History of Bowdoin


Bowdoin Moves To Waltham - Bowdoin officially moved offices after 20 years in Wellesley to our new space in Prospect Hill in Waltham!


Bowdoin Technology Partners Created - Recognizing the growing needs of our clients to have more flexible solutions for high demand technology talent, we launched Bowdoin Technology Partners which combined our technology contracting and technology full-time placement practices.

New York State of Mind - Opened our New York City office in SoHo, enabling us to more closely serve our clients and candidates in the Tri-State area.


YearUP Partnership - We launched our partnership with YearUp, a nonprofit organization that prepares urban young adults for their careers. Our team volunteers to help students with interview skills, resume writing as well as mentoring students.

Best of Staffing Award - We conducted our first formal and independent client and candidate survey, the Net Promoter® score. We won Inavero's Best of Staffing Award for Client Satisfaction and are ranked among the top 2% of staffing firms in the US and Canada.


Big Brother Mentors - We partnered with the Big Brother Association and Nativity Preparatory School in Boston to launch a mentoring program for the middle school students. Bowdoin employees were the first volunteers to launch the program and continue with the program to this day, with over 10 mentors volunteering their time at least twice a month.

Bowdoin Cares Team Created - We created the Bowdoin Cares team, an employee run group whose goals are to create community service activities and events that align with our values and support our communities and create events that support a collaborative, fun and healthy culture.

Awarded Fastest Growing Private Companies - We were once again awarded the Boston Business Journal's Pacesetter - one of Massachusetts' fastest growing private companies. We also made the 2012 Inc. 500|5000 list of fasting-growing private companies in America.


Grew to 50 employees


Nativity Preparatory School Partnership - We partnered with Nativity Preparatory School in Boston, volunteering our time and Dave, appointed to the Board in 2011, was asked to serve on the Finance Committee.

Research & Analysis Team Launched - We created our Research & Analysis team who specialize at analyzing, curating and researching talent for our client projects.

Healthcare Information Services & Technology Practice Launched - Healthcare in America began to change at a rapid pace and the demand and compliance requirements for secure healthcare data exploded. Our work in biopharma, technology and digital media gave us a unique perspective and demand for the work we were doing led to our forming our Healthcare Information Services & Technology practice.

Hello UK - Our US clients began needing help finding talent in the UK, so we expanded our services across "The Pond", including a major roll-out for a leading Financial Services Company.


Awarded Fastest Growing Private Companies - Despite the recession, we continued to grow and were once again awarded the Boston Business Journal's Pacesetter - one of Massachusetts' fastest growing private companies.


Awarded Fastest Growing Private Companies - We were awarded the Boston Business Journal's Pacesetter - one of Massachusetts' fastest growing private companies.

Social Media Begins to Take Hold - Turbo charged growth caused companies to change the way they marketed. Demand for new talent with different skills took hold and we launched our Media practice to help companies open new offices around the US and staff newly created digital marketing, technology and product teams.

Recruitment Process Outsourcing Launched - Our expertise in managing large scale expansion projects led to the launch of our Recruitment Process Outsourcing solution where clients outsourced the majority of their end-to-end recruiting and hiring to us.


Bowdoin Consulting Formed - Technology began to boom once again and our clients were having difficulty meeting their technology resource needs. To fill the need, we launched Bowdoin Consulting to help our clients find skilled technology contractors to augment their teams. This eventually grew to become what we now call Bowdoin Technology Partners.


The Rhett Strollathon - Bowdoin became a sponsor of The International Rett Syndrome Foundation's Annual Strollathon -'s signature fundraising program to fund research for treatments and a cure for Rett syndrome. Bowdoin has continued to sponsor the Strollathon and along with friends and family, we continue to participate in the annual event.


Creation of Our Financial Information Services & Technology Practice - Although the stock market was still fragile, team members came up with the crazy premonition that electronic trading would one day successfully compete against the New York Stock Exchange and suggested starting a new division to support this new market. Dave rejected the idea as a fad, but was ignored and The Bowdoin Group launched its Financial Information Services & Technology practice.

A Silver Lining in Tough Economic Times - Despite the economy's post 9/11 decline, we did not downsize or go out of business like most recruiting firms, largely due to the dedication of our team. We refocused, while staying mission focused on delivering different solutions that were needed at the time - mainly in Biopharma, which was still innovating and evolving.


Bowdoin Goes Global - Grew to a team of 18. Our BioPharma and Software & Technology practices were growing rapidly and we were doing more and more national recruitment projects, including a 50 person hiring project for our first ever global client.


The Internet Age - Telecommunications were rapidly emerging, creating new businesses and changing models. We launched our Software & Technology practice to serve clients and candidates in the telecom and Internet space. We replaced the dial-up connection with broadband which crashed as soon as it was installed.


Bowdoin Goes National - We grew to a "group" of 14, using a dial-up Internet line and a ton of late nights. At this time, the biotech industry started to emerge and we created our BioPharma practice, which launched our first national job - a massive pharmaceutical sales expansion with Ciba Geigy (now Novartis).


Early Growth and the Wellesley Office Park - Dave moved Bowdoin into the Wellesley Office Park in Massachusetts, even though Dave's one and only employee lived in New Jersey. To sign the lease, Dave had to make it appear that he had an actual "Group" working in the office. So he bought cubicles, a reception desk for the front of the office, and a used electric typewriter for the reception desk (which was never plugged in).


Bowdoin is Born - Although Dave Melville's version as to why he founded Bowdoin seems to change on weekly basis, his obsessive focus on delivering excellent service to our clients and candidates has not wavered since our inception. So with a phone, a list of medical device companies to call and a six pound laptop given as a gift by his dad, Bowdoin began.

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