. In its first decade, the
company grew its revenues by 80 percent. “A large part of that revenue was from candidates we placed in permanent positions,” Loughlin says. “In early 2002, it began to change, and our temporary-staffing division began to take off.” Today she employs six and earns more than $1 million per year.
Loughlin expanded her entrepreneurial horizons when she partnered with Susan Villamena (see below) to co-found Westerly-Enright, a niche staffing firm specializing in recruiting and hiring sales execs; Loughlin is its COO. “Professionally, it made perfect sense to bring together my knowledge of staffing and Susan’s knowledge of sales training.”
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