Express Founders

  • Building a Culture of Caring

    In 1983, Bill Stoller and Bob Funk founded Express Employment Professionals with a determination to do business differently. Realizing profits aren't the only measure of success, Stoller and Funk wanted the company to be grounded in a focus on community impact When good people find good jobs, individuals, businesses, and communities succeed together. This culture of caring is at the heart of every leadership decision at Express, from our international headquarters to our local franchise offices.

  • William H. Stoller
    Founder, CEO, Chairman of the Board

    Stoller Bill_2015_webWilliam H. Stoller is Founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Express Employment Professionals. Prior to co-founding Express, Stoller began his career with Acme Personnel Services in 1973 as a consultant trainee and subsequently held positions as branch manager, group manager, district manager and regional manager for Oregon and Utah.

    Stoller is president of The Stoller Group, owning multiple Express offices in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado. He also owns Xenium, a professional employer organization as well as the Stoller Family Estate and Chehalem Winery and Vineyard, both located in Oregon.

    Professional Memberships and Affiliations:

    • Leadership Award Recipient, The Oklahoman’s Top Workplaces 2018
    • National Association of Personnel Services, Hall of Fame Inductee, 2011
    • American Staffing Association, past board member and 2009 chairman
    • National Association of Personnel Services, past board member and 2001 chair
    • National Association of Professional Employer Organizations, member
    • International Franchise Association, member
    • Oregon Association of Personnel Consultants, former president
    • World Presidents’ Organization, former Oregon chapter chair

    Community Involvement:

    • A-dec Advisory, board member
    • Pacific University Board of Trustees, member and past chairman
    • Rotary Club of Portland, 35-year member and former president

    Education and Certifications:

    • Bachelor of Business and Economics, Pacific University
    • Master of Business Administration, Portland State University
    • Certified Staffing Professional, American Staffing Association
    • Certified Personnel Consultant, National Association of Personnel Services
    • Certified Franchise Executive, International Franchise Association


  • Robert A. Funk
    Founder, President, Executive Chairman of the Board

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    Robert A. Funk is Founder, President, and Executive Chairman of the Board of Express Employment Professionals. Prior to co-founding Express, Funk gained experience with Acme Personnel Services, beginning as a personnel consultant and then climbing the ranks to first vice president.

    Funk graduated from Seattle Pacific University (SPU) with a bachelor's degree in business administration and theology. He continued his graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and received his master's degree in business administration and theology from SPU. He holds three honorary degrees: an honorary doctor of public service from his alma mater Seattle Pacific University (1995) ; an honorary doctor of law presented by Oklahoma Baptist University (2000); and an honorary doctor of law presented by Southern Nazarene University (2001).

    Professional Memberships and Honors

    • American Staffing Association Hall of Fame, 2023
    • Hall of Great Westerners Inductee, 2023
    • Career Tech Hall of Fame Inductee, 2022
    • Oklahoma Hall of Fame Inductee, 2017
    • Staffing 100 Hall of Fame, Staffing Industry Review, 2017
    • Impact OKC, Man of the Year, 2015
    • Oklahoma State University Division of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources Champion Award, 2014
    • Sales and Marketing Executives International (SMEI) Hall of Fame Inductee
    • International Franchise Association Hall of Fame, 2010
    • Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen, Federal Reserve Bank System, 2007
    • Chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, serving the Tenth District, 2006-2007
    • International Franchising Association (IFA), Board Member
    • IFA Educational Foundation, Board of Trustees
    • IFA Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2000
    • Sales and Marketing Executives International, Board of Trustees and Charter Honoree

    Community Involvement

    • National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Former Chairman of the Board and Member
    • Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Former Chairman of the Board and Member
    • Oklahoma Youth Expo, Chairman of the Board of Directors
    • Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU), Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees
    • Business Affairs Committee at OBU, Former Chairman
    • President’s Council at OBU, Lifetime Member
    • Oklahoma Christian University of Science and Arts, Business Advisory Council
    • Oklahoma Independent College Foundation, Board Member
    • Allied Arts Circle Club, Member and Former Co-Chairman
    • Prix de West Society, Former Chairman of the Awards Committee
    • The University of Edinburgh’s James Clerk Maxwell Patron’s Club, Member