(Oklahoma City)---As America’s workforce continues to shift from full-time employees to more contract and temporary positions, Oklahoma City-based Express Employment Professionals’ expansion efforts have gone into double time. As a result, Express has announced the signing of 10 new U.S. franchise agreements in just 35 days.
“Staffing services are in high demand, and Express continues to work with thousands of employers and job seekers around the world to keep the economic recovery moving forward,” said David Lewis, executive director of franchising. “To meet this increasing need, we’re rapidly expanding and letting new and existing clients know that we’re here when they need us.”
Among the 10 new Express franchise owners are Jay Diaz in Meridian, Conn.; Jason and Christi Patrick in West Nashville, Tenn.; Doug Dirrim in Roswell, Ga.; Diego Lejwa in Memphis, Tenn.; Brad Collins in South Kansas City, Mo.; Jim Bartunek in Central Suffolk County, N.Y.; Fran Mackovjak in Delaware County, Pa.; Jim Sovacool in Lakeville, Ohio; Greg Lavelle in Worcester, Mass.; and Mitch Porter in West Suffolk County, N.Y.
As one of the nation’s largest privately-held staffing firms, Express put more than 335,000 people to work in 2011, providing expertise in evaluation hire, temporary staffing, professional search and human resources. As the company expands, it continues to achieve record breaking sales growth. Most recently, Express franchisees set an all-time record in average clients billed per office at 35.68 for the week ending June 24. Together, franchise owners across the country billed a record 15,271 clients for the same week. Express projects company growth to top 18 percent in 2012, and plans to award 64 new franchise locations in the U.S. and Canada, targeting Orlando, Fla.; Detroit; Chicago; Fairbanks, Ala.; and Hartford, Conn. Sales for the company reached $2.1 billion in 2011, with the average territory generating sales of $4.5 million.
Express began franchising in 1985 and has consistently maintained a 98 percent approval rating from franchisees on the quality and opportunity of the Express system. The company was named the No. 1 staffing franchise in the U.S. by Entrepreneur as part of the magazine’s thirty-third annual Franchise 500 list and also ranked in the top 100 on the magazine’s Top Global Franchises list in America.
“Our franchise owners come from various backgrounds such as sales, management, human resources and finance and all share a vision of controlling their own destiny through business ownership,” Lewis said. “While the Express model does not require partnerships for success, jointly owned franchises make up approximately 20 percent of our franchisees, and husband-and-wife ownership teams are common. We also have numerous franchise owners in our system who are military veterans.”
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