Owners of Five Successful Offices Named Express Franchisees of the Year

  • Owners of Five Successful Offices Named Express Franchisees of the Year

    Rantoul, IL - March 21, 2021

    In their nearly 20 years with Express Employment Professionals, Richard and Lynn Yoerk have come full circle from working in a franchise to owning five of their own today in Illinois. After being recognized locally as a top employer and small business of the year, the pair was named Express Employment Professionals' Franchisees of the Year at the company's recent International Leadership Conference (ILC).

    Express recognizes and honors franchisees who excel in building brand equity and a distinguished company reputation. A panel of executives at Express International Headquarters in Oklahoma City selected the Yoerks to represent Express as its Franchisees of the Year due to their dedication to the company's values of people, teamwork, build to last and integrity.

    "Richard and Lynn's grit, determination and servant hearts have garnered tremendous respect in the communities they serve," said Bill Stoller, Express CEO. "They are an incredible team that inspires everyone they come in contact with."

    The pair got their start in the west Tualatin, Oregon, Express office where they proved they had what it takes to be successful in sales. Eventually, they partnered with two other Express offices in Portland as franchisees. Nine years later, they decided to branch out and start their own franchise, outlasting the Great Recession and reaching sales milestones during difficult economic times.

    Today, Richard and Lynn have continued to build the Express brand in Illinois and now have five franchise offices in Champaign, Danville, Rantoul, Urbana, and Ottawa. In 2016, they were named the Small Business of the Year, recognized in their local business magazine as a top employer in 2018, and most recently received First Place in the local People's Choice Award.

    Last year's Express Franchisee of the Year, Neil McMillan of Oxnard, California, said he's spent several years as a franchisee chasing Richard and Lynn's coattails and the three even started a friendly sales competition each year with the loser owing the winner $1. So far, McMillan has lost $5.

    "It's that competitive spirit that drives these individuals to the great success they've experienced at Express," Stoller said. "As Express Leadership Academy graduates and perineal top-performing franchisees, they are the embodiment of the Express values and we couldn't be prouder of these Express Franchisees of the Year."

    If you are looking for a franchise opportunity like the Yoerks' that allows you to give back to the community and make an impact on job seekers, Express Employment Professionals has franchise territories available. For more information visit ExpressFranchising.com .

    Express is committed to the vision of helping as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many clients as possible find good people. The company offers a full range of employment solutions, including evaluation hire, flexible staffing, professional search and human resources. Express focuses on a wide range of positions, including light industrial, office services, skilled trades, and professional.


    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. Our international network of franchises offers localized staffing solutions to the communities they serve across the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, employing 526,000 people globally in 2020. For more information, visit www.ExpressPros.com .

    For More Information:

    Richard & Lynn Yoerk, Owner
    Express Employment Professionals
    200 Turner Dr, Rantoul, IL 61866
    (217) 892-4000