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EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT PROFESSIONALS
www.expresspros.com / HQ: Oklahoma City / Robert A. Funk, founder, CEO and chairman: "I love franchising, and I love the relationships we have with semi-entrepreneurs."

Express plans to reach 800 franchise
locations by the end of 2017 and would
like to ultimately open 900 locations.

A Culture of Caring
Express Employment Professionals wants franchisees,
clients and job seekers to be successful. BY JIM HARRIS
Express Employment Professionals does more than just help place
people into jobs. "One of our purposes is to give everyone hope and
encouragement that there is a good
job out there for them if they are willing to learn skills, have integrity and
a good work ethic," says Robert A.
Funk, founder, CEO and chairman
of the Oklahoma City-based international staffing company.
For the company, helping people
succeed by gaining employment ultimately benefits not only the employ76

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ee, but also the community they live
in. This philosophy, which Express
refers to as its culture of caring, is at
the heart of its leadership decisions.
Express' compassion for the people
it helps led the company to expand
its services into South Africa, where
it has 14 locations. Funk was inspired
to open offices in the country after
attending a staffing convention there
in the 1990s, shortly after the end of
Apartheid. "At the time, South Africa had a 42 percent unemployment
rate," he says.

"I felt that was a place we needed to
be to help people."
The company has placed more than
90,000 people into manufacturing
and other commercial jobs in South
Africa since it set up shop there. "For
us, being there is a mission project to
help that country grow and survive in
a high-unemployment environment,"
Funk says.
Express also is highly active in many
of the U.S. communities where it has
offices that participate in numerous
charitable activities and organizations. In addition, it has relationships
with several career and technical
schools to offer training programs.
One of the companies' community-related offerings is Job Genius, an
online-based educational program
designed to teach young adults how


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