Express News Release

  • No Job is Too Small for the Express Employee of the Year

    OKLAHOMA CITY - March 18, 2020



    • Oxford, North Carolina Associate Recognized for Dedication



    In 2019, Express Employment Professionals put 552,000 people to work, but one incredible employee stood out among the others and was recently recognized for her work ethic at the company's annual leadership conference. 3-18-2020 ILC Page

    Michelle Marie Smith was one of five nominees for the Express Employee of the Year award, ultimately securing the top honor and accepting the prize in person at Express' International Leadership Conference (ILC) in Nashville, Tennessee. She was initially awarded $1,000 from Express as the Employee of the Year winner for her region, eventually winning $5,000 as the overall winner, plus an all-inclusive trip valued at more than $2,000.

    Smith was placed on her first assignment with the Oxford, North Carolina, Express office as an inventory specialist for Bed, Bath, & Beyond more than 70 miles away. Despite the long commute, she never complained, leaving home at 4:30 a.m. to be at work by 6. The Bed, Bath, & Beyond team was so impressed with her attention to detail and efficiency, they requested her for two other projects, located even farther away.

    "Michelle has a 'no job is too large or small' attitude, and our clients often request her by name and will rearrange projects to fit her availability," said Hal Muetzel, Owner of Oxford, NC Franchise. "Coworkers often comment on how much Michelle has impacted their lives by the way she takes ownership of her job, through her work advice, spiritual guidance and moral support. We are extremely blessed to have Michelle as an employee."

    The remaining four nominees also received $1,000 as regional Employee of the Year winners, however, during the awards ceremony, Express surprised them with $5,000 each in appreciation of their dedication to the company.

    "All of the Employee of the Year nominees are assets to Express, and we appreciate their hard work and positive attitudes every day," said Bill Stoller, CEO and chairman of the board for Express. "They continue to inspire us to go above and beyond and we are proud to celebrate this elite group.

    Other nominees for Employee of the Year included: 

    • Devonne King- Owatonna, Minnesota
    • Phyllis Cotton- Valparaiso, Indiana
    • Jerrell Davis White- Marlton, New Jersey
    • Roger Digerness- Tacoma, Washington


    If you would like to arrange for an interview with Hal Muetzel, call (919) 693-1730.

    About Express Employment Professionals

    Express Employment Professionals is in the business of people. From job seekers to client companies, Express helps people thrive and businesses grow. Providing localized staffing solutions to our community, Express employed 552,000 people across North America in 2019.

    The Oxford Express office is located at 124 Main Street Oxford, NC and serves the Granville, Vance Person, Alamance Counties and Southern VA. Local businesses and applicants are encouraged to stop by, visit or call (919) 6931730.

    About Express Employment Professionals

    At Express Employment Professionals, we're in the business of people. From job seekers to client companies, Express helps people thrive and businesses grow. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, our international network of franchises offer localized staffing solutions to the communities they serve, employing 552,000 people across North America in 2019. For more information, visit