Matthew Smith used staffing services for several years to fill positions in manufacturing, but only recently became an Express Employment Professionals client and good friend of Jason Carr, Express franchise owner in Gainesville, FL.
After a lot of research and encouragement from Jason, Matthew is joining the Express family as the newest franchise office owner in Lake City, FL!
A History of Leadership
Matthew served in the Army National Guard for almost a decade, taking on a leadership role in his last four years of service. He was named the battalion non-commissioned officer of the year in 1996.
The new franchisee earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and his master’s degree in engineering management and technology. Matthew has worked in manufacturing for 17 years, including most recently as the plant manager for HB Fuller where he oversaw all operations of the manufacturing plant and distribution center. He is a Quality Engineer and Registrar Accreditation Board (RAB) Auditor and is also certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt from two organizations.
It was during his time as plant manager that Matthew became a customer of Express and learned about the strong support that the franchisor offers.
One Big Family
Matthew is entering into this new venture with his wife, Amy.
“Family is very important to Matthew, and he sees Express as one big family,” said Dan Gunderson, Regional Franchising Executive. “He was able to talk to several franchisees in the validation process, and they helped confirm that vision. Matthew is excited to help provide business for the people of Lake City and believes that business ownership will be very rewarding for him and his family.”
Express has more than 760 offices, and is still adding more offices every day to finish out 2016! To learn more about how you can join Express, go to ExpressFranchising.com.