• Express West News

    FEBRUARY 2019

    Express Employment Professionals’ Deb Gray Receives Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce “Sally” Award and Celebrates Service to The Pittsburgh Business Community

    Pittsburgh, PA (February 25, 2019)—Express Employment Professionals Pittsburgh West owner, Deb Gray, recently received the Sally Award from the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce (PAACC). Gray was presented with the award in front of a sold-out crowd of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Airport Area business peers at the PAACC’s Annual Celebration of Excellence (ACE) event held January 18 at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport.

    The Sally Award is presented annually to a PAACC member who has demonstrated a dedication to the Chamber reminiscent of the late Sally Haas, who served as the PAACC’s CEO and President from 1998 to 2012. Haas was an inspiration to all who knew her as she worked tirelessly for the Chamber and its members.

    “To even be recognized as a nominee for this award is an honor. To receive the award is extremely humbling and is certainly among the highlights of my career,” said Gray. “For many years, I worked closely with Sally Haas and with my fellow PAACC directors and members on some very valuable initiatives in our community. It’s work that I’ll forever be proud of and grateful for,” Gray concluded.

    Deb Gray is the owner of the award-winning Pittsburgh West office of global staffing franchise, Express Employment Professionals. Hers is one of the largest and fastest-growing of Express’ Greater Pittsburgh offices. Under Gray’s leadership, her team has put 6,800+ job seekers to work in a variety of fields, including administrative, professional, industrial, skilled labor, skilled trades, and skilled professional. Currently, Express Pittsburgh West serves over 250 working associates weekly and over 190 businesses in the Pittsburgh Airport Corridor and Beaver County.

    A Penn State University alumna, Gray graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and honed her management and leadership skills over 30 years in the retail industry guiding dozens of national teams in new store development and the retrofitting of 1100 retail outlets.

    In addition to her dedicated service to the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, Deb also serves on the Penn State Business, Management and Technology Board and Pittsburgh Technical College Business Advisory Board. She is an active supporter of local educational institutions as well as many business and community organizations including the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, the Beaver Valley Career & Technology Center, Children’s Home of Pittsburgh, Future Business Leaders of America, Germaine Harbor, Habitat for Humanity Allegheny Valley, and Professional Outfitters & Variety Shop (Franklin Center).

    In 2016, Gray received the Helping Hands Award from Express corporate as well as a Distinguished Service Award from The Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, she was honored with a Meritorious Award from Express Employment Professionals’ corporate headquarters for her work in the beta testing of the recently launched ExpressJobs app.

    Gray continues to lead a stellar team to serve businesses and job seekers in the Pittsburgh West and Beaver County regions. Her commitment to workforce development has also led her to enthusiastically utilize and present Express’ educational and career development tools such as Job Genius and ExpressLearn. Gray conducts workshops and presentations at businesses, educational institutions, and events to help drive workforce-related education, awareness, solutions, and opportunities for employers, employees, students and families.


    FEBRUARY 2018

    Exciting news about the upcoming Express Clydesdales visit to Pittsburgh! Express West will host the Express Clydesdales for three days - March 15-17, 2018. Join us and the Clydesdales for two fundraising events and at the Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day parade. Thanks to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for this article http://bit.ly/2o7bJyH from the February 9, 2018 edition.

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    Meet the Clydesdales! Hosted by Express Employment Professionals Pittsburgh West

    Community Fundraisers - Event Information

    Thursday, March 15th at The Children's Home of Pittsburgh 5324 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Proceeds benefit The Children's Home.

    Details on the Express West Facebook page: www.facebook.com/events/539881446397216/

    Friday, March 16th at Donaldson Park 590 Donaldson Road, Oakdale, PA 15071. In partnership with North Fayette Township and the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds benefit the local military.

    Details on the Express West Facebook page: www.facebook.com/events/150792115620949/

    AUGUST 2017

    In the July 2017 Issue of Franchising World, Deb Gray, owner of Express Employment Professionals Pittsburgh West was one of four Express owners who was asked, “Why is it important to encourage women to pursue franchise ownership? What qualities make women such great entrepreneurs?”

    Read her response below. To see what the other Express owners had so say, check out page 12 in the July 2017 issue. http://bit.ly/2fyCMm0


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    JUNE 2017

    Thank you for your support and participation in the Express Employment Professionals Brand It Blue Day! Brand It Blue Day is the Express Employment Professionals international day of volunteering at local food banks and pantries across North America to help fight hunger.

    On behalf of all of at the Express Employment Professionals Pittsburgh West office we are extremely grateful to the businesses and the associates who participated in this fifth annual event. Thank you to those who collected food at your office and reached out in your workplace to get your coworkers involved with the collection drive, made monetary donations and volunteered their time to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and the Rochester Salvation Army.

    With all of the food collection efforts and the generous financial contributions for the Brand It Blue Day event, the grand total number of meals supplied by the Express Pittsburgh West office equals 1,384 meals! 

    “Volunteering and serving in your community can do a lot for your career or job search. From an increase in networking opportunities to gaining leadership skills, serving others is a great way to improve your professional life”, said Deb Gray owner of Express Employment Professionals Pittsburgh West. 


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    The Express Employment Professionals Pittsburgh West office came together on Saturday, June 10, with their colleagues from other local Express Employment Professional offices at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to serve and give back as part of the fifth annual Brand It Blue Day.

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    The following week on Friday, June 16, the Express Employment Professionals Monaca office donated their time at the Rochester Salvation Army.

    Employers: Are you looking for skilled candidates to fill open positions at your company? Give us a call to receive information about our workforce solutions and candidate recruitment services that we offer.

    Call us at 412-494-2000

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    Job Seekers: Visit our website www.expresspros.com/WPittsburghPA or call our office today to learn more about the current job opportunities available. Whether you're looking for a short-term job to supplement your income or you're building a new career, we offer the flexibility to work the way you want, and you'll never pay a fee to Express for our services and support. Submit your resume to: jobs.pittsburghpawest@expresspros.com .

    MARCH 2017

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    School Scholarship Program 

    The Express Employment Professionals scholarship program is designed to recognize and encourage achievements in higher education.

    Eligibility

    • Applicants must have a minimum of 500 hours of employment as an Express Employment Professionals associate accumulated in the two-year period prior to the May 31 application deadline. Applicants may also be the children or spouse of an Express associate who meets the requirements above.
    • Scholarship applicants must be high school seniors, high school graduates, or have received their GED or equivalent.  Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time or part-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school.

    Awards

    • Selected recipients receive an award of up to $1,000.
    • Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply each year they meet the eligibility requirements.
    • Recipients may only receive one Express scholarship, an internal scholarship award may not be combined with the Express associate/school award.
    • Scholarships are made payable to the student's school. Total scholarship amount is issued via a check in one payment on August 15. Checks are mailed to the student's home address.

    Application - Available March 1, Must be postmarked by May 31

    • Download and complete the  Express Scholarship Application form and reference the  Financial Data instructions.
    • The application and a current complete transcript of grades must be postmarked no later than May 31. Grade reports are not acceptable. Printed copies of online transcripts may be sent but must display student name, school name, grade and credit hours earned for each course, and term in which the course was taken.

    Scholarship applications can be mailed to:

    Express Employment Professionals Scholarship Program for Children of Express International and Franchise Employees Scholarship Management Services

    One Scholarship Way 
    Saint Peter, MN 56082
    Telephone: (507) 931-1682

    Selection/Award - Notification made mid-July

    FEBRUARY 2017

    February 25, 2017- Joanie and Annette were at Seton Hill University, Greensburg.
    They were using Job Genius job search tools to help students at the "Create Your Path" symposium.

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    Joanie at the Job Fair at Duquesne University on Feb.15

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    JANUARY 2017

    Congratulations to West's owner, Deb Gray

    2016 Distinguished Service Award Recipient from The Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce

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    DECEMBER 2016

    Express West's Team took a break to enjoy some holiday food and fun at the office. 

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    The Pittsburgh West team had a great time at Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce's 

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