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As a boy growing up in California, Frank Valencia dreamed of someday owning his own business.
Today, after a successful career in marketing and sales, Frank has fulfilled his dream as franchisee of the new Express Employment Professionals office in Commerce, CA.
From Expert Partner to Entrepreneur
“Frank has been the expert his clients relied on for many years,” said Dan Gunderson, Express regional franchising executive. “He is an energetic, entrepreneurial, team-oriented, customer-focused, strategic thinker who thrives in diverse working environments and a perfect fit for Express.”
Born in Jaslisco, Mexico, but raised in the U.S., Frank most recently worked as a director at Uno Agency, a marketing services firm serving global clients in the beer, wine, and spirits industry. Previously, he was the general manager and director of event marketing at Batanga, a leading digital media company serving the U.S. and Latin American markets. In 2002, Frank was a founding member and managing partner at LatCom, LLC, an operator of media and entertainment brands for college students.
A Vision for Serving Commerce Businesses and Workers
“Frank sees the Commerce territory in Los Angeles as an area of great opportunity for commercial/light industrial jobs, as well as administrative positions in the temporary staffing model,” Dan said. “He is fluent in Spanish and understands Hispanic culture, which is a good fit for the Commerce market.”
Frank has a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Fordham University, and completed the Financial Management Program at GE Capital.
A Love for Family and Community
Frank is married to his college sweetheart, Amana, and they have three daughters. Luna is 5 years old and their twins, Maya and Aria, are 2.
The Express business model appeals to him, because it allows him to grow a business without working evenings and weekends when his wife and children need him.
Frank also likes the Express culture of caring that encourages volunteerism in the community.
He is the chair of the Delta Delta Co-Ed Fraternity, Inc. Board of Directors, a volunteer organization that serves more than 300 alumni in the greater Los Angeles area and current undergraduate members at Cal Poly Pomona and UC Irvine.
Join the Express Team
Looking to own your own business? There’s never been a better time to open a franchise of your own. The staffing industry is booming, and Express has been named one of the fastest growing major staffing franchises. For more information on owning an Express franchise, visit ExpressFranchising.com.
Congratulations to Karen, who will now use those skills as a franchisee for Express Employment Professionals, as owner of the new Bloomfield, NJ office!
The Perfect Fit for a Talent Management Specialist
Karen has more than 25 years experience in global human resources management, including roles in recruiting, talent management, organizational development, and executive coaching. She has worked in the pharmaceutical, logistics, and telecommunications industries.
“Karen’s rich HR experience makes her a perfect fit for the staffing industry,” said Brook Wise, Express Regional Franchising Director. “She wants this next step in her career to have meaning, and the Express franchise model makes that possible. She’ll not only be helping businesses in the Morris County area find the talent they need, Karen will be helping area individuals find the career opportunities they seek.”
Karen has a master’s degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University Teachers College and a bachelor of science degree in sociology from Western Michigan University.
The Right Place for Giving Back To the Community
Karen’s heart for helping others dovetails with the Express culture of caring. She has served the community as a board member/volunteer for these organizations:
• Big Brothers/Big Sisters
• Family Institute
• Beverly Bootstraps Food Bank
• Delta Sigma Theta Service Sorority
“Owning her own business appeals to Karen because she wants to control her own destiny,” Brook said. “Express provides that opportunity with the back office support that our franchisees value. Karen is a high-achiever, and we see a successful road ahead for her Bloomfield office.”
Join the Express Team
Looking to own your own business? There’s never been a better time to open a franchise of your own. The staffing industry is booming and Express has been named one of the fastest growing major staffing companies. For more information on owning an Express franchise, visit ExpressFranchising.com.
How long have you been in franchising? I have been with Express Employment Professionals for 11 years and have spent nine years in franchising.
What first interested you about franchising? Franchising gives entrepreneurs the chance to gain automatic access to strategic and beneficial partnerships while increasing their chances for a successful business. With franchising, you can build your business and feel confident that you will leave a legacy for your family for generations to come. Just look at Express as an example; we have a team of more than 200 corporate employees who are helping each and every day to protect the integrity of the Express brand. You can be in business for yourself, but not by yourself.
What motivates you to sell franchises every day? The desire to see people realize their dreams of entrepreneurship! What could be more rewarding than that?!
What makes Express different than other franchises? By far, the single most import thing that differentiates Express from our competitors is the culture! It is like no other! Express strives for success and has a long history of selflessness and dignity. A company’s culture is the DNA of its organization. The Express culture is what defines us.
How long have you been in franchising? It will be three months in November that I have been with Express.
What first interested you about franchising? Franchise Sales is a great department to be in to learn about the business aspect of owning your own company. I was drawn in after learning the longevity of some of the Express employees. This role can easily turn into a career for me, and I’m excited to see where it takes me.
What motivates you to sell franchises every day? My beautiful baby girl, Vida, motivates me to get up every morning to do what I need to do to close the deal.
What makes Express different than other franchises? It’s exciting to hear how franchising prospects feel when they talk about wanting to own an Express office for the sole purpose of making a difference in their community. They’re passionate about the opportunity this can create for their family and the legacy they get to build. No other franchise can offer what Express offers.
To work with Jessica and Julieta and see what sets Express apart from other franchises, go to ExpressFranchising.com today!
Between them, Tom and Stacy McManus have more than 40 years of business experience, five children, and a dream of owning their own business. After evaluating opportunities, they discovered that owning an Express Employment Professionals franchise offers the perfect fit for their family and future.
Congratulations to Tom and Stacy, owners of the new Express office in East Suffolk, NY!
From IT to Insurance
Tom has worked for 30 years in the information technology industry. As an IT management consultant, he focused on organizational efficiencies, revenue growth, IT transformation, portfolio management, and enterprise cloud initiatives.
Stacy has worked for 12 years as a licensed life and health insurance sales agent, serving companies with two to 1,000 employees. Stacy has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dowling College and a master’s degree in elementary education and special education.
“Tom and Stacy bring a great deal of combined business expertise, and they see this as a perfect time to support companies in the East Suffolk region with quality staffing assistance,” said Brook Wise, Regional Franchising Director for Express. “According to regional analysts, private sector jobs across Long Island grew by 17,200 between March and April, and that’s well above average.”
“Long Island is seeing top growth in the construction, retail, education and health services, business and professional services, and trade, transportation, and utilities industries,” Brook said. “Tom and Stacy look forward to helping businesses in the Suffolk region find the talent they need to succeed, and to help workers connect with the employment opportunities they seek.”
Finding Balance for Life and Work
With five children, ages five to 26, the McManus family puts a high priority on work-life balance. Tom coaches youth soccer. He also finds time to serve as a board member and working group chair of a Technical Standards body in the Music Industry, and as North American Technical Representative to the International Standards Organization of Collective Rights Societies.
Stacy serves as event coordinator for their local country club and class mom at school, as well as “Chief Operating Officer” for the McManus household.
“When Tom and Stacy explored viable franchise opportunities, Express stood out because the company provides a proven business model for success while allowing plenty of opportunity for them to spend time with their children and serve their community,” Brook said. “In 2014, Tom kayaked 17 miles across Long Island Sound to raise awareness for U.S. veterans. This is the kind of service that Express encourages and applauds among its franchisees.”
Join Our Team
It’s a great time to join Express! The staffing industry is booming and Express has been named one of the fastest growing major staffing companies in the country. For more information on owning an Express franchise, visit ExpressFranchising.com.
Instead of spending the time looking for a card for your boss to celebrate National Boss’s Day, you could be the one being celebrated!
Today, we honor bosses around the world for their leadership and direction, but each one had to start from somewhere. Maybe you’ve thought about making the leap into business ownership, but still need that final shove. Here are just a few signs that you are ready to be an entrepreneur, as well as some reasons why owning your own business is a great investment.
First, you need to decide if business ownership is right for you. Being your own boss can be extremely rewarding, but it also requires a lot of time and discipline.
If you feel like there is no room for advancement in your career, it may be time to move on. Providing employee development is a great way to retain employees, but if there is no more room to grow in your position, it might be time to consider becoming your own boss.
It’s also important to be challenged at work. Challenging tasks are imperative to career advancement and keeping employees engaged. If you are bored during the day at your office or find yourself daydreaming of a new venture, put those ideas into action!
Hobbies outside of the office are important to maintain a good work/life balance. But what if you could turn those hobbies into a career? A company can greatly benefit from having a boss who is passionate about what they do. Employees thrive off positive energy and can sense whether or not a business owner is invested in the success of the company.
And finally, do you find yourself calculating ways your company could be more efficient? This one might be your biggest red flag. Don’t be afraid to create a business that cuts out all the red tape. Smaller businesses can have large advantages over a corporate environment.
If you decide that business ownership is for you, here are just a few perks, as listed by Entrepreneur Magazine:
• Job flexibility
• You call the shots
• Set your own deadlines
• Create your own environment
• Create something from scratch
• Invest in yourself
• Become an expert
• Financial independence
• New challenges every day
If being your own boss sounds appealing, now is the time to join Express and start the path to business ownership! The staffing industry is booming and Express has been named one of the fastest growing major staffing companies in North America. For more information on owning an Express franchise, visit ExpressFranchising.com.
The Chicago area economy was a bit slower to recover than the national economy, but with all business indicators in the region on the rise, two seasoned businessmen found it’s the perfect time to open an Express Employment Professionals franchise.
Congratulations to Pinak Patel and Katen Patel, business partners and friends, who became Express franchisees of the new Oak Lawn, IL Express office!
Pinak and Katen already have experience as franchise owners for a national chain of convenience stores.
“They understand the value of having a company blueprint for success and valuable home office support when you want to own your own business,” said Bill Thompson, Express Franchising Executive. “The B-to-B Express sales model appeals to Pinak and Katen, and they see this as the perfect time to enter the staffing industry in Oak Lawn.”
“The Chicago region is experiencing lower rates of unemployment, more hiring, growth in manufacturing, an uptick in professional services jobs, and increases in construction,” Bill said. “Pinak and Katen are excited about partnering with area businesses to find the talent they need, as well as helping people in the Oak Lawn area find jobs.”
Pinak has a degree in financial planning/economics from Purdue University, and Katen has a degree in business management from Purdue University.
Both partners are pleased that Express ownership leaves franchisees plenty of time to devote to family. Pinak married Neha Patel less than a year ago, and Katen is married to Roshni Patel and they have an 18-month-old son.
Join the Express Team
Looking to own your own business? There’s never been a better time to open a franchise of your own. The staffing industry is booming, and Express has been named one of the fastest growing major staffing companies. For more information on owning an Express franchise, visit ExpressFranchising.com.
The latest video in the Franchising 101 series features several expert tips on choosing the right franchise from Express Employment Professionals CEO and seasoned franchisor Bob Funk.
For more information on how you can join the Express family, go to ExpressFranchising.com.
Congratulations to Express Employment Professionals CEO Bob Funk, who celebrates 50 years in staffing this month!
Read more about Mr. Funk and how he created a unique working environment with employees that aim to put one million people to work annually.
To join the Express family, go to ExpressFranchising.com today!
Now, he’s looking forward to putting his sales expertise to work for his own business as the new franchisee of the Express Employment Professionals office in Shawnee, KS.
A Seasoned Sales Veteran
As divisional manager at Forest Pharmaceuticals, Trevor led a team of 10 people and was consistently ranked among the top 25% of sales leaders at the company.
“Pharmaceutical sales require a great deal of relationship-building skills and business acumen,” said Bill Thompson, Express franchising director. “Trevor’s people skills and experience make him a great fit for the staffing industry and a perfect match for an Express franchisee.”
Trevor has bachelor’s degrees in finance, economics, internal business, and German from Utah State University.
A Dedication to Family and Community
Trevor and his wife, Hannah, have five children, and feel called to serve in the community and in their church.
“Trevor’s interest in the community reflects the culture of caring that is highly valued at Express,” Bill said. “Unlike many franchises that require long evening and weekend commitments, the Express business model gives family people like Trevor the chance to enjoy quality time at home, and to spend time helping others.”
Join the Express Team
Looking to own your own business? There’s never been a better time to open a franchise of your own. The staffing industry is booming and Express has been named one of the fastest growing major staffing franchises. For more information on owning an Express franchise, visit ExpressFranchising.com.