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Top California Producer Goes from Express Employee to Owner

Rockwell

With years of experience in professional staffing and sales, Yvonne Rockwell and her husband Roy are the owners of the new Express Employment Professionals office in Santa Clarita, CA.

As the 2008 Staffing Professional of the Year for the California Staffing Professionals Los Angeles Chapter, Yvonne is equipped with the knowledge to make the new franchise a success. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara where she earned a Human Resources Degree, and she used that degree in a variety of staffing positions.

Sales Experience

Yvonne began her career as a CoreSkills product manager for Corestaff in 1992. She also served as branch manager for another staffing firm and was senior sales director for Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Yvonne is presently the COO and general manager for the Express Employment Professionals office in Oxnard and Westlake Village, CA.

“Yvonne is an ideal candidate for the Bridge to Ownership (BTO) program for Express. Her many years of experience as COO and General Manager of the Oxnard and Westlake Village offices gives her valuable experience to be an owner,” said Dan Gunderson, Regional Franchising Executive for Express.”

The BTO program is designed to offer qualified staffing industry employees an opportunity to become our franchisees.

“She has been a driving force behind these two offices. Her leadership and dedication to her job has helped propel the offices to new heights,” Gunderson said.

Community Involvement

Yvonne is also well-known in the community for her involvement in organizations and boards. She serves as a board member for the California Employer Advisory Council, and previously was a board member for the Girl Scouts and volunteered for such organizations as Many Meals of Santa Paula and the Food Share of Ventura County.

“Yvonne will take advantage of all the resources, tools, and programs that Express International Headquarters will provide her to be successful,” Gunderson said. “She will make an excellent Express franchisee.”

It’s a great time to join Express! For new franchisees awarded between now and Dec. 31, 2014, Express Employment Professionals will pay up to $2,500 per month on the first year’s lease! This is a great way to kick start your new Express office with a potential savings of up to $30,000.

The staffing industry is booming, and Express was just named the fastest growing major staffing company in the country. For more information on owning an Express franchise and receiving your first year’s lease for free, visit ExpressFranchising.com/LeaseFree.

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Express Adds 700th Franchise Location

Louis and Vernita Williams

Express has hit the magic formula for a successful company. According to CEO and chairman of the board, Bob Funk, there is no doubt that the franchising business model is proving to be the greatest answer for businesses coming out of the recession.

Express recently awarded its 700th franchise location and the company shows no signs of slowing down. With offices in the U.S., Canada and South Africa, Express has rapidly expanded since the great recession of 2009. In the past three years alone, Express has grown from 553 franchise locations to more than 700. Additionally, sales are up 152 percent since the beginning of 2010.

Congratulations Louis and Vernita Williams

Louis and Vernita Williams of Lansing, IL, are the new owners of the 700th Express office. Louis was a pharmacist for 20 years and a pharmacy owner for 10. He has a degree in chemistry from Indiana University, a Master of Business Administration from Purdue University and a doctorate in pharmacy at the University of Illinois. Vernita managed several retail nutritional businesses for more than 10 years and was the human resources manager of the pharmacy she and Louis owned. She is a graduate of the Joseph School of Business and Entrepreneurship and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Why They Chose Express

The couple became interested in starting their own staffing company and after looking into various franchise organizations, the Williams family selected Express.

“My wife and I were looking to join an organization with a stellar support system. Express was a perfect fit,” Louis said. “My professional life has always had meaning, but this career choice has special significance for me. The opportunity to help families and give them the chance to work gives me a special sense of purpose in this world. An Express franchise will also provide the financial security my family and I have desired for so long.”

Free Lease Program

It’s a great time to join Express! For new franchisees awarded between now and Dec. 31, 2014, Express Employment Professionals will pay up to $2,500 per month on the first year’s lease! This is a great way to kick start your new Express office with a potential savings of up to $30,000.

The staffing industry is booming, and Express was just named the fastest growing major staffing company in the country. For more information on owning an Express franchise and receiving your first year’s lease for free, visit ExpressFranchising.com/LeaseFree.

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New Florida Owner Takes on Active Role in His Community

Tony Mohorn

As a former area manager for Hertz Rental Car, Tony Mohorn is ready to move forward as a leader in his community with his new Express Employment Professionals office in Brandon, FL.

What better way to make an impact than by helping help job seekers find the perfect career and help businesses find the perfect employees? Tony holds a marketing degree from Aurora University and has been responsible for operations and sales for Hertz Rental Car for the past 10 years.

Tony and his wife Camille love to travel with their 18-month-old daughter, and the Mohorns are excited to take an active role in their community.

Eager to Build His Express Franchise

“Tony is driven and full of energy,” said Jessica Stone, Express Franchising Director. “He is eager to get out and build a business in his local community.”

It’s a great time to join Express!

For new franchisees awarded between now and Dec. 31, 2014, Express Employment Professionals will pay up to $2,500 per month on the first year’s lease! This is a great way to kickstart your new Express office with a potential savings of up to $30,000. The staffing industry is booming, and Express was just named the fastest growing major staffing company in the country. For more information on owning an Express franchise and receiving your first year’s lease for free, visit www.ExpressFranchising.com/LeaseFree.

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What Would You Do With an Extra $30,000?

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Last month, Express provided yet another reason for entrepreneurs to consider joining the Express Employment Professionals team. The First Year Lease Free program kicked off on Aug. 11 and offers the owners of new franchise locations the chance to enjoy their first 12 months of business without paying for their office space. For franchise locations awarded from Aug. 11 – Dec. 31, 2014, Express will pay up to $2,500 per month toward the lease. That comes out to an extra $30,000 in franchise owners’ pockets!

There’s a lot you could do with that much money, but one great idea to consider would be giving your office a new look. Creating a professional, eye-pleasing environment within your business is actually quite important. The old adage “You never have a second chance, to make a first impression” applies to a business’ appearance, not just a person’s appearance. Since you want your office space to accurately portray your business’ culture to your staff, customers, and the general public, this is money well invested. Plus, spending some money up front on your office design can help you maximize your space, which will ultimately help maximize productivity.

Check out how these Express franchises took their office spaces to the next level.

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As the No. 1 staffing franchise named by Entrepreneur three years in a row, Express is excited about the growth opportunities that 2014 holds. And, not only is Express expanding, the entire staffing industry is booming with an expected $137 billion in sales in 2014. To learn more about how you can become a part of this industry that employs more than 14 million people and its top franchise, explore franchise ownership with Express and receive access to our virtual tour.

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New Kentucky Express Owners Thrive On Success

Blakemore

As founder and president of a market research company, Eric Blakemore knows a thing or two about running a successful business. He and his wife, Patti, will bring that knowledge to Express Employment Professionals as the new owners of the Lexington, KY, office.

“Eric and Patti came to Express as part of a resale opportunity for the Lexington office,” said Fred Muse, former Senior Director of Franchising for Express. “Eric is a good match for Express having a very successful ownership background in business, and also having the family and community background that fits Express so well.”

A Passion for the Community

With an MBA in business administration and a bachelor’s in chemistry from Texas A&M University, Eric worked for Cima Nano Tech and Hewlett-Packard, as well as served as a faculty member for the University of Phoenix. Patti brings a background in retail merchandising to the operation.

Eric and Patti, as well as their four children, are active in their local community and church. Eric serves as bishop at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He is also an executive officer for Boy Scout Troop 203 and serves on the Site-Based Decision Making Council at Rosa Parks Elementary School.

Patti is a Toastmasters International member, a Cub Scout Committee Chair for the Boy Scouts of America, and has volunteered for various church positions.

Express Model for Success

“Eric has more than 20 years in the marketing and business development field with both large and small companies,” Muse said. “He exemplifies integrity. He loves to plan and implement, and is a systems follower who will be able to successfully take advantage of the Express model for success.”

It’s a great time to join Express!

For new franchisees awarded between now and Dec. 31, 2014, Express Employment Professionals will pay up to $2,500 per month on the first year’s lease! This is a great way to kickstart your new Express office with a potential savings of up to $30,000. The staffing industry is booming, and Express was just named the fastest growing major staffing company in the country. For more information on owning an Express franchise and receiving your first year’s lease for free, visit ExpressFranchising.com/LeaseFree.

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DeCoste and McKenna to Fly Express Flag Over Nova Scotia

Shane DeCoste and Darlene McKenna

Congratulations to Shane DeCoste and Darlene McKenna on being the new franchisees for Express Employment Professionals in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Shane and Darlene are the first owners to open an Express franchise in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Success Is In Their Blood

Growing a successful business and helping companies succeed is second nature to Shane.

He gained more than 15 years of experience in various sales and marketing roles during his time with Molson Coors Canada. He received the Supplier of the Year honors, was awarded a Molson Coors Heritage Award for his role in delivering outstanding business growth results, and received an award of distinction for mentoring students.

With a volunteer spirit, Shane also has a heart for the community. He has served as a United Way chairperson, founded several charity events, participated in community clean up days, and is a volunteer with the Nova Scotia Curling Association.

Express Model Helps Meet Financial and Lifestyle Goals

“Shane is a veteran within the sales and sales management sectors. He is an extremely professional individual that is driven by results,” said Brook Wise, Express Franchising Director. “Shane sees the Express model as a way to meet his financial and lifestyle goals, while making a positive impact in people’s lives. He also sees our model as a way for him to continue his community involvement.”

Darlene earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree with an emphasis Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia. She served as an engineer with Nova Scotia Power and has worked as a solutions consultant and strategic account manager throughout her career.

She is also active in the community as a volunteer on the Storm Outage Team for Nova Scotia Power and as an organizer and founder of the family golf tournament for 12 consecutive years.

Shane and Darlene have a daughter, Raya, and are involved in her soccer, dance, gymnastics, and skating schedule.

“Shane is a great owner will be flying the Express flag in Nova Scotia,” Wise said.

Be An Express Franchise Owner

It’s a great time to join Express! For new franchisees awarded between now and Dec. 31, 2014, Express Employment Professionals will pay up to $2,500 per month on the first year’s lease! This is a great way to kickstart your new Express office with a potential savings of up to $30,000. The staffing industry is booming, and Express was just named the fastest growing major staffing company in the country. For more information on owning an Express franchise and receiving your first year’s lease for free, visit ExpressFranchising.com/LeaseFree.

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Eric Rebbert Opens New Express Franchise in Harford-Cecil County, MD

Eric Rebbert

In Harford-Cecil County, MD, Eric Rebbert is known for his strong leadership, consulting, and negotiating skills. With a solid background in strategic planning, management, administration, and customer service, it’s no wonder he is a natural fit as Express Employment Professionals newest franchisee.

Executive Experience

Eric brings a background as a C-level executive and a Certified Human Relations Professional to Express. He served as Chief Administrative Officer for David M. Schwartz Architects, Inc., in Washington, D.C., and as Deputy Director of Global HR – Human Rights Watch of New York, NY.

He also developed his expertise and talents as the HR Manager for Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs in Baltimore; Corporate Director of HR for BSC America, Inc.; President of Rebbert & Associates; and Vice President of Operations/COO for Santoni’s Supermarkets, Inc.

“Eric is an accomplished leader. He sees the Express model aligning well with his core values and what he believes in,” said Brook Wise, Express Franchising Director. “Eric is well connected in the community and the Harford County territory.”

Community Involvement

Eric is involved heavily in his community and is well-respected and liked. He is active in the Society of Italian American Businessmen, the Winters Run Golf Club as communications chair for the Board of Directors, and as a chair of the Johns Hopkins HR Managers Committee.

He also served on the board of the Thomas Run HOA and a political campaign committee. He is an alum of the Johns Hopkins “Foundations” leadership development program.

“Eric is very easy to talk to and is a very likeable guy,” Wise said. “Eric will be a good leader and will build a strong team around him.”

It’s a great time to join Express! For new franchisees awarded between now and Dec. 31, 2014, Express Employment Professionals will pay up to $2,500 per month on the first year’s lease! This is a great way to kickstart your new Express office with a potential savings of up to $30,000. The staffing industry is booming, and Express was just named one of the fastest growing major staffing companies in the country. For more information on owning an Express franchise and receiving your first year’s lease for free, visit ExpressFranchising.com/LeaseFree.

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Experienced Franchisees Expanding in Washington

Congratulations to Jake and Britt Domer on the signing of an expansion office in the East Renton-Union Hill, WA, territory!

This expansion area is unique in its layout and adjacency to the Domers’ current Bellevue territory. It weaves in, alongside, and around their current market area, with a talent pool that crosses over each territory.

“The geographical and business knowledge of the current Bellevue team will enable us to grow this area aggressively as a combined team and region,” Jake said.

Success with Express

The Domers have successfully grown their three business lines alongside each other, but are reaching the point that optimum growth in each is not being reached due to the blending of time, attention, and operating models. Through this expansion, the Express office will have two locations – one that focuses on professional-level placement and contract business, and one that focuses on executing a traditional operating model.

Both offices will still leverage combined office operations for efficiency, while also leveraging cross-sell opportunities across clients. Each office, however, will be able to separately develop individual cultures, processes, and metrics best suited for their operations.

“By leveraging our relationships, reputation, and reach across this entire region, we can bring our existing strength to this business,” Jake said. “By segmenting the business to allow for specialization and focus, we can better serve the entire region and become a top-tier staffing provider across all our business lines.”

Continued Growth

The goal for the Domers during the next three years is to continue a high pace of growth and success.

The Domers purchased the Bellevue Express office in March of 2009. With nearly five years in business, the Bellevue Express office did $5.9 million in sales in 2013.

“We are targeting more than $8.5 million in sales this year,” Jake said.

It’s a great time to join Express! For new franchisees awarded between now and Dec. 31, 2014, Express Employment Professionals will pay up to $2,500 per month on the first year’s lease! This is a great way to kickstart your new Express office with a potential savings of up to $30,000. The staffing industry is booming, and Express was just named one of the fastest growing major staffing companies in the country. For more information on owning an Express franchise and receiving your first year’s lease for free, visit ExpressFranchising.com/LeaseFree.

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Jeff Karbin opens new Express office in North-Central Chicago

Jeff Karbin

Jeff Karbin is Express Employment Professionals newest franchise owner in North-Central Chicago IL.

Strong Work History
Jeff holds a bachelor’s of science in chemical engineering and served as the Senior Director of Protocol Link Inc. where he provided consulting business development team leadership and project management. As a former Vice President of two consulting firms he brings to Express a wealth of project management experience.

“Jeff is a former Senior Director for a consulting firm in the pharmaceutical industry” said Bill Thompson Express Franchising Director. “He has extensive experience in staffing and recruiting in this arena both in temporary and direct hire.”

Bright Future with Express
“Jeff is good with people strong in sales and he focuses on profit. All of these traits will benefit him in his new role at Express” said Thompson.

Congratulations to Jeff Karbin on his new Express office in North-Central Chicago.

It’s a great time to join Express! For new franchisees awarded between now and Dec. 31 2014 Express Employment Professionals will pay up to $2500 per month on the first year’s lease! This is a great way to kickstart your new Express office with a potential savings of up to $30000. The staffing industry is booming and Express was just named the fastest growing major staffing company in the country. For more information on owning an Express franchise and receiving your first year’s lease for free visit ExpressFranchising.com/LeaseFree.

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Kathy Hill Brings Years of Marketing and Public Relations Expertise to New Express Office

Kathy Hill

Kathy Hill is a natural leader. She is a multi-faceted executive with expertise in an extensive range of strategic communication disciplines. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Edward Howard & Company a 50-person employee-owned marketing and public relations agency Kathy knows business – from entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 100 companies.

Now Kathy is bringing her expertise to Express Employment Professionals as franchise owner of the Cleveland South/Akron North office.

Natural Leadership
Kathy has been an advisor to C-level executives of public and private organizations. She served as Chief Strategy & Engagement Officer for the Western Reserve Land Conservancy a non-profit conservation organization which has preserved 40000 acres of forests wetlands wildlife habitat parks and farms.

“She is very well connected and networked within the North Ohio market and sees the Express model as aligning well with what she feels is important” said Brook Wise Express Franchising Director. “It also fits well with her skillset and what she believes in.”

Outstanding Achievements
Kathy also has various industry experiences in consumer B2B healthcare retail and manufacturing.

With such a diverse and successful background it’s no surprise that Kathy has earned her share of honors as well. Kathy was named one of the Top 15 Women Leaders in Public Relations by PR Week in 2009; as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Northeastern Ohio by Smart Business News in 2004; and as a Cleveland Women of Distinction by Crain’s Cleveland Business in 2004.

She also received the PRSA Lighthouse Award and was named the region’s Most Outstanding PR Practitioner in 2005. Kathy is also one of the 5 Top Women in Business Leaders as selected by Smart Business Cleveland in 2003.

Kathy is active in numerous non-profit organizations on the boards of directors including The WPO World Presidents Organization of Cleveland the Blackstone Launchpad/Burton D. Morgan Foundation The Council of Public Relations Firms and Pinnacle Worldwide.

Congratulations to Kathy on her new Express office.

It’s a great time to join Express! For new franchisees awarded between now and Dec. 31 2014 Express Employment Professionals will pay up to $2500 per month on the first year’s lease! This is a great way to kickstart your new Express office with a potential savings of up to $30000. The staffing industry is booming and Express was just named the fastest growing major staffing company in the country. For more information on owning an Express franchise and receiving your first year’s lease for free visit ExpressFranchising.com/LeaseFree.

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