Meet M.K. and Associates.

Our team of recruiters and support staff are managed by principal partners John Mossman and Maureen Knowlson. Contact us and one of our well trained staff will be happy to assist you with your job search efforts.


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Whether you are looking to fill a position, or find your next career move, we would love to connect with you.

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Our Vision


M.K. and Associates is a niche recruiting firm that specializes in the industry of food and food ingredient manufacturing. We work with companies who have specific hiring needs.

Our approach offers the most effective method for client companies to find top talent and to build lasting relationships with their employees. We assist our clients in defining their realistic needs and idealistic wants based on the current state of the market.


Our mission is to source the best people from our dynamic network to find those with the particular knowledge, skills, experience, and personality the hiring managers seek. We are constantly expanding our network of the industry’s top candidates, seeking to build professional relationships leading to successful placements.

Our goal is to be known in the food industry as the best recruiting firm based on quality and service. Contact us today to start the conversation.

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Our Leadership



John Mossman


John Mossman is a principle partner at M.K. and Associates, Inc. He has been in the industry since 1983, recruiting for a variety of technical industries. John's career began in Chicago, where he was a manager for a large recruitment firm.

Since establishing M.K. and Associates Inc. with partner Maureen Knowlson in 1990, John has developed expertise in all technical and operations management areas of the Food Industry. His relationships with C-Level executives and business owners has positioned John to help business owners with legacy development, exit strategy development and to facilitate mergers and acquisitions.   In addition, John is the Administrative Manager at M.K. and Associates, Inc. and continues to run a recruiting desk.

“There is a synergy created by the combination of positions we fill that gives us a competitive advantage. That translates into more placements, which is good for companies, good for applicants, and good for M.K. and Associate, Inc."

- John Mossman, Partner - M.K. and Associates, Inc


Maureen Knowlson

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Maureen Knowlson is a principle partner at M.K. and Associates, Inc. She has a breadth of experience in the recruiting industry, having begun her career in 1986. Maureen entered the industry with a large recruitment firm in Chicago, where she was quickly promoted to manager after her first year.

She then helped co-found M.K. and Associates in 1990. Maureen's areas of expertise include Research & Development and Quality Assurance, as well as other areas in the technical field of Food and Food Ingredient Manufacturing. In addition to running her recruiting desk, Maureen manages the research staff at M.K. and Associates, Inc. 

“People associate foods and beverages with feelings and emotions. Because of that, the industry attracts people with a lot of passion. Matching people and companies who share the same passions is what I do. Whether I place an executive or a technician, making that successful match is always gratifying.”

- Maureen Knowlson, Partner - M.K. and Associates, Inc.

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