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Making Safety a Priority

Yellow safety first road sign with rivets on a white background
Yellow safety first road sign with rivets on a white background

Starting June 1, companies are encouraged to review safety measures for their employees as part of National Safety Month. Gone are the days when businesses felt they had to choose between keeping workers safe and making a profit.

Just a few employee injuries could be devastating to your company. The good news is that increasing safety in the workplace doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are “7 Easy Ways You Can Increase Safety on a Budget.

Hire Smarter
Hiring managers should only place candidates on assignments that match the candidate’s skills and experience. You may be in a hurry to fill positions, but hiring incompetent workers increases the risk of injury.

Even though a candidate’s skills and experience may be perfect for a position, it’s important to train them for the specific assignment. Share any tips or tricks of the trade to make the job safer.

Demand Safe Work Practices

Set a precedent of safe workplace practices from day one. Post appropriate safety materials in highly visible areas, such as a break room, and hold regular safety meetings. Also, practice what you preach. If you choose productivity over safety the first time, you may end up sending mixed messages to your employees.

Provide the Right Tools and Equipment
It doesn’t pay to skimp on tools and equipment for your employees. The few extra dollars in your account from buying discount equipment will not cover the medical costs for an injured employee. Take the time to invest in quality products up front.

Demonstrate That You Value a Job Done Safely
Create a program that rewards employees for jobs done safely or for suggestions on how to improve workplace safety. However, be wary about providing incentives for zero injuries, because you don’t want to encourage zero reporting.

Look for Ways to Get the Jobs Done More Safely
There is always room for improvement, even in workplace safety. Hold a brainstorming session once a quarter to keep safety top of mind and to highlight any safety concerns.

Remember There are a Lot of Right Answers
No job exists without safety risks, but there are always ways to make it safer. Workplace safety can be accomplished in many different ways, so don’t be afraid to bring new ideas to the table.

Safety with Express
Put your safety knowledge into action by joining Express Employment Professionals today! For more information on how to own your own business, visit ExpressFranchising.com.

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Fighting Hunger in Communities

BIBD-LIIn just a few weeks, Express Employment Professionals will host one of its biggest days of service aimed at eliminating hunger, Brand It Blue Day.

This is the fourth year for offices to partner with local food banks or other agencies to provide meals for those in need across North America. Brand It Blue Day is scheduled for June each year, because summer is when hunger most affects families. Six out of seven low-income kids who eat a free or reduced-price school lunch during the academic year do not get a free meal during the summer, according to a study by the Food Research and Action Center.

That means it’s more important than ever to keep local food pantries stocked for the one in every seven people in the United States who rely on them for meals. Hunger also strikes closer to home, as illustrated by the “Hunger Has a Familiar Face” video.

In the past three years, Express donated more than 156,000 pounds of food through food drives and monetary donations! To learn how you can volunteer for Brand It Blue Day on Saturday, June 11, visit click here.

Express franchisees know how important it is to help as many people find good jobs by helping as many clients as possible find good people. Part of finding good people and clients is by giving back to the communities in which we live as part of the Express culture of caring.

Benefits of Giving Back
According to “4 Ways Your Company Benefits from Giving Back,” companies greatly benefit from giving back. Giving back builds respect and a good reputation in your community. The company’s leader can reach out to prominent local organizations or citizens to target specific needs in the community.

When businesses help other people, those people might want to support that business in the future. When the need arises, there will be people to recommend your services.

Giving back also makes your community a better place to live while improving the company’s image. Pick a cause that is close to your heart, like donating funds or time to fix up a local school or park.

Employees respect leaders who do good. Many employers get stuck in the daily grind without thinking about employee satisfaction or cohesion. When you focus on charity, it can make your company a positive force in the community, fostering more respect for your company’s leaders. Your employees are then more likely to refer your company to their friends, making charity good for morale and the bottom line.

Join Express
If joining a company that gives back to the community, while also experiencing a record breaking $3.02 billion dollars in sales in 2015 sounds appealing to you, now is the time to join Express! Learn more about how to become your own boss at ExpressFranchising.com.

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Corporate HR Expert Opens New Express Franchise in Saint Paul, MN

boullAs Senior Director of Talent Acquisition for Seagate Technology for the past 10 years, Bob Boullianne managed a multi-national team of 42 people located in seven countries, as well as a $4.5 million budget.

Now, he is leaving corporate America behind to fulfill his long-time dream of owning his own business. Congratulations to Bob, franchisee of the new Express Employment Professionals office in Saint Paul, MN.

A Staffing Expert

“Bob’s experience on the client side of utilizing staffing services makes him great go-to person for area businesses, because he understand the needs and challenges that organizations face in today’s demanding marketplace,” says Dan Gunderson, Express Regional Franchising Executive.

Bob received onsite leadership training from Harvard University through Seagate, and has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Bethel University in TN.

Bob has held membership and leadership roles in various business and staffing related groups and associations, including:

  • Leading Edge HR Network in Minnesota
  • IT Curriculum Committee at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota

The Perfect Business Model

When Bob was ready to own his own business, he looked for a company with an excellent reputation in the staffing industry.  He chose Express Employment Professionals because of its leading role in the staffing industry. In 2015, Express generated $3.02 billion in sales and employed a record 500,002 people.

“Bob knew he would receive the back office support he would need from the company’s main office, as well as training, mentoring and other important resources,” Dan says.

The Key to Financial Freedom

“Bob views Express as a franchise that will provide a personal challenge as well as a sound pathway to wealth creation,” Dan notes. “Bob intends to past age 65, and he knows that owning an Express franchise will allow him to do so on his own flexible terms.”

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.

 

 

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C-Suite Exec Takes the Helm at Express Franchise in Olathe, KS

hamrickSam Hamrick, former Chief Operating Officer for Cal Western Packaging Corp., has taken the helm of the Express Employment Professionals franchise in Olathe, KS.

Congratulations to Sam, who has achieved his dream of owning his own business.

A Wealth of Business Expertise
“Sam brings extensive business experience to the franchise,” said Bill Thompson, Express Franchising Executive. “He has been successful at growing, managing, and reducing costs for a number of businesses with a significant positive impact to their owners. Now, he has the opportunity to do the same for his own franchise.”

At Cal Western Packaging Corp. Sam managed operations generating $200+ million in annual revenue. The company’s customers included many U.S. top retailers, as well as the federal government’s Department of Agriculture.

Previously, he served as General Manager for KIK Custom Products, as Plant Manager/General Manager for Marietta Corporation, and as Vice President of Operations for Cupples Company Manufacturers.

Sam has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

A Culture of Caring
“Sam is also very involved in his community,” Bill notes. “This fits well with the Express culture of caring.”

Sam and his wife have raised three sons and are highly involved in their activities. Sam holds multiple positions in the Boy Scouts of America, including cubmaster, scoutmaster, District Commissioner (St Louis Area Council) and others, and was awarded the “District Award of Merit.”

Join Our Team
Is owning your own business the next step in your career plan? This is a great time to join Express. The staffing industry is booming and Express is one of the fastest growing major staffing companies in the country. For more information, visit ExpressFranchising.com.

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Auto Finance Manager Opens New Express office in San Bernardino, CA

marogiAfter more than 20 years in the automotive industry, Ramon Marogi is switching gears.

Congratulations to Ramon, franchisee for the new Express Employment Professionals office in San Bernardino, CA.

A Career on the Move

“Ramon is an excellent fit for the staffing industry,” said Dan Gunderson, Express Regional Franchising Executive. “In his recent role as Finance Manager of an upscale BMW dealership in downtown San Francisco, he had many years of experience with customer service and managing people.”

“Ramon started his career in the automotive industry in 1994, starting in sales,” Dan said. “He was promoted to management early in his career, and has been a finance director and sales manager with Lexus and BMW for over 18 years.”

The Highway To Success

Ramon learned about Express from a lifelong friend, Zena Kaji, an Express franchisee in San Leandro, CA.

“Ramon watched the success that Zena had with her career with Express over many years,” Dan said. “He has been very impressed by the Express system and plan for success.”

That plan includes training, mentoring, and strong business support from the Express home office, with a tried-and-true blueprint that more than 760 franchisees have used successfully in the U.S., Canada, and South Africa.

Join Our Team

Looking to drive your own success as the owner of 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.

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Couple Opens New Express Franchise in Richmond, VA (Central)

schantzHis name is on six scientific patents, but for Lloyd Schantz, having his name listed as owner of his own business is the high point in a very successful career. The fact that he will run the business in partnership with his wife, Donna, is a dream come true.

Congratulations to Lloyd and Donna Schantz, new franchisees of the Express Employment Professionals office in Richmond, VA (Central)!

The Science of Business
Lloyd completed 40 years in the food ingredient industry, most recently as senior vice president and board member of John I. Haas, Inc., a company that has grown and produced hops and hops products for more than 200 years.

He is named on six U.S. patents and has lobbied Congress for numerous agriculturally-related initiatives. Lloyd has a B.A. in Microbiology from California State University, Fresno and an MBA from Golden Gate University.

“Lloyd has successfully managed and turned around four businesses during his career, and he sees the growth potential in this business and this strong territory,” said Bill Thompson, Express Franchising Executive. “He is a great fit for the staffing industry and looks forward to helping connect businesses and talented workers in the Richmond area.”

“Donna has had extensive interviewing experience in various roles in her career and she is very excited about taking the Staffing Consultant role in the business,” Bill said. “As a former staff writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, her byline is familiar to many people in the area. She has also worked as a communications assistant with the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Historic Resources.”

Donna has a B.A. in History from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Building a Business Side by Side
“Lloyd and Donna are excited to be 100% responsible for their own success as Express franchisees,” Bill says. “They are confident in the Express tried-and-true business model, and are excited that owning this franchise will give them financial independence.”

Lloyd and Donna say that working together at this point in their lives will bring them much satisfaction. Moving to Richmond from their most recent home in California will bring them close to their children and the community where they want to retire.

Embracing the Culture of Caring
“Lloyd and Donna appreciate the fact that the Express business model leaves them plenty of time for volunteering, something that is important to them,” Bill said. “This is important to Express as well. The company’s Culture of Caring encourages involvement in the communities where our franchisees and employees live and work.”

Donna’s volunteer work includes:
• Three years as a volunteer literacy teacher for adults
• Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in San Luis Obispo, CA
• Homeowner Association vice president
• Newcomers’ Group historian and general volunteer

Lloyd’s volunteer involvement includes membership in these organizations:
• Institute of Food Technologists
• Research Chef Association
• American Coalition of Ethanol
• Renewable Fuels Association
• American Beekeeping Federation
• American Honey Producers Association

Join our Team
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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Father and Son Duo Open New Express Office in Houston, TX (Bellaire)

olden leeOlden Lee and his son Jason were looking for a vibrant organization that would offer them the company support they need to grow a successful family business. Once they did their research, it was clear that Express Employment Professionals was an excellent fit for their strong business experience, financial goals, and personal passion.

Congratulations to Olden and Jason Lee, franchisees for the new Express office in Houston, TX (Bellaire)!

An Experienced Team

“Olden has had an accomplished career in the business sector,” said Bill Thompson, Express Franchising Executive. “He has served in numerous executive roles for PepsiCo and its branded organizations, including Taco Bell, KFC, and Frito-Lay. He is currently on the board of the Starbucks Coffee Company (since 2003), chairs the advisory board for the Business School of the University of Arizona, and has served on the board of Texas Christian University.”

“Olden has held roles including CEO and senior vice president, and he is excited to work with his son to begin his career as a business owner,” Bill said.

“Jason is also an accomplished businessman. He was team lead for Charles Schwab and worked his way to top performer in Business Sales within six months,” Bill said. “Jason moved into education and became a team lead at the University of Phoenix within six months and a top performer at Grand Canyon University. He worked his way up from a general advisor position to the assistant director of academics, which involved running a team of two managers and advisors.”

Fulfilling a Dream

“Jason’s long-term desire is to be in control of his financial future,” Bill said. “He sees that owning an Express franchise is an excellent opportunity to accomplish this.“

Both men consider the new office location in Bellaire as a perfect location for growth in staffing. Despite the impact of reduced oil and gas prices, experts say the Houston area economy is experiencing growth in the services sectors, particularly in leisure and hospitality. There is also a demand for skilled workers, especially welders, electricians, and diesel mechanics, with some employers noting shortages in machinists and food manufacturing staff.

Educated Partners

Olden has a B.S. in Business from the University of Arizona. Jason has a B.A. from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and an MBA from the University of Arizona in Phoenix.

Throughout their careers, the Lees have seen how vital it is for companies to find the right workers to successfully grow their businesses. They look forward to connecting Bellaire-area businesses with individuals seeking employment.

Join our Team

Do you dream of having a family-owned 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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Army Veteran, Mom of Three Opens Express Franchise in Leesburg, VA

VillaniDenise Villani served two Army tours in the Middle East, supporting Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. She also served the United States as an Arabic linguist and worked as an analyst for several federal intelligence agencies.

With her years of service behind her, Denise is excited to transition to a civilian opportunity as franchisee of the new Express Employment Professionals office in Leesburg, VA.

A Family-Friendly Franchise

Denise has been married for almost 16 years and has three young children, ages 5, 3, and 18 months. When she looked into franchise opportunities, she wanted one that was well suited to work and family balance.

“Express is the perfect fit for this time in Denise’s life,” says Brook Wise, Express Regional Franchising Director.  “Unlike many franchise opportunities, the Express business model allows plenty of time for family on evenings and weekends.”

The Right Back Office Support

“Denise has always had an interest in entrepreneurship and even started a small company of her own,” Brook said. “After experiencing the difficulties and roadblocks in starting a company from scratch, she appreciates the ‘head start’ a solid franchise can offer, including training, business support, and a well-defined business model.”

That support continues for franchisees, who receive continued mentoring throughout their careers with Express.

A Personal Passion

“Denise has had an exciting career serving our country, but now she is ready to do something positive and uplifting,” Brook said. “She wants to make a huge difference in her community and she sees the Express model as a way to accomplish that.”

Denise has a BA in Liberal Arts from Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, NJ. She is an  avid runner, and has completed both the New York City and the Marine Corps marathons.

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.

 

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Express Veteran Opens New Franchise Office in Volusia-Flagler County, FL

Bill BrownAsk Bill Brown what he loves about Express Employment Professionals, and his long list will include a company that offers excellent business support, a corporate culture of caring, and the valuable opportunity to make the leap from Express employee to owning a business.

Bill Brown is now the owner of the Volusia-Flagler County, FL, Express office, who is excited to jump into business ownership after 14 years as an employee in the Ocala, FL, office.

Strong Mentorship
During his 14 years in the Ocala Express Employment Professionals office, Bill has not only acquired expertise in the staffing industry, but he also had three mentors who showed him what life could be like if he owned an Express franchise.

“Bill learned a lot from Express franchisees Randall and Pat Camp, who found professional and personal success through franchise ownership,” said Dan Gunderson, Express Regional Franchising Executive.

Bill was able to open his own office through the Express ‘Bridge To Ownership’ opportunity, which gives Express employees the opportunity to own their own business without taking on deep financial risk. Bill earned his Inside Sales and Outside Sales Express University certification, and before working for Express, he was an inside sales representative for Alltel Wireless.

Building Relationships While Building a Business
Bill is excited that this opportunity will allow him to achieve his financial goals for his family. He also looks forward to building a team and helping people in Volusia-Flagler County find work.

“Bill has placed hundreds of Express Associates at client companies throughout the years. He has excelled at all aspects of the business, and he understands the value of building long-term relationships with area businesses,” Dan said. “Locally, he has been deeply involved with the Ocala Business Leaders group. He is looking forward to building relationships with Daytona-area employers who need to find quality talent for their companies.”

A Focus on Family
“Another thing Bill really appreciates about the Express business model is the fact that he can be successful while working family-friendly hours,” Dan said. “Unlike some franchise opportunities, which require many late evening and weekend hours, owning an Express office allows Bill the opportunity to spend important time with his wife, Michelle, and their two children, Wyatt, 5, and Emma, 3, and to be involved in their place of worship, Meadowbrook Church.”

Join our Team
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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New Express Franchise in Butler-Lawrence, PA, is Dream Come True for Couple

hessHe was a national sales leader in the pharmaceuticals industry. She was a top broker for a top 100 realty franchise. With such successful careers, only one thing would persuade them to make a major change: the opportunity to own their own business as Express Employment Professionals franchisees and follow in the footsteps of their entrepreneurial-minded families.

Congratulations to Bill and Tina Hess, franchisees of the new Express office in Butler-Lawrence, PA.

In Control of His Destiny

“Bill is a forward thinker and a natural sales leader from the pharmaceutical industry,” said

Brook Wise, Express Regional Franchising Director. “Bill believes that Express aligns very well with his core values and what he feels is important in this next step of his career. He welcomes the chance to have more control over his own destiny as an Express franchisee.”

Bill spent 25 years in marketing, sales, and business development roles with major corporations such as Eli Lilly and Novartis, leading teams to top success. He also worked for Indiana Gas, where he had the highest customer retention rate among sales representatives, and has some experience in franchise sales as well.

Bill has a bachelor’s degree in communications and an MBA in marketing. He is a member of the Princeton NJ Citizens Rifle and Revolver Club.

A Focus on Relationship

“Tina has a solid record of sales based on relationship building and repeat business,” Brook said. “She found success in the real estate industry, where she rose to top real estate agent within her second year and continued to maintain top agent status as a very successful broker. Tina won numerous performance awards and contributed to the success of her office becoming a top 100 franchise in a national chain.“

Tina is a member of the National Association of Real Estate and New Jersey Association of Realtors. Prior to five years in real estate, Tina worked as a teacher for 14 years. She has a bachelor’s of science degree in elementary education.

“Both Tina and Bill come from families of entrepreneurs, and they also understand the value of the back office support and training Express provides,” Brook said. “They are a solid match for this opportunity, and they look forward to helping businesses and job seekers in the Butler-Lawrence, PA, area.”

Join our Team

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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