After more than 20 years in the staffing industry, why staffing?
Prior to staffing, I spent a decade working for an industrial laundry company, where I was in sales, sales management, and then general management. After 10 years, it was time to move out of Chicago to get closer to home in Minnesota. I worked with a recruiting agency who presented the opportunity in the staffing industry at Doherty Employment Group in Edina, Minnesota. The industry was growing at 25% in the late 90s and the opportunity checked all the boxes I was looking for. Once I started in this position, I felt that staffing was a good industry for my experience and professional goals. I enjoyed working for a privately-held company where I could really use my passion and talents to help facilitate company growth.
What’s your background in the staffing industry?
Starting in September 1997, I worked for Doherty Employment Group, a privately-held company in Edina, Minnesota. I worked there for just shy of 16 years. I started as the Vice President of Sales before being promoted to Senior Vice President, starting to undertake operations responsibilities. I was promoted to President in early 2000s and was responsible for all aspects from strategic planning to all sales and service functions. During my time at Doherty, we experienced significant growth, going from approximately $17 million in revenue in 1997 to $90 million when I left in 2013.
In August 2013, I began as President for a privately-held company in Chicago, Select Staffing of Illinois. We eventually changed the name to AllStaff and we were recognized by SIA list of fastest growing staffing companies three years in a row. When I started, the staffing agency had 12 separate FEINs and its revenue was $79 million. We implemented an aggressive five-year plan to reach $200 million by 2018. In 2014, we hit $90 million. The following year, we reached $112 million and the third year, we reached $154 million. In 2017, revenue was on a 12-month run rate of $182 million when the company was sold in September 2017.
Why did you choose to join the TempWorks team?
After the sale of AllStaff, I began searching for a job outside the staffing industry. It was important to me to leverage my years of experience working for staffing agencies that experienced significant growth in a short period of time. TempWorks was the perfect opportunity to use my industry experience to support staffing agencies as I felt I could relate to and help companies with many of their challenges.
From a client perspective, what can clients expect to see from your influence at TempWorks?
Due to my background in the staffing industry, I feel that I have a very deep understanding of and have empathy for the challenges that clients face in their day-to-day operations, especially during periods of growth. I’ve successfully transformed companies from passion-driven operations to process-driven operations to enable rapid growth in the industry and feel very comfortable with helping facilitate this transformation.
I’ve been in our client’s shoes and have experienced many of the same hurdles facing our clients today. With a focus on integrity, professionalism, excellence, and responsiveness, I am committed to truly partnering with our clients and becoming a trusted adviser to reinforce their growth strategies.