Karin Lihzis: Founder & CEO
Karin was born and raised in Norton, MA. After moving around the US for several years, with her husband and family, they settled back in Norton. It was at this time, in 1981, that The Alpha Group was started. Karin had an idea – to create a staffing agency that would put the puzzle pieces together – matching the client (business) with the candidate (job seeker). Alpha's goal continues to “be the best at what we do, not the biggest.”
Karin’s mission was and still is to “put people first.” She believes the people are ultimately what determines the success of a business. As she often states, “If a company is going to invest in anything it should be in their people,” and they should treat them like family. If you walk into The Alpha Group you will see this family mind-set in action, from the “feel at home” environment to everyone working to help each other out.
The passion for helping others succeed allows Karin to effectively coach each candidate and guide them successfully through the job-searching process. She takes time to learn about each business – who they are and what they need to succeed. This enables her to make successful matches happen between employees and employers!
Using her strong emotional intelligence and ability to read individuals and situations clearly and quickly, Karin successfully determines the best placement for each employee and employer – helping the puzzle pieces fall together. Her energy and passion are contagious, compelling those around her to want to work hard and succeed.
When asked what she enjoys most about The Alpha Group, Karin warmly states, “it’s family-oriented…I treat everyone as part of my family.”
The belief in putting people first shines through Karin in both the workplace and at home. If you were to walk into her home you would most likely find her relaxing with her husband and two dogs – a Cavalier cocker spaniel and Havanese – cooking, listening to classical music, enjoying a fire in the fireplace, and spending time with her sons and their families, especially the grandchildren. Home is one of Karin’s favorite places to be. But when she’s not there or at work she’ll most likely be boating, sailing, shopping, tending to her flower gardens, traveling, or maybe trying to get back on the ski slopes.
Karin is a walking example of “home is where the heart is !"