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Accion Headed to World LogistXGames

Congratulations to our Acción Performance team as they were named winners of The Golden Pallet at this morning’s 2017 LogistXGames of Central Indiana! Next stop: Louisville, Kentucky for the World Games.

The LogistXGames is an annual competition purposed with showcasing the world-class logistics industry, regional, and national level. It brings teams of warehouse warriors together in head-to-head competitions that build employee pride, establish teamwork principles, and reinforce safety standards vital to the industry.

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Among the twelve teams in attendance, Acción Performance was named winner of the ultimate prize, The Golden Pallet.

“It’s an energetic challenge our team decided to take,” said Adam Scholtes, Business Development Director of Acción Performance, “though in reality, we wanted to let our actions speak for themselves in terms of what we do—logistics and distribution.”

A unique competition promoting the logistics industry and its professionals, the LogistXGames is a great opportunity for local and regional companies to build employee pride, establish teamwork principles, and reinforce the safety standards vital to the industry. Companies rarely have an opportunity to interact. Promoting head-to-head competition raises the bar for workers in the area and helped to show Central Indiana is a region supporting a thriving logistics industry.

The LOGISTXGAMES include four events:

The Pallet Puzzle Sprint
A team of three assembles and places 32 different-sized boxes on a pallet. The team with the quickest assembly and stacking time wins.

Pallet Jack Relay
Using a pallet jack, the 3-person teams run their pallet through an obstacle course. Teams must complete the obstacle course with all boxes on the pallet.

Pick Pack Hurdle
A 3-person team then moves their boxes from their pallet to a warehouse racking system while memorizing positions and SKU’s.

Box Put
Teams will have packed one special box during the Pallet Puzzle Sprint using a provided product and packing material. One team member will then throw the box – distance counts but the trick is not breaking the contents!

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The Skills Gap Is Real

Do you remember when you were a kid and you and your friends rolled a snow ball downhill watching it gain size and speed along the way?  No one wanted to be in the way of the snow ball because it would run you over leaving you lying flat on your back in its wake.  Unfortunately, the skilled trades gap is a snow ball that is rolling downhill, and manufacturing is the kid that just can’t seem to get out of the way.

We are at a point where the demand of skilled positions such as plumbers, electricians, machinists, welders and maintenance technicians is outpacing the supply.  According to the Manufacturing Institute, the US will add 3.4 million manufacturing jobs from 2015-2025, but 2 million will go unfilled due to the skills gap.  The impact of this gap to companies has the potential to be devastating. Around 82 percent of CEOs and manufacturing executives believe there will be a negative impact on their ability to meet their customer demands due to a lack of skilled workers.

How have we gotten to this point? Was it the elimination of shop class in school or is technology advancing too quickly for a higher education system that lacks the fluidity to keep pace with the change? We can ponder this forever or we can work to counteract these trends and find ways to expand the workforce and put emphasis on skills training partnerships.

One example of this type of collaboration locally is the Vincennes University Logistics Training and Education Center (VU LTEC) in Plainfield.  VU LTEC offers short term training programs that focus on Global Logistics, Fork Lift Essentials, Team Leads and Supervisor training all inside their 40,000 square foot logistics warehouse. Bravo VU LTEC!

Additionally, Conexus Indiana is doing great things in the local market. They recently were awarded a three year grant to help continue their successful advanced manfucaturing and logistics (AML) initiative. It will develop the youger talent for these industries and also focus on growing post-secondary programs for the skills gaps in logistics, automotive and aerospace industries.

It is good to know we already have strategic programs working to close the Skill Gap in our state.

Answer the Call

Building better futures one story at a time is our mission and purpose at Morales Group. We recently had the opportunity to further “answer the call” by teaming up with Exodus Refugee Immigration in the Brackets for Good tournament here in the Indianapolis market. Brackets for Good is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization that hosts an online, bracket-style fundraising tournament in March across the United States. 64 nonprofits participated in the 2017 Indianapolis bracket, raising $742,202.79 collectively.

Although Exodus Refugee did not achieve tournament champion status, we are proud of the combined efforts that raised $44,000, and named Morales Group the 2nd most philanthropic company in Indianapolis.

That’s a win in our books.

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Morales Group Wins Inavero’s 2017 Best of Staffing Talent Award

 

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We are thrilled to receive Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Talent Award for providing superior service to job seekers. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing Talent winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by the permanent and temporary employees they’ve helped find jobs.

 

Focused on helping to connect people with the right jobs to further their career, we received satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 72.4% of our placed job candidates, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 47%.

“We serve the community by providing employment opportunities through our company. Our mission, building better futures one story at a time, is lived out each day and is strengthened by the recognition of this award.  We are humbled the associates we place made this award a reality and will continue living out our mission and serving our community.” – Morales Group founder and CEO, Tom Morales

“Staffing firms are giving top companies a competitive advantage as they search for talent in North America,” said Inavero’s CEO Eric Gregg. “The 2017 Best of Staffing winners have achieved exceptionally high levels of satisfaction and I’m proud to feature them on BestofStaffing.com.”

About Inavero’s Best of Staffing
Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Award is the only award in the U.S. and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients and job candidates. Award winners are showcased by city and area of expertise on BestofStaffing.com – an online resource for hiring professionals and job seekers to find the best staffing agencies to call when they are in need.

Jackie Morales chosen as one of IBJ’s Forty under 40 for 2017

Congratulations to Jackie Morales, our VP of Communications and Public Affairs, for being named one of IBJ’s Forty under 40 central Indiana business and professional leaders for 2017.

Below is the article from http://www.ibj.com/articles/62448-forty-under-40-jackie-morales.

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Age: 36

Birthplace/hometown: born in Alamogordo, New Mexico; grew up in Lawrenceburg

Family: husband, Seth; children, Sebastian, 3, and infant Mateo

Education: bachelor’s in journalism, Indiana University; MBA, University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business

Years with company: 9

Getting here: Straight out of college, Morales landed a job with the local builders’ association as communications coordinator, segued into a spot as deputy press secretary for then-Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, then moved to Costa Rica. (“I was in my early 20s—nothing was holding me back.”) Her intention was to stay, but “family stuff” brought her back after six months. She found an interim job selling fine wine before joining Morales Group. “I wanted to get into a company with a purpose, one that worked with the Hispanic community,” she said. “So I found a job … and a husband [she later married company President Seth Morales].”

Major company achievements: Landing on the Indiana Best Places to Work list as well as the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Staffing Firms in the United States. In 2012, the company had $44 million in revenue. Last year, sales grew to $91 million.

Misconceptions: “I think Indianapolis has come a long way,” said Morales, while noting there’s still a lack of understanding in some circles about refugee employment. “They have three months, then have to pay back the flight they got from the government. They have to work after three months. This year, we’re going to do small town-hall meetings with different companies to dispel that perception and educate.”

Givebacks: Morales serves on the board of the Hispanic Business Council of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and is secretary of the board for the Cancer Support Community Central Indiana.

Inspiring volunteerism: “We focus on purpose and core values, not so much on the bottom line. How are we serving people?” Morales said. That philosophy not only extends to businesses and the temp workers she hires, but also to employees. Stressing the company’s core values, Morales Group gives every employee 25 hours a year to serve. Morales also helped create LEGOS—Loving Every Gift of Service—a program in which employees accumulate LEGO bricks, each representing an act of service over the course of the year. “At the end of the year, we put a roof over the house and take our people to Mexico to build homes for underserved communities.”

Favorite place in central Indiana: “Hiking at Fort Benjamin Harrison with family.”•

http://www.ibj.com/articles/62448-forty-under-40-jackie-morales

Morales Group Announces Board of Advisors

Morales Group Announces Board of Advisors

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We want to introduce our board of advisors: Kevin Charlebois, Rafael Sanchez, Aasif Bade, Meredith Bronk, and Sally Tassani. Distinguished in their own fields, together, they are propelling growth further for Morales Group through their guidance and past experience.

Kevin Charlebois, CEO for Milan SCS Holdings, Inc.

  • Before leading Milan SCS Holdings, Charlebois was president of several organizations including: Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc. (Transportation Management Solutions (TMS); Freight Consolidation and Inventory Management; Prime Logistics), Prime Distribution Services, and led FedEx Ground, Inc. in operations.

Rafael Sanchez, President and CEO of Indianapolis Power and Light

  • Prior to joining IPL in February 2016, Sanchez was vice president of business development and legal affairs at Fineline Printing Group. He previously was a partner at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP law firm. He has served on the IPL Advisory Board for the past five years and was also senior vice president of strategic planning.

Aasif Bade, President at Ambrose Property Group

  • Prior to founding Ambrose, Aasif worked in various positions at Duke Realty Corporation for over eight years. Bade focuses on long-range planning, capital management, and customer relationships.

Meredith Bronk, CEO and President at Open System Technologies, Inc.

  • Meredith Bronk has been with OST since 1998. Chief Operating Officer since 2009 Bronk was then promoted to President. After managing a large accounting staff in Arizona, she returned to Michigan to focus on accounting, human resources, and the implementation of an ERP package for a manufacturing company.

Sally Tassani, President at The Strategy Forums

  • Tassani Communications was founded before Sally Tassani worked as Senior VP and Executive VP for Leo Burnett and Paul Harris Stores, respectively. Tassani then chaired Vistage International before founding and leading The Strategy Forums.

Morales Group Partners with Local Organizations for Skill UP Indiana! Grant

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Morales Group is proud to partner with Workforce Development, Esperanza Ministries, and Thomas P. Miller & Associates to better the futures of Hispanics in the healthcare industry.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development has provided a second round of grant awards to assist community partnerships in developing training and educational programs that meet employer needs.

Morales Group, Esperanza Ministries and Thomas P. Miller & Associates partnered to develop a program to “skill up” the Hispanic population while meeting the need for community health workers (CHW) in the healthcare sector. Collaborating with the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Indiana Community Health Worker Association, HealthVisions Midwest, Ivy Tech Community College and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, 100 Hispanic participants will be trained, certified, and placed in CHW positions in both healthcare and manufacturing settings. Additionally, participants will receive mentoring and English language training throughout the training. This program will be rolled out between January – December 2017 in the five counties with the highest population and unemployment rate for Latinos: Marion, Lake, Allen, Tippecanoe, and Clark County.

Currently, Latinos represent 5.7% of Indiana’s population and this is projected to double by the year 2020. The Hispanic population in Indiana has an above average unemployment rate compared to the state average and experiences a significantly lower than average personal income as well as a lower post-secondary degree attainment.

This Skill-Up grant will provide the basis for ongoing certification classes that will assist in filling the overall healthcare professions skill gap in Indiana and afford opportunities to one of Indiana’s most rapidly growing populations.

About Esperanza Ministries

Based in Johnson County, Esperanza Ministries partners with other community leaders to provide English classes, leadership training, free medical clinics, health education, and many other resources which meet the medical, educational and spiritual needs of their the multicultural community.

About Morales Group, Inc.

MGI is a nationally recognized staffing and recruitment firm that is committed to building a globally diverse workforce that will enrich local communities and promote the success of employees by treating them fairly and compassionately. MGI’s network across the state will provide a pipeline for trained CHW’s to move forward with job placement in their region. MGI is also a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE).

About Thomas P. Miller & Associates

Thomas P. Miller & Associates (TPMA) is a nationally recognized consulting firm based in Indianapolis, Indiana. TPMA works to empower organizations and communities through strategic partnerships and informed solutions that create positive, sustainable change.

For more information on Skill UP grants, visit the link below:

http://bit.ly/2edqnkH

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/.