Through 30 Years and Three Recessions, Reliance Has Placed 85,000+ People in Jobs
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, September 1, 2012—This month, Reliance Staffing & Recruiting is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Over those 30 years, Reliance has placed more than 85,000 people in jobs across Hampton Roads—that’s more than the entire population of Suffolk.
In addition, more than 6,230 Reliance associates have reached “temp-to-hire” status. That’s almost as many people as the population of Surry County.
It’s a Family Affair
Reliance Staffing & Recruiting was founded in 1982 by Tom and Judy Sarach in the Greenbrier area of Chesapeake. The couple built a steady base of clients in the clerical and light industrial fields and developed a reputation for being reliable, even driving temporary workers to job sites in the morning.
In 1983, their daughter Lynn (now Lynn Sarach Connor) began working part-time at the company while still in high school. Lynn formally joined the company and opened Reliance’s Newport News office in 1988.
Lynn Connor recalled, “I remember graduating from college and having a job at a large brick company and thinking, ‘I can do more than this, I have more to offer.’ And I bet that’s the same thing people who apply here are thinking: they want to do more and reach their potential. I love the idea of our family business working with so many different clients and helping our applicants gain employment.”
Tom Sarach Jr. joined the company in 1991 with a computer science degree and increased the company’s placement areas to include technical positions. Later that year, the Virginia Beach office was opened, and Lynn opened a Suffolk branch in 1994, rounding out Reliance’s coverage of the area.
Since Tom Sarach Sr.’s retirement in 2008, the company has been managed by the second generation: Tom Sarach Jr. is President and CEO of Reliance and its sister staffing software company, COATS, while Lynn Connor is Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Tom Sarach Jr. said, “As I reflect on the past 30 years, I find myself grateful to all our temporary and in-house family who worked hard over the years and found their success by our shared values. It makes me proud that every year hundreds of our temporary associates find temp-to-hire work through our company; it is what drives us all to the next year.”
Reliance shows no signs of slowing down as it enters its fourth decade. Last year, the company purchased executive recruitment firm DRA (formerly Don Richards Associates). The additional scope of capabilities added by the purchase prompted a name change, to Reliance Staffing & Recruiting.
Earlier this year, Reliance was named to Inavero’s 2012 Best of Staffing™ Client list, recognizing the company’s excellence in customer service. Best of Staffing, presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, is the nation’s only award that recognizes staffing firms that receive remarkable reviews from their clients. Fewer than 1% of North American staffing firms have been named to the 2012 Best of Staffing Client List.
Each week, Reliance’s 20 employees manage more than 700 associates working on assignments, making it the largest independent staffing firm in Hampton Roads. Future plans include adding more offices and extending Reliance’s geographic coverage.
For more information on Reliance Staffing, please visit http://reliancestaffing.com/.
About Reliance Staffing & Recruiting
Reliance Staffing & Recruiting matches the best temporary, temp-to-hire and permanent employees to the best businesses throughout Virginia’s Hampton Roads area. Locally owned and operated since 1982, Reliance has the expertise, the integrity and the candidate database to staff every part of most companies, from the warehouse floor to the C-level suite.