Kendall Brooks is President and CEO for Total Team Construction Services, Inc., an 8(a), service disabled veteran-owned company headquartered in California. Total Team provides general construction and design services to federal clients along the west coast, Texas, and Florida. Since its inception in 2003 and through Mr. Brooks’ continuous leadership, Total Team experienced steady, year-over-year growth in both size and revenue. Mr. Brooks attributes his current success to the guidance and wisdom of his close-knit family.
A graduate of Southern Illinois University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Workforce Education and Development, Mr. Brooks holds a Masters degree in Education, with focus on Adult Education and Training; this is in addition to several construction-related certifications..
Mr. Brooks started his career in the construction industry in 1997 after serving in the United States Air Force as a civil engineer in the HVAC and mechanical fields. Upon his separation from the military, he joined the staff of K.O.O. Construction, the firm that would later serve as mentor to the fledgling Total Team enterprise. In addition to Total Team, Mr. Brooks is active in a host of business and civic organizations. He enjoys listening to jazz and contemporary music, fishing and camping at Lake Tahoe and watching the Sacramento Kings. Under his tutelage, Total Team received numerous designations and distinctions including Business Week’s 2010 Initiative for a Competitive Inner City Top 100 List in recognition as one of the 100 fastest growing inner-city firms in the United States. For Mr. Brooks, his vision and goal for the future is a continuing focus to make Total Team the foremost, service disabled, veteran-owned construction firm in the country, noted for its excellence and service back to the community.
Shelli Moreda, President of Contractor Services Group, Inc. (CSG), grew up on a farm in Idaho, working crops, a dairy and construction projects. It was here the values that underpin CSG were formed: conservation, hard work, integrity, quality and humility. Since then Shelli raised three children, held an exclusive contract with the State of California to implement performance based budgeting, was VP of a $100M international IT firm and ultimately returned to the “dirt” by launching a construction company.
Shelli had a simple beginning in 2004 by providing quality support services to contractors—Contractor Services Group. In 2006, CSG was incorporated and, in 2008, was accepted into the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program. SBA assistance, underpinned with solid core values, resulted in marked success with average annual growth exceeding 300%. CSG now has offices in CA and OR and is currently working jobs in three states. Bonded by Zurich in excess of $30M, CSG specializes in high profile projects with unique and diverse complexities.
Recently, the CSG Team received the ASCE 2012 Small Project of the Year award for the Coleman National Fish Hatchery modifications. This award is testament to CSG’s commitment to customer service, quality, timeliness and safety in areas of heavy civil construction including: dams, levees, environmental and habitat restoration/remediation, water treatment, demolition and geotechnical construction services. CSG’s defining corporate characteristics, including transparency and a pro-active team work ethic, have resulted in cultivating lasting relationships, exceeding client expectations and repeat business with current customers.
In addition to corporate participation in programs and associations, such as SAME, ASCE, CI, etc., Shelli donates personally to helping those in need by offering her time and resources to numerous community and charity organizations. It is this complete balance of success and humility that sets Shelli apart from other small business owners and aptly qualifies her as Contractor of the Year.
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