South Shore Staffing, a leading full-service agency offering temporary and direct hire placement for accounting, finance, engineering and administrative professionals, has a new President and owner – one with a very familiar last name.
Canton native Linda McDaid, sister of South Shore Staffing founder Edwin McDaid, is assuming leadership of the 10-year old staffing agency located in Canton. Linda stepped in after her brother’s death to serve as the agency’s President, and has recently completed the acquisition of the business.
South Shore Staffing founder Ed McDaid passed suddenly in May 2013 at the age of 46, the result of an automobile accident. Under Linda’s leadership, his South Shore Staffing team successfully continued the business through the year while arrangements for transition of ownership were put in place. She said, “The team at South Shore Staffing rose to the occasion during an extremely difficult time.”
Linda McDaid said that she looks forward to the challenge, although acknowledges that it is an emotional transition. “We all miss Ed terribly,” she said. “He was a wonderful brother and friend, and a highly respected business leader. We have heard so many moving tributes and compliments about Ed over the last 15 months.” She added, “I cannot say enough also about the South Shore Staffing team. They all went above and beyond during very difficult personal circumstances to keep the agency running smoothly to meet our client needs.” She continued, “Ed would be so proud of this group of professionals. I am honored that they will all continue to be the fabric of the South Shore Staffing family. Ed dedicated his efforts to building a superior service organization which differentiated itself by focusing on local South Shore company needs, while maintaining extremely high professional and ethical standards. Ed’s philosophy will always remain a core part of South Shore Staffing’s principles, and our team is committed to building on the tremendous success Ed and his team created.”
This is a significant career switch for McDaid. She spent most of her career with Honeywell Inc., the last 25 years in California. She initially joined the company and began in their Newton, MA office (after attaining her associate degree from Massasoit Community College in HVAC engineering), where her primary role was applications engineer. McDaid attained her BS degree in Environmental Engineering from Rutgers University while continuing to work at Honeywell. After graduating from Rutgers, her work at Honeywell expanded and took her across the US, including Indiana, New York, Kentucky, and eventually California. Over the years she served in a variety of positions including Application Engineer, Project Manager, Technical Sales Consultant, National Sales, National Construction Market Manager, West Regional Design Build Manager, West Region Business Development Leader, and Northern California Sales Leader. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and a published author in the subject of green building. At the end of 2012, she retired from Honeywell and considered her next steps.
Following the passing of her brother, she spoke with family members, who fully supported her decision to return to Massachusetts and take charge of the business. Of her Honeywell career, McDaid said, “Although the company was very different than where I find myself now, it gave me considerable experience in hiring and managing people for sales and technical positions, so it did afford me the insight into a key part of what we do at South Shore Staffing – finding the right people to match the needs of our client companies.”
She is a member of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and plans to continue the company’s active role with that Chamber as her brother did. In her spare time, she enjoys sports – particularly the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. She also is an avid golfer. She remembers many competitive golf games with her brothers Ed and Bill, and said, “We enjoyed our time on the links and both brothers strived to beat their oldest sister. They got close but still were just a little short. The sibling competition made our outings a lot of fun.”