Since 1975, Terry Neese Personnel Services has provided over 100,000 jobs for Oklahomans. As the company celebrates its 35th year this month in business, it also recognizes and reflects on the importance of employment for Oklahomans during the economic recession.
Kim Neese, president of the company, said that being in the business of finding jobs is more important than ever.
“To be able to help people define themselves in the workplace, especially when so many jobs have been lost, means so much to us,” Neese said. “Most people have to work in life. We just feel so rewarded to find positions that make our clients happy and feel complete.”
The company is now trademarked as a family business, as it was handed to Kim in 2007 by her mother, Terry Neese, who founded the business despite the obstacles she faced as a woman business owner in the mid-70s.
“For two years, women had to walk for two blocks to our front door in their high heels in black sticky tar during the construction of I-44,” Terry said. “It wasn’t exactly a red-carpet entrance.”
But despite the two-year construction project, lack of capital, the oil and gas bust in the 1980s and a fire that nearly ravished everything, Terry Neese Personnel thrived. The agency and its trusted team are happy to be enjoying its 35th year helping Oklahomans secure employment.
The company has been listed in the top 50 fastest growing companies in the Oklahoma City metro area two out of the last five years, Kim said. She added that the company has even helped Oklahomans find jobs beyond the state’s borders – in 16 other states to be exact.
“I’m proud to call Terry Neese Personnel a family business,” Kim said. “I can only hope that my own daughters keep the momentum alive by extending the business into a third generation of ownership.”