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Job Seekers Connect with Employers at Expanding Howell Agency

Express Employment Professionals in Howell Plaza doubles its office space to serve clients in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Pat McDaniel, Patch Staff

HOWELL, N.J.— A celebration of helping workers find jobs — and employers find workers — happened Thursday, June 2, at Express Employment Professionals, which is doubling its space at the Howell Plaza shopping center.

Since 2015, more than 2,000 people have landed jobs at 350 local companies through the company, whose franchise is owned and managed by Anna Santucci-Braun.

And the company needed room to grow. So at noon Thursday, June 2, a ribbon-cutting officially marked the office expansion, said spokesperson Katherine Winkleman.

Santucci-Braun said in a statement that she is delighted that her vision to enhance the experience for job seekers, her team and he business clients has been realized.

“When visitors walk into the bright reception area, their attention is immediately drawn to the oversized aquarium filled with calmly swimming, colorful fish.” The tank serves as a natural privacy “wall” between the reception, onboarding and interviewing areas, she said.
“If a job seeker comes in they train that job seeker in a number of ways to improve their chances of success, ” Winkleman said. “The team can help you find the thing you love.”

Howell Mayor Theresa Berger, Lakewood Deputy Mayor Menashe P. Miller, and Councilman John Bonevich of Howell were the officials to be attending the event. And others in attendance were to include business owners and workers.

“Howell is in the middle between Monmouth County and Ocean County,” Winkleman said, so the event reflects that wider area of service.
By doubling the square footage with a lease of the office next door, utilizing a modern and meaningful interior design and adding more staff, the Express Team is hoping to accommodate the growing need for job placement services, she said in a press statement.
And Winkleman said the company is actively seeking employers from the Shore area, such as Neptune and Asbury Park, to help link up residents in those towns with good jobs.

The company handles workers in a range of employment areas, from hands on industrial to white collar positions, she added. Employment solutions include full-time, temporary and part-time employment in a wide range of positions, including professional, commercial and administrative, company literature says.

Applicants can call (732) 806-9562 or stop by the office.

Owner Santucci-Braun is fluent in English and Russian and lives in Ocean County. Director of Sales and Recruitment Kimberly Vargas is fluent in Spanish and English and, grew up in Howell Township.

Together, along with the entire Express Team at Howell, they are committed to every person’s success and serve as a partner and coach to accomplish those financial and career goals, the company statement said.

Express Employment Professionals is at 4142 U.S. 9, Howell NJ 07731 at Howell Plaza Shopping Center at the corner of Route 9 South and Aldrich Road.

Celebrating Significant Milestones & Home Office Expansion

Ribbon-Cutting, Thursday, June 2nd 12-3pm

VIP/Media Gathering: 11:30am

PUTTING PEOPLE TO WORK IN MONMOUTH AND OCEAN COUNTIES


HOWELL, NJ, June 1, 2022
– Since 2015, over 2000 people have landed jobs at 350 local companies with the help of Express Employment Professionals of Howell, NJ. On Thursday, June 2nd, at 12pm, a ribbon-cutting event will celebrate an office expansion. By doubling the square footage with a lease of the office next door, utilizing a modern and meaningful interior design and adding more staff, the Express Team can readily accommodate the growing need for job placement services.

What:      Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Celebrating “helping as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many clients as possible find good people

Who:

  • Anna Santucci-Braun, Owner & General Manager,
  • Express Employment Professionals of Howell, NJ
  • Mayor Theresa Berger, Howell, NJ
  • Menashe P. Miller, Deputy Mayor, Township of Lakewood, NJ,
  • Councilman John Bonevich, Howell, NJ
  • Kyle Lee, a successful Job Seeker
  • Chani Weingarten, Owner, CW Designs
  • Max Weinstein, Owner, Max Construction Services

When:      Thursday, June 2nd, 11:30pm – 3pm

  • 11:30-noon Private VIP gathering (media welcome)
  • Noon-12:30pm Welcome, remarks and ribbon-cutting
  • 12:30-3pm Tours, raffle tickets, employment Q&A, networking and selfies with props and swimming fish. Rita’s Ices for tour participants.

Where:    Express Employment Professionals of Howell, NJ

4142 U.S. 9, Howell NJ 07731 (at Howell Plaza Shopping Center,(corner of Route 9 South & Aldrich Road))

Anna Santucci-Braun, owner of the Express Employment Professionals franchise in Howell, is delighted that her vision to enhance the experience for jobseekers, her team and he business clients has been realized.

She proudly describes the initial and lasting reaction of anyone stepping through the doorway. “When visitors walk into the bright reception area, their attention is immediately drawn to the oversized aquarium filled with calmly swimming, colorful fish.” The tank serves as a natural privacy “wall” between the reception, onboarding, and interviewing areas.

Anna continues, “the transformation from what was once a long narrow, somewhat dark space, is remarkable, and the tranquility that counters the normal jobseeker jitters is palpable.

Background

Express Employment Professionals of Howell, NJ (“Express”) opened in 2015, is on a mission to put people to work in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Express provides a full range of employment solutions that include full-time, temporary and part-time employment in a wide range of positions, including professional, commercial and administrative. From job seekers to client companies, Express helps people thrive and businesses grow.

Express is in the Howell Plaza Shopping Center at 4142 US 9 South. Local businesses and applicants are encouraged to call (732) 806-9562, stop by or email Jobs.HowellNJ@ExpressPros.Com and/or visit www.expresspros.com/HowellNJ.

Anna Santucci-Braun is the owner and general manager of Express Employment Professionals of Howell. Fluent in English and Russian, Anna lives in Ocean County for over 20 years. She has worked in the corporate world for two decades and has a passion to help people get the best jobs and assist them in shining at those positions. Director of Sales & Recruitment, Kimberly Vargas, is fluent in Spanish and English and, grew up in Howell Township. Together, along with the entire Express Team at Howell, they are committed to every person’s success and serve as a partner and coach to accomplish those financial and career goals.

Howell Plaza Shopping Center, with a “shop local” sensibility, is situated in the center of a major retail corridor in Monmouth County’s dynamic Howell Township. It is located on the corner of Route 9 South and Aldrich Road and is readily accessible from any direction.

Originally built in the 1960s with expansions in 1972 and 1987, this outdoor shopping center is filled with family-owned stores. The something-for-every-family-member theme has evolved over the years with the addition of music and dance schools, a hardware store anchor, the U.S. Post Office anchoring the other end, a card and sports collectibles store, laundromat, nail salon and a pool supply store and more. With a soon-to-open pharmacy and an after-hours veterinary facility, as well as an existing physical therapy business, blood center, urgent care and a variety of restaurants featuring nutritious food options, Howell Plaza is also known for its health and wellness offerings. www.HowellPlaza.com

Forbes Recognizes Express Employment Professionals as One of America’s Best Employers

Howell, NJ, February 18, 2022 —International staffing company Express Employment Professionals has been named as one of America’s Best Employers, according to a ranking released on February 10th Forbes. This prestigious award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.

There’s a direct correlation between our company culture that considers our staff to be the lynchpin of our success and the designation of one of America’s Best Employers,” said Anna Santucci-Braun, founder and owner of the Express Employment Professionals office in Howell, one of the newest and fastest growing offices in Express.

Forbes and Statista selected 2022’s best U.S. employers through an independent survey applied to a vast sample of approximately 60,000 American employees working for companies with more than 1,000 employees in America.

Across 25 industry sectors, 1,000 employers have been awarded: 500 large employers and 500 midsize employers. The evaluation was based on direct and indirect recommendations from employees who were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family. Employee evaluations also included other employers in their respective industries that stood out either positively or negatively.

“In a climate where job seekers have options with a number of employers, we are grateful they choose Express Employment Professionals,” Express Employment International CEO Bill Stoller said. “Our goal is not only to offer a means for people to provide for their families but to foster a company culture where people can thrive professionally. With our focus on providing hope through employment, we are honored to be included in this list with so many other quality businesses.”

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If you would like to arrange for an interview with owner Anna Santucci-Braun, please, call (732) 806-9562.

About Express Employment Professionals

At Express Employment Professionals, we’re in the business of people. From job seekers to client companies, Express helps people thrive and businesses grow. Our international network of franchises offers localized staffing solutions to the communities they serve across the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, employing 586,000 people globally in 2021 and 10 million since its inception. For more information, visit ExpressPros.com.

The Howell, NJ, Express office is located in Howell Plaza Shopping Center at 4142 US 9 South. Local businesses and applicants are encouraged to stop by. Visit our website at www.expresspros.com/HowellNJ and feel free to call us at any time at (732) 806-9562.

The Scoop Vol 8: Iss 3

The December 2021/January 2022 newsletter is available for pickup at your favorite Howell Store or to download.

  • Wishing You Well Deserved Cheer
  • Need Space to Party Like It’s 1999?
  • Your New Year Habit: Give Blood
  • Hankering to Hang Your Own Shingle?
  • Reset Your Diet in 2022 with Post-Holiday Juice and Veggie Cleanses
  • Bagels versus Flagels
  • The Hammer Slipped, I Swear (CPR for Your Electronics)
  • Get Out of the Kitchen & Into Ours (Eat In or Take Out)
  • Spark Your Child’s Inner Ninja with Two December Camps
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    The Scoop Vol 8: Iss 2

  • A New Season with Culinary Adventures, and Afterschool Fun
  • What’s New on the King of Bagels Menu? NYC Street Cart Foods!
  • How to Be a Back to School Ninja & Play for Free Online for Prizes
  • Two Months after Poke Burritos Opened, the Fans — and Lines — Are Growing
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    The Scoop Vol 8: Iss 1

  • Smoothie Versus Juice: Howell Mayor & Councilman Battle to Benefit Blood Center
  • I See a (Super) Moon a Risin’
  • Poke Burritos Is Coming to Howell Plaza
  • June Is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month
  • Placing Folks in New Jobs Means “We Need More Space!”
  • Pokemon: They’re Back and Hotter than Ever!
  • June 14 th : Flag Day & World Blood Donor Day
  • July: National Culinary Arts and Picnic Month – And We Can Help!
  • In Person, Remote and Virtual Music Lessons
  • Read More

    Ready Set Juice

    Local area husband/wife duo are proud to open neighborhood place offering right food to be healthy while giving back to the community!

    This Friday, April 30th, Howell Mayor Theresa Berger, Councilman John Bonevich and other guests will join in a 9am ribbon-cutting of Ready Set Juice, a juice+ bar in Howell, NJ, at Howell Plaza Shopping Center. There will be free samples, activities and hourly raffles (11am-4pm) though out the day until just before closing at 5pm AND a 25% discount on smoothies and juices! There will be friendly ribbing between the Mayor and the Councilman as they compete for the best smoothie of their own design – all to benefit New Jersey Blood Services.

    Participating in the ribbon-cutting will be Johnny and Mangeli Rodriquez (owners of Ready Set Juice), Howell Mayor Theresa Berger, Councilman John Bonevich and Lynne Ross, Account Manager, Donor Recruitment, New Jersey Blood Services.

    When:      Friday, April 30th – All Day Celebrations

    • 9-9:30am               Private Ribbon-Cutting
    • throughout the day    25% Discount, Tastings & Free Raffles

    Where:    4134 U.S. 9, Howell NJ 07731 at Howell Plaza Shopping Center

    (at the corner of Route 9 South & Aldrich Road)

    Smoothie Competition and Fundraiser

    Howell’s Mayor Theresa Berger and Councilman John Bonevich each have been asked to design a smoothie. Over the next two weeks, as both smoothies will be offered as a special — for each one sold, Mangeli and Johnny will donate $2 to New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), which has a donor center several storefronts away from Ready Set Juice. The winner’s (based on sales) smoothie will then be sold for another two weeks – accompanied by much bragging rights! NJBS will benefit from those sales as well.

    Money collected during this promotion will be used to fund a NJBS’ Bloodstock® scholarship for a local high school or college student who saves lives by organizing a blood drive and recruits donors to the drive. The Bloodstock® scholarship is an opportunity for students to demonstrate community service, leadership and team building through the planning and sponsorship of a community blood drive.

    The husband/wife owners are on a quest to improve health with the debut of their Ready Set Juice. Mangeli came up with name and tagline, Drink What Your Body Deserves, to convey energy, exercise and a nutritious way of life.

    Their wide array of natural juices and smoothies, along with seasonal open-faced toasts and salads, will provide healthy alternatives for lunch or dinner during or after a long day at work. In addition to a menu of smoothie ingredients, Johnny and Mangeli are adding a shot bar featuring juicy concoctions of fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs and probiotics tailored to each patron’s preference. The space is designed with bright, clean colors and a relaxing vibe to encourage people to hang out and talk, with masks on, of course.

    Replacing Empty Calories for Nutritious Ones

    What’s fueling your body?” Johnny asked every client when he owned Semper Fit, a boxing gym in Freehold, NJ, that closed due to the pandemic. According to him, “it doesn’t matter how much you exercise; you need to have the right fuel to truly be healthy.

    According to a 2019 article in the New England Journal of Medicine, by 2030 nearly 1 in 2 adults will be obese and close to 1 in 4 adults will be severely obesity – all triggers for other illnesses from diabetes to heart disease to cancer. Johnny and Mangeli are concerned that the pandemic has already increased those numbers.

     “It’s too easy to overeat salty and sugary foods, especially during this stressful time,” they warn.

    Pre-Workout Juice Shots

    In addition to a menu of smoothie ingredients, Johnny and Mangeli are adding a shot bar that will juicy concoctions of fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs and probiotics tailored to the patrons’ requests.

    Johnny and Mangeli live with their two young children in Millstone, NJ, — just a 15-minute drive from Howell.

    Ready Set Juice will be open M-Sat 7am-6pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.

    Background

    Howell Plaza Shopping Center, with a “shop local” sensibility, is situated in the center of a major retail corridor in Monmouth County’s dynamic Howell Township. It is located on the corner of Route 9 South and Aldrich Road and is readily accessible from any direction.

    Originally built in the 1960s with expansions in 1972 and 1987, this outdoor shopping center is filled with family-owned stores. The something-for-every-family-member theme has evolved over the years with the addition of music and dance schools, virtual reality gaming, a hardware store anchor, the U.S. Post Office anchoring the other end, a card and sports collectibles store, laundromat, nail salon and a pool supply store and more. With a physical therapy business, blood center, urgent care and restaurants that are layering on healthy food options, Howell Plaza is also known for its health and wellness offerings. www.HowellPlaza.com

    New Jersey Blood Services is a division of New York Blood Center Enterprises (NYBCe). A nonprofit organization, NYBCe is one of the largest independent, community-based blood centers in America. There are five locations throughout NJ. NYBCe provides lifesaving blood products and services to hospitals in New York, New Jersey, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, Connecticut and Pennsylvania and supports hospitals throughout greater America.

    The organization’s Bloodstock® scholarship is for a local high school or college student who saves lives by organizing a blood drive and recruits donors to the drive. The Bloodstock® scholarship is an opportunity for students to demonstrate community service, leadership and team building through the planning and sponsorship of a community blood drive.