Russell and Tricia Mountain of Rowland Mountain and Associates have over 47 years of combined experience in sales, marketing and operations management recruiting.

Russell D. Mountain, CPC

Russell MountainRuss Mountain is a Georgia native who studied engineering while attending Southern Tech in Marietta, Georgia after graduating from Morrow High School in 1972.

He began his professional career with General Motors Corporation in 1976. He worked 6 years for GM, gaining world class large-scale manufacturing and supervision experience in a strong union environment.

He was recruited in 1982 to Acuity Brand’s Lithonia Lighting in Conyers, GA as an assembly line supervisor of 36  I.B.E.W.  union production assembly workers.  After significant gains in quality and production efficiency Russ was promoted to production superintendent responsible for a $15M division of 150 manufacturing workers and managers on 3 shifts.  From that role, Russ moved into the marketing department as a national product manager.  This position required extensive national travel supporting Acuity’s product offerings to 72 Independent Sales Rep Agencies and National, Regional and Local Electrical Wholesale Distributors and Electrical Commercial and Industrial Contractors.

Russ left Lithonia Lighting in December of 1987 and founded Rowland Mountain and Associates.

Over the past 25 years Rowland Mountain and Associates has become an industry leader in business to business sales, marketing and operations leadership recruiting. The Atlanta Business Chronicle has twice named Rowland Mountain and Associates as one of the top 10 Executive Search firms in Atlanta.

In 1999 Russ earned his C.P.C. recognition by the National Association of Personnel Services and was elected to the Board of Directors for the Georgia Association of Personnel Services. He represented the Georgia State Association of 160 firm members as the Legislative Director on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. in 2000. He presided 4 years in the executive rotation of the board where he  served as the V.P. of membership, V.P. of programs and as President in 2004 and 2005. Russ is one of only three twice elected presidents of the state association. He is the only president to serve back to back terms in the 45 year history of the organization. Under his leadership in 2005, the Georgia Association received the National Presidents Award from the National Association of Personnel Services in recognition of the association’s leadership, expertise and commitment to the staffing profession.

Tricia A. Mountain, CPC

Tricia MountainTricia A. Mountain joined Rowland Mountain & Associates as Vice President in 1998. Her strengths in organizational development have helped RMA clients to strategically recruit and hire top talent from across the United States and Canada.  Tricia is now RMA’s V.P. and General Manager responsible for the day to day operations and leadership of all associates.

Tricia has proven her dedication to professional excellence with her numerous designations and awards. She earned a place in the Million Dollar Hall of Fame in 2004. She received the RMA “Outstanding Achievement Award” in 1999 and was recognized as a “Top Producer” by the Georgia Association of Personnel Services in 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. Tricia earned her Certified Personnel Consultant designation through the National Association of Personnel Services in 1999.

In 1989, Tricia began her career in professional placement at NPS of Atlanta, a temporary staffing agency. In just eight years, she rose through the ranks from recruiter to manager, and ultimately to vice president and general manager. Tricia presided over eight branch offices, 50 permanent employees and more than $18 million dollars in sales. Under her leadership, NPS was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the top 10 fastest-growing small businesses in Atlanta in 1996.