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Investor Spotlight: Manpower-West

September 15, 2015

This week we sat down with Phil Blair, Executive Officer of Manpower-West, to learn more about the company’s vital role as one of San Diego’s largest and most prominent employment agencies. For four decades, Blair and Mel Katz have worked to build their thriving temp-to-hire firm into San Diego’s fourth largest employer. Manpower is dedicated to enriching people's lives with meaningful employment and development opportunities, and providing companies with innovative workforce solutions that help them increase agility, improve productivity and boost the bottom line - in San Diego and beyond. 
 
1) Tell us about Manpower-West.
We help our corporate clients throughout the county to find trained and capable employees to fill their temporary, temp-to-hire, and staff positions. Through Manpower Search, we provide permanent placement search, specializing in the placement of executive assistants, CFOs, controllers, and marketing professionals.  We are also pleased to offer discounted rates for non-profits.
 
Manpower-West is the largest Manpower franchise in the U.S., with annual revenues exceeding $125 million. Each day, we employ 3,500 associates jobs in our region, allowing our clients’ companies and their employees to thrive in the ever-changing world of work. 
 
2) What are some advantages to being located and doing business in San Diego?
With all the great economic strides San Diego has made in recent years, we’ve become home to some of the world’s most innovative and vibrant companies, especially in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, and cybersecurity. Learn more about Manpower's critical presence in San Diego here.
 
3) San Diego is full of dynamic companies, firms and service providers influencing global trends and innovation. Pick another San Diego company that is at the top of its game. 
Qualcomm will always be near and dear to our heart.  It continues to be the employer of choice and one of the most innovative and exciting companies in our region.
 
4) What do you anticipate for your company in five years? What do you anticipate for San Diego? 
We’re excited about the potential for growth -- not only throughout the soon to be eight states in which we operate franchises, but also about San Diego’s continued potential as a global economic hub. That’s true in so many ways, especially within the past decade or so. We truly believe the best is yet to come.