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Express Named a Top 10 Franchise Brand for Veterans

Express Employment Professionals was proudly named the No. 2 franchise brand for veterans by Entrepreneur magazine.

Transitioning from military to civilian life can be rough, especially trying to break back into the workforce. Veterans are used to a very structured living environment, which can leave them feeling lost when choosing a career.

Potential employers may also be discouraged by a military applicant’s gap in experience and skills while they were away, serving their country.

These hardships may be one of the reasons why veterans often choose to start their own businesses, according to Entrepreneur magazine.

A Successful Alternative

Entrepreneur magazine said that a higher percentage of veterans than non-veterans are actually self-employed. Those veteran-owned businesses generate $1.2 million in sales and employ 5.8 million workers.

Looking to start a new business from the ground up can be daunting. That’s why franchises like Express, which have an established framework, are perfect for veterans. It allows them to have structure in their business while indulging in their entrepreneurial spirit.

David Lewis, Vice President of Franchising at Express, told the magazine that veterans bring something unique to franchising.
“In the military, you learn that predictable success comes from following proven systems, but you also learn how to adapt to current conditions,” he said. “That is almost the definition of franchising.”

Lewis, however, encourages interested veterans to do their homework. They should research the industry and talk to other franchisees in the system.

Express offers 50 percent off its franchise fee for U.S. and Canadian veterans.

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1. Batteries Plus Bulbs
2. Express Employment Professionals
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5. PuroClean
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7. ComForCare
8. The UPS Store
9. SuperCuts
10. Meineke and Maaco

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Successful Businessman Opens Express Office in North Edison, NJ

When Sree Alangad arrived in the United States from India in 1997, he set his sights on a strong education, a successful business career, and eventually owning a business. Today, he is celebrating success as the owner of the new Express Employment Professionals office in north Edison, New Jersey.

Equipped for Success

Sree holds a master’s of science degree in finance from the Rochester Institute of Technology and has had a successful 15-year career in insurance, serving as Vice President of Sales for Vanderbilt Properties Insurance Brokerage.

“Sree is the perfect fit for an Express franchisee,” said Brook Wise, Express Franchising Director. “He is a successful sales veteran, he is very professional, and he is familiar with the demographics of the north Edison area.”

Following His Passion

“My passion is to help businesses in the north Edison community increase their productivity and profitability through Express staffing services,” Sree said. “I also feel strongly about serving the people in our community who need employment. Express offers the perfect model for achieving both goals.”

Sree met his wife, Aakefa, here in the U.S., although she also grew up in India. They have two daughters, and appreciate the fact that Express supports a healthy work-life balance for franchise owners, so they can spend quality time with family.

Aakefa’s passion is for helping the elderly, and she owns a franchise business in the senior care industry. Through that experience, Sree saw the value a franchise can offer to someone who wants to run a business.

“Express offers strong home office support, with all the practices and processes in place for a proven strategy for success,” Brook said. “Then, it is up to the franchisee to build community and business relationships and to provide local market expertise to create the best fit for the region’s business needs. Sree has the right skills to make this office a strong success.”

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Does the flexibility of a career in franchising appeal to you? 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.

 

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Why Fighting Hunger is an Important Part of the Express Mission

On a normal work day, the goal of Expr­ess Employment Professionals is to put as many people to work as possible and help businesses grow. But on Saturday, June 13, we have a very different goal: to help put hunger out of business.

The event is called Brand It Blue Day, and it is an important part of who we are as a company.

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“At Express Employment Professionals, we take corporate citizenship seriously, and we place a strong emphasis on social responsibility,” said Bob Funk, CEO and Chairman of the board. “We feel that we are not doing our job unless we help improve life in the communities where we live and work. Giving back is as essential to our company as building our business.”

Why Hunger?

“While the U.S. is a prosperous nation, it is disturbing to hear that so many families still struggle to put food on the table,” Funk said. “And among those who are struggling, the food choices available are often unhealthy and can lead to diabetes and other health problems, especially for children. The best way we know how to help is to provide donations of food and dollars and volunteer hours from our international headquarters employees in Oklahoma City, as well as franchise offices across North America.”

These statistics from FeedingAmerica show a level of need that is surprising to many people.

Among families served by food assistance programs:

  • 69% had to choose between food and utilities
  • 66% had to choose between food and medical care
  • 84% of households with children report purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy food to feed their family

The Answer: Brand It Blue Day

“Brand It Blue Day is a company-wide day of service, where our home office and franchise locations can come together for one great cause to help the community,” Funk said. “It’s a great opportunity for families to enjoy the importance of volunteering together.”

The results in 2014:

  • 205 franchise offices participated in the event
  • More than 1,000 volunteers helped at food banks or pantries
  • Express headquarters and franchise staff donated 62,400 pounds of food

Food donations translated into a grand total of 55,000 meals for community families in need.

Far More Than a One-Day Initiative

While Brand It Blue Day is an important tradition, giving back is not just a one-day endeavor at Express. Throughout the year, headquarters and franchise employees lend their hands and hearts to help out in their communities, from initiatives to help veterans and their families, to programs to help children grow up to be healthy, strong, and focused on improving life for the next generation in their own cities and towns.

“If we had to name the common threads among the amazing people who are franchisees for Express, a commitment to community service is a consistent attribute we see across all locations,” Funk said. “Like any company, it is our people who make us what we are. We are fortunate to have so many good and giving owners who choose to  buy a Express Employment Professionals franchise.”

Be Part of the Express Culture

Does owning a successful franchise appeal to you? There’s never been a better time to open an Express office of your own. 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.

 

 

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Express CEO featured in “No-Drama Leadership”

Express Employment Professionals CEO and chairman of the board, as well as the executive vice president of zone sales, are featured in Marlene Chism’s latest book, “No-Drama Leadership: How Enlightened Leaders Transform Culture in the Workplace.”

Express CEO Bob Funk lends a personal story to the book, recounting when misaligned values led him to leave a company after 17 years. Funk said he would have worked at the company for the rest of his life, but there was a change in ownership and company values.

The new owner’s values clashed so much with Funk’s that Funk made the decision to leave and start Express Employment Professionals. And, more than 30 years later Express has grown into the largest franchised staffing company in North America.

Good Relationships Build Good Financial Statements

“The new owner, was an accountant by trade, so the financial statements were the most important to him,” said Funk in the book. “What he didn’t realize is that when you’re in business, it’s all about relationships, and good relationships build good financial statements.”

Express is a great example of how leading from alignment translates to business success. Since the end of the Great Recession in 2009, Express has recorded 152% growth, surpassing the staffing industry’s growth of 54%.

Chism notes how important it is as a leader to really see others and honor them. Elaine Brink, the executive vice president of zone sales for Express, praised Funk’s ability to see more in others than they see in themselves. She added that no one gets hired at Express without an interview with Funk, even though he is the CEO and has a heavy calendar.

Marlene Chism is a consultant, international speaker, and author of 2011’s “Stop Workplace Drama.”

Important for Company Culture to Get It Right

In her latest book, Marlene said that today’s leaders continually face decisions involving power, force, and speed. But with too much power, too much force, and too much speed, leaders can often make decisions based on emotions. She said today’s culture is transparent, and leaders’ decisions are more closely scrutinized than ever, making it more important to get it right.

“No Drama Leadership” provides the skills a business owner needs to transform obstacles into opportunities for growth. Learn how to:

  • Increase leadership effectiveness
  • Heighten employee engagement
  • Communicate strategically
  • Tap into the gifts and talents of your team
  • Use the “four quadrants of change” as a catalyst for leadership growth
  • Create a culture of accountability
  • Increase innovation and productivity through empowerment

“No Drama Leadership” is now available for purchase at bookstores and online.

Is the Express Culture Right for You?

As Express continues to grow, our culture still resonates throughout the organization, even with more than 725 offices. We have a culture of caring and family, and we thrive on providing hope to job seekers. Our top-notch owners possess an amazing commitment to putting a million people to work annually.

What about you? Are you looking for an opportunity to be part of a caring culture and at the same time be your own boss? The staffing industry is booming and Express has been named one of the fastest growing major staffing companies in the country. Right now, you could receive up to $25,000 as a cash start-up bonus for opening a franchise. For more information on owning an Express franchise, visit ExpressFranchising.com.

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Army Veteran to Open Express Office in Canton, OH

After serving his country for eight years in the Army, Steve Michaels earned a reputation for leading teams that excel and achieve results. Steve will now put those skills to work as owner of the new Express Employment Professionals office in Canton, OH.

“Steve’s strong sales management background equips him well for a career as an Express franchisee,” said Bill Thompson, Express Franchising Executive. “He’s also had experience following best practices from a home office, and he understands how to leverage the strong support that Express provides for franchisees.”

Recognized for Leadership
Steve has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Lakeland College in Sheboygan, WI, and an MBA from University of Phoenix.

After serving time in the Army, Steve started at Barnes Distribution, working up from Sales Representative to Director of Sales Effectiveness in his 13 years with the company. While there, Steve was selected for the Emerging Leaders Development program at Columbia University.

Most recently, Steve was Western Region Director of Myers Tire Supply, managing a total of 92 direct and indirect reports.

Steve sees this as a perfect time to enter the Canton market.

According to the The ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index, Ohio has moved up from 47th out of 50 states in economic outlook back in 2008, to 23rd as of 2014. According to Thompson, Steve has the right skills to serve the growing Canton marketplace.

“Steve has a talent for successfully identifying client needs and providing viable, cost-effective solutions,” Bill said. “He is well-suited to help connect Canton area businesses with the talent they need to move their business forward.”

Serving Those Who Serve our Country
Steve is a member of the American Legion, which provides youth mentoring and community programs advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to service members and veterans.

He and his wife, Claudia, have been married for 13 years and they have one daughter, Chloe, who is a student at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Join Express
Are you motivated to run your own business? 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.

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OSU Exec Opens Express Office in Western Columbus, OH

John Ballard has a built a successful career on his expertise in business management and strategy, from management consultant at Deloitte to strategic sourcing and purchasing director at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

Now, he is putting that extensive knowledge to work for the businesses and people of western Columbus, Ohio, as the owner of a new Express Employment Professionals franchise.

A Business Consultant and Sourcing Strategist

“John’s education and experience dovetail perfectly with the skillset needed in the staffing industry,” said Bill Thompson, Express Franchising Executive. “John previously worked for some of the nation’s largest companies, including Deloitte Consulting, Bank One, Danaher Corporation, and Parker Hannifin. At the Wexner Medical Center, he was responsible for sourcing strategies for more than $600 million in goods and services purchases annually.”

“John has owned his own businesses as well during his career, so he understands the many things a business needs to get started and operate smoothly,” Bill said. “He is excited about our supportive model, and eager to serve the community.”

A Family Man and Loyal Fan

John has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University, and an MBA from DePaul University.

“As an alumnus, I have great loyalty to both schools,” John said. “But after working at OSU, I have become a serious Buckeye fan and I root for all teams in Scarlet and Gray.”

John and his wife, Kaci, will celebrate 20 years of marriage in June. They have two children, ages eight and 11.

“When you look at franchise opportunities, one of the things that is important to me is that the owner isn’t expected to sleep at the business and work all weekend long,” John said. “Express values families, and although I expect the franchise will be very busy, it is rewarding to know that it will still allow me to spend time with Kaci and my children.”

Join Express

Does owning a successful franchise appeal to you? There’s never been a better time to open an Express office of your own. 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.

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What will your legacy be?

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When Brad and Carol Arth retire one day, they know their Edmonton Express Employment Professionals offices will be in the capable hands, because the business will stay in the family.

Before joining Express, Brad was invested in the winter jacket business and owned several retail stores throughout the Edmonton area. He operated the stores, while his wife managed the bookkeeping and administrative duties. Daughter Jessica also helped, eventually assisting with management while completing high school and college.

“In 2003 with changing economic conditions, it was time to do something different,” Brad said. “As I grew up in an entrepreneurial family and have always worked for myself, I really could not see myself working any other way.”

The next year, he was introduced to the idea of owning an Express franchise through a broker. The Arth’s first office opened in West Edmonton in January 2005.

Currently, Brad is the operations manager and works with the staff in each location. Through the years, he has held every role throughout the years from recruiter and staffing consultant to account collection and lease negotiations. Carol was the original recruiter and manages all internal and external accounting and finance. Jessica takes a very active role in the business development side of the franchise.

“We have found that we all have certain strengths and weakness in different areas,” Brad said. “As we had worked together in the past, we already had a good idea on who would be good at certain positions. But the great thing with this business is that there is always more to learn and always room to grow.”

He added that the three family members care about every detail of the business.

“It has also been a very natural and beneficial evolution to have operations, sales, and finance all looked after by each one of us and has allowed us each to utilize our strengths,” Brad said.

When the day does come for Brad and Carol to hand over the reins, Brad is confident in the abilities of his daughter and son-in-law.

“Carol and I are very proud of the business that we have and are also very happy that Jessica, with her husband Branko Culo, has decided to take over our Edmonton franchise,” Brad said. “We believe with the level of energy and the entrepreneurial spirit they both have, they will be wildly successful.

“Jessica had started in this business with us from day one, and therefore knows exactly what to expect and what to do in terms of keeping these offices successful.”

Join Express

Are you ready to set sail on your own business? 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. Right now, you could receive up to $25,000 as a cash start-up bonus for opening a franchise.  For more information on owning an Express franchise, visit ExpressFranchising.com.

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