SearchPros Staffing an 8(a) Firm, Receives Nationwide Recognition
It was only six short years ago that the three founders of SearchPros Staffing were squeezed into a rented suite (more like a glorified supply closet than anything resembling an office) in downtown Sacramento, sharing one folding card table, three computers, three phones, a printer, a fax machine, an overloaded surge-protector plugged into a wall outlet, piles of phonebooks, and a singular dream: as the first college graduates in each of their families, to start and run a successful business of their own; to be the role models they never had. With three home equity loans, maxed-out credit cards, and the support and guidance of the SBA/Sacramento District Office, little did they know, that three years later they would own their building and be one of the quickest growing staffing agencies in the United States.
While brainstorming ideas three years ago, the owners of SearchPros Staffing – Myla Ramos, Heather Kocina and Rayna Pearson identified a void in the staffing market and from this void, sprang their passion and sole focus: in the midst of corporate buy-outs and bottom-line profits - they wanted to create a staffing company where the number-one focus would be on relationships. Their guiding principle “Relationships Built on Success” ultimately became the foundation of their firm. They would avoid the typical “fill ‘em and bill ‘em” environment of many corporate and national staffing firms. Instead, their focus would be on understanding the needs and goals of each client, providing each one a unique service, and through that success, foster solid business relationships. Realizing that each company was entrusting them to deliver candidates that would become a part of the company’s critical success, understanding each businesses’ culture became paramount to placing individuals that would be a perfect fit.
Despite skepticism because of the downturn in the economy and fierce competition from national staffing firms, SearchPros Staffing began to establish and build credibility in the local community. The firm was accepted into the 8(a) Business Development Program in September 2007 and won their first major opportunity with the Staffing Contract for the City of Sacramento. In addition to the 8(a) certification, the firm obtained Woman-Owned, Minority-Owned, and Small Disadvantage Business certifications with the assistance of their local SBA District Office and Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), The Federal Technology Center (FTC).
SearchPros Staffing was recently awarded a multi-million dollar contract for two of the largest defense contractors in the nation. In addition, they have received accolades from many organizations outside of their client base. These include, being selected a “Top 100 Business” in the Country in the Certified Small, Women-Owned and Minority-Owned Business categories by DiversityBusiness.com. They were chosen out of 600,000 other businesses in an annual contest as one of the top entrepreneurs in the country. SearchPros Staffing was also ranked by the Sacramento Business Journal from 2007-2010 in the following categories: Top 25 Fastest Growing Companies; Top 25 Staffing Agencies; Top 25 Women Owned; and 40 Under 40 Awardees. They were also featured in a certification success story in an FTC publication.
In 2011, SearchPros Staffing was chosen by the SBA as the “Subcontractor of the Year” for the Sacramento District. They were also awarded the U.S. Pan Asian-American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC), “Top Asian American Business 2011 for the Western Region”. This award qualifies them for the “Top 50 Asian-American Businesses in the U.S.” In addition, they were selected as “Supplier of the Year 2011” by the Northern California Minority Supplier Development Council (NCMSDC®) which qualifies them for the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s National Awards ceremony to be held in Atlanta, GA in October 2011.
SearchPros Staffing has experienced exponential growth and has expanded their business nationwide since its inception. With a commitment to client service that is unsurpassed in the staffing industry, the SearchPros Staffing team is committed. Their mission is simple– consistently provide their valued clients with superior candidates and superior service, and offer their associates rewarding professional opportunities.
SearchPros Staffing provides companies and organizations of all sizes with quality, trained personnel through various staffing programs, to include: Temporary Staffing, Contract-to-Hire, Long-Term Contract Positions, Project Staffing, Direct Hire, Direct/Source Recruiting, Payrolling Services, On-Site Staffing, Retained Searches, and Outplacement Services.
For more information, visit: http://www.spstaffing.com, or call (916) 721-6000
Spencer Defty grew up in Healdsburg, California and moved to Davis before high school. Upon graduation, Spencer spent time working for local farmers and vineyard owners. This opportunity allowed him to learn real hands-on skills with heavy equipment, business management, and customer relations. In 1989, Spencer purchased his first small farm tractor and secured local jobs in the agriculture industry. From that point forward, Spencer took on development work on his own and began building personal relationships with local customers by providing reliable, quality work at a reasonable
price with the best customer service.
Since that time, Diamond D General Engineering, Inc has maintained consistent growth and financial success, built on his reputation for a positive attitude, responsiveness, problem-solving innovation and integrity. Diamond D is now a certified heavy civil construction and engineering company that performs excavation, demolition, earthmoving, paving and habitat restoration work. Spencer's leadership approach rewards teamwork, initiative and accomplishment, creating a positive work environment that challenges his staff and provides opportunities for advancement while fostering the excellent performance that his clients expect.
As President, Spencer firmly believes in his employees and treats them as an extension of his family. "The company is really the employees. They are our biggest asset. We draw a lot from the farm community, people who are talented, smart and hardworking who can't make a living on farms anymore."
In the private sector, Spencer is known for his reliability, trustworthiness and commitment to his family and to his employees. In the community, Spencer has been acknowledged and praised for his volunteer work, contribution, and willingness to volunteer his time to better this region. In June 2008, Spencer inspired a collaborative effort to pay tribute to local World War II Veterans by hosting a World War II Playday in Woodland, Ca.
He continues to fight for the small business community and the greater Sacramento region as he co-chairs the Sacramento Metro Chamber Small Business Committee and is an active member of the Metro Political Action Committee. For the past four years, Spencer has been an active volunteer participant of the regional Capitol-to-Capitol trip which is the largest legislative program of its kind to improve the economy and enhance the quality of life in the greater Sacramento region.
He also makes the time to attend local board meetings, write letters, and voice his opinion regarding topics such as the California Air Resources Board off-road diesel regulations. These are just a few things that Spencer and his family sacrifice their time for in order to assure the community's future.