Member Profile: Express Employment Professionals

Express Employment Professionals is raising the bar of professionalism for staffing in Ithaca and Cortland. “We hear from business leaders every single day that finding the right people for their business is their biggest challenge right now– and we’re here to help.”

Kathy Nivison founded the Ithaca location of Express Employment Professionals, a national franchise, in 2013. After more than 20 years in Human Resources for major employers in Ithaca she left corporate America to open a staffing firm focused on professional placement. Since its founding the firm has grown significantly, employing hundreds in manufacturing, finance, education, retail, and hospitality around Ithaca and Cortland.147A3610

“We don’t use the phrase ‘temp agency’ here… it diminishes the industry,” explains Kathy. Rather, Express Employment Professionals focuses on professional placement. Many of their employees are skilled marketing, HR, accounting, and IT professionals. While temporary placement is offered, many of their clients are seeking temp-to-hire or direct-hire support.

Say you’re looking for a marketing professional. Express can help your HR team save time and money by providing candidates that have already gone through a standardized, defined screening process. “By the time the resume lands on your hiring manager’s desk, we’ve done the due diligence to make sure that they match up to the job,” says Kathy. The best part? There’s never a cost to use Express’s services until you hire one of their candidates.

And no, you’re not too small to work with Express. “There’s this notion that people think their company or organization is too small to use a staffing service. But we think that because you’re smaller, we can add the most value,” Kathy explains. Express works with many small businesses and nonprofits and essentially become the HR department during the hiring process, managing all recruiting and screening in conjunction with the organization’s leadership.

Kathy joined the Chamber in 2013, two months before officially launching her business. A Chamber Ambassador and former member of the Small Business Council, she values the Chamber for its network, as well as educational events like sales and marketing workshops. Look for Express staff at Networking at Noon events, or find Kathy at the Chamber’s Business After Hours events to see how Express can support your organization’s growth and hiring processes. Visit for more information.