Bill Pitt’s career in the temporary staffing industry began in 1970, when he became the general manager of a Houston location of a national industrial temporary staffing company. Within five years, Bill had developed the struggling Houston office into the most profitable location in the country.
Bill left the industrial staffing business in 1976 to launch American Medical Personnel Services, a group of medical staffing offices and home health care agencies. In 1982, Bill sold American Medical Personnel, which during his tenure, had expanded to seven offices in five states with annual revenues of $6 million, to concentrate full-time on LINK.
Under his leadership, LINK has received many impressive honors. As a franchisor, LINK has received numerous awards and recognitions over the years from the franchise community, including recent national rankings in Black Enterprise magazine (Top 30 Franchises 2006), National Minority Franchise Initiative (2007), All Business All Star Franchise (2009) and G.I. Jobs Military Friendly Franchise (2010). LINK has also been ranked nationally in Entrepreneur Magazine’s prestigious Franchise 500 list for the last five years in a row, moving up the list an impressive 77 points from 2009 to 2010. Bill frequently publishes articles for industry publications and contributes his time to many volunteer activities including the Greater Houston Partnership and the CEO Roundtable.
In 1976, Karen Pitts launched a start-up staffing company, Nurses PRN Inc., which grew to include eight offices in six states in its first three years. She then joined her husband, Bill Pitts, to build LINK into a national company providing staffing and productivity solutions to businesses and industries. Karen provides strategic, financial, marketing and operational leadership for all LINK divisions. Karen continues to dedicate her experience and support to LINK enabling the company to maintain its operational excellence.
Karen stays active in many industry organizations. Karen has previously served as President of both the Texas Association of Staffing and the National Staffing Association, the nation’s largest staffing trade association. Karen serves on the advisory boards of Goodwill Industries, Chantal Cookware and is active in The Committee of 200 and the Greater Houston Partnership.
Kathryn has been with LINK since 2006. Beginning as a Branch Manager, Kathryn quickly moved into the roll of Operations Manager. With specialties in leadership, business development, sales, management, marketing, strategy operatives, and workforce solutions, Kathryn is able to help clients identify their problem areas and offer innovative solutions to their staffing needs. Kathryn began teaching LINK’s formal sales training class in 2008. She has worked hard to partner with members of the franchise community and company offices to forge cross-market relationships that resulted in new opportunities. In 2010, Kathryn was named Vice President of Business Development. She is now leading national sales and marketing for all LINK locations.
Kathryn’s contributions as a member of the Executive Management Team at LINK have led to the many accolades in the last few years alone, including:
Michelle Bearden has over 20 years of experience in the staffing industry. She has been with LINK since 1997 and has held several roles, including sales, branch manager, operations manager and national franchise support manager. Having worked in each role gives Michelle a unique perspective that is useful to potential franchisees. Currently, Michelle is involved in all phases of franchising, including operations, support and franchise development. She also oversees LINK’s risk management team and is active in overseeing training and compliance.
Michelle is active in her community and trade associations. She is currently serving as Vice Chair on the Industrial Policy Council for the American Staffing Association’s and is on the Industrial Section Education Taskforce. She served as president of the Texas Association of Staffing (TAS) for 2010, and served on the board from 2001 – 2011. She also serves on the Industrial Policy Council for American Staffing Association’s Industrial Sector. She has received the Certified Staffing Professional accreditation through the American Staffing Association (ASA) and the Certified Franchise Executive accreditation through the International Franchise Association (IFA). Michelle is also active in Vistage and participates in various charity events in the Houston area.