Soto Named National Staffing Employee of the Year

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<p><strong>Alexandria, Va. &mdash; Sept. 20</strong><br />The American Staffing Association has announced that Agapito Soto, an information technology consultant at the Orange County Sheriff&rsquo;s Department in California, is the 2007 National Staffing Employee of the Year.<br /><br />&ldquo;We salute Agapito and the 3 million temporary and contract employees who are on assignments every day,&rdquo; said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. &ldquo;From the assembly line to the executive suite, temporary and contract employees are a vitally important part of the U.S. workforce.&rdquo;<br /><br />An employee of ASA member company Sapphire Technologies, Soto has been on assignment with the OCSD for three years. </p><p>He serves on the IT and communications subcommittee of the department&rsquo;s Terrorism Working Group, which is responsible for screening and recommending applications and equipment in compliance with U.S. Department of Homeland Security guidelines and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5. </p><p>The main objective of this effort is to keep Orange County&rsquo;s residents safe in event of disaster by ensuring interoperable communications between agencies and disciplines.<br /><br />&ldquo;Agapito has always been willing to go the extra mile,&rdquo; said Amy Roos, the senior technical recruiter at Sapphire who nominated Agapito for the distinction. </p><p> Agapito&rsquo;s success story exemplifies why millions of people choose to work as temporary and contract employees for U.S. staffing firms: job opportunities, choice of assignments and training. </p><p>Retiring after 20 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, Soto connected with the staffing firm to transition into the next phase of his career, Roos said.<br /><br />&ldquo;He is a consultant who has become an important part of the team,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;All we hear about Agapito is super positive. He is the guy everyone knows and enjoys working with.&rdquo;<br /><br /> The 2007 National Staffing Employee of the Year is sponsored by iLoyalty, a provider of feedback systems designed to capture the voice of clients and employees.</p>

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