Rapid Growth Spurs Hiring: Many New Faces Found at Hot Foodservice Company

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To better accommodate the more than 500 Champs Chicken locations nationwide, parent company Pro Food Systems increased their workforce by 40%.

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“I was really attracted to PFS’ core values, the relationship that the senior leadership team has with their staff, and the direction CEO Shawn Burcham is taking the company,” Carl Christenson, new vice president of marketing, said.

Carl Christenson’s career has come full circle. His journey began at Keebler over 30 years ago, and will finish back in the foodservice industry. As the new vice president of marketing for Pro Food Systems, Inc. (PFS), parent company of Champs Chicken, Christenson is one of the many new faces seen at the rapidly-expanding company.

To better accommodate the more than 500 Champs Chicken locations nationwide, PFS announced last October plans to create 43 new Missouri jobs over the next three years, as part of a Missouri Department of Economic Development incentive package. To date, the company has already hired 22 employees, representing a 40% increase in their overall workforce.

“In terms of staff, this has been the highest growth year in our history,” Shawn Burcham, CEO for Pro Food Systems, said. “We always have a great pool of applicants. Being in Holts Summit, we’re in a prime location to draw talent from around mid-Missouri. Our name is also better well known now than it was a year ago, so people are knocking on our door, not the other way around.”

Rapid growth is nothing new for the company. Since 2008, PFS has more than tripled in staff size, adding personnel to key areas such as IT, accounting and customer service. One of the biggest changes was adding the marketing department, which first launched last year.

“I was really attracted to PFS’ core values, the relationship that the senior leadership team has with their staff, and the direction CEO Shawn Burcham is taking the company,” Christenson said, who was lured to mid-Missouri from Atlanta. “I’m from the Midwest originally and am drawn to the culture and work ethic here.”

As he settles into his new role and new home, Christenson sees bright prospects for the future of PFS. “I think this company has the potential to go so much further. I appreciate the opportunity to make a difference in helping Champs Chicken reach its goal of opening 5,000 stores.”

ABOUT PRO FOOD SYSTEMS
Pro Food Systems, Inc., parent company of Champs Chicken, specializes in quality hot food products, foodservice equipment and complete deli operations. With over 520 locations in 29 states, the company has been ranked by Inc. Magazine as one of the “Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies in the U.S.” for the last 5 years. PFS recently moved to a new distribution center and corporate headquarters in Holts Summit, Missouri.

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