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Web Designer Named 2012 National Staffing Employee of the Year

Chris Hoover Obtained Permanent Employment With Help of Staffing Firm

The American Staffing Association announced today that interactive Web designer Chris Hoover has been named the 2012 National Staffing Employee of the Year. The announcement marks the beginning of National Staffing Employee Week, Sept. 12–18.

“ASA salutes Chris and the contributions of the millions of temporary and contract employees on assignments in the U.S. every business day,” says Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “For the millions of Americans looking for work, staffing firms offer not only temporary and long-term assignments, but also a bridge to permanent jobs.”

Hoover is currently a senior interactive Web designer at the corporate offices of JCPenney, where he creates animation concepts for the company’s Web site using such programs as Adobe Flash. He is responsible for launching some of the company’s newest and most high-profile interactive campaigns. Among these is the main landing Web page for a skateboarding competition JCPenney co-sponsors with Dew Tour, an action sports tour created by Mountain Dew. Hoover began working with JCPenney as a contract employee through ASA member the BOSS Group in 2009. Based on his excellent performance as a designer, JCPenney hired him as a permanent employee this past spring.

“Chris has done a tremendous job in his role at JCPenney,” says Kim Linnen, the BOSS Group’s Metro Dallas branch manager, who nominated Hoover for the distinction. “He goes to work every day with an amazing attitude, truly willing to do whatever is needed to complete a project.”

Hoover has extensive freelance design experience, having created Web-based animation projects for major corporations as a contractor and as an art director for his own graphic design company. Before getting permanent employment at JCPenney, Hoover enjoyed the flexibility of his contract position. He was able to select his work schedule as well as showcase his skills to his future employer while working on a variety of challenging assignments.

“You have time to really get to know the job while working as a contract employee, and the company got to know me. It works for everyone involved,” says Hoover.

Hoover is delighted to now be a permanent member of the retail firm’s team.

“I get to work on some really nice projects. As an interactive Web designer, I have so much artistic freedom,” he says. “It was a great experience working with the BOSS Group to find this opportunity. Now I’m working at a really fabulous place.”

“Chris is an amazing team player, an extraordinarily talented designer, and, on top of it, a wonderful person,” says Linnen. “He strives not only to generate great work, but also to be an ambassador for a brand that he believes in.”

Hoover will be formally honored Oct. 13 in New Orleans during a recognition ceremony at Staffing World® 2011, the ASA annual convention and expo, where he will be celebrated by staffing industry professionals from around the country.

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Interviews with Hoover and representatives from the BOSS Group and ASA are available.

National Staffing Employee of the Year is sponsored by First Staff Benefits, powered by Enrollment First, an ASA corporate partner and a provider of a true first aid kit for health care reform.

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing industry. ASA and its affiliated chapters advance the interests of staffing and recruiting firms of all sizes and across all sectors through legal and legislative advocacy, public relations, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. ASA members provide the full range of employment and work force services and solutions, including temporary and contract staffing, recruiting and permanent placement, outplacement and outsourcing, training, and human resource consulting.

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