Edem Ekene | Special Sections



Town of residence: League City

Current title: Franchise Owner/COO/Vice President of Sales

Place of business: Spherion – Galveston (League City)

Education: BSc: Major in Biology (University of Texas at Austin); member of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program (summer 2022); pursuing a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship (University of Houston); pursuing a Masters in Business Administration (Prairie View A&M)

Family: Sabbath Ekene – wife, lover and business partner; Jeremiah Ekene – my baby boy and my first son/child

Professional responsibilities: CURIOSITY: Randstad is our parent company!

We serve businesses in the following Texas counties: Galveston, Brazoria and Chambers. We can also connect you with our sister branches in other cities and states!

Fields: administrative and clerical personnel, financial and accounting personnel, non-clinical health care personnel, medical personnel, light industrial personnel, sales and marketing personnel, educational support personnel, engineering personnel , IT (Information Technology) Staff, Customer Service and Call Center Staff Recruitment

Job seekers: If you are looking for a job or considering a career change, we would love to help you achieve your career goals. Locally owned and nationally supported, our team has connections to the region’s most respected employers and insight into upcoming career opportunities.

Employers: At Spherion, our dedicated teams work hard to add value and efficiency, ensuring that every candidate we hire is the right fit and every service we provide is of the highest quality. We are well versed in all types of workforce solutions, from casual staffing and temporary hire agreements to direct hire placements, on-site support and workforce solutions. large-scale work. Together, our experience, knowledge and expertise immediately become yours.

Who We Are: Spherion is a recruitment leader with local roots and a passion for placing the right person in the right job. Founded in 1946, we have a solid understanding of what it takes to build a strong workforce and a successful career. We know the people and employers in our area and can put you in direct contact with them. You won’t find another staffing partner more invested in your individual goals and committed to seeing you succeed. Our team will work diligently on your behalf to deliver exceptional service and results, whatever the need. We’re your recruiting team and we’re here for the long haul.

Accomplishments/Honors: 2021 SOAR Award Member (Spherion Top Performing Branches); Member of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council (Spherion); member of the payroll advisory committee (Spherion); Reputation – The recipient of the 800 award (2022); nominated for the Global Endowment Award (2022); 2019 Branch of the Year (Randstad Staffing, Texas Region); 2019 Digital Champion (Randstad Staffing, Texas Region); 2019 Branch of the Year (Randstad Staffing, Houston District); 2019 Direct Hire Champion (Randstad Staffing, Houston District); 2019 Fantasy Staffing Champion (Randstad Staffing, District of Houston); 2019 Fantasy Staffing Champion MVP (Randstad Staffing, Houston District); Member of the President’s Club Award 2018 (best performing branches in Randstad, National); 2019 Branch of the Year (Randstad Staffing, Houston District); 2018 MVP (Randstad Staffing, Houston District); 2018 Direct Hire Champion (Randstad Staffing, Houston District); 2018 Most accounts terminated (Randstad Staffing, Houston District); 2018 Fantasy Staffing MVP (Randstad Staffing, Houston District); 2017 MVP (Randstad Endowment, District of Houston)

Community Involvement: Boys and Girls Club of Brazoria County – Charitable Donation 2020; Hearts & Hands of Baytown – Charitable Donation 2021; Anchor Point – Fall Run 2021 Gold Sponsor; youth pastor and associate pastor of the Apostolic Church of the Good Shepherd (2018-present)

Why did you go to your particular field?

I entered the world of staffing and recruitment to make a difference. I have always known and believed that God has blessed me to be a blessing to others, and to be able to impact the lives of so many people through employment is truly fulfilling.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a child, I wanted to be a doctor. It was the path by which I thought I could do what I had always wanted to do, which was to help others. I didn’t know then that I would be able to do the same thing but in a different way.

What was your first job?

My very first job was working for my dad at a health and rehabilitation center as an office coordinator. For those in the know, working for your family means you wear many hats in the office.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice I’ve ever received comes from my father. He said to “bloom where you’re planted”, and I believe that’s what motivated me to make the most of every situation, no matter where I am in life.

What do you like best about your job?

My favorite thing about owning a business in the recruiting industry is meeting and networking with all kinds of people. A motto I like to incorporate into my daily life is “It’s not what you know, or who you know, it’s who knows you”, so I like being able to network with people and build lasting relationships.

What do you know now that you wish you had known at the start of your career?

If I could say anything to my younger self when I started in this industry, it would be to ask more questions and be more curious. Assumptions can lead to adverse outcomes, some of which I have experienced in my career, and I have learned that the more questions I ask, the more clarity I receive and the better I become as a professional.

Who do you consider your greatest mentor and why?

My biggest mentor should be my father. He is a God fearing man, a beloved husband to my mother and father to me and my brothers and sisters who have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. He helped define the model of the type of man I knew I wanted to be and the model I wanted to be for my son and my future children.

When you are not at work, what do you do to relax?

My go-to is working. Whether it’s running (indoors or outdoors), weight lifting, or doing floor exercises, it’s a great way for me to relieve stress and pump up those endorphins. Then I like to read, have a good time with my wife or watch the latest basketball game with my son (he is 6 months old, so training starts now!).

What is it about you that most people don’t know?

Most people don’t know that I have a thing for music. I have always loved music and have been reading and playing music occasionally since fifth grade. I played euphonium from fifth grade to senior year of high school and since then have learned to play bass guitar, keyboard and drums. I’m by no means an expert, but I love being able to express myself through music when I can.

How do you hope to develop in your career?

I hope to become the type of owner/employer that customers want to work with and employees want to work for. I want to be able to expand our franchise into new markets while growing my internal team and having an even greater impact on our local communities.

If you couldn’t do what you’re doing now, what would you do?

I would most likely do what I’m doing next, which is learn about real estate and get my real estate license and learn about insurance and tap into that market. The main focus right now is the business I currently have, but I look forward to being able to continue my entrepreneurial endeavors.


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