HH Staffing Services growing revenues 400 percent

Special to the HeraldJanuary 31, 2013 

BRADENTON -- HH Staffing Services, a full-service employment agency, is celebrating its 25th year in business.

The agency delivers temporary, temporary-to-hire and direct hire services.

Operated by Christine Bowen as Helping Hands Staffing Services since 1988, the business was purchased by Karen Rehn in 2009. Rehn's professional background includes work in the temporary staffing industry as well as mergers and acquisitions.

"Helping Hands was built heavily around construction," Rehn says. "I bought the business at the start of the housing crash so we needed to reinvent the wheel. We replaced management, shortened our business name and, most importantly, expanded our workforce solutions."

The company concentrated on property management, office administration and hospitality divisions. It opened an in-house classroom to train hospitality applicants.

They have recently opened two other locations, in Orlando and Clearwater, and are looking at opening an office in Jacksonville or Fort Lauderdale by the end of the year.

Revenue growth is up 400 percent since 2009. The largest growth happened in 2011 and 2012.

"The way this year has started, it looks like we'll do better than those two years combined," remarked Rehn.

Hospitality keeps them busy during tourist seasons, she says. But the company's biggest call is for property management positions such as leasing agents and maintenance technicians.

Richard Marlet, of Sarasota, is a job-seeker-turned-success story.

"I had lost my job in retail and wanted to get into the multi-family housing industry. Instead of applying at dozens of apartment complexes, I simply applied with HH Staffing,"

Marlet said. "They set up assessment tests to determine my strengths and revised my resume.

"I was hired as a sales agent for Vintage Grand in Sarasota and was recently promoted to assistant property manager," he said.

Rehn noted a recent increase in the job market sector with employers adding part-time support. Temporary staffing typically benefits when there is an uncertain economy.

"There are a lot of on-demand requirements right now for manufacturers," she said. "We balance that uneven work flow by providing quality, skilled people when they need it."

Employers utilizing HH Staffing Services benefit by avoiding the burdens of unemployment and workers compensation.

They also can try out several employees to be sure they hire the best person for the position. Specialized recruiters match the client with the talent.

Our property management recruiter has 24 years in that field," noted Rehn.

HH Staffing Services also works closely with local animal shelters to bring awareness to the need of adopting cats and dogs. Ruegger the Recruiter, a 6-year-old Boston terrier, accompanies Rehn to work each day.

HH Staffing is open 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6703 14th St. W, Suite 207. For information, call 941-751-6262, or visit www.hhstaffingservices.com.

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