Express Employment Professionals Head Robert A. Funk Named Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEO

OKLAHOMA CITY - Feb. 15, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Express Employment Professionals today announced that Chairman of the Board and CEO Robert A. “Bob” Funk has been named Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEO of a private company by The Journal Record, a leading Oklahoma City business publication. Funk, who was recognized for his role in co-founding Express in 1983 and growing it into the largest privately held U.S. staffing company, received the honor at a Feb. 12 awards ceremony at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Funk said he was honored to have been selected as the 2013 recipient of the prestigious annual award.

“I have built my career on the simple notion that everyone deserves to experience the satisfaction and self-esteem that comes from being engaged in meaningful work,” said Funk. “My greatest joy as CEO of Express has been that we have helped nearly 5 million people find employment during the past three decades and that our franchisees have achieved the dream of owning their own business. I can’t think of a more rewarding career than that.”

Under Funk’s leadership, Express has grown into a multi-billion dollar enterprise with more than 600 franchise locations worldwide. Express has experienced explosive growth in recent years, with temporary staffing sales by franchisees topping more than $2.3 billion in 2012. Last year alone, the company helped more than 357,000 people find employment.

“We established the most admired CEO award to recognize Oklahoma business leaders who have a strong vision for their company, exhibit high levels of personal integrity and who make it a priority to give back to the community,” said Mary Mélon, The Journal Record president and publisher. “During his three decades at the helm of Express and as a leader in Oklahoma City, Bob has made immeasurable contributions to our local economy and the community at large. We congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.”

About Express Employment Professionals

Express Employment Professionals is on a mission to put a million people to work annually. Offices offer a full range of employment solutions including evaluation hire, temporary staffing, professional search and human resources. Express is committed to the vision of helping as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many clients as possible find good people. For more information about Express and its services, visit


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