Management Today - Winter 2011 - (Page 174)

cS C A N A D I A N S P OT L I G H T A Valuable Resource AN EARLY CAREER DISAPPOINTMENT RESULTS IN A THRIVING AND EXPANDING BUSINESS FOR SRG’S NAMESAKE AND FOUNDER. >STEVENS RESOURCE GROUP INC. // Founder Sherri Stevens says SRG’s employees help the firm gain customers for life. BY J I M H A R R I S “I despised it,” she says. “It wasn’t challenging enough. I was devastated because it was my life’s goal and all I ever wanted.” After leaving the airline, she temped in Toronto before moving back to her hometown in Woodstock, Ontario, in 1990. “There were no jobs to be found,” she says. “I wasn’t sure what to do. “Then the idea struck me – I had no money, no job, and nothing to lose, so I decided to open my own staffing service,” she says. While sitting in her mother’s living room, she wrote up a business plan and drew a logo. The next day, she had business cards printed. Stevens’ company evolved into Stevens Resource Group (SRG), a human resources firm that today has seven offices in Ontario and one in Mississippi, as well as a professional recruitment division. Stevens also is recognized nationally as one of Canada’s top 100 female entrepre- Sherri Stevens knew what she wanted her career to be from the time she was seven years old. “My mother took me on a trip to the Bahamas; it was my first time on an airplane, and I was very captivated by the flight attendants,” she said. This fascination continued through her teenage years, and at age 19, she achieved her goal, working with a charter airline that flew from Ontario to Europe. 174 MANAGEMENTTODAY-MAGAZINE.COM WINTER 2011 http://www.MANAGEMENTTODAY-MAGAZINE.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Management Today - Winter 2011

Management Today - Winter 2011
Millionaire Mega Toys
Management Playbook
Taking Action
Branding Concerns
La Curacao
Prosper Inc.
Meridian Credit Union
Ozarks Federal Savings and Loan
Mona Pearl
MaMa Rosa’s Pizza
L’Oreal USA Consumers Products Division
ABI Ltd.
CHIRON America
Lucerne Foods
Bud’s Best Cookies
Crest Foam Industries
Hozishaki America
The Knapheide Manufacturing Co.
Lavi Industries
S. Freedman & Sons Inc.
Val-Fab Inc.
History vs. Reality
Grupo Roble
Sabal Homes
Grupo Marhnos
Novak Construction
McAlpine Ltd. – Cayman Islands Government Administration Building
Ram Power Corp.
CMH Architects
Golden State Framers
Russell Redi-Mix Concrete
Roger Electric
Supply Chain
Triad Systems
Schildwachter Oil
Star Transport
Canadian Focus
Airline Hotels & Resorts Inc.
Northgate Industries
Winnipeg Airports Authority
PKS Equipment & Engineering Inc.
The Hazelton Hotel
Leeds Transit
PCL Constructors – Durham Consolidated Courthouse
Build Toronto
Handling Specialty
Parker Hannifin Canada
Stevens Resource Group Inc.

Management Today - Winter 2011