Seth Morales Named President

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Morales Group, an Indianapolis based staffing and performance-based workforce company, is pleased to announce Seth Morales in the role of President. Seth will have operational oversight and work with Tom Morales, Owner and CEO, on strategic growth initiatives.

Seth has been with Morales Group for over 11 years. During his tenure, he’s demonstrated a sharp sense of Morales Group’s distinction in both the Indianapolis community and in the staffing industry. Much like Tom Morales, Seth leads with a mission to make an impact in the community and to better the lives of those around him.

“Seth has been an integral part in growing the business. His constant drive to fulfill our mission is what will continue to strengthen and develop Morales Group,” Tom Morales, CEO of Morales Group.

Joining in a sales capacity, Seth helped build the foundation of what is now our business development team. After five years, he transitioned into a Sales Manager role where he led the sales team to many rewarding victories. In 2013 Seth advanced into the VP of Business Development role where he’s been a key component in the overall growth. He currently sits on the Morales Group Executive team, serving as a critical part of the leadership for the company.

“It is a humbling experience to take on this role, especially knowing and being able to continue working with the people who make our mission come to life. Our strategic vision to build better futures will continue to be our guide into what’s to come,” Seth Morales, President of Morales Group.

As a leader in the company, Seth validates why Morales Group is one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana. Elected to serve on the Indiana Commission for Hispanic Latino Affairs, Seth also continues to volunteer with Project Stepping Stone, a college prep program that helps Hispanic high school students successfully prepare for college and beyond.

Before coming to Morales Group, Seth worked at Ricoh Business Systems focusing on business development. He earned his BA from Purdue University and completed his MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

 

 

 

Morales Group Ranks No. 4147 on the 2015 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 68%

Inc. Magazine Unveils 34th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000 | Morales Group Ranks No. 4147 on the 2015 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 68%

Inc. magazine ranked Morales Group NO. 4147 on its 34th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000.

“We are pleased to be included on this list of great companies,” Morales Group CEO Tom Morales said. “ Our growth is a testament to our hard working team whose passion and talent differentiate us in our industry.”

The 2015 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 18 to September 22) is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 490%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $205 billion, generating 647,000 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

“The story of this year’s Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership. In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “You have to remember that the average company on the Inc. 5000 grew nearly six-fold since 2012. Business owners don’t achieve that kind of success by accident.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list will be held from October 21 through 23, 2015 in Orlando. Speakers include some of the greatest entrepreneurs of this and past generations, such as Marcus Lemonis, host of the CNBC show “The Profit,” Robert Herjavec, one of the main “sharks” on ABC-TV’s “Shark Tank,” KIND Founder and CEO Daniel Lubetzky, and Co-Founder of Goodshop.com JJ Ramberg.

More about Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000

Methodology

The 2015 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2011 to 2014. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2011. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent–not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies–as of December 31, 2014. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2011 is $100,000; the minimum for 2014 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/5000.

About Inc. Media:

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders.  Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 13,000,000 today.  For more information, visit www.inc.com.

The Inc. 500|5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit http://www.inc.com/.

He helps immigrants find jobs

Article in the IndyStar recently written about Tom Morales helping the immigrant community.

After success in corporate America, local businessman Tom Morales was looking for a simpler second half of his life. A son of immigrants from Mexico, he decided to launch an enterprise that helps legal immigrants find jobs in Central Indiana.

That venture, The Morales Group, has become one of the larger players in the growing staffing industry, as more companies outsource their workforce. Morales places about 2,785 people weekly on temporary assignments, which sometimes can become permanent.

He’s pleased with the growth, but he’s looking for something more significant than maximum financial profit. His company motto doesn’t sound Fortune 500: “Building better futures one story at a time.”

Walk into his headquarters in Pike Township, and the word “welcome” is prominently displayed on the wall in 34 languages.

“We’ve been a real magnet for the immigrant,” Morales, who has an engineering degree from Purdue, said. “What we offer the employer is the willingness to take on any job — their work ethic. They see it as opportunity.”

Morales grew up in Lawrence Township in one of the few Hispanic families in Indianapolis in the 1950s. His father settled here after several years of migrant work. Morales was successful at Proctor and Gamble and Union Carbide, but, growing in his Christian faith, he felt a tug to do something more. He knew Bible passages like, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

His father would also exhort him: “When are you going to give back?”

Observing the growing Hispanic population in Indy, Morales first took steps to establish a resource center for Hispanic immigrants. But one of the immigrants told him: “Mr. Tom, thank you for trying to help me with your resource center. What I would really like you to do is to get me a job. I’ll take care of the rest.”

Pulliam is associate editor of The Star. E-mail him at Russell.Pulliam@indystar.com. Follow him on Twitter at RBPulliam@twitter.com.

 

Morales Group Ranked 35th in Small Companies Group Best Places to Work

Hoosier companies from throughout the state with stellar workplace practices were recognized on May 7th at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. Before a crowd of 1,200, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce unveiled rankings for the 100 companies that made the 2015 Best Places to Work in Indiana list (released in February).

Winners were selected in four categories. Taking top honors:

·         Small companies’ category (between 15 and 74 U.S. employees): E-gineering, a technology consulting firm on the northeast side of Indianapolis

·         Medium companies’ category (between 75 and 249 U.S. employees): Project Lead The Way, Inc., a non-profit education organization headquartered in Indianapolis

·         Large companies’ category (between 250 and 999 U.S. employees): Sikich LLP of Indianapolis, an accounting, advisory, technology and managed services group

·         Major companies’ category (1,000 or more U.S. employees): Edward Jones, an investment firm with 457 branch offices throughout the state

For Sikich this marks the third straight year to finish number one. It’s also a return to the top spot for both Edwards Jones (last time was 2008) and E-gineering (2011).

“These four outstanding companies embody what strong workplaces should look like – they are rooted in respect, teamwork and good communication, and, where possible, promote professional growth,” states Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar.

“All the organizations honored tonight are exemplary employers that foster a positive and productive work environment. They understand that truly valuing employees goes hand-in-hand with the success of the business.”

All companies that participated in the 2015 Best Places to Work program receive an in-depth evaluation identifying strengths and weaknesses according to their employees. In turn, this report can be used in developing or enhancing employee retention and recruitment programs.

For more information on the Indiana Chamber’s Best Places to Work program, go to www.bestplacestoworkIN.com.

Small Companies (15-74 U.S. employees)
Rank / Company / Primary Indiana Location

1. E-gineering, LLC / Indianapolis
2. American Income Life Indiana / Indianapolis
3. Luther Consulting, LLC / Carmel
4. Apex Benefits / Indianapolis
5. Hollingsworth & Zivitz, P.C. / Carmel
6. Lakeside Wealth Management / Chesterton
7. IDSolutions / Noblesville
8. Indiana CPA Society / Indianapolis
9. Goelzer Investment Management, Inc. / Indianapolis
10. Conner Insurance / Indianapolis
11. Cushman & Wakefield/SummIT / Indianapolis
12. Formstack, LLC / Indianapolis
13. Delivra / Indianapolis
14. Diverse Tech Services / Indianapolis
15. Scale Computing / Indianapolis
16. PolicyStat / Carmel
17. Mainstreet / Carmel
18. Studio Science / Indianapolis
19. BlueSky Technology Partners / Noblesville
20. Swagelok Indiana | Cincinnati / Indianapolis
21. Hanapin Marketing / Bloomington
22. Wessler Engineering / Indianapolis
23. Magnum Logistics, Inc. / Plainfield
24. Oak Street Funding / Carmel
25. JA Benefits, LLC / Bedford
26. Cripe / Indianapolis
27. The Skillman Corporation / Indianapolis
28. MMY Consulting, Inc. / Indianapolis
29. Community First Bank of Indiana / Kokomo
30. eImagine Technology Group / Indianapolis
31. Design Collaborative, Inc. / Fort Wayne
32. Heritage Petroleum, LLC / Evansville
33. Leaf Software Solutions / Carmel
34. Pathfinders Advertising / Mishawaka
35. Morales Group, Inc. / Indianapolis
36. Indianapolis Indians / Indianapolis
37. SmartIT / Indianapolis
38. VOSS Automotive / Fort Wayne
39. FirstPerson / Indianapolis
40. Weddle Bros. Construction Company, Inc. / Bloomington
41. One Click Ventures / Greenwood

Morales Group Named 2015 Top 100 Best Places to Work in Indiana

We are proud to announce we’ve been selected 2015 Top 100 Best Places to Work in Indiana through the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. The top companies in the state were determined through employer reports and comprehensive employee surveys.

Winners will be announced from the four categories on May 7: small companies of between 15 and 74 U.S. employees; medium companies of between 75 and 249 U.S. employees; large companies of between 250 and 999 U.S. employees; and major companies with 1,000 or more U.S. employees.

The 2015 Best Places to Work in Indiana companies listed in alphabetical order, no ranking:

Small Companies (15-74 U.S. employees) (41)
Company / Primary Indiana Location

American Income Life Indiana / Indianapolis
Apex Benefits / Indianapolis
BlueSky Technology Partners / Noblesville
Community First Bank of Indiana / Kokomo
Conner Insurance / Indianapolis
Cripe / Indianapolis
Cushman & Wakefield/Summit / Indianapolis
Delivra / Indianapolis
Design Collaborative, Inc. / Fort Wayne
Diverse Tech Services / Indianapolis
E-gineering, LLC / Indianapolis
eImagine Technology Group / Indianapolis
FirstPerson / Indianapolis
Formstack, LLC / Indianapolis
Goelzer Investment Management, Inc. / Indianapolis
Hanapin Marketing / Bloomington
Heritage Petroleum, LLC / Evansville
Hollingsworth & Zivitz, P.C. / Carmel
IDSolutions / Noblesville
Indiana CPA Society / Indianapolis
Indianapolis Indians / Indianapolis
JA Benefits, LLC / Bedford
KA+A / Indianapolis
Lakeside Wealth Management / Chesterton
Leaf Software Solutions / Carmel
Luther Consulting, LLC / Carmel
Magnum Logistics, Inc. / Plainfield
Mainstreet / Carmel
MMY Consulting, Inc. / Indianapolis
Morales Group, Inc. / Indianapolis
Oak Street Funding / Carmel
One Click Ventures / Greenwood
Pathfinders Advertising / Mishawaka
PolicyStat / Carmel
Scale Computing / Indianapolis
SmartIT / Indianapolis
Swagelok Indiana | Cincinnati / Indianapolis
The Skillman Corporation / Indianapolis
VOSS Automotive / Fort Wayne
Weddle Bros. Construction Company, Inc. / Bloomington
Wessler Engineering / Indianapolis

Medium Companies (75-249 U.S. employees) (24)
Company / Primary Indiana Location

Allegient, LLC / Indianapolis
Apparatus / Indianapolis
Bierman ABA Autism Center / Indianapolis
Butler, Fairman & Seufert, Inc. / Indianapolis
Community Bank Shares of Indiana, Inc. / New Albany
Elements Financial / Indianapolis
enVista / Carmel
Gibson / South Bend
Indesign, LLC / Indianapolis
Indiana Oxygen / Indianapolis
J.C. Hart Company, Inc. / Carmel
Katz, Sapper & Miller* / Indianapolis
MJ Insurance, Inc.* / Indianapolis
Moser Consulting / Indianapolis
National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) / Indianapolis
Orchard Software Corporation / Carmel
Peoples Bank SB / Munster
Project Lead The Way, Inc. / Indianapolis
Purdue Federal Credit Union / West Lafayette
Sheridan Community Schools / Sheridan
Software Engineering Professionals, Inc. / Carmel
Unique Management Services/Unique Integrated Communications / Jeffersonville
United Consulting* / Indianapolis
United Leasing, Inc. / Evansville

Large Companies (250-999 U.S. employees) (20)
Company / Primary Indiana Location

American Structurepoint / Indianapolis
Appirio / Indianapolis
Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company* / Fort Wayne
Centier Bank* / Merrillville
Duke Realty Corporation / Indianapolis
FORUM Credit Union / Fishers
Fusion Alliance* / Indianapolis
Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, PC* / Indianapolis
Hylant / Indianapolis
IPMG / West Lafayette
Kemper CPA Group LLP / Multiple locations
Magna Powertrain Muncie / Muncie
Monarch Beverage / Indianapolis
Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP / Jeffersonville
Ontario Systems / Muncie
Shiel Sexton Company, Inc.* / Indianapolis
Sikich LLP / Indianapolis
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, LLC / Indianapolis
The Kendall Group / Fort Wayne
Traylor Bros., Inc. / Evansville

Major Companies (1,000+ U.S. employees) (15)
Company / Primary Indiana Location

Aerotek / Indianapolis
Capital Group* / Carmel
DTZ* (formerly Cassidy Turley) / Indianapolis
Eaton / South Bend
Edward Jones* / Statewide
Emmis Communications* / Indianapolis
Hilliard Lyons / Multiple locations
Horseshoe Casino Hammond / Hammond
Interactive Intelligence* / Indianapolis
Microsoft Corporation / Indianapolis
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C. / Indianapolis
RCI* / Carmel
Total Quality Logistics / Indianapolis
Trilogy Health Services, LLC / Multiple locations
WestPoint Financial Group* / Indianapolis

Affordable Care Act ASA Statement of Principles

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American Staffing Association Committed to ACA Compliance

The Affordable Care Act is the most sweeping health care legislation in decades. It aims to give workers greater access to better coverage at more competitive prices, giving them more control over their work life, and increasing the mobility and competitiveness of the U.S. workforce.

While implementing the ACA presents challenges to our industry, Morales Group is committed to compliance with the law. To that end, as an ASA member, we commit to the following principles:

1) We will comply with the law, both in letter and in spirit, and are committed to the legal and ethical management of our workforces pursuant to its provisions.

2) We will use our expertise and experience to help clients address the new demands of the law and understand the nature and extent of the additional staffing costs they will incur.

3) We will work diligently to help our clients implement legitimate workforce strategies and will not participate in practices that violate the law’s intent.

4) We will communicate to our employees both their new opportunities and their new obligations under the employer and individual mandates.

5) We will continue to work with the government and other stakeholders as a proactive, constructive partner as the regulatory process moves forward.

America’s staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions companies match millions of people to millions of jobs every day—about 3 million per day, and 11 million per year. U.S. businesses turn to these firms to fill workforce gaps, to augment their own staff, and to find new employees.

What incentives do employees want most?

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During this post economic slump it’s more important than ever to motivate employees who are frustrated due to many factors, including constant downsizing, lack of promotions and frozen salaries. Incentives help engage employees, and are an indirect route to bottom line results. Rewarding employees for their exceptional work is critical for keeping them motivated to want to do their best.

We all may not be able to offer some employee perks/incentives like Facebook with free onsite food, $3,000 reimbursement for childcare and 21 days of PTO but we can work to make our employees happier. A simple ”Good Job” or a public employee appreciation/recognition in front of other employees will go a long way.

According to Mindflash, a leading platform for employee, partner and customer training, what employees say they want and what employers think they want is quite different. Employees actually want to be appreciated, cared for, and “in” on things.

Do you know what your employees really want? Have you considered rolling out a program for 2014? Share and weigh in!

Source: Mindflash

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Unemployment. Hiring Trends. Staffing Industry

According to a report by ADP and Moody’s Analytics, job growth slowed in October, and the private sector added just 130,000 new positions, which is below the average of the last twelve months. Small business growth was also down from the previous month, while payrolls among large enterprises showed an increase. Per the sector details, goods-producing employment rose by 24,000 jobs, construction payrolls added 14,000 jobs, and manufacturing payrolls increased by just 5,000.

The bigger news released by the economic-forecasting firm Capital Economics, reports the U.S. unemployment rate numbers will rise for October from 7.5% from 7.2% due to the government shutdown. The unemployment rate for October will include furloughed government workers and private sector employees laid off by companies that relied heavily on federal contracts. Yet, the expectation is the unemployment rate will certainly fall this month, as a reflection of the federal and private-sector employees returning to work.

Additionally, the release of the third quarter GDP report was postponed  until November 7th due to the government shutdown but the forecast predicts a 2.5% growth which all depends on the temperature of companies going back to business. There is speculation that hiring, spending and investment decisions were delayed from October to this month.

What this means for both the industrial and professional staffing industry; those staffing firms coming out ahead must best locate, filter and train the workforce from an abundant pool of available candidates. The record levels of unemployment and underemployment bring an opportunity for staffing firms to position themselves to help bring about social good in guiding the individuals seeking employment.

 

May 7 Deadline for Implementation of New Form I-9

The USCIS recently released a new Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. Employers should start using the new Form I-9 with the revision date 03/08/13 immediately for all new hires. The older forms can be used for the next 60 days until May 7, 2013 when all employers must only use the new form (Rev.03/08/13)N.

Here are some of the changes to the I-9:

-Form I-9 is now two-pages

-Expanded instructions

-New fields for email address, phone number and foreign passport in Section 1.

Employers are required to complete Form I-9 for all newly hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States.

You may obtain the new Form I-9 (Rev.03/08/13)N by visiting I-9 Central or here.