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In 2006, Bohan, at top right, president of the Board of Trustees of Bering Omega, is photographed with the Board.


they were locking off the meters so that we could no longer pull them. I called my boss and asked him if he had any idea what was going on, only to hear, “Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies.”


How did you get your start in the personnel industry? I was in the process of looking for a new


opportunity and was considering a position as a regional or possibly opening up my own fee management company. During this investiga- tive period I went to a personnel agency. I was told that they did not place people at my level, only on site, but they offered me an interim


position to be a personnel consultant while I was looking for “a real job.” I went home and called a friend about this


offer, and he congratulated me. When I expressed my hesitation about the business, he responded, “You love to talk on the phone, and you have done all of this hiring, so you know what a good candidate is all about. You would be a natural.” I did not know it then, but I had been point-


ed to a profession that I would fall in love with. I did extensive research and visited with a number of franchises, as well as individually owned operations, and in the end came to the conclusion that I would open my own firm.


At a recent Industry Achievement Awards with the Liberty Group team


How did The Liberty Group come into being? Initially, I had decided to buy a franchise and


went to visit their seven offices. By this point, I was so excited about the idea of having my own business and the whole personnel profes- sion, I told all of the other franchises that I planned to be the No. 1 office in short order. Well, when I went back to close the deal and sign up with the franchise, he told me he could not sell to me because the franchisees had threatened to revolt if he did. I guess they thought I was a little too cocky. He offered to sell his system outright and provide two weeks of training. So optimistic and incredibly naïve, I opened Liberty on January 2, 1978.


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