Meet the Express Indy South Owner

  •    Meet the Owners

    Mike and Kelly, 2020Mike and Kelly Heffner are the franchise owners of the Express Employment Professionals located in Greenwood, IN (Indianapolis – South) as well as the office located in Columbus, IN. Express is the largest privately held staffing company in the country and is also the largest locally owned staffing company in the Indianapolis area (as ranked by the IBJ) with 7 metro locations and 21 in the state of Indiana.

    Mike and Kelly started their business in May of 2005 at the Greenwood location and quickly earned the “Fast Track” award for their start-up performance. In 2011, they were awarded one of the highest possible awards- “Franchisees of The Year.” The Indianapolis Express offices are named a Top Workplace in Indianapolis by the Indy Star year after year. With the desire to expand, in June of 2014, Mike and Kelly opened the Columbus location. 

    Mike attributes his success to the team that works at his office. Mike and his wife Kelly have a passion for helping people find great jobs. Since the opening of the Greenwood office, the 2 offices combined have helped over 15,000 people find employment within the Marion, Johnson, Shelby, Bartholomew, Jackson, Decatur and Jennings counties at over 500 companies.  That equates to helping over 2,000 people find jobs annually. 

    Express offers many products to assist companies with hiring office/professional and commercial/light industrial associates. They also offer HR resources, custom training services and temporary assignment solutions.


    Phill Powell Headshot

    Phill Powell is a Managing Partner of the Express Employment Professionals located in Greenwood, IN (Indianapolis – South) as well as the office located in Columbus, IN. Phill graduated from Southeastern University in 2001. After five years in leadership at a church, he joined Express Employment Professionals. Powell has worked at Express under owner Mike Heffner’s leadership for the past 14 years and has extensive recruiting, sales and leadership experience. He started with Express as an Employment Specialist and focused on Administrative staffing. He moved into a leadership role as the Inside Sales Manager and now oversees operations for Indianapolis South and Columbus. In 2021, Phill officially became a Managing Partner of Express Indy South and Express Columbus. Phill is actively involved with Mt. Pleasant Christian Church.

    Phill hopes his experience can help make an impact on the Express staff, job seekers, and the businesses we serve.

    Powell says, “I’m thrilled to join the ownership of this well established and high impact company that consists of an extremely talented team of people all working to make a difference. For 14 years, I have been blessed to work with Mike and this team to help build this small business into one that consistently inspires hope in those job seekers we meet, in our client companies, and in turn our community. I’m grateful to my wife and family who have encouraged me along the way. Express is part of our family.”