Alumnus opens Express Employment Professionals franchise in California



Geoff Foughnor, an alumnus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), recently opened a new office by franchisee Express Employment Professionals, in Culver City, California. The franchise offers traditional temporary and contract staffing, temp-to-hire evaluation and direct hiring options in a variety of fields, including commercial, administrative, customer service, technical and professional.

“I’m excited to expand the Express brand into the Culver City, Inglewood and greater Los Angeles areas,” Foughnor said.  “There are two things that are constant in today’s economy: businesses want to maximize profits while keeping costs down and job seekers want to land jobs that will help them to provide for themselves and their loved ones.  The Express model is a perfect way to combine those two.”

Foughnor is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas where he attended Dollarway Senior High School and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB).  He graduated from UAPB in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in business management and earned a master’s of business administration from the University of Phoenix.  Foughnor attributes his success in part to UAPB’s Philosophy of Education and the opportunities that were afforded to him to advance his professional development.

“Obtaining my undergraduate degree from UAPB was one of my greatest accomplishments.  When I crossed that stage, I literally felt like nothing was impossible and I could accomplish anything in life,” Foughnor said.

While at UAPB, Foughnor was provided the opportunity to intern at the University of Colorado’s Business Advancement Center.  This internship in business technology and entrepreneurship fueled his interest in one day owning his own business. He began his professional career as an HR manager before transitioning into the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.  During his 16-year tenure in healthcare sales, Foughnor moved from working as a sales representative to becoming a regional sales manager.

“Owning my own business is truly a dream come true.  What’s even more gratifying is knowing that I am contributing to both sides of the local economy by providing businesses with good employees while finding good jobs for willing and deserving workers,” Foughnor said.  “I’m looking forward to leveraging my diverse personal and professional experiences to accomplish my business ownership goals.”

Express puts people to work and has a long-term goal to put a million people to work annually. In 2015, the company generated $3.02 billion in sales and employed a record 500,002 people. For more information, visit .


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