November Anniversaries

November 2020 Anniversaries

Congratulations to all of our employees with November anniversaries. We appreciate your dedication to JSG and all of your hard work. Please join us in celebrating our tenured staff this month!

33 Years

Frank D’Amico

10 Years

Jeffrey Paarlberg

7 Years

Dina Romero

6 Years

Jason Kennedy

5 Years

Alejandro Duenas

Shahna Jacks

4 Years

Kailey Fritz

3 Years

Michael McGough

Krishna Nalla

Matthew Bennett

2 Years

Kevin Fedor

Justin Taylor

Stephen Harwan

Uma Suthan

1 Year

Daboris Woods

Samuel Coleman III


SIA Largest Staffing Firms U.S.

JSG Named to SIA’s Largest Staffing Firms in U.S. List

For the sixth consecutive year, Johnson Service Group was named to Staffing Industry Analysts’ (SIA) list of Largest Staffing Firms in the U.S.

This is a notable achievement for our company and speaks to our consistency over the years. “I commend each and every one of our employees for their dedication and hard work,” said Dale Slater, Founder and CEO of JSG.

Although this award reflects revenues from last year, making this list during this economically and socially challenging year is an honor for all of us at Johnson Service Group. “We thank you all for your continued efforts and wish all of our JSG family health, happiness, safety, and success… now and in the future,” says Ken Slater, Executive Vice President of JSG.

What are the SIA lists?

Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) is the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions. This year’s report for the Largest Staffing Firms in the United States features 175 staffing companies; that is an increase from the 157 firms included last year. To make the list, each firm must generate at least $100 million in revenue in 2019.

“The 175 companies in this year’s report represent 63.5% of the market and with a combined revenue of $97 billion indicate an industry well-positioned to weather the impact of the pandemic,” said Barry Asin, SIA President. “As the U.S. navigates and recovers from the current disruption, many organizations will look to utilize temporary and interim workers to meet shifting demand and maintain an active and agile workforce.” Moreover, the additional 18 firms making SIA’s list this year illustrates the growth of the staffing industry.

The JSG difference

As we continue to recover from the pandemic, JSG continues to work diligently to offer our clients and candidates world-class service. At JSG, people are our passion. We pride ourselves in understanding your organization’s unique needs; it’s our mission to help our clients successfully source the talent they need in today’s tight market. “Our main goal is to be able to continue efficiently aligning our strengths with our clients’ needs. Our staff will continue to provide exceptional service with a strong sense of urgency, attention to detail, and follow-through,” says Ken Slater.

The entire JSG team works diligently to maintain our present position as the most effective cross-industry staffing solution available. We work hard, we work together, and we work for you.

September 2020 Jobs Report

September 2020 Jobs Report: the U.S. Gains 661,000 Payrolls

The Labor Department reported that nonfarm payrolls rose by 661,000. That is the fewest gains since May and much lower than economists’ expectations of around 850,000 payrolls. Regardless of expectations, the unemployment rate continued to decline from 8.4% to 7.9%. Although slower than predicted, the U.S. economy is still on the path of recovery, even as COVID-19 cases continue to surge. Here is an overview of the September 2020 Jobs Report.

September Jobs Report overview

Despite all odds, employers around the nation are continuing to add jobs, although at a slower rate in the last three months. Hiring started to cool in July, with the growth of nearly 2 million positions. There are still roughly 10.7 million Americans out of work than before the pandemic hit in February. However, we have made huge strides over the last seven months when employment fell by more than 22 million, and the unemployment rate hit an all-time high of 14.7%. Fast forward to today, the unemployment rate is sitting at 7.9%, and has been consistently declining since April. Moreover, the number of unemployed Americans declined by 1.0 million to 12.6 million unemployed persons.

The labor force participation rate slightly declined by 0.3%, to 61.4%, which is 2% lower than it was back in February. Additionally, average hourly earnings bumped up 4.8%, to $29.47.

The impact of the coronavirus

As the country continues its battle with the coronavirus, the labor market outlook is a little precarious, despite consistent growth over the summer. Last month, the U.S. surpassed 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, and this morning, it was confirmed President Trump tested positive for the virus. This is the final jobs report before the November election. Hopefully, our battle with the virus continues to trend in the right direction, and more employers can create jobs.

Job gains by industry

The industries with the largest employment growth are leisure and hospitality (+318,000), retail trade (+142,000), healthcare and social assistance (+108,000), professional and business services (+89,000), transportation and warehousing (+74,000), manufacturing (+66,000), financial activities (+37,000), information (+27,000), construction (+27,000), wholesale trade (+19,000), and mining (+1,000). Government payroll declined by 216,000 and private education fell by 69,000.

Revisions from the previous jobs report

Over the last two months, total nonfarm payroll employment gains were revised. In July, payrolls were revised up by 27,000, from +1,734,000 to +1,761,000, and in August, payrolls were revised up by 118,000, from +1,371,000 to 1,489,000. With revisions over the last two months combined, employment was 145,000 more than previously reported.

Are you ready to harvest more jobs this fall?

More employers are gaining confidence in the labor market and jumpstarting their hiring efforts. Plus, seasonal hiring is about to be kicked into high gear as employers will go on a hiring spree to keep up with seasonal demand this fall. If your team is ready to revive your hiring efforts, JSG is here to help. We have a solid grasp on the market and a strong pipeline of candidates that are ready to work. Reach out to us today, and let’s work together to fill your job vacancies.

October Anniversaries & New Hires

October 2020 Anniversaries

Congratulations to all of our employees with October anniversaries. We appreciate your dedication to JSG and all of your hard work. Please join us in celebrating our tenured staff this month!

15 Years

Lindsay Pate

12 Years

Rich Geil

7 Years

Brigette Starr

4 Years

Drew Hegarty

Chris Minutola

Krista Portolesi

Mark Godfrey

3 Years

Juan Buitrago

2 Years

Jacqueline Pyatte

Gloria Moreno Ortiz

1 Year

Cara Vogel

Maritza Gomez

September 2020 New Hires

We also gained a few new faces in the month of September. Please join us in welcoming the newest members of the JSG team!

Michael Burice, Bedford

Nolan Laabs, Spokane

Matt Owens, Blue Bell

September Anniversaries & New Hires

September 2020 Anniversaries

Congratulations to all of our employees with September anniversaries. We appreciate your dedication to JSG and all of your hard work. Please join us in celebrating our tenured staff this month!

15 years

Darryl Dixon, Atlanta

8 years

Tina Brumfield, Atlanta

7 years

Jeffery Rowe, Knoxville

5 years

Priscilla Gueco-Torres, San Jose

Sharon Tinker, Westmont

3 years

Craig Brooks, Tampa

Jennifer Cariola, Westmont

Brittany Gamboa, San Jose

Katie Bright, Westmont

Grace Pender, Westmont

2 years

Stanley Crawford, Knoxville

George Dabagia, Westmont

Christopher Brien, Tampa

1 year

Laura Rudder, Bedford

Christopher Hendry, Atlanta


August 2020 New Hires

We also gained a few new faces in the month of August. Please join us in welcoming the newest members of the JSG team!

Alexa Black, Westmont

Rich Hanson, Blue Bell

standout stories from the staffing world

Standout Stories From The Staffing World

With over 35 years in the staffing industry, we’ve seen our fair share challenges, uplifting moments, and accomplishments. Our team works with thousands of people throughout the United States and Canada, both clients and candidates. And when we say we’ve seen and heard it all, we mean we have seen and heard it ALL. From hilarious slip-ups to touching stories that bring tears to our eyes, we’re sharing some of the standout memories over the past few years.

I have been working with one of my contractors since this position was furloughed in March.  He reaches out to me each week to find the status of his position.  During these uncertain times, I make sure to keep in contact with contractors that I have working so they know someone cares and helps them to feel a little more secure.  Last week my contractor asked if they are going back to work yet.  I did check for him and as of now they are not returning but may soon.   He replied to me with the following, “Thank you so much. You remind me of family even though I’ve never met you. Thank you for keeping in touch. I appreciate the quick response.”

That made me feel so good and I felt like I was helping him even if it not back to work yet.

Cathy Kennedy, Director of Business Development, San Jose

My favorite aspect of Staffing is finding people their “Forever Homes” and especially during this crazy COVID time, with so many people out of work, it’s just so gratifying when you land someone a job.

Towards the middle of June, I had a candidate who graduated from college back in 2018, accepted a position and was working his way up within a company. He was laid off due to COVID and couldn’t find any positions or jobs that would hire him. He said he went on countless amounts of interviews and was starting to give up. I reached out to him directly regarding a position and he told me it was like a light bulb went off. We had our first conversation about it and everything I described and everything he described fit like a glove. He had a phone and in-person interview and was immediately offered the position.

He was so incredibly thankful for the position, it was just the best feeling to be able to find someone struggling SO hard, find their forever home. We still talk quite often to check-in, and he’s loving his job.

Nicole Shenberger, Recruiting Team Lead, Chicago

I had a client in Spokane hiring for a Treasurer. My candidate was looking to relocate somewhere more conducive to an “outdoor way of life.” He hadn’t ever heard of Spokane so he wasn’t familiar with the area, but he did know who the Zags were! I was able to provide him some information and links of trails, outdoor activities, and other resources that would provide him with a good idea of what it’s like to live in the Pacific Northwest.

Low and behold, he got through the process and loved the Spokane area when he and his wife came up to visit for his on-site interview. His wife posts pictures and stories almost daily on Instagram of their adventures and how lucky she is to live in an area that provides exactly the lifestyle they were looking to provide their children. That was the most fulfilling placement I’ve had. I was able to provide an opportunity to give a family a complete change in their lifestyle and it’s exactly what they were looking for.

Krista Portolesi, Account Executive, Spokane

One of my inspirational stories happened recently through this pandemic. JSG was awarded a contract to provide temperature screeners for a local client in the Philadelphia area. We had to hire over 60 candidates for this project. We decided to call on local Universities and local candidates in the Philadelphia area. We had great success and these local candidates were so grateful to find a job that could help their financial situation. College students were also happy to find summer jobs during this difficult time. I just can’t express how proud I am with our team who work so hard and helped so many people during this difficult time. My funniest and inspirational moments is when I get a call for “Mr. Allen” who is the man with JSG that could hook me up with a great temp assignment that will help with this pandemic.

–  Allen Mudalel, Recruiting Manager, Philadelphia

I am currently working on a Production Supervisor role, and my candidate praised my recruiting “I’ve dealt with more recruiters than I’d like to think about and you are by far the most responsive and thorough in your communication. No matter how this goes I wanted to let you know that I appreciate it and think very highly of your professionalism. Thank you very much!”

Hayley Kancius, Technical Recruiter, Chicago

Our Knoxville office recently confirmed a new hire for one of our major clients. The candidate resided in PA, and the new job was in the state of WA. In confirming and targeting a start date, we told our candidate that while we had an official job offer, we needed to confirm the start date based on their Orientation schedule before leaving for WA. In their eagerness to get started, they left for WA early, only for JSG to find out the next day that the start date had been delayed a week due to Orientation being on a bi-weekly schedule due to COVID. While we had billable mobilization set up with this client, it did not include Hotel/M&I for them to arrive a week early. Fortunately for everyone, this all had a happy ending, as the employee understood and started this past Monday, 8/17.

Greg Howard, Regional Manager, Knoxville

I have been recruiting for almost 4 years and my favorite part of doing what we do is working with the client to find the candidates that they otherwise would not have found on their own.

I can’t tell you how many times I have had a client thank me and my team for taking that load off of their shoulders of having to search out, qualify and submit candidates to their hiring team. I recently had a client of JSG that we hadn’t worked within a while reach out to me and ask us for help filling 3 of their critical roles because they are a rural hospital and they haven’t been able to find anyone local and they need candidates. I figured out what their needs were and assured them that we had their back and would find them some candidates for consideration. Within a few days, I had found them 3 candidates for 1 of their positions and they are in the process of interviewing one of them. The HR director called me back after I sent him 2 resumes and was surprised that I was able to find him qualified candidates that wanted to relocate to their city and is thankful that we are assisting him in this process.

I don’t think many HR and hiring managers realize that we have so many resources at our disposal that allow us to be an asset to their team. We take on that challenge of calling hundreds of candidates and finding them the few that fit what they need so that they can focus on the 100 other tasks they have on their desk

Ivonne Caro Garcia, Account Executive, Spokane

I called to screen a candidate.  I asked the candidate to tell me about his work experience.  The candidate responded to me with:  “ What do you need to know, it’s all on my resume.”

I tell candidates your resume is your marketing collateral about you.  It’s up to you to market yourself into or out of a job.

Alejandro Duenas, Recruiter, San Jose

I love being an asset for people. Whether it’s helping someone find a job, helping a company find people. Helping a company realign their hiring process. Being part of that team that delivers results over and over again, transforming people’s lives both in and outside the company as well as internally within our office is what it’s all about for me. Being known in the industry as someone who will “get it done” is hugely rewarding and really feeds on its self… I work with a very talented group of recruiters who really are driven and focused on “getting it done” It’s key for me to be a part of this team and contribute to our growth. To be a part of a great story! It’s such an exciting time right now and to work with a crew that gets it…that’s what it’s all about.

Lee Gesme, Business Development Manager, Chicago

I had reached out to a candidate who had been with the same company for 9 years when I contacted him for the opportunity.  He wanted to grow in his career but did not have the opportunity with his current company and he felt stuck in the position.  I was able to get him a promotion and a $25K pay raise, with a bonus! This was a relocation opportunity and he was so on board with it, that he and his wife made an offer on a house when he was out there for his onsite.  Luckily this was a very happy ending for client and candidate. On my one month check-in with the client, they are very pleased.

Dana Belstler, Director of Sales, Spokane

My favorite aspect of staffing is giving people HOPE especially when they are down on their luck and seems that no one cares or willing to give them an opportunity. I receive this email from one of my candidates that just need someone to believe in him and give him hope. He got the job!!!! I gave him a call on Saturday just to check to see if he was good to go and if needed anything from me. He mentioned that he was super excited but nervous at the same time. I told him that he will be fine and just to put his best foot forward and that he GOT THIS! I received this email on Sunday.

I will give you a call tomorrow. I am super excited/nervous to start. I will be honest with you. I cannot express my gratitude for everything you have done and helping me secure this opportunity. And I promise I will not let you down. You truly are a godsend because things in my life were looking pretty grim. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR EVERYTHING AND BELIEVING IN ME . IT TAKES A LOT TO GO THE LENGTHS YOU DO TO HELP PEOPLE ESPECIALLY WITHOUT EVER MEETING THEM PERSONALLY.  IF YOU EVER NEED ANYTHING IF I CAN HELP YOU IN ANY WAY PLEASE LET ME KNOW. AND THANK YOU AGAIN

He emailed me again on Monday stating this on his email –

Just got home from work it’s the dream job of a lifetime. Supervisor is a great guy to work for and I actually one of the lead supervisors, I actually replaced him at two previous jobs including my last one funny how things come full circle like that huh

This to me, is what it is all about!!! Believing and give people Hope.

– Maria Mireles-Brown, Technical Recruiter, Huntsville

I asked someone in a face-to-face interview “What is your greatest strength?” The person replied with “I am strong. Very strong.”

Carmen Cabrera, Sr. Technical Recruiter, Atlanta

September will mark my 2 year anniversary with JSG, and my story started with the first call I made as a recruiter with JSG.  I had been in staffing sales and recruiting for almost five years when I came to JSG, and knew a BDM when I came to the Westmont office.  The BDM asked me to put some time into one of his reqs, so I did a quick search and made a list of candidates to call.  On the very first call, on my first day, I talked to a candidate that seemed perfect for the position.  I submitted his resume to the BDM to forward to the client.  The client immediately requested an interview, which turned in to a placement!  First call, first placement!

George Debagia, Technical Recruiter, Chicago

We have a client that was looking for a Maintenance Supervisor in Anaheim, CA. The client’s HR scheduled an interview to first speak with our candidate. HR proceeded to no call no show on the first interview. Then luckily made the second interview with our candidate. He was moved to a video interview at 3 pm Pacific. The client’s hiring manager no-showed the interview but then as we were waiting for a reschedule proceeded to call our candidate at 10 pm Pacific while the candidate was in bed. Let me remind you this hiring manager was calling on FaceTime. Luckily our JSG candidate had the know-how to move quickly and make himself presentable!

Sean Kinsey, Sr. Technical Recruiter, Colorado

Labor Day

Labor Day in 2020

Like many other things in 2020, Labor Day is looking a little different this year. Although most of us will still be receiving a much-needed three-day weekend, our celebrations may not be like they have in years past. Unfortunately, we may have to forgo our annual parades, big family barbecues, or last big summer vacation. However, there is one thing that will remain true this year: the spirit of the American worker. No matter what’s going on in the world around us, the work ethic and innovation of every worker in this country deserve an extra long weekend to relax.

At Johnson Service Group, we have the privilege of working with talented, hardworking professionals in over a dozen industries. We are honored to help great people like you achieve your career goals. We want to take a moment to express our gratitude to our contractors and partners, both past and present. Thank you for all of your hard work and the contributions you make for our country. There are many distractions out there right now, but it’s essential to keep the spirit of Labor Day going strong. Today is about YOU, and we hope you have a fun and safe holiday.

A little background on the history of Labor Day

Labor Day is much more than BBQs and the unofficial end of summer – it’s a holiday celebrating the great contributions, achievements, and innovations of the American worker.

The origin for Labor Day is a little contested; but the first celebration can be traced back to 1882 when Matthew Maguire, a machinist in New Jersey, proposed the holiday to the Central Labor Union. However, Labor Day didn’t become a federal holiday until June 28, 1894, when President Grover Cleveland signed a law making the first Monday in September of each year a national holiday. It took 12 years and 23 different states to adopt this holiday for the federal government to recognize Labor Day. Canada’s Labour Day is also celebrated on the first Monday of September and has similar origins to the American holiday.

Fun fact: Oregon was the first state to pass the holiday as state law on February 21, 1887.

Again, from everyone at Johnson Service Group, we wish you a happy Labor Day!

August Anniversaries & July New Hires

August 2020 Anniversaries

Congratulations to all of our employees with August anniversaries. We appreciate your dedication to JSG and all of your hard work. Please join us in celebrating our tenured staff this month!

12 years

Linda McCarron, Birmingham

10 years

Fred Williams, Atlanta

Cynthia Razo, Westmont

8 years

Linda Woods, Knoxville

6 years

Harry Snyder, Westmont

Jason Landa, Canada

Kimberly Getty, Canada

4 years

Beth Seyler, Westmont

Nicole Shenberger, Westmont

Christy Williams, Bedford

Michelle Figari, Atlanta

3 years

Debra Silva, Westmont

Annette Rinslo, Atlanta

Terrance Peak, Jacksonville

1 year

Liana Hafner, Westmont

Melissa Ramirez, Atlanta

Sean Kinsey, Atlanta

Leigh Griffith-Seebach, Knoxville

Kevin Browne, Westmont


July 2020 New Hires

We also gained a few new faces in the month of July. Please join us in welcoming the newest members of the JSG team!

Brenda Smith, Westmont

Kevin Sullivan, Haddon Heights

Lawrence Wood, Haddon Heights

Michelle Byrd, Calabasas

Jason Bhula, Bedford

Sharda Byrd, Westmont

Tiffany Record, Westmont

Ivonne Caro Garcia, Spokane

Tyanne Bashore, Spokane

Tracy Colby, Canada

In This Together

Ken Slater, Executive Vice President of Johnson Service Group, wanted to take a few moments to share a message of support during these times of unrest throughout the United States.

I am sure all of you are aware of the civil unrest that is currently happening across our country. In combination with the current pandemic, we are witnessing unprecedented times. With all that is happening, it would not be surprising to think that many of you are feeling anxious, distressful, fearful, or outright upset. We fully understand every single one of your sentiments.

At JSG, we recognize the significance of the emotional toll that all of this may be taking on your lives. We continually strive to recognize, honor, and support those who have experienced racial injustice. As we are continuing to reshape the Company for the future, know that JSG embraces equality and diversity in all of its forms; whether that is diversity of thoughts and ideas, diversity of race, gender, gender expression, or any other quality that makes us unique.

We must all continue to strive to be better to ourselves and others. We must not believe that our “new normal” will be filled with anger and hatred. We must move forward in a positive fashion. We at JSG encourage each and every one of you to lend your voices and your efforts in a positive fashion to promote fairness for all.

We thank you all for your continued efforts and wish all of our JSG family health, happiness, safety, and success… now and in the future. #InThisTogether

– Ken Slater, Executive Vice President of Johnson Service Group, Inc.

A Few Words Of Encouragement From JSG’s CEO, Dale Slater

Dale Slater, Founder & CEO of Johnson Service Group, wanted to take a few moments to reflect his gratitude to our entire staff and share a message of support during this challenging time.

A Message From CEO Dale Slater

“I would like to thank all employees of the JSG family for what you have done and continue to do to weather this crisis and to help our company cope with this situation. Our IT staff worked diligently and continues to do so, to ensure each and every employee has the ability to work remotely in the safest manner possible. Each of our offices has shifted to working remotely seamlessly.

All of their efforts have enabled our employees hours to be transferred to the accounting department accurately and timely each week to make sure payroll and billing can be done as usual. Over the past month, our day-to-day business has continued. The sales staff has been proactive in keeping in touch with their clients, and the recruiters are actively staying in touch with their candidates. I commend each and every one of our employees for their dedication and hard work.

As always, JSG’s main concern is for the well being of all of its staff and their families. We encourage everyone to abide by the safeguards set in place by the State and local municipalities you live in. As States begin to open, each area will be handled on an individual basis, but be assured that the well-being and safety of all is paramount, and every company-wide decision will be made with that in mind.

The global coronavirus has had an enormous effect on every one of us. It has been life-changing, and we all have had to manage our work and private lives like never before. No one knows how long it will take to get back to what we considered normal, but if we continue to take the necessary steps that we are committed to, I am convinced that we will come out of this a stronger and better company.”

Dale W. Slater, Founder & CEO of Johnson Service Group, Inc.