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A Letter from Our President

Posted on 02/12/17 at 01:52 PM

2016 marked great success for WASS as an organization as we continue to gain support throughout the state of Wisconsin.  For the fourth year in a row, WASS was recognized by ASA with the Chapter Achievement Award and also won the Legislative Award in 2016. 

The WI staffing industry continues to thrive with tremendous growth opportunities on the horizon.  As an association, we had the honor of meeting with the Secretary of the Department of Workforce Development, Ray Allen, and members of his team.  We hosted the NSEW event in Delafield this year to recognize top temporary talent throughout the State of Wisconsin where the LTN Governor Rebecca Kleefisch provided our keynote address.  Our zone pricing has allowed staffing firms in the central and northern part of the country to join forces with WASS, and enhance our industry voice throughout the state.  Subsequently, we had our highest number of central and northern WI members in nine years and expect this to continue to grow. 

We added two additional board members to our team this past year with Janet Johnson of The QTI Group and Clay Pautz of Parallel Employment Group putting us at full board participation.  We continue to look for young staffing professionals from different organizations to join us in 2017 to get involved with the Board from a committee perspective, learn about WASS and have an opportunity to be considered for future board positions. 

2016 marked some changes to our governance ensuring defined term roles and qualifications for Executive board positions and we are pleased to announce Tyler Emerick of Celerity Staffing will be serving this year as our President elect. 

WASS hosted the fourth annual Legislative event in Madison which continues to draw large crowds for an action packed day of industry leaders speaking about critical issues and opportunities impacting staffing on both state and federal levels.  Toby Malara from ASA provided a serious yet entertaining presentation on what life could look like with the new administration following the recent presidential election.  WASS attracted its highest number of sponsoring companies to this event with over thirteen companies participating in the Legislative Conference.

I personally want to thank the following companies for making 2016 a successful year for WASS:  Assurance Agency, Ltd., CareerBuilder, Clark & Gotzler-Attorneys at Law, Essential StaffCare, Global Cash Card, Global Verification Network, HNI Risk Services, Mancon Solutions, Noble Diagnostics, Rapid Pay Card, Sterling Backcheck, TempWorks, Tricom Funding, and World Wide Specialty Programs, Inc.

These companies are leaders in their respective fields and commit substantial resources to learning the challenges our industry faces and staying ahead of the curve to keep us competitive.  It is our relationship with firms like Clark & Gotzler who spend countless hours following, tracking, educating and creating communication tools for us on the legal landscape at home and afar that continues to allow all of us to prosper.  

I also applaud all of our member companies for recognizing the importance of banding together as an industry to tackle the unique challenges we face not just today but in the future in the State of Wisconsin.  Being a member of ASA is important, but being a member of WASS is critical for any staffing firm doing business in this great State.  Our voice is stronger when WASS membership is higher and you recognize our responsibility as industry professionals to invest in the reputation and voice in our home state.  Thank you all for your membership!  I am confident you will see tremendous value not just today, but in the future as we tackle issues head on!

I have greatly enjoyed my tenure as the WASS president and am looking forward to our best year yet in 2017.  Executive Director, Monica Morrissey, has rejoined our team and we are confident you will find great ease and response in working with us. 

Thank you all for your support, attendance and candid feedback on how we can continue to make WASS a stronger organization for you and your firms. 

Warm Regards,

Lori Malett
WASS President

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