Express Employment Professionals CEO Bob Funk Named 2017 ACTE Business Leader of the Year

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Bob Funk of Express Employment Professionals has been named as the 2017 Business Leader of the Year by the Association for Career and Technical Education.

Bob Funk, accepting his award as the 2017 ACTE Business Leader of the Year, at the ACTE Awards Banquet in Las Vegas, NV.

Bob Funk of Express Employment Professionals has been named as the 2017 Business Leader of the Year by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). The ACTE Business Leader of the Year award celebrates the contributions and achievements of an executive from the business community who has demonstrated a solid and sustained commitment to improving career and technical education (CTE).

Funk is co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. With international headquarters located in Oklahoma City, it is one of the largest staffing companies in North America. Under Funk's leadership, Express has put more than 6 million people to work worldwide and has grown to more than 770 franchises in the United States, Canada and South Africa. Funk's passion for CTE comes from years of fulfilling staffing needs for client companies that consistently acknowledge the growing need for skilled workers.

Identifying a need for greater understanding of job market opportunities between educators and students, Express developed the free "Job Genius" educational video series to offer insights to job seekers and students on where and how to find gainful employment. Seeking to further empower the next generation to make knowledgeable education and career decisions, Express partnered with CEV Multimedia to develop online Career Preparedness and Business Office Technology Certifications.

Funk advocates that CTE not only offers the technical and workplace skills needed to succeed in a 21st-century workforce, but it also leads to a rich variety of fulfilling careers. In 2014, he commissioned a white paper that explores the return on investment of traditional academic higher-education degrees compared to CTE alternatives.

Under Funk's leadership, Express began sponsoring the ACTE Excellence Awards in 2014 as a gesture of support for the work of CTE educators across the nation. Personal financial support from Funk and that of Express has exceeded $5 million in student scholarships and grants to numerous youth organizations and agricultural establishments.

Funk was recognized alongside other national ACTE award winners on Nov. 30 at the annual ACTE Awards Banquet during ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. VISION is ACTE's signature event, with more than 3,000 attendees, career and CTE professionals from across the country.

About ACTE

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation's largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

About Express Employment Professionals

Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $3.02 billion in sales and employed a record 500,002 people in 2015. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. For more information, visit

For More Information:
Sherry Kast, APR, Fellow PRSA
Corporate Communications and PR Director
Express Employment Professionals
(405) 840-5000

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