ATS Services Appoints Industry Veterans to Board of Directors

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<strong>Jacksonville, Fla. &mdash; Feb. 28</strong><br />ATS Services, a staffing, recruitment and consulting company, has appointed two industry veterans to its board of directors. Delores Kesler, a well-known industry figure and the company&rsquo;s original founder, has accepted the role of board chairperson. Joining Kesler on the board is Roy Cannon, who co-founded and successfully grew Atlanta-based TRC Staffing. <br /><br />&ldquo;Delores and Roy have incredibly strong expertise and experience in the staffing industry,&rdquo; said ATS Services President Deborah Pass. &ldquo;They understand our industry&rsquo;s unique challenges and opportunities and are proven, accomplished leaders. We&rsquo;re confident their direction and counsel will bolster our efforts as we strategically expand.&rdquo;<br /><br />Since ATS Services&rsquo; inception in 1977, the Florida-based company has been a leader in the staffing and human resources industry. Last year, ATS Services grew its existing lines of business (&ldquo;organic&rdquo; growth vs. acquisition-based growth) by 35 percent. The company expects to organically grow revenues by another 30 percent in 2008. <br /><br />In addition to organic growth, ATS Services aims to expand further by acquiring businesses that are strategically aligned with its mission. The company will focus its acquisition targets in the professional, technical, engineering, financial and commercial segments. The company instigated its acquisition strategy in August 2007 by acquiring Dunhill Staffing Systems, a professional staffing firm founded in 1952 and headquartered in Indianapolis. Through this acquisition and other expansions, ATS Services increased its number of offices/locations in the past year from 14 to 32 across the country.<br /><br />&ldquo;There is tremendous opportunity in the U.S. staffing industry right now,&rdquo; said Doug Anderson, ATS Services&rsquo; CEO. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had significant success with our customized, client-focused approach and are confident we can replicate it on a larger scale.&rdquo;<br /><br />Delores Kesler isn&rsquo;t new to guiding large corporate expansions. After founding ATS Services in 1977, Kesler led a major merger and acquisition strategy in the early 1990s. In 1992, Kesler oversaw the company&rsquo;s merger with three other staffing firms to form AccuStaff and took the company public. Traded on the New York Stock Exchange, the parent company became a $2 billion organization, now called MPS Group (also formerly known as Modis Professional Services). Kesler retired from MPS&rsquo;s board in 1997. During the formation of AccuStaff, several units were not merged and are the origin of the ATS Services that exists today. <br /><br />After co-founding TRC Staffing in 1980, Roy Cannon helped grow the Atlanta-based staffing firm into a $100 million-plus company. In 1995, Cannon sold his interest in TRC Staffing and has since been an active investor in a variety of ventures. <br /> <br />&ldquo;Our heritage and history are an important part of our company,&rdquo; Pass said. &ldquo;Although we operate in a business landscape that is vastly different from our beginnings in 1977, our values and business philosophy have not changed. As we grow, we continue to utilize the same value-based principles that we&rsquo;ve depended on for more than three decades.&rdquo; <br /><br />In addition to the new board appointments, to facilitate the execution of the company&rsquo;s expansion strategy, ATS Services&rsquo; top executives transposed their roles. Pass now acts as the company&rsquo;s president, focusing on acquisitions and external relations. Anderson, now ATS Services&rsquo; CEO, will continue to focus on corporate strategy and operations. <br />

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