Each March, the nation celebrates the contributions women make to society through Women’s History Month. Penmac Staffing values the opportunity to honor female leaders throughout the company. In 1988, Penmac founder Patti Penny, opened a small local staffing company that has grown into a successful national business thanks to Penny’s ambition and dedication. Penny created the culture of “placing people first,” and over the last twenty-seven years, Penmac Staffing has flourished under the leadership of many strong females.
Recently, Deanna McNew, Branch Manager of West Plains, along with her staff, exemplified Penmac values by contributing $10,000 to the Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Foundation. The donation will support “Nurturing Hope: A Community Cancer Project.” Through this project, OMC will expand the Cancer Treatment Center’s chemotherapy suite, build a healing garden, and purchase new equipment for the center. McNew has always demonstrated a commitment to the community. Last year, the West Plains Chamber of Commerce recognized McNew by presenting her with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year. McNew serves on the Board of Directors of the OMC and the Chamber, and previously served as the past vice president of the Heart of Ozarks United Way.
Many Penmac offices operate out of small towns, places where everyone knows and supports each other. The Independence, KS branch is no exception. Last year, Branch Manager Helen Burnett took the lead in organizing the Independence High School’s 50th year reunion celebration. As chairperson, Burnett, spent over a year organizing the event, hosting planning meetings every Saturday, overseeing a committee of classmates creating a yearbook, and providing scholarships to worthy seniors. Almost 2,000 alumni from classes that graduated in and before 1964 attended the three-day event.
While branch managers play an important role in representing Penmac in local towns, Corporate Trainer Aimee Nichols remains influential in Springfield, MO, Penmac headquarters. Nichols, a key figure in Penmac’s HR department, has served as Secretary on the Springfield Area Human Resources Association (SAHRA) for the last four years. Through SAHRA, Nichols participates in the Workforce Readiness Committee, visiting high schools and local recovery facilities to teach job skills. Nichols is also on the League of Women Voters, which works to improve government and engage citizens. In addition to keeping busy professionally, Nichols has been a deacon and the Board Secretary of South Street Christian Church for nine years, as well as a member of the choir and bell choir.
Penmac is proud to have such service-minded females representing the company in local communities. In addition to the three outstanding examples here, Penmac Staffing employs many motivated, generous, and kind individuals, both male and female, who work each day to develop relationships with businesses and job seekers each day by providing meaningful employment and quality staff. Penmac Staffing was founded 27 years ago with the goal of improving and helping the communities where we work, and we hope to continue in the mission.