• Who we are

    The Grand Rapids, MI Express Employment Professionals office was founded in 1996 by Janis Petrini. The driving force was to assist in the enrichment of individual lives through gainful employment opportunities. Janis sought to provide community members with a means of providing for themselves and their families through not just jobs, but careers. The Grand Rapids office has been in existence for over 25 years; Janis' dream is coming true as we continue to help people during their job search and help companies with their staffing, human resource, and training challenges. We live our vision statement: To help as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many clients as possible find good people. 

  • Meet the Owners

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    Janis Petrini


    Janis Petrini is a highly experienced Business Owner and Manager who has demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of employees to new levels of success in a variety of highly competitive industries, cutting edge markets, and fast-paced environments. Janis has a track record of more than 30 years of hands-on experience in strategic planning, business unit development, and project and people management. She is actively involved in managing and mentoring her team of over 20. She manages all business operations while also pursuing her passion of helping people succeed and our community thrive. 

    Current Community Involvement: National Women Business Owners Corporation

    • GROW Womens Business Center, Board Member
    • Mel Trotter Ministries, Board Member
    • Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber Member
    • Talent 2025 CEO Council Member
    • West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Member 
    • Grand Rapids Chamber, Member 
    • Michigan Manufacturers Association, Member 
    • Mayor's Top 100, Member 
    • One Wyoming Volunteer and Mentor
    • CBRT - This Business Round Table, Chairman's Council Member


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    David Robb

    Co-Owner/Managing Partner

    David Robb is an entrepreneur and business leader with extensive experience in the staffing and recruiting industry, workforce development, and economic/labor market dynamics. David is the Co-Owner and Managing Partner of Express Employment Professionals of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Express Employment Professionals is the largest privately held staffing company in the country and the Grand Rapids office consistently performs in the top 2% of all franchises.

    Since joining the Express team in 2015, David has partnered with Founder Janis Petrini to also launch and lead Specialized Recruiting Group and Frontline Training Solutions. Between their group of three companies they assist clients with all levels of staffing services and executive recruitment as well as employee training, HR consulting, and workforce strategy. Across all three companies, David leads a team of over 35 employees, serving clients both locally and across the country.

    Previously, David worked as the Director of  Data Analysis at a top digital advertising agency. David has degrees in Business Administration and Economics from Calvin University. David is a sought-after speaker on economic conditions and labor market forecasts. He is also a regular contributor and featured expert on various local and national business publications. He serves on the Western Michigan Economic Roundtable for the Federal Reserve, the Grand Rapids Chamber Workforce Development Committee, and is actively involved in a variety of local non-profits.

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