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Staffing agency is Franchisee of the Year

March 13, 2019
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Janis Petrini
Janis Petrini. Courtesy Express Employment Professionals of Grand Rapids

The local franchise owner of an international staffing organization has been named Franchisee of the Year.

Janis Petrini, of Express Employment Professionals of Grand Rapids, won the honor of Express Franchisee of the Year at Express Employment Professionals’ recent International Leadership Conference in Grapevine, Texas.

The Oklahoma City-based organization, known as Express Pros, annually recognizes and honors franchisees who “excel in building brand equity and a distinguished company reputation.”

A panel of executives at Express Pros’ headquarters selected Petrini as Franchisee of the Year because of her “dedication to the company’s values of people, teamwork, build to last and integrity.”

“Janis is extremely deserving of this award for all her hard work. She is truly an entrepreneur in its purest form,” said Bill Stoller, CEO and board chair, Express Pros.

“Through her strong leadership, her office has consistently been a top producer and is an outstanding example of what can be achieved when embracing marketing strategies and innovative sales efforts.”

Petrini opened her franchise in 1996 and has grown it into a top 10 producer and a perennial Circle of Excellence member, an incentive program for sales.

She invests in the community by allowing employees to support causes, by building the Express Pros brand with multiple community partners and by giving back with volunteer work and fundraising.

The local Express Pros office was named one of the 2018 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Nation by the National Association of Business Resources.

Express Pros

The local Express Pros office, founded in 1996, is located in Wyoming.

The office has five divisions: professional; administrative; advanced manufacturing and skilled trades; light industrial; and training.

The international Express Pros organization has more than 800 franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa.

In 2018, it helped more than 500,000 people find jobs and is on a mission to put 1 million people to work annually.

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