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  • Staffing Legend Bob Funk Inducted into ASA’s Leadership Hall of Fame

    OKLAHOMA CITY - September 29, 2023

    • Staffing Legend Bob Funk Inducted into ASA’s Leadership Hall of Fame

    Bob-Funk-ASA-HOF-2023Express Employment Professionals’ Bob Funk is a 2023 inductee to the American Staffing Association Leadership Hall of Fame, the association announced.

    Created in 1985, the ASA Leadership Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding individual contributions made through dedicated service to ASA and the staffing and recruiting industry. This year’s ASA Leadership Hall of Fame program is sponsored by Nixer Comp.

    Funk will be recognized during Staffing World® 2023, the ASA annual convention and expo, taking place Oct. 3–5 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC.

    He has dedicated his life to growing the staffing industry and providing hope through employment. As co-founder, president and executive chairman of the board for Express Employment Professionals, Funk and the Express team reached record sales of $4.46 billion and employed 579,000 people in 2022. Since inception, Express has put more than 10 million people to work worldwide, with a long-term goal to put a million people to work annually.

    Funk is a true entrepreneur and owns 48 Express offices in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, and stays active with Express-affiliated companies—Express Ranches, Express Clydesdales, Express Sports, Funk Companies and Express UU Bar Ranches.

    Having a pulse on the national economy, Funk served as chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, serving the 10th district, from 2006 to 2007, and in 2007, went on to serve as the chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve Bank System.

    Funk is actively involved in the community and gives back in a big way. He is a former ASA board member and former chairman of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as the chairman of the Oklahoma Youth Expo, awarding more than $8 million in scholarships to future leaders pursuing some form of higher education.

    "Bob Funk's lifelong dedication to the staffing industry and his unwavering commitment to providing hope through employment have left an indelible mark on our field,” said Richard Wahlquist, chief executive officer at ASA. “Bob Funk's leadership, vision dedication to our industry, community, and global workforce is truly exceptional.”


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