Friday Staffing, owned and operated by David Modaff What had started with one person working out of her home on one job at a time with revenues to match grew into Friday Staffing, with revenues of $20 million and 22 internal employees covering eight WNC counties. Friday has 500 - 700 employees assigned to work at over 200 client companies. They handle traditional industrial and clerical staffing, but also provide workers in technical and professional fields. Express Pros is another family business that provides a much-needed service to individuals and businesses. Their tradition of “helping good people find good companies and good companies find good people” supports their process. Being successful in this field and connecting the right job seekers with employers is a skill that takes more than matching resumes with job descriptions. With a team of certified employment professionals who focus on specific industry sectors, Express has the business knowledge to be able to more effectively consult with their Associates (individuals who have successfully completed the Express application process). Services are available to help support Express Associates, and the connections the Express staffing representatives make with businesses provide the team with a much deeper 58 Fine Homes & Design | Winter 2017
understanding of the need. Gary Gallagher is at the helm of Express. Gary’s daughter, Meredith Campbell, is co-owner and has the distinctive title of Chief Joy Facilitator. This helps set the stage for what is important for this company. They have a heart-driven philosophy where they truly care about the people they work with—where doing their job right means losing their Associates that get hired by companies with whom they get placed. I had an opportunity to visit their office recently and was greeted by Meredith’s dog, WhoDey, a rather large, friendly Golden Doodle. Thank you cards line the window where Lauren, the front office coordinator, provides fast and friendly service. With a fish tank angled near computers set up for Associates to use, the office has a warm and welcoming feeling. Asheville Express is a franchise, which means they have the right to use the award-winning, successful business model and proven methods from Express Employment Professionals International, in business since 1983. With access to staffing resources and tools provided by the international company, the Asheville Express team are the experts in the local job market.