Today Connexion celebrates its 20th anniversary as a leading staffing and recruitment firm. Founded in 1999 by Dan Cushing and Ken DiMaggio, Connexion has experienced strong, steady growth by focusing on its core mission: building world-class teams for hiring organizations and providing fulfilling careers for job seekers. Dan and Ken would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the firm’s journey and recognize the people — employees, clients, and candidates — who have contributed to its success.
After working together at a leading staffing firm, Dan and Ken decided to leverage their complementary experience to build their own company based on a culture of teamwork. Armed with domain expertise, an entrepreneurial spirit, and seed money from an angel investor, they sublet office space from a friend and got down to business.
The early years were filled with all the risk and stress involved in starting a company from scratch. “We put in long hours and stretched our start-up financing as far as we could,” said Cushing. ”Initially, we decided to forego laptops and bring our desktop computers home every night so we could keep working and still see our families.” It wasn’t long before their passion, drive, and work ethic started to pay off.
Initially, Connexion specialized in systems and engineering staffing for medical device and IT companies, but the company soon expanded into other disciplines largely through client referrals. Within the first several months of operation, Dan and Ken were able to bring two former co-workers on board to help keep up with growing demand. The fledgling team focused on the key metrics that drive a staffing business and worked hard to meet them every day by delivering exceptional service to clients and candidates. That approach turned out to be a formula for success.
A Team of Champions
Above all else, Connexion owes its success and longevity to its talented and dedicated team. Dan and Ken acknowledge the valuable contributions of employees past and present —the loyal, longtime staff of 10 years who have been instrumental to the company’s growth and the more recent hires who have brought new ideas, energy, and enthusiasm to the business. With unparalleled professionalism, this team of experts delivers superior results by tirelessly supporting client organizations, candidates, and each other. The co-founders also extend their heartfelt gratitude to the family and friends who have supported and stood by the team on its path to success.
A Loyal Following
Over the past two decades, Connexion has been fortunate to work with more than 1,000 hiring organizations — from start-ups to Fortune 50 firms across a broad range of industries — to help them find best-fit talent and build successful teams. The company appreciates this ever-expanding community of clients whose loyalty and referrals have enabled the business to thrive.
Since its inception Connexion has also placed nearly 10,000 candidates in temporary, temp-to-perm and direct-hire permanent position. As the ‘face” of Connexion to clients, these individuals continually reinforce the company’s reputation as a provider of top-notch talent through their expertise, hard work, and results.
The Future is Bright
Looking ahead, Connexion is well positioned for sustained growth and success. “We‘re strategically expanding our team of staffing and recruitment experts across our Sudbury, MA headquarters, our growing Quincy, MA location, and our new Providence, RI location to fulfill the needs of hiring organizations and candidates across the U.S.,” states DiMaggio. ”Through our unwavering commitment to teamwork and service, we will continue to raise the bar for staffing and recruitment excellence.” Click Here for Press Release
Here's to the next 20 years!
2019: Connexion Announces Expansion into Rhode Island | Providence Office
Providence, RI Office
225 Dyer Street
Providence, RI 02906
October 2015: Connexion Announces Expansion of Boston | Quincy Office
Connextion Systems & Engineering, Inc. which initially expanded its operation in 2014 to include a Boston | Quincy location has expanded rapidly resulting in the need for a larger office. The newly constructed facility will accommodate this rapidly growing segment of Connexion allowing for the hiring of much needed staff to fill the overwhelming demand for staffing both locally and nationally.
"Over the past 12 months we are thrilled with the progress of our Boston | Quincy office, and we are very confident that our state of the art new home will continue to attract top flight talent to our growing organization." Announced Ken DiMaggio, Managing Partner of Connexion Systems and Engineering.
One Adams Place 859 Willard Street, Quincy, MA 02169 (617) 934-1039
September 2014: Connexion Announces Opening of Boston Office
Connexion Systems & Engineering, Inc. proudly announces the opening of a Boston Office. “A Boston presence is something that has been contemplated for several years, and has come to fruition this month with the opening of an office in Quincy, MA. With a business address conveniently located to downtown Boston we are poised to attract top recruiting talent, as well as the ability to service the Boston marketplace with expert consulting services.” Announced Ken DiMaggio, Managing Partner of Connexion.
One Adams Place 859 Willard Street, Suite 400, Quincy, MA 02169 (781) 353-6453
June 2011: Connexion listed as one of Boston's largest Technology Staffing firms
Connexion Systems Engineering, Inc. announced that it has been listed as one of Boston's largest technology staffing firm. "We are happy to be recognized by the Boston Business Journal for the 3rd year in a row. Through great partnerships with our customers we are poised to continue our significant growth momentum." announced Ken DiMaggio, Managing Partner of Connexion.
January 2011: Connexion experiences continued growth
Connexion Systems & Engineering, Inc. continues to experience growth during these challenging economic times. 'Our clients understand the value we bring to them with a flexible workforce" said Rob Collins, Managing Partner. "We continue to add to our superior recruiting and sales team in our efforts to provide our customers with the staffing excellence they deserve."
November 2010: Connexion solidifies partnership with nextSource and MLSA
Dan Cushing, Managing Partner announced Connexion Systems & Engineering, Inc. has solidified their partnership with nextSouce. Connexion has the ability to provide Vendor-on-Premise and Managed Staffing Services to our clients utilizing the TAMS System.
TAMS Overview Talent Acquisition Management Solution (TAMS) is a robust and scalable Web-based application that utilizes state-of-the-art technology that automates the entire acquisition and management life cycle for temporary workers, consultants, contractors, direct hires and project deliverables anywhere in the world.
Additionally, Connexion has been certified to join the MLSA. The Multiple Listing Staffing Association (MLSA) is an industry-wide network of independent, nextSource-certified agencies, working collaboratively to overcome the challenges facing the staffing industry today. This association is based on the real estate listing model and allows MLSA members to post openings, increase their qualified candidate pools, access new clients and additional openings via a web-based portal.
Connexion sees rise in .NET Development in 2009
Connexion Systems & Engineering has seen demand for consultants increase as new information technology projects are moving again. The projects getting internal funding within companies are in the integration, web services, and wireless areas. "We have seen robust demand for consultants with .NET development experienced" announced Rob Collins, Managing Partner. "Other hot areas are Java, Websphere and Weblogic development efforts."
Connexion is uniquely qualified to help companies with their development projects. Our knowledge of the marketplace and relationships with technology and systems professionals allow us to expertly staff our clients need for project consultants.
March 2008: Connexion Systems & Engineering sees increase in SAP Implementations
Connexion Systems & Engineering has seen a demand for consultants increase as new implementations and development projects are moving again. The projects getting internal funding within companies involve a multitude of modules in the ERP arena. "We have seen robust demand for consultants with SAP Implementation & Development experience" announced Rob Collins, Managing Partner.
Connexion Expands to Phoenix, Arizona in January 2007
Connexion Systems & Engineering is proud to announce their Branch Office expansion to Phoenix, Arizona. "Our expansion to Phoenix and the Southwest supports our continued commitment to the growth of Connexion, and to providing nationwide staffing capabilities to our customers", announced Ken DiMaggio, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Connexion Systems & Engineering Achieves Record Results in 2005
For the 6th consecutive year Connexion Systems & Engineering achieved sales growth greater than 30%. Fiscal year 2005 resulted in sales growth of over 60% compared to the previous year. "We've managed our growth responsibly, and have hired the finest talent in the staffing industry. That combination of ingredients has produced significant growth year to year" said Dan Cushing, CFO and Managing Partner.
Connexion listed as 7th fastest growing staffing firm
Sudbury, MA Connexion Systems & Engineering, Inc has been recognized by Talent Economy, the strategy magazine serving the staffing industry, as 7th fastest growing staffing company in their annual Purple Squirrel 100 compilation. Connexion, founded in 1999, has experienced solid growth each year since its inception.
The Purple Squirrel 100 ranks IT staffing companies based on percentage of net sales growth over the preceding three-year period. All IT staffing companies, both public and privately held, are eligible. This is the first time Connexion has been recognized on this list.
"We're very pleased to be recognized by the Talent Economy Magazine and to be ranked as the 7th fastest growing firm on the Purple Squirrel 100 list," said Ken DiMaggio, President and Chief Executive Officer.