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  • Staffing still seen as major issue for many Lincoln companies
    Midlands Business Journal – May 18, 2018
    (Celebrity Staff)

    In virtually every sector, Lincoln companies are scrambling to find qualified employees to keep their businesses running at peak efficiency and stimulate growth. Individual companies have also begun to think creatively...
    Midlands Business Journal – May 18, 2018
    (Celebrity Staff)
    In virtually every sector, Lincoln companies are scrambling to find qualified employees to keep their businesses running at peak efficiency and stimulate growth. Individual companies have also begun to think creatively about how to attract the workers they need. Jason Randazzo, recruiting manager with Celebrity Staff, an affiliate of C&A Industries, said many companies are willing to put up or shut up when it comes to landing the right talent. “I see a lot of companies talking about the culture, PTO and everything,” he said. “I have even started to see recruiters on college campuses recruiting as early as junior year. There are always going to be sign-on bonuses, but I have seen everything from unlimited PTO to more work from home opportunities. Randazzo said companies are also finding that using staffing services pays dividends in a tight labor market. “The No. 1 thing is speed,” he said. “Clients may not realize the time it takes to get the ad posted, wait for resumes, sort through the resumes, set up interviews, and interview all candidates, only to have someone decline an offer. We have a strong network of candidates and industry experts within our niche to fill jobs quickly with the right person.”
  • Aiming to avoid costly hiring missteps, more small businesses utilize staffing services
    Midlands Business Journal – May 11, 2018
    (Aureus Group)

    Businesses of all sizes face obstacles when it comes to finding, hiring, and raining talent. “Most business owners wear many hats and need to focus on their core business,” said Chris Carlson, managing director at Aureus...
    Midlands Business Journal – May 11, 2018
    (Aureus Group)
    Businesses of all sizes face obstacles when it comes to finding, hiring, and raining talent. “Most business owners wear many hats and need to focus on their core business,” said Chris Carlson, managing director at Aureus Group® - an affiliate of C&A Industries, Inc. “Partnering with a staffing service lowers opportunity costs by allowing the owner and key personnel to stay focused on their business while the recruiting/staffing experts attract, recruit, interview, screen, reference and coordinate interviews with talent that not only has the competencies but fits culturally.” The low unemployment rate requires recruiting strategies that go beyond traditional postings, Carlson said. “The cost of the unfilled position is very expensive and the staffing fee is less expensive than a bad hire,” she said. Contract with option to hire, or the “working interview,” Carlson said, is popular with small, medium and large organizations. “This gives the employee and employer the hands-on opportunity to align career aspirations with the business goals to ensure a long-term fit prior to making a full-time hire,” she said.
  • C&A Industries, Inc. Earns Circle of Excellence Distinction from NBRI
    May 3, 2018
    (C&A Industries Inc.)

    C&A Industries, Inc., a national leader in staffing and recruitment, has been named by the National Business Research Institute, Inc. (NBRI) to its Circle of Excellence, which recognizes organizations that demonstrate...
    May 3, 2018
    (C&A Industries Inc.)
    C&A Industries, Inc., a national leader in staffing and recruitment, has been named by the National Business Research Institute, Inc. (NBRI) to its Circle of Excellence, which recognizes organizations that demonstrate outstanding achievement in employee engagement and customer satisfaction. This is the fourth time C&A has been recognized with the designation.

    C&A is the parent company to workforce solution firms Aureus Group®, Aureus Medical Group®, AurStaff®, Celebrity Staff, and FocusOne Solutions®, as well as AurTravel® and AurHomes®.

    To evaluate the attitudes and perceptions of C&A's workforce, NBRI analyzed employee responses to questions covering a variety of organizational topics. C&A qualified for the Circle of Excellence by scoring at or above the 75th benchmarking percentile when measured against companies surveyed nationally.

    NBRI has conducted scientific, psychological research for thousands of organizations, including a majority of the Fortune 500 companies, since its inaugural study in 1982. One of the world’s leading business research firms, NBRI conducts millions of online surveys, paper surveys, and telephone surveys per year in order to help organizations achieve their full potential.

    “We are proud to receive the Circle of Excellence designation from NBRI once again,” said Scot Thompson, President & CEO, C&A Industries, Inc. “Surveys conducted by NBRI provide us with valuable insight and serve as a guide as we identify our strengths and opportunities for continuous improvement. As C&A expands and our workplace evolves, it’s important that we are current and mindful of our employees’ attitudes, motivations, and needs so we continue to attract and retain an outstanding workforce as well as foster a caring and results oriented culture focused on our people, our clients and the community."

    C&A began NBRI’s Best Practice of Continuous Improvement with its first employee survey in 2005 and has since participated every two years.

    Thompson added, “Employees who are engaged and invested consistently deliver unparalleled customer service. We are fortunate to have an exceptional team of employees who are passionate about our business, dedicated to professional growth and development, and are committed to excellence in all they do. Our people are the foundation of C&A’s success.”
  • C&A Industries, Inc. Awarded World Client of the Year by Leadership Management Resources, Inc.
    April 20, 2018
    (C&A Industries Inc.)

    C&A Industries, Inc., a national leader in staffing and recruiting, has been named 2018 World Client of the Year by Leadership Management International, Inc.® (LMI), a producer of executive, management, and leadership...
    April 20, 2018
    (C&A Industries Inc.)
    C&A Industries, Inc., a national leader in staffing and recruiting, has been named 2018 World Client of the Year by Leadership Management International, Inc.® (LMI), a producer of executive, management, and leadership programs. Liz Hall, Executive Director, Training and Development with C&A, accepted the award on the firm’s behalf during LMI’s annual World Convention, April 9-12, 2018 held in Myrtle Beach, SC. C&A is one of three companies worldwide to be recognized with the award during the event, joined by organizations located in Japan and Zimbabwe.

    C&A is the parent company to workforce solution firms Aureus Group®, Aureus Medical Group®, AurStaff®, Celebrity Staff, and FocusOne Solutions®, as well as AurTravel® and AurHomes®. The company employs more than 700 in its corporate and regional offices.

    C&A offers a broad range of initial and continued education for employees at all levels within its organization. In addition to customized education developed by its training staff, including accredited new hire sales training; multi-tiered professional development curricula; and support staff, management preparation, and leadership training, the firm incorporates leading concepts, training modules, and industry experts into its offerings.

    A significant investment is made by C&A in further developing the leadership within existing work groups and teams. C&A has enhanced the skill sets of managers and emerging leaders with course work focused on coaching, goal setting, problem solving, time management, delegation, and motivating & empowering others. Results have positively impacted the organization as participants have applied learned concepts to their own work in developing the employees they manage. Initiatives have also resulted in promotions and transitions to new roles as leaders have become better equipped and prepared for advancement.

    Hall delivered a presentation to convention attendees highlighting C&A’s accomplishments in leadership development. “Leadership Resources supported by LMI products has played an important role in C&A’s growth and development of our leaders,” she said. ”It’s been a great partnership that has supported our strategic direction.”

    C&A is currently the 28th largest staffing firm in the United States and the 83rd largest globally. In 2018, C&A was named among the Best Places to Work in Omaha in the large company category for the eighth time in ten years. C&A was recognized as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America in 2017. C&A is headquartered in Omaha, NE.
  • C&A Industries, Inc. Announces the Hiring of Jessica Dennis As Chief Financial Officer
    April 16, 2018
    (C&A Industries Inc.)

    C&A Industries Inc., a national leader in staffing and recruitment announces the hiring of Jessica Dennis as chief financial officer. C&A is the parent company to a portfolio of workforce solution firms including Aureus...
    April 16, 2018
    (C&A Industries Inc.)
    C&A Industries Inc., a national leader in staffing and recruitment announces the hiring of Jessica Dennis as chief financial officer. C&A is the parent company to a portfolio of workforce solution firms including Aureus Group®, Aureus Medical Group®, AurStaff®, Celebrity Staff, and FocusOne Solutions®, along with non-staffing affiliates, AurTravel® and AurHomes®.

    In her role, Dennis will be responsible for financial management of the organization, including direct oversight of financial planning and analysis, risk management, accounting, and tax reporting.

    Dennis began her career in auditing with the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche. Prior to joining C&A, she held various senior leadership positions in the business process outsourcing industry with West Corporation and most recently with Alorica, where she served as Senior Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis.

    “We are very pleased to welcome Jessica to C&A and to our executive management team,” said Scot Thompson, President & Chief Executive Officer, C&A Industries. “Her breadth of experience in finance and accounting combined with her proven track record in leadership will be invaluable to us as we support our continued growth and further strengthen our position as a national leader in our industry.

    “I can’t imagine a more exciting time to join C&A Industries as the company continues to grow and set the bar for service excellence in the industry,” said Dennis. “The passion and enthusiasm the entire team shows towards the company, the industry, and to delivering the best service is something you see and feel every day. I'm proud to be part of it.”

    Dennis earned bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Marketing from Midland University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and is active as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Recruiting Firm Aureus Group Recognized by Forbes
    April 10, 2018
    (Aureus Group)

    Aureus Group®, a leading staffing and recruitment firm headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, has been named by Forbes to its 2018 list of America's Best Professional Recruiting Firms. Aureus Group specializes in staffing...
    April 10, 2018
    (Aureus Group)
    Aureus Group®, a leading staffing and recruitment firm headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, has been named by Forbes to its 2018 list of America's Best Professional Recruiting Firms. Aureus Group specializes in staffing within the areas of accounting & finance, information technology & systems, healthcare leadership, and executive search. With a national reach, the firm is rooted in the Midwest with regional offices in Kansas City, Missouri and Des Moines, Iowa.

    Forbes partners with analytics firm Statista to compile the list which ranks the top recruitment agencies. Aureus Group is ranked #70 in the group of 250 firms, up from #105 ranking in 2017.

    Selection was based on industry research and survey results involving recruiters, employees who have worked with recruiters, and HR managers. Survey participants were asked to recommend up to ten recruiting firms (excluding their own). Rankings were established based on the number of recommendations received. More than 14,500 nominations were submitted as part of the survey process.

    "This unsolicited accolade is indicative of the way each of our teammates approaches every customer and candidate. Our mission, to be the search & staffing provider and employer of choice by helping people and companies achieve their goals, is more than a statement, it's the picture we paint every day,” said Chris Carlson, Managing Director, Aureus Group. “With a talented tenured team, we value a transparent culture, two-way honest communication, and treating everyone with dignity and respect. It's truly an honor for us to serve our marketplace."

    Forbes is a global media company, focusing on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, and lifestyle. The company publishes Forbes, Forbes Asia, and Forbes Europe magazines, as well as Forbes.com.
  • C&A Industries Named #1 Employment Agency by B2B Magazine for Tenth Year in a Row
    March 28, 2018
    (C&A Industries, Inc.)

    Omaha-based C&A Industries, Inc., a national leader in staffing and recruitment, has been named the #1 Employment Agency in Omaha, Nebraska by B2B Omaha for the tenth consecutive year. The announcement...
    March 28, 2018
    (C&A Industries, Inc.)
    Omaha-based C&A Industries, Inc., a national leader in staffing and recruitment, has been named the #1 Employment Agency in Omaha, Nebraska by B2B Omaha for the tenth consecutive year. The announcement is featured in the April-May 2018 issue of the magazine.

    C&A is the parent company to workforce solution firms Aureus Group®, Aureus Medical Group®, AurStaff®, Celebrity Staff, and FocusOne Solutions®. Aureus Group, AurStaff, and Celebrity Staff each hold market leading positions in the Omaha metropolitan area and have an established regional presence. Aureus Medical Group and FocusOne Solutions serve clients on a national scale.

    B2B Omaha is a quarterly magazine featuring profiles of business leaders, local corporations, and stories pertaining to the latest business developments in the Omaha metropolitan area. The publication’s annual “Best of B2B” Awards recognizes the top businesses and service providers based on readers’ votes.

    “To be recognized as the premier employment agency for an impressive ten years is truly a testament to the outstanding group of employees we have in place across our entire organization,” said Scot Thompson, President & CEO, C&A Industries, Inc. “Their dedication to excellence and consistently providing an outstanding level of service is unsurpassed in our industry. Our success would not be possible without our having the very best people as part of our team.”
  • C&A Industries Named Among Best Places to Work in Omaha for Eighth Year
    February 27, 2018
    (C&A Industries, Inc.)

    C&A Industries, Inc., a national leader in staffing and recruitment, has been named among the Best Places to Work in Omaha for the eighth time in ten years. The parent company to workforce solution firms Aureus Group...
    February 27, 2018
    (C&A Industries, Inc.)
    C&A Industries, Inc., a national leader in staffing and recruitment, has been named among the Best Places to Work in Omaha for the eighth time in ten years. The parent company to workforce solution firms Aureus Group, Aureus Medical Group, AurStaff, Celebrity Staff, and FocusOne Solutions, as well as AurTravel and AurHomes, has been recognized in the large company category of staffing firms with more than 200 employees.

    The annual Best Places to Work initiative, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and Baird Holm, recognizes a select number of companies based on the results of surveys completed by the employees of participating organizations. Surveys measure employee engagement, satisfaction, morale, opportunities for professional growth, and workplace culture.

    “We are proud to be honored once again among a group of highly respected organizations. To be recognized repeatedly for this many years is representative of what’s truly important to us – being a great place to work and career home for our talented team of employees who are the heart and spirit of C&A,” said Scot Thompson, President and CEO of C&A Industries.

    C&A is a leader in nearly every market it serves. Industry-leading training and extensive professional development programs; its award-winning health and wellness program; and community involvement and philanthropy are, according to Thompson, key factors in maintaining C&A’s high levels of employee engagement and morale. He adds that employee recognition programs and focus on communication and idea sharing are also embraced companywide.

    “The level of growth and success that C&A has experienced on a local and national scale would not be possible without our extraordinary group of employees who dedicate themselves to excellence, work collaboratively, and live our mission and values daily. They quite simply are the best of the best and deliver an exceptional level of service that is unmatched,” added Thompson. “Knowing this recognition comes as a result of their employee experience is very meaningful to us.”

    C&A will be honored along with other Best Places to Work in Omaha recipients during a luncheon in May 2018.
  • C&A President & CEO Thompson Named to the Staffing 100 by Staffing Industry Analysts for Third Year
    February 26, 2018
    (C&A Industries, Inc.)

    Scot Thompson, president and CEO of C&A Industries, Inc., a national leader in human capital management, has been named by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) to the Staffing 100, a list of the most influential executives...
    February 26, 2018
    (C&A Industries, Inc.)
    Scot Thompson, president and CEO of C&A Industries, Inc., a national leader in human capital management, has been named by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) to the Staffing 100, a list of the most influential executives within the North American market. This is the third consecutive year Thompson has been recognized among the nation’s leaders in the industry.

    C&A, with revenue of $468 million, is the parent company to a portfolio of workforce solution firms that include Aureus Medical Group, Aureus Group, AurStaff, Celebrity Staff, and managed services provider FocusOne Solutions.

    During his nearly 18-year tenure, Thompson has led C&A to unprecedented levels of expansion, including ten-fold organic growth and the launch of ten new business divisions. Aureus Medical Group has risen to 5th largest healthcare staffing firm in the United States and C&A is positioned as the 28th largest staffing firm overall. C&A was named by Staffing Industry Analysts as among the 100 largest staffing firms globally in 2016 and 2017 (currently ranked 83rd).

    Thompson has been instrumental to the cultivation of C&A’s team oriented, results driven culture focused on maximizing the engagement of employees and clients while encouraging year-round and impactful community involvement. His standards for excellence and continuous improvement are embraced companywide.

    C&A was recognized in 2017 as one of Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America. Most recently C&A was named one of the Best Places to Work in Omaha™ in the large company category of staffing firms for the eighth time in ten years.
  • C&A Industries, Inc. Founder & Chairman Named to Business Hall of Fame
    February 19, 2018
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    C&A Industries, Inc., a national leader in staffing and recruiting, announces its founder and chairman, Larry Courtnage, has been named by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce to its 2018 Business Hall of Fame...
    February 19, 2018
    (C&A Industries, Inc.)
    C&A Industries, Inc., a national leader in staffing and recruiting, announces its founder and chairman, Larry Courtnage, has been named by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce to its 2018 Business Hall of Fame. Courtnage is one of five individuals being recognized by the organization, now in its 25th year of honoring area leaders for their commitment to Omaha’s business landscape, economic vitality, and to the community.

    Courtnage launched C&A Industries in 1969 as its single employee. Today, C&A is the parent company to four staffing and recruiting firms, Aureus Medical Group, Aureus Group, AurStaff, and Celebrity Staff. Its portfolio also includes FocusOne Solutions, a managed services provider; AurHomes, a corporate housing provider; and AurTravel, a full service travel agency.

    Comprised of 700 corporate employees and thousands of contract employees nationwide, C&A is among the 100 largest staffing and recruiting firms globally and among the 30 largest healthcare staffing firms in the country. Its largest affiliate, Aureus Medical, is the fifth largest healthcare staffing firm nationally. In 2017, C&A was named among Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America and recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Omaha™ for the seventh time.

    Courtnage founded and funds The Kim Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to mental health advocacy and suicide prevention efforts. The Foundation’s work has made a sizable impact within the Omaha metropolitan area and across the state of Nebraska in raising awareness, educating the public, reducing stigma, and supporting mental health and suicide prevention-related programs and initiatives.

    His industry and civic involvement includes the Nebraska Chapter of the National Association of Personnel Services (NeAPS), the American Staffing Association, and Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, along with the Tangier Shrine Center, local Sertoma Club, and Bellevue University.

    Courtnage will be honored along with all 2018 inductees during an April 17 gala event at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
  • Area experts lend employment and staffing advice
    Midlands Busines Journal – January 26, 2018
    (Celebrity Staff)

    When it comes to business planning, navigating through employment and staffing needs is at the forefront. Patty North, general manager of Celerity Staff, an affiliate of C&A Industries, said when hiring, be ready...
    Midlands Busines Journal – January 26, 2018
    (Celebrity Staff)
    When it comes to business planning, navigating through employment and staffing needs is at the forefront. Patty North, general manager of Celerity Staff, an affiliate of C&A Industries, said when hiring, be ready to respond to applicants immediately. “There are many options for today’s job seeker, and the organizations that respond quickly are more likely to have good candidates interested in the interview,” she said. North mentioned it’s also important to know how to tell you company’s story. “Employees of today want to know if they are working for an organization that has a mission and purpose,” North said. “Too many hiring managers forget to spend time sharing at the end of the interview why someone should work there.” North said people want to work for great companies and great managers – and the interview is the place to engage the applicant. According to North, a staffing service helps identify candidates interested din your company and the type of work offered. “This can save time by conducting interviews only with the candidates qualified and interested,” she said.

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