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    Kim Phillips Nakatani


    Where did you grow up?


    I was born and raised right here, in beautiful Santa Cruz. As a teenager I loved spending my time with friends on the Pacific Garden Mall. Café Pergolesi, Logos, visiting antique and thrift store, and attending endless shows at the Catalyst, Redroom and Santa Cruz Civic.


    How did you find your way to the staffing industry?


    I was fortunate and had family who owned and operated multiple Express Employment Professionals offices in California. I grew up surrounded by conversations about companies that were hiring, which recruiting methods worked, which qualities made job seekers highly desirable, as well as the operational human resources and payroll issues that arise in business. Naturally, I was put at the front desk of Express when I became old enough to work. I took breaks to attend college, and gain experience with other companies, but my passion for Express, and helping others to succeed, brought me back and keeps me excited about staffing.  


    What makes you unique in your profession?


    30+ years of experience within the staffing industry, and specifically within Santa Cruz County, is one of the things that sets me apart. I'm also highly creative, intuitive, I have high energy, strong communication skills, and a wicked sense of humor. ����


    Certifications, Volunteer Work, Past and Current Professional Affiliations.


    Active with local Chambers of Commerce, Capitola/Soquel Chamber Ambassador, Board Member of NCHRA, Hospice Volunteer, Cabrillo College Planning Committee Member, Numerous Staffing Certifications, Circle of Excellence Office Designation, Specialized Recruiting Group Training, Resume Critique Volunteer, and Interview Coach for Cabrillo College Extension.


    Do you have a surprise talent?


    Art, Tribal Fusion Dance, and Music Trivia Queen!


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    Lauren Dembski
    Lauren Dembski


    Lauren opened the Santa Cruz Express office in 1989, and within three years achieved the prized "Circle of Excellence" designation. Her prior professional background as a Certified Public Accountant launched our successful Accounting/Finance niche.

    Lauren grew up in Santa Cruz, raised her family here, and successfully operated Express for 32 years. Her connection to our community has been a driving force in customizing our service to meet local needs, and a deepened understanding of this beautiful and unique county. 

    Presently, she's easing back from daily operations, but remains our top resource and mentor, offering ongoing business, sales, and HR consulting expertise to the Santa Cruz team. 

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