A Time of Transition

As you can see there is a new face to our president’s corner.  For those of you who do not recognize the face, it’s me, Bill Emerson and I will be addressing you in this section of the newsletter moving forward.  As most of you know, Steve has decided to pursue other interests and explore new ventures.  For the past 10 years Steve has been instrumental in the success and growth of EPG.  His client and employee relation skills, business knowledge and genuine passion for helping others will be sorely missed.  We will keep you posted on Steve as he progresses in his new career.

As for me, I will be moving back into the CEO/President role that we transitioned to Steve a few years back.  During Steve’s tenure as president, I remained with Emerson and focused on operational issues and EPG’s position in the marketplace.  With this recent transition I thought it would be a good opportunity to give you a brief history of Emerson Personnel Group and timeline my career with the company.

In 1971 my parents Skip and Annette Emerson took a big risk and entered the personnel industry during a recession by purchasing a Dunhill Personnel franchise.  After some initial training, the two grabbed a phone book and started making calls from their Cherry Hill office in the 2201 building on Route 38.  With an initial focus on placing administrative assistants and sales professionals, Dunhill of Cherry Hill quickly became one of the top franchisees in the country.  They were also one of the first franchisees to add temporary placement as a service offering.  Throughout the 70’s and 80’s the business continued to grow and Dunhill of Cherry Hill became one of the premier staffing and recruiting firms in the Southern New Jersey/Philadelphia market.

In 1990 I joined the business as a recruiter and placed health care professionals with hospitals around the country.  As I continued to grow with the company I looked for opportunities that would allow me to learn different aspects and understand the various perceptions of the business.  My goal was to spend time in as many different roles as possible in order to gain a greater appreciation for the business as a whole.  I spent time as a recruiter, service coordinator, sales rep, division manager and VP of Operations.  I even filled in at the front desk when needed…this was not a good role for me.  Then in 1998 Annette decided to retire and Skip looked to spend less time in the office so I moved into the president role.

About this same time we started to look at the value of the Dunhill franchise system.  After 3 years of evaluation, research and constructive debate we made the decision to go independent and changed the name to Emerson Personnel Group in 2001.  Steve had joined the business in 2000 and the two of us were excited about establishing this new brand and continuing the excellent service the Emerson family had provided the Southern New Jersey/Philadelphia market for the past 30 years.

Since that time business has been challenging, rewarding, fun and exciting.  Thanks to a staff of passionate employees that love what they do, Emerson Personnel Group has continued to grow and remain one of the premier staffing and recruiting firms in the area.  As we climb out of the worst recession in years, Emerson Personnel Group looks towards the future.  Business has been on a steady incline all year and positive signs are coming to fruition.  We are thrilled to start writing the next chapter!

As we approach our 40th year in business we look forward to continue to help you reach your goals and objectives and become instrumental in your future success!  Please contact me directly at (856) 667-9180 or wce@emersonpersonnel.com if I can help in any way.  Have a great day!


Bill Emerson

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