Staffing Conference, Founders of ISS

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In March, our company hosted the Innovative Staff Solutions Annual Conference for our internal team. The day was filled with training, networking, and amazing speakers. Among these great speakers, we had the honor of having our founders, Wayne and Patti Meinhart, share their entrepreneurial story. Our team was not only moved by all of the success stories they shared about the early years at ISS, but also very encouraged by all of the things that they had to overcome to accomplish their goals. We’re honored to have Wayne and Patti Meinhart as our founders and to have the privilege to learn from them.

We’ve interviewed a few of our team members about what they learned from Wayne & Patti’s session at the Annual Conference and we can’t wait to share them with you below!

Here are 5 keys to success we learned from our founders:

KEY #1: Perseverance

“I think that my biggest takeaway from Wayne and Patti’s session was how determined they were to make this company work. Wayne saying that failure was not an option was really inspiring and that shows just how much they believed in themselves and what they were working towards.” – Miranda King | Back Office Career Agent | Mattoon, IL

“My biggest takeaway was probably the persistence and drive they showed from being a young couple with very young children and they still fought hard to get to where they are today. It is easy to give up, and they didn’t!” – Shelbi Wagner | Career Agent | Sullivan, IL

“My biggest takeaway was their perseverance.  And the fact that they never gave up on their dream.” – Sirena Pintelon | Career Agent | Gibson City, IL

KEY #2: Overcoming Obstacles

“I was most surprised to find out everything they had to work through when they were starting out. Things like living above a Chinese restaurant with the cockroaches, picking up employees to take them to work, and writing personal checks to pay employees. All of those struggles really showed their determination and desire to make Innovative Staff Solutions become a great company with a great reputation.” – Miranda King | Back Office Career Agent | Mattoon, IL

KEY #3: Always Go The Extra Mile

“I was surprised to hear that they would pick up and drive employees to work if they couldn’t make it in for their shift. If we could possibly do this today I would do it in a heartbeat!” – Shelbi Wagner | Career Agent | Sullivan, IL

“I was impressed to see the strong connection that they have to one another and the company. Also, their willingness to go above and beyond for all clients and internal/flex employees.” – Heather Lock | Career Agent | Peru, IL

“I was most surprised to hear how Wayne use to bring their employees to work if he needed to!” – Jenna Stevenson | Career Agent | Nashville, IL

“I was most surprised by the fact that they went out of their way in the beginning to make sure their employees knew they had to work and that they would even give them a ride to work if it was needed.” – Sirena Pintelon | Career Agent | Gibson City, IL

KEY #4: Sacrifice

“My biggest takeaway from Wayne and Patti’s session at the Annual Conference was how much they sacrificed to build ISS and to see how much their company still means to them.” – Jenna

KEY #5: Passion

“I was most surprised to see that Patti is so emotionally connected to ISS, even though we may not have contact with her on a daily basis. It’s evident she has a true passion for the company.” – Heather Lock | Career Agent | Peru, IL

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