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Expanding Operations in Farmington Hills, MI

April 21, 2014 - by Lindsey Eidson

Lynn and Rod Coburn are the new owners of the Express Employment Professionals office in Farmington Hills, MI. This is the Coburns first expansion since becoming franchisees of the Westland Express office in January 2010. The Express office in Farmington Hills has been well-established for many years, which was one of the deciding factors for Rod and Lynn when they set out to expand their territory.

Getting to Know the Coburns
Rod and Lynn have been married for 23 years and are proud parents of three children. They met at Northwood University where they both graduated with degrees in business. Rod also earned his master’s degree in business administration from Cleveland State University.

Partners in Life and Business
Rod and Lynn are a great team! They are very successful and have been award-winning office owners for many years. Before expanding their operations into Farmington Hills, they built a strong crew to continue success in Westland. As the new owners of the Express office in Farmington Hills, Rod and Lynn continue to push themselves and hope to reach new goals and break records at their new office.

Active in Their Community
Rod and Lynn are involved in philanthropic work in their community. Lynn volunteers at Mary’s Mantle, a home that serves women who are homeless pregnant mothers who have no place to turn. Mary’s Mantle helps women in need find shelter and a place to help them get back on their feet. Recently Mary’s Mantle won the Impact Project award. The Impact Project is one way Express Employment Professionals can continue to make a difference by giving $25,000 donation to a nonprofit organization making a difference in a community where Express currently operates.

They are firm believers in giving back to their community and are looking forward to helping make a difference in people’s lives through their new Express office by providing quality staffing solutions.

Business Ownership Opportunity
Do you want to help make a positive difference in your own community? If so, take a look at a day in the life of a business owner in the staffing industry. For more information on owning an 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. From now until June 30, Express is giving away $31,000 to franchise owners to kickstart their new business. Visit ExpressFranchising.com to learn more about Express from our humble beginnings to our current-day success.

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Franchise Success Story: Jerry and Jill Hickey Northland KC, MO

April 21, 2014 - by Lindsey Eidson

There’s nothing more gratifying than knowing our Express franchisees are successful, and we love sharing about it. We are excited to let you in on this great success story of new Express franchisees, Jerry and Jill Hickey, of Northland Kansas City, MO. Jerry and Jill have been with Express less than a year and have already made a huge difference in their Northland Kansas City community and surrounding area. Jill and Jerry give much of the credit for their early success to the great staff Express helped them establish, notably, their Senior staffing consultant, Clinton Bradley, who was their first hire and who has been them since before the office opened.    

Respecting People, Impacting Business
Express is all about finding great jobs for great workers, and the Hickeys’ story is a great example of that. One of Jill’s favorite things about working at Express is that they get to make a difference in the lives of their employees every day. Jill shared a story about an employee that came to their office while living in a half-way house. The employee started out by doing light labor. Soon, it became apparent the employee was not only a great worker, but had a love for life, and a good heart. Jerry and Jill worked to get the employee a better job so she could make more money to get on her feet. She now has her own apartment, her own vehicle, and is spending time with her children. “This story is a fantastic example of second chances and the joy of respecting people while impacting business,” Jill said.

Most Memorable Moment So Far
When asked what has been their most memorable moment during the first 90 days of business, Jill and Jerry said it was getting the green light to staff a motorcycle manufacturing facility in their community. “That was a huge stepping stone in getting our business off the ground. I feel the moment that sealed the deal with them was the fact that we spoke about being locally owned and operated and easily reachable due to living nearby. He could sense our business style and ethical mentality,” Jill said.

Lots of Laughs
“We have fun and laugh a lot at work. We get really tickled by the funny email addresses applicants have,” Jerry said. “For the most part, our office is a fun and inviting place. We want our staff to enjoy coming into work and we want all employees to feel welcome and know our Express office is a place they can come for help in finding a job,” Jill said.  

Business Ownership Opportunity
Do you want to help make a positive difference in your own community? If so, take a look at a day in the life of a business owner in the staffing industry. For more information on owning an 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. From now until June 30, Express is giving away $31,000 to franchise owners to kickstart their new business. Visit ExpressFranchising.com to learn more about Express from our humble beginnings to our current-day success.

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Getting to Know the New Express Owner in Easley, SC

April 09, 2014 - by Lindsey Eidson

Mike Mercier is the new owner of the Express Employment Professionals office in Easley, SC.  Previously, Mike worked for a multinational electronics corporation that is one of the world's largest original equipment manufacturers. There, Mike was a team leader responsible for the largest distribution account which produces more than $400M in annual revenue.

Mike’s Achievements
Throughout Mike’s experience with the electronics corporation, he achieved the President’s Club sales award multiple times, was selected twice for the President’s Shark Tank, which is a team of employees picked by the company president to assist with special projects, normally associated with improving operations and increasing efficiency. Mike achieved top sales representative in 2012 for one of the company’s key product lines, and was selected to be a part of the Excellence Leadership Development program. 

Mike’s strong integrity and loyal spirit are a great fit for the Express culture. He envisions himself as a successful Express business owner and has already been building relationships and networking in his community to make sure he has a great start to owning his own staffing business.

Business Ownership Opportunity
Do you want to help make a positive difference in your own community by providing quality staffing solutions? 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. Until June 30th, Express is giving away $31,000 to franchise owners to kickstart their new business. Learn more about Express from our humble beginnings to our current-day success.

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Getting to Know the Vani Family

April 08, 2014 - by Lindsey Eidson

Maya, Jagdish, and their son, Konark Vani, are the owners of the new Express Employment Professionals office in Dearborn, MI. The Vani family are very experienced business leaders in their community. Their family business, which has grown over the past 20 years, serves the automotive industry, and a portion of their business involves staffing. They have the necessary people in place to operate their other business while they build their new Express franchise in Dearborn. 

Like Father Like Son
Jagdish has a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Marketing. After obtaining his master’s degree, Jagdish worked as a marketing executive in India for three years and then moved to the United States. Shortly after his move, Jagdish got a job with an automotive supplier as a contract engineer for Ford and General Motors. After three years, he was promoted to Engineering Group Manager and managed more than 40 engineers. He also has experience working with several contract staffing-leasing service providers at GM, where he recruited contract engineers for projects. Jagdish is very familiar with contract staffing processes and requirements, terms, rates, markups, and direct hire requirements.

Konark has a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics from the University of Michigan and began his career at a large computer company in the business process transformation consulting division as an associate consultant. Konark was quickly recognized as a leader within his division on specific projects and was given management responsibilities.

In 2010, their family business had some very promising growth opportunities, so Konark resigned from the computer company and moved back to Detroit to join the business as Director of Operations. His main task was to open and successfully launch their fourth satellite operation. It quickly became his responsibility to manage and oversee the operations of all of their businesses sites. He manages roughly 200 employees, as well as logistical matters and IT systems to keep the company current.  

The Vani family is looking forward to helping serve the needs of their city and surrounding communities by providing quality staffing solutions. They have seen firsthand the demand for more work in their area and are ready to help make a difference through their Express office.

Business Ownership Opportunity
Do you want 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 a business owner in the staffing industry. For more information on owning an 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. Until June 30th, Express is giving away $31,000 to franchise owners to kickstart their new business. Visit ExpressFranchising.com to learn more about Express from our humble beginnings to our current-day success.

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Getting to Know Matt and Natalee Ziebro

April 07, 2014 - by Lindsey Eidson

Matt and Natalee Ziebro are the owners of the new Express Employment Professionals office in NW Cincinnati, OH.

Why Express?
Matt and Natalee looked into many franchise options. Some initially looked promising, but in the end they felt Express provided the best combination of support, limited investment, and rate of return. “We feel that the staffing industry is a growing market segment and should enjoy favorable tailwinds for the foreseeable future,” Matt said. “Express also validated very well when we spoke to current owners. We heard many positive things about different aspects of the business. Most importantly, we felt that Express satisfied our desire to partner with a company whose values aligned with our own.” It is clear why Express has been ranked the #1 staffing franchise in America for three consecutive years!

Experience Led to Express
Matt and Natalee started a telecommunications company in 1998, which grew to over $3.7 million in annual sales within five years. In order to take on another business opportunity, they sold their share of the telecom business in 2005. For the past eight years, Matt has been Executive Vice President of Sales for a national telecom carrier.

Throughout the past decade, Natalee has been very involved in the local pregnancy crisis center where she works to provide education, professional, and personal coaching to the low income segment of their area.

Community Interaction
Natalee moderates a local chapter of the National Honor Society where homeschooled children have the opportunity to perform service projects for their community and showcase their academic achievements to improve their college prospects.

Matt is very active at his local tennis club and plays on a team that travels around the city. He has been involved in fundraising for their church and actively networks by attending local business meetings.

Family Matters
Matt and Natalee have a family of eight children, and pride themselves on seeing their children grow into entrepreneurial, responsible, successful people. Three of their children even own their own microbusinesses. They all thrive in their homeschooling, which provides a lot of flexibility in both their education and daily life.

Goals for 2014
Matt and Natalee are looking forward to getting their Express office off the ground, hiring some talented staff members, becoming recognized in their territory, and setting themselves up for a big 2015. They are very interested in driving an enterprise that will have a positive impact on every person and organization that connects, both directly and indirectly, to their business.

Business Ownership Opportunity
Do you want 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 a business owner in staffing, and for more information on owning an 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. Until June 30th, Express is giving away $31,000 to franchise owners to kickstart their new business. Visit ExpressFranchising.com to learn more about Express from our humble beginnings to our current-day success.

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