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Auto Industry Standout Opens Chino-Upland, CA Express Office

Dan Dinkens (Chino-Upland, CA – NewDan Dinkins has spent most of his career surrounded by cars and is now ready to race ahead of the competition as the new owner of the Chino-Upland, CA Express office!

Building New Territory

Dan attended the University of California, Los Angeles where he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and government. He began his career at Enterprise Rent-A-Car as a branch manager and then eventually, a remarketing supervisor.

He joined Copart in 2004 as a general manager and was awarded Rookie of the Year for Operations in 2005. After Dan became a senior account manager, he was responsible for running the largest online car auction on the west coast. He was the first member in the Masters Club at Copart to be recognized for four consecutive years as a top performing salesperson.

“Dan is enthusiastic, positive, and energetic,” said Dan Gunderson, Regional Franchising Executive. “I rarely come across a candidate who has as much energy and a self-driven persona. Having his own franchise will give Dan the ability to put in the same effort he did to build his current territory at Copart to number one.”

Well Aligned

Choosing the right franchise was important to Dan, and he feels like Express aligns well with his values.

Dan is involved in the Big Brothers of Inland Empire and is currently serves as an usher at Abundant Living Family Church. He is also a parent coach for the Pumas Track Club.

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Do you dream of owning 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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Express Brings Home IFA Award for Philanthropic Effort

Franchising AwardThe International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Franchise Education and Research Foundation recognized the winners of the second annual Franchising Gives Back Awards at an awards dinner on Sept. 12 in Washington D.C., including Express Employment Professionals.

Express was a Silver Award Winner for the Spirit of Franchising Award for its Brand It Blue Day efforts. In 2016, more than 235 Express Employment Professionals offices and 1,000 volunteers from California to North Carolina to Canada came together at local food banks and pantries across North America to help fight hunger for the fourth annual Brand It Blue Day.

Volunteers spent time working and serving at their local food banks, pantries, and other nonprofit organizations and were able to donate more than 96,000 meals through food drives that were held leading up to the day of service. Since its inception, Express offices have provided more than 300,000 meals through Brand It Blue Day.

“Our Franchising Gives Back Award winners are such great examples of caring and community leadership and we are delighted to recognize them and the charities that they support,” says Doc Cohen, CFE, foundation chairman in a press release. “Franchising Gives Back honors them and the thousands of wonderful, individual acts of charity by franchise owners, franchisors, and suppliers throughout the year.”

Franchising Gives Back was established by a donation from the Roark Capital Group and recognizes the nation’s most innovative community leaders and charitable programs.

“The economic footprint of franchising is very big, but in many ways, the social footprint of franchise businesses in thousands of communities is even bigger,” adds Steve Romaniello, CFE, managing director, Roark Capital Group. “We are honored to play a small part in supporting Franchising Gives Back.”

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Express Candidate Profile

After making the life-changing decision to become a business owner, it’s important to research what type of business model would best suit your personality, skills, and experience.

With more than 760 franchise offices, Express Employment Professionals is a proven franchise system, which was recently named one of the best franchise investments under $140,000 by Forbes. And while the company is constantly looking to award new offices, there are certain characteristics that make candidates a great fit for Express.


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Is Franchising the Right Fit for You?

When looking to start your own business, it makes sense to go with a proven system, like Express Employment Professionals. With a franchise model, all costs are presented up front and you will receive extensive training and assistance building your business.

However, if your entrepreneurial spirit is more independent, the franchise model might not be the right fit.

Read the infographic below provided by the National Federation of Independent Business to find out if buying a franchise is right for you.


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Express Welcomes Army and Sales Veteran as Owner of Delaware County, PA Office

Jay Prieto (Delaware County, PA - New)Jay Prieto graduated from the prestigious West Point Military Academy and served in the Army before enjoying a successful career in sales. Now, he is embarking on a new professional journey as the owner of the Express Employment Professionals Delaware County, PA office!

Sales Background

Jay earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point before finishing his master’s degree in marketing at Monmouth University. His first career was with the U.S. Army on active duty for five years and reserve for an additional three. Jay left the Army as a captain and entered corporate America as a sales representative for Pfizer.

He moved up through the ranks for the next 10 years at Pfizer and then took an opportunity in biotech sales to create a new team, which he led for the next five years. Since then, Jay has used his entrepreneurial skills to start and lead sales and operations teams for several companies before landing with inVentiv Health as a National Business Director.

“Jay has spent many years as a sales professional and leader and is comfortable in a B2B sales environment,” said Brook Wise, Regional Franchising Executive. “He has built sales teams from scratch and completely understands what it takes to lead and motivate sales professionals. He is professional, organized, well spoken, and will stop at nothing to be a leader in the region.”

Ready for the Next Level

Jay and his wife, Trisha, have been married for 24 years and have three children together, Patrick, Mary Kate, and Michael.

He serves as a member of the West Point Association of Philadelphia and Knights of Columbus (St. Patrick Parish in Malvern.)

“Jay is at a stage in his life where he’s ready to take his professional career to the next level,” Brook said. “He envisions that level as being the start of his own business with unlimited growth and uncapped financial success for the office.”

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Do you dream of owning 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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Former Client Welcomed as New Express Franchise Owner

Matthew Smith (Lake City, FL – New)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.”

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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.

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The Four Essential Relationships Every Entrepreneur Must Cultivate

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Handshake of two business people in the office

The entrepreneurial journey can be grueling at times, but is usually extremely rewarding in the end.

It means being your own boss, calling the shots, and oftentimes, financial stability. But the road isn’t meant to be traveled alone. Here are four business relationships that you need to be a successful entrepreneur, according to Inc. Magazine.

Bankers are an obvious first choice on your entrepreneurial journey as you will probably need a line of credit in the beginning in the form of a start-up loan. Bankers can also secure your funds once your business starts making profits. They can help you avoid identity theft or embezzlement, which can be a major time and funds drain.

Good employees are vital to any successful business. You first need to find people who are qualified, professional, and committed to the company vision, but it’s important to keep them motivated and inspired. Owners who treat their employees well reduce costs by ensuring low turnover and higher production rates.

Clients/Job Seekers
The relationship with your clients/job seekers is what will keep your budget in the black. No matter how hard you work or how great your ideas are for retention, if your customers aren’t happy, your business isn’t going to succeed.

To create the best customer experience, put yourself in their shoes. What makes or breaks an experience for you with a company? If your office provides a positive experience, it’s likely the customer will provide a referral to your company to their friends.

Starting off as a first-time entrepreneur, the advice of a seasoned businessman or woman is invaluable. What mistakes did they make along the way that you can learn from? Be sure to treat your mentor with respect and thank them for their time. One day, you can pass on your own advice to a new business owner.

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Do you dream of owning 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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Franchise Veteran Brings Experience to Express

Bob Coletti & wife, Karen Hung (Milwaukee, WI South – Resale)After owning an executive staffing and recruiting business, Bob Coletti is looking to take his entrepreneurial journey to the next level with a full- staffing company. Bob is familiar with recruiting and will put his sales and leadership skills to good use as the new owner of the Milwaukee, WI Express office.

Seasoned Executive
Bob earned his bachelor’s degree in piano performance before obtaining a master’s degree at the Columbia Business School in marketing and finance. He began his career as a senior vice president of operations at Liberty Fabrics and then was vice president of apparel products for McMurray Fabrics.

Bob also spent time as the senior vice president of sales and marketing at Burlen Corporation and had experience owning a franchise before seeing more opportunity with an Express franchise.

During his career as a senior vice president, Bob directed a team of 23 people at four different locations. His responsibilities included forecast collection and analysis, production planning, purchasing, delivery date quoting, order progress tracking, and customer service.

“Bob’s experience in sales will give him a leg up in the Milwaukee market,” said Bill Thompson, Express Franchising Executive. “He is a seasoned executive who is driven to help people, which is at the heart of the Express mission. Bob is very effective at motivating and managing people, making him a great addition to the Express family.”

Family Life
The new franchisee is still connected with his alma mater as a member of the board of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York. He was also selected to participate in a senior development program held in the United Kingdom.
Bob has raised three boys, Michael, 27, who is a professional musician in the U.S. Air Force Academy Band, Phillip, 27, who is a business analyst with McKinsey Consulting in Seattle, and J.J., 3.

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Express has more than 770 offices, but is still adding more offices every day to finish out 2016! To learn more about how you can join Express, go to ExpressFranchising.com.

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The Growing Business of Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneur concept background with head silhouette , gears, rockets, city background

Has owning a business and being your own boss been on your mind? You’re not alone.

The Kauffman startup index recently revealed some good news for the United States economy and entrepreneurship. In 2016, the rate of new entrepreneurs ­— the percent of non-business owning adults who open a business in a month — has risen from 280 out of 100,000 adults in 2014 to 330 in 100,000 adults in 2016.

That means that every month in the U.S., 550,000 entrepreneurs finally realize their dream!

Just two years ago, the index revealed the lowest rate of new entrepreneurs in 20 years, but that has now turned around to reaching the fifth highest level.

Women, in particular, have increased their efforts as business owners, pushing the rate new companies opened by female entrepreneurs from 220 to 260 out of every 100,000 adults in 2014. Latinos also doubled their entrepreneurship rates in the last 20 years from 10% to 20.8% in 2015. And instead of retiring, more Americans between 55 and 64 are starting second careers as business owners. The rate of new entrepreneurs in that age category increased from 14.8% in 1996 to 24.3% in 2015.

The increasing numbers mean that it’s a great time to start a business, especially in the booming staffing industry. Express offers a proven system that’s produced hundreds of successful franchises.

Owning an Express Franchise

Express Employment Professionals thrives off of self-starters who are looking for the freedom of business ownership with the support of a proven system. The company is committed to providing hope through jobs.

Express just awarded office number 772, but is still full steam ahead to finish out 2016!  To learn more about how you can join Express, go to ExpressFranchising.com.

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