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EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT PROFESSIONALS

Founder, CEO and Chairman Robert A. Funk
(right) honors franchisees such as Rodney Moore
at Express's annual international convention.

operations. Express Employment
Professionals opened with six offices,
each overseen by a manager, but Funk
quickly recognized that it needed
capital funding. "Acme's operations
were half franchise and half corporate. I was on the corporate end, but
saw that franchise locations were
making more money," Funk says. "I
knew the only way to grow the company was to franchise it."
The average mature Express franchise reports $1 million in gross revenues per year, which Funk attributes
to the company's systems as well as
the support it provides to franchisees.
"I love franchising, and I love the
relationships we have with semi-en-

In The hall
Express Employment Professionals Founder, CEO and Chairman Robert A. Funk recently
received the highest honor available to a resident of
his state when he was inducted into the Oklahoma
Hall of Fame on Nov. 16. Since its inception in 1927,
the Hall of Fame has recognized 683 residents for
their personal and professional accomplishments,
the organization says.
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trepreneurs," he says. "We have a
methodology to help our franchisees
be successful, and that's where I get
my thrills."
New Express franchisees pay a
$35,000 franchising fee and are asked
to have at least $150,000 available to
cover operational costs. The corporate organization finances payrolls
for the workers placed into jobs by
each office. Each office has a territory
of roughly 175,000 available jobs.
The corporate headquarters works
with new franchisees to find an ideal office location and provides three
weeks of training before opening. The
training covers topics including finding clients and working with the state
workers compensation and unemployment systems.
The company also hosts an international convention for its franchisees each February, where it hosts
high-profile speakers, including former President George W. Bush. Franchisees and their employees are also
invited to attend regional sales summits every fall.

Express provides ongoing support
to franchisees in the form of 40 corporate employees known as "developers." "Our developers help our franchisees in the field with basic business
issues and inspire them to a higher level of productivity," Funk says. "These
people are responsible for making the
offices they oversee successful."
Funk says disputes between Express and its franchisees are extremely rare. "Our No. 1 motivation is to
always look at what our franchisees
need or would like to have," he says.
"We do what's in the best interest of
our franchisees and not the franchisor. The reason we've been successful
is because we do what's best to develop them and their business."

New OppOrtuNities
Express continues to find ways to
assist not only franchisees, but also
their clients and the job seekers they
work with.
In spring 2018, the company will
release its ExpressJobs app, which
will show job seekers available jobs
in their area. In addition, the app will
allow people to apply for jobs via their
mobile device. Express associates will
be able to access details including
work assignment history, payment
history and employment forms.
The new app is just one way the
company intends to improve and
expand its existing operations. Although the company sees its primary
responsibility is to the United States,
Funk sees potential international
growth into countries such as New
Zealand and Australia.
"We feel compelled to build North
America first and then look at the
rest of the world, but there could be
opportunities for us in countries that
share our values of integrity and honesty," Funk says.


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