Q) What is your business name?
A) Express Employment Professionals

Q) Describe your business?
A) We are on a Mission to connect job seekers to Missoula employers looking for qualified candidates. We advertise, recruit, interview, test and match qualified job seekers to companies searching for talent.

Q) What is your role with the company?
A) I am the Business Developer and soon to be owner.

Q) What is unique about your business?
A) Express is unique because we don’t sell a product, it doesn’t have a warranty or receipt. We deal with people. I like to say we are “Matchmakers” because that’s truly our job—to take someone’s talents and skills and match them with a company who could utilize them.

Q) How did you get started in this business?
A) I was raised in this business! I started full time at 17 after graduating high school early, I worked in and out of college and then came back to Missoula my senior year to graduate and start work.

Q) What is your background?
A) I went to college for Business Management and Computer Science.

Q) What are you involved in outside of work?
A) I am very into health and fitness! I have a passion for bow hunting and being in the outdoors, I also just got a puppy so I spend a lot of time hiking with her!

Q) Have you received any awards or certificates?
A) Certificates: New Franchisee Training

Q) What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
A) “Everything good needs time. Don’t do work in a hurry. Go into details; it pays in every way. Time means power for your work. Mediocrity is always in a rush; but whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing with consideration. For genius is nothing more nor less than doing well what anyone can do badly.

Q) What is the one thing you wish you’d known before you started your journey to your current position?
A) That lessons are taught, they are learned the hard way.

Q) What “failure” of yours taught you the best lesson? What was that lesson?
A) The last year of work has seemed like a year full of failures. I failed at making good hires, I failed at leading my team, I failed at business opportunities, but ALL of those failures have taught me something good. I will not make those mistakes again, and it gave me a very clear picture of who I want to be as a Business Owner and Leader. My office is 11 strong females, and they have taught me more in the last year than I could ever have hoped.

Q) If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be
A) You can thank Brene Brown and Rachel Hollis for molding me into the person I am from their reading, podcasts and videos. But the piece of advice Brene Brown stated that I won’t ever forget is, “Strong back, soft front, wild heart.” I think it is so important to be a leader with boundaries, but also be the leader that can level with your employees, that they feel comfortable approaching. And most of all, show your wild side, show your heart because it will come back to you and being vulnerable with the people who see you most is crucial to business and success as a team.

Q) How can we get in touch with you? Find more information?
A) email: Allie.Olson@expresspros.com; cell: 406-546-3466; office: 406-542-0323; Website: expresspros.com