Express Employment Professionals

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Our History

The economy was floundering and banks were failing 30 years ago when three individuals gathered to form a new company from the dissolution of Acme Personnel. In challenging economic times, many companies turn to staffing companies for a more flexible workforce. One of those companies came to be known as Express, which generated gross revenues of 2.1 million in 1983, its first year in business. We haven’t looked back since.

Today, Express Employment Professionals continues to flourish, celebrating more than $2.5 billion in sales and nearly 700 locations in 2013.

1983
Robert A. Funk, William H. Stoller, and James Gray established Express after the dissolution of Acme Personnel, the staffing firm where the three founders previously worked. The fledgling company generated gross revenues of $2.1 million in its first year.
1985
$18.4 million in sales;
Express began franchising
1987
$82 million in sales
1989
$155 million in sales
1990
Robert Funk and William Stoller purchased Gray’s shares of the company
1991
$197 million in sales
1993
$324 million in sales
1995
$531 million in sales;
operated nearly 200 franchises
1997
$698 million in sales
2001
$781 million in sales
2003
$1 billion in sales with offices in the United States, Canada and South Africa
2005
$1.55 billion in sales;
500 franchises in operation
2006
$1.8 billion in sales;
awarded 85 franchises
2007
Reached nearly $2 billion in sales
2008
Rebranded from Express Personnel Services to Express Employment Professionals
2010
Celebrated founder Robert Funk’s induction into the International Franchise Association’s Hall of Fame.
2011
Sales reached $2.1 billion and a milestone was reached when 80,000 Express associates worked 3 million hours in one week in October 2011.
2012
Sales totaled $2.3 billion and Express is named the #1 staffing franchise by Entrepreneur magazine.
2013
Kicked off our 30th Anniversary year by exceeding 600 franchises in January.
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2013
  • International Franchise Association
  • Canadian Franchise Association
  • Best of Staffing
  • Franchise Research Institute - Franchisee Approved
  • 2014 Franchise 500