MADISON, WIS. – June 5, 2017 — Spherion Staffing Services, a local recruiting, staffing and workforce solutions provider backed by the resources of a $2 billion global workforce leader, recently honored Madison franchise owner Diana Schafer with the company’s 2016 President’s and Professional Sales Growth Awards.
The annual President’s Award, which Schafer also received in 2015, recognizes the six individual Spherion owners or ownership teams who have best demonstrated continuous sales growth and an overall dedication to community and local workforce improvement during the preceding three years. The complementary Professional Sales Growth Award acknowledges the Madison office for achieving the top company-wide year-over-year sales growth in the professional skills sector.
Under the guidance of Schafer and Vice President of Operations Margaret Leitinger, the Spherion Madison office generated significant gains in total hours worked, bill rate, gross profit, and sales and revenue in 2016. Most notably, the Spherion Madison team expanded its combined year-over-year gross profit by 27 percent, led by 47 percent growth in the direct hire business, and welcomed an additional government partnership among 32 new accounts.
“Every year, Diana Schafer and her team continue to set the standard for exceptional customer service, which has resulted in consistent growth and an ongoing legacy of providing first-class job opportunities to the Madison workforce,” said Sandy Mazur, Spherion Division President. “Their dedication, innovative approach and positive attitude are reflected both in their sales results and glowing partner feedback. We are thrilled to honor Diana with both a President’s Award and the Professional Sales Growth Award, and are fully confident that she and her team will enjoy great success moving forward.”
Schafer and the Spherion Madison team have more than 50 years of collective staffing and recruiting expertise, and have served the local workforce for nearly three decades. With Schafer and Leitinger leading the way, the local branch has expanded its involvement with area business and philanthropic organizations. Team members currently serve on advisory boards for the local YWCA and the Madison College Career Employment Center, as well as on the Employment Committee for the Equal Opportunities Commission. The Spherion Madison branch additionally gives back through involvement with the Urban League as well as the United Way’s Higher Initiative program.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) also recently commemorated Schafer and Leitinger for their outstanding contributions to business development and job creation throughout the state with its prestigious 25 Years of Business Achievement Recognition Award.
Spherion (spherion.com) is a leading recruiting and staffing provider, specializing in temporary and direct hire placement of administrative, clerical, customer service, light industrial and professional job candidates. To help clients attract, engage and retain a high-performance workforce, Spherion offers in-depth market knowledge, outstanding customer service, a strong network of talent and unique insights from its groundbreaking Emerging Workforce® Study, now in its 20th year. As an industry pioneer, Spherion has, for more than 70 years, matched candidates to clients in virtually every industry across the U.S. Today, each Spherion office is independently owned and operated by a team of local specialists, dedicated to delivering great experiences, powered by technology but always with a personal touch. To learn more about one of the nation’s fastest-growing industries, visit spherion.com/franchise and explore how Spherion is actively expanding into new territories, with more than 75 franchise markets available.