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New Joliet, IL Owner Expands History of Service to Staffing Industry

July 29, 2014 - by Administrative Express Franchising

Ed Kerfin is no stranger to helping people in need.

As a former firefighter and emergency medical technician for the Chicago Ridge Fire Department, he learned to save lives in dire situations. Ed also worked as an insurance agent for John Hancock Insurance. He was such a success in the insurance industry that he was promoted after two years and supervised 33 sales people.

In sales, Ed also succeeded, and now he’s bringing that background of service to Express Employment Professionals as the new franchisee in Joliet, IL.

“During his time at John Hancock, he won numerous sales and recruiting awards,” said Bill Thompson, Franchising Director at Express. “Eric later purchased a healthcare franchise where he won multiple awards and performed in their Top 20.”

Ed is a shoo-in when it comes to growing a new franchise. In 2010, he oversaw the operations, sales, and marketing for a Home Helpers Franchise. Before owning a franchise, he also managed government sales in seven states in the Midwest for UNICOR Federal Prison Industries.

Ed’s passion is helping others, especially seniors and the disabled. He is the Host of 1340 WJOL Friends Over 50 Fridays, a radio program dedicated to entertaining and educating seniors on health, finance, and lifestyle issues.

He and his cousin won a statewide award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for their community service, and he is a CASA - GAL volunteer who advocates for children in the juvenile court system who have been abused. Ed also raises money for charities like Meals on Wheels through the Autobahn Cruise 5K charity race he founded, and he recently became a member of the Masons and Scottish Right.  

He also co-founded a charitable organization, Angel For Hospice, that grants last wishes for terminally ill adults. He has truly dedicated his life and businesses to serving other people.

An Express franchise could be your opportunity to control your future and create your desired work/life balance. Explore ownership possibilities at ExpressFranchising.com.

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A Recruiting Call They’re Glad They Didn’t Miss

July 24, 2014 - by Administrative Express Franchising

After years in the pharmaceutical sales industry, recent Kansas City, MO franchisee Jerry Hickey was accustomed to receiving recruiting calls. But the call he got from an Express Employment Professionals recruiter took a surprising turn when Jerry was asked if he’d ever thought of owning his own business. Business ownership had always been a dream of Jerry’s, so he and his wife, Jill, were excited to learn more.

Two of their top concerns were financial security and being unfamiliar with the staffing industry. Jerry was pleased to discover that average annual sales for mature Express franchises are $5.1 million. And, even though they didn’t know anything about staffing, Jill realized that “if you’re adept at selling, they can teach you to run a staffing agency.”

Looking back on their journey to franchise ownership, they are very thankful that Jerry took that recruiting call. “It’s been very positive,” Jerry says of the transition, “Positive for our family; positive for our relationship.” And, as it turns out, staffing has been the perfect match for Jerry and Jill. “It’s about selling, connecting with people, and, at the end of the day, helping to change people’s lives.”

If you’re interested in franchise ownership and the staffing industry, you don’t have to wait for a recruiter to call you. Discover what a day in the life of a staffing franchise owner looks like. Then, visit ExpressFranchising.com for more information about owning an Express staffing franchise and becoming part of the fastest growing staffing franchise in America, according to Entrepreneur magazine.

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Human Resources and Sales Background Prove a Winning Combination

July 22, 2014 - by Administrative Express Franchising

Keith Kniepkamp of Chesterfield, MO is the newest Express Employment Professionals franchise owner, and he brings with him a strong background in human resources and management.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in finance from Southern Illinois University, Keith worked as a recruiter for Wottowa and Associates. His career advanced to take HR management positions at Meridian Automotive, Ingersoll Rand, Baser Electric, and Public Safety Equipment, Inc.

“Keith has a very diverse business and management background. He has experience in recruiting, talent management, and sales,” said Dan Gunderson, Regional Franchising Executive of Express. “He is customer oriented and is looking to build and develop his business with a combination of human resources and sales experience. That is a perfect combination for the staffing industry.”

Keith is excited to also get the opportunity to work with his daughter Alison in his Express franchise. She has the customer service abilities to fill the Staffing Consultant role.

Keith and his wife Sue are active in their local church, St. Mark, and he also volunteers with the St. Mark Food Pantry. He is an active member of the local Society of Human Resource Management chapter.

Do Keith’s story inspire you to help make a positive difference in your own community by providing quality staffing solutions? For more information on owning your own Express franchise, visit ExpressFranchising.com. Each year Express Employment Professionals is recognized as a leader in the franchising and staffing industries, including being named one of the top in the franchising industry and the fastest growing staffing franchise in America by Entrepreneur magazine. Our rich 31-year history is steeped in the values of hard work and helping people. Learn more about Express, from our humble beginnings to our current-day success.

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Impressive Background in Finance Sets Stage for Success at Express

July 17, 2014 - by Administrative Express Franchising

Congratulations to Eric Ronning on the purchase of the Express Employment Professionals Chanhassen, MN, office.

Eric, a certified financial planner, recently sold his shares in financial advisory company which he co-founded more than eight years ago. Before serving as president of that company, Eric worked in sales and marketing for financial service companies.

“With more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing in both B2B and B2C, Eric has successfully owned and operated a financial services company for the past 8 ½ years,” said Fred Muse, former Senior Director of Franchising for Express. “He will be a great fit for Express with an impressive background in finance, strategic planning, insurance, and investments. He knows and respects the bottom line and knows how to sell and control costs. Eric has the energy and desire to grow the business, build on the existing team, and help others at the same time.”

Eric and his wife Katherine have been happily married for 20 years and together they have three children. Eric helps coach their children in hockey and together they enjoy watching them play lacrosse and other sports and activities. Eric also gives back to his community by serving on the board of the Zoom House, a Minneapolis based non-profit that helps the homeless with transitional housing.

Does this story of a successful entrepreneur who has become an Express franchisee inspire you to help make a positive difference in your own community by providing quality staffing solutions? If so, take a look at a day in the life of an Express Franchisee. Each year Express Employment Professionals is recognized as a leader in the franchising and staffing industries. This includes being named one of the top in the franchising industry and the fastest growing staffing franchise in North America by Entrepreneur Magazine. Our rich 31-year history is steeped in the values of hard work and helping people.  If you would like to learn more about becoming an Express Franchisee please visit, ExpressFranchising.com.

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Veteran Finds New Passion for Service

July 15, 2014 - by Administrative Express Franchising

With 30 years of management experience in Silicon Valley working for some of the world’s most successful companies, Joe McClendon of Menlo Park, CA, is ready to use his expertise to help job seekers and clients as the newest Express Employment Professionals franchisee.

Joe has a military background, earning his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and serving five years as a U.S. Army field artillery officer. He earned his master’s degree in quality assurance from San Jose State University.

His work with such firms as Cisco Systems, Applied Materials, and Lockheed Martin led him to become an expert in building and leading teams, as well as managing projects and developing new services. For the past 15 years, Joe worked in customer service with Cisco Systems and was involved in the recruiting and hiring process within his department.

“Joe really enjoys being involved in the human resources field and recruiting quality applicants,” said Dan Gunderson, Regional Franchising Executive for Express. “He has many contacts in the Bay Area and believes this will help develop new relationships going forward to build his business.”

Joe said he was impressed with the overall support structure at Express after completing his validation calls with current franchisees. He is excited to be part of the culture of Express and the networking opportunities with other owners.

“Joe is a family man who speaks often about his wife and their daughters,” Gunderson said. “He will be a good fit for Express as a new franchisee in the Bay Area.”

Joe serves as a USO Volunteer at San Francisco International Airport and was the event coordinator for the 2014 Army-Stanford Football Tailgate Party. He lives with his wife Celeste in San Jose. They have two daughters who live in Santa Barbara – one in college and a recent college graduate.

An Express franchise could be your opportunity to control your future and create your desired work/life balance. Explore ownership possibilities at ExpressFranchising.com.

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