Mahone recognized by the American Staffing Association
Date: 04/30/2003
By: Luanne Crayton, American Staffing Association
  Energy and enthusiasm ran high as more than 1,200 people from around the world gathered in Orlando, FL, for the education, expo, networking, and fun of Staffing World 2002. Here are some of the highlights.

“The fundamental relationship between employers and employees is changing--and it will keep changing,” said keynoter Bruce Tulgan, recognized by Financial Times as one of the world’s greatest management thinkers. As people demand greater flexibility and more control in their careers, and as baby boomers retire in waves, organizations will need a “vast reserve army of staff,” he said. And they’ll need staffing firms to manage that army, placing the right people in the right position at the right time.

John Smith of Spherion, a founding board member of the American Staffing Association, received the Leadership Hall of Fame Award for his contributions to the industry. “One person stands before you as an industry leader,” he said. “But it is the daily actions taken by us all that will ensure the growth and success of our industry.”

At the awards luncheon, 26 state chapters received merit awards. Twenty-two staffing companies and industry suppliers were recognized for their excellence in communications. Top honors went to AMN Healthcare Inc., The Mahone Group Inc., Professional Staffing Group Inc., Randstad North America, Recruitmax, RemedyTemp Inc., and Veritude.

"22 staffing companies. . . were recognized for their excellence in communications. Top honors went to. . . the Mahone Group."

National Staffing Employee of the Year Hector Rodriguez, who used a temporary assignment at a large insurance company to bridge to a permanent position there, was introduced at the luncheon. He was greeted with a standing ovation. “I am honored to be here,” he said. “When I found out I had been selected, I was shocked. I didn’t know what to say. But I’ve been counting the days to this event--it’s so exciting.”

Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell talked about the social power of staffing firms in his keynote address. “People in the business world think they have a leadership problem or a technical problem,” he said. “But they have a social problem--they’re not talking to the right people. And staffing firms will thrive if they meet the needs of business by creating social bridges,” he said.

At the workshops, attendees gained the knowledge they need to make critical decisions about human capital management software and vendor management systems. They learned how to manage risk to control workers’ comp costs. And they went home challenged and inspired, with proven strategies to take their businesses to the next level.
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