Detroit Lady, a year old and thriving!

By Alisha Dixon

Detroit Lady Full Body PicDetroit Lady, one of the newest members of the New Orleans Police Department’s Mounted Unit, is celebrating her first birthday today! Named in honor of the home of Strategic Staffing Solutions, a strong supporter of the department and unit, Detroit Lady is being groomed to join the rest of NOPD officers, both human and equine, to patrol New Orleans streets by the time
she is fully developed at 3 years old.

“S3 has been an amazing partner, not only in recruiting efforts, but in overall support of the New Orleans Police Department,”
said Melanie A. Talia, President and CEO, New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation. “Our mounted officers, both the four legged and two legged, work more than the average officer. With 152 sanctioned festivals in the city, not including Mardi Gras, Essence and Jazz Fest, our officers work a lot. One mounted officer is said to be the equivalent of as many as 8 to 10 officers on foot. When you’re that high up, you can see trouble as it’s beginning to occur and potentially stop it. This makes it critical that we have a mounted unit and that can only happen with the continued support of organizations like S3.”

Born on site at the New Orleans Police Department’s Mounted Unit stable, Detroit Lady came into the world to the open arms of NOPD officers anxiously awaiting her arrival. A gorgeous chestnut color with a sleek shape to match, Detroit Lady is not shy and reportedly, loves being photographed.

“She’s a camera hog. As soon as you walk into the pen with your phone out, she is headed right towards you and ready to have her picture taken. She wants you to pet her and touch her nose. She’ll even nibble on your ear or hair. She’s very friendly.”

By immediately introducing her to human contact, sounds, voices and the human smell, Talia explained, it prepares Detroit Lady for the kind of experiences she will have throughout her career as an NOPD Mounted Division equine officer.

“It’s called imprinting,” Talia said. “When it’s Mardi Gras and you have a million people crammed into a 6-12 block area, everybody’s drinking and having a good time, she’s going to have to be on duty and patrol those streets. She has to be able to handle all of the sights, sounds and distinct smells that we as humans often don’t even think about. This is why imprinting is so important.”

Recent changes in sourcing new equines for the department has made partnerships like the one between S3 and NOPD more important than ever before.

“For us, this partnership is absolutely huge! Historically, we receive most of our equine officers from the Angola State Penitentiary through an Angola breeding program, meaning they came to us exposed to some of the same things they will experience while on patrol. Due to many changes at our state penitentiary, that program has been discontinued. As a result, we had to figure out how we would get horses for our mounted unit.”

For more information about the New Orleans Police Department’s Mounted Unit, visit

Strategic Staffing Solutions Gives a Life Changing Donation to Hawaii Island Humane Society

DETROIT, March 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Strategic Staffing Solutions has been committed to the cause of animal welfare since it was founded in 1990. Last week at S3‘s 25th annual Club closing dinner, the company’s annual trip to Hawaii for high performing employees, Cindy Pasky, S3 President and CEO, announced that the company will be making a donation to the Hawaii Island Humane Society in honor of the extensive work that S3 Chairman Paul Huxleyhas done over the years for the Michigan Humane Society. The donation will be used to renovate the shelters’ new 12-acre facility allowing HIHS to triple its current capacity at the older Kona shelter from 40 dogs and 30 cats to 125 dogs and 100 cats, giving the islands’ animals a better chance to thrive.

“We’re about a generation behind the Continental United States as it relates to our animal welfare needs. We are working as hard as we can to fulfill our mission to eliminate pet overpopulation and we are making headways, but it’s a long education process. We’re in the midst of a really big $10 million capital campaign and because of Cindy and Paul’s love of animals, S3 decided to donate to us,” said Donna Whitaker, Executive Director, Hawaii Island Humane Society.

“Part of S3‘s donation will go toward a dog meet-and-greet room and the rest will be used to create a cat colony room in honor of Cindy, Paul and their pets.”

Pasky wanted to commemorate the 25th anniversary of S3 Club with something meaningful.

“S3 Chairman Paul Huxley has worked hard as chair of the Michigan Humane Society’s Capital Campaign, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors,” said Pasky. “So, we felt this was a way of not only helping the Hawaii Island Humane Society, but a very special way of saying thank you to Paul, for his work with the Michigan Humane Society and for making this wonderful trip possible to S3 team members for 25 years.”

As part of HIHS’ capital campaign, local artist Kathleen Dunphy will paint canine portraits for anyone who wants to see their own dog on canvas. Each portrait will be displayed at both of the organizations’ Central Bark Dog Parks, an outdoor space for the shelters’ dogs. Portrait donations are $500, $1,000 or $2,000 and a portion of the proceeds will be used to maintain both of HIHS’ parks. To commemorate S3 and Cindy and Paul’s dedication to animal welfare, Dunphy will paint a portrait of their dogs to be displayed at the Bark Park located at HIHS’ new shelter.

“There are so many organizations that would benefit from our talents, time, and resources,” said Huxley. “We are fortunate to have forged a relationship with an organization whose mission and location means so much to us.”

Since 1990, S3 has donated more than $17 million to charities and community enrichment projects. Other beneficiaries of S3‘s long-term support for animal welfare include the Michigan Humane Society, the Detroit Police Department’s Mounted Division, the ASPCA and the Detroit Zoological Society. Globally, S3 team members contribute countless hours and resources to supporting organizations that promote animal welfare, support homeless populations, support the arts, and contribute to economic and community development.

About Strategic Staffing Solutions

Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3) is an international, woman-owned, over $320 million IT and business services corporation based in Detroit.  With a composite average annual growth rate of 19%, S3 is fiscally sound and debt free.  S3has had $3.3 Billion in sales since its inception with $1.2 billion of those sales occurring in the last 5 years.  It is ranked 16th among the largest staffing firms in the US by Staffing Industry Report and is one of two companies nationally certified as a Charter Partner with Staffing Industry Analysts.  S3 is also ranked as the sixth largest diversity staffing firm in the US by Staffing Industry Analysts and one of the top 25 among woman-owned businesses in the nation by Women’s Enterprise USA Magazine.

S3 provides staff augmentation, direct hire recruiting, workforce programs, and outsourced solutions with global industry expertise in energy/utility, healthcare services, insurance, communications, and financial services.  It has more than 3,000 direct consultants in 49 out of 50 states in the U.S. and 15 countries including Europe and the Americas.

About Hawaii Island Humane Society

The mission of Hawaii Island Humane Society is to prevent cruelty to animals, eliminate pet overpopulation, and enhance the bond between humans and animals. Our organization, established in 1965, is serving the Big Island community with three shelters island wide. Our services include: Shelter for homeless, stray, injured, lost and abandoned animals, animal adoptions, Humane Education Programs for children and administration and promotion of the Spay/Neuter Community Assistance Program.

The Hawaii Island Humane Society is the only open-admittance shelter on the Big Island with no time limits. Nearly 13,000 animals come through our shelter doors every year. Many are infirm, ill-treated, injured, too young or elderly. Some have never known the security of a home, while others have lost the only home they’ve ever known. We accept any animal, regardless of age, species, condition, circumstance or behavioral issues at all three shelters island wide.

For more information about the Hawaii Island Humane Society, visit

Contact: Laura Hughes
(313) 596-6923

SOURCE Strategic Staffing Solutions

The Wearin’ o’ the Green

S3_Happy St. Patrick's Day!

At S3, we love St. Patrick’s Day for the holiday’s obvious connection to GREEN! As a global company, celebrating a holiday that is loved in so many communities where we live, work and serve, S3 employees have traditionally celebrated with a St. Patrick’s Day lunch for many years. This special day creates the opportunity to celebrate and connect with the S3 family, our consultants and our customers… In green fashion, of course.
From the S3 family, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Mark Redman on the SIA’s 2018 Executive Forum

Mark Redman on the SIA’s 2018 Executive ForumMark Redman

By Alisha Dixon

Staffing Industry Analysts hosted its 2018 Executive Forum in Miami last month. Now in its 28th year, owners, CEOs, and senior-level executives from staffing firms of all sizes and sectors from throughout the industry convened to network and learn during the Forum’s various breakout sessions at the 4-day event. Mark Redman and several members of S3’s Executive Leadership Team attended the event. Mark sat down with S3’s Communication Team to discuss what he learned at the Forum.

Why did you want to attend SIA’s 2018 Executive Forum?

Mark: It was an opportunity to talk to other people in the industry and understand what they’re experiencing and to hear some of the discussion around topics like pricing, margins and maybe some of the regulatory challenges.

How were the breakout sessions? What stuck with you?

Mark: In some cases, the sessions provided confirmation of what we already do at S3. April’s panel was about moving from the traditional time and materials business to a solutions based business, meaning finding other ways to build and have engagements. I also heard from some of her contemporaries in the industry and what they’re doing and what they’ve done to be successful and expand their business.

There were some group sessions with some incredible speakers, like author Adrian Gostick. He gave a great presentation about the four secrets to successfully hiring people. He prefaced it by saying 50% of hires, maybe more than that, don’t work. He said this lack of productivity costs companies 15 times the annual salary of a bad hire. By following his four secrets to success, he indicates that you can get up to a 90% success rate in your hires. Hiring the right people is incredibly important.

How are companies addressing recent legislative changes in the U.S.?

Mark: There was some discussion about taxation in the industry, which with the new tax laws there are a lot of changes. There are some things that seem like they shouldn’t have affected the staffing industry that do. The session helped me to determine how we will deal with some of these new changes while making sure we are capturing things from a tax advantage perspective.

What did you learn about the future of technology and how it will affect the staffing industry?

Mark: There was a lot of discussion at the conference about artificial intelligence and there is definitely some skepticism over it. There are also some things that are happening that aren’t necessarily artificial intelligence, but involves using information technology to improve processes to become more automatic and efficient. So, anytime there is a repetitive process, they’ve figured out ways to automate those things, even it takes a search function.

What were you most surprised to learn at the Forum?

Mark: I was also really surprised to learn about all of the different industries there are in staffing. I met a guy that has a physician staffing company. They deal with hospitals throughout the country, some in small remote areas, that when the doctor gets sick, goes on vacation or must be away, they are able to find a physician to fill in until a full time replacement is chosen. It sounds like they have a pretty sizeable pool of physicians that are working in hospitals all over the country at any one time.

What were some of the industry-wide issues addressed during the forum?

Mark: There was a lot of talk about the industry being commoditized. That didn’t use to be the case. We’re seeing that in a lot of the things we do with the strong pricing pressure on margins. The idea of dealing with some of the solutions work is to change that equation. The solutions work is based more on expertise, skillset and being able to manage projects with a successful end result. This is an opportunity to make additional money, additional margin, but the opposite can happen to if you’re not good at it. It’s definitely more risky.

It seems as though the Executive Forum was packed with informative sessions. Thanks for sharing, Mark!


Finalists Announced in 2nd annual Lithuanian-American Innovation Award

Finalists Announced in 2nd annual Lithuanian-American Innovation Award

By Alisha Dixon

Lith-Amer Innovation Award finalistsStrategic Staffing Solutions CEO Cindy Pasky announced on Wednesday, Feb. 28 the winners of the 2nd annual Lithuanian-American Innovation Award at Vilnius University in Vilnius, Lithuania. Established by the Baltic American Freedom Foundation, the American-Lithuanian Business Council and the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, the Lithuanian-American Innovation Award was created to be awarded to a Lithuanian individual, organization, university, or firm that has developed an innovation in collaboration with a U.S. partner.

“Congratulations to the future leaders of innovation,” said Pasky, the only non-Lithuanian trustee on Vilnius University’s endowment. “What is most exciting is the bilateral partnerships that all finalists have formed. These collaborations will move the world forward. Thank you to the ALBC, BAFF, the U.S. Embassy here in Lithuania and Vilnius University for supporting innovation.”

At the ceremony co-sponsored by the U.S. Ambassador, American Lithuanian Business Council and funded by the Baltic American Freedom Foundation at Vilnius University, the top two winners were awarded cash grants of 10,000 euros or 5,000 euros. Earning the first place award, UAB Vittamed, which created the world’s first non-invasive gauge of pressure head (intracranial pressure) and in second place, Deeper, the first smartfood sonar fishfinder.

“Innovation is a major factor in the growing economy. No matter what it is – medicine, industry, agriculture, or business – innovation leads to and boosts economic efficiency and competitiveness,” Anne Hall, U.S. Ambassador said during the ceremony. “For this reason, we are contributing to the Lithuanian-American Innovation Awards – they draw attention to the high level of innovation and cooperation between Lithuanian and American partners and provide modest financial support for this cooperation to continue. Our states are at the forefront of the development and implementation of innovative solutions. This award is one of the ways to spread the message to the world.”

For a complete list of finalists, visit

At S3, we don’t say no, we find solutions

At S3, we don’t say no, we find solutions

By Alisha DixonAlisha Dixon

All Staff is a terrific event where the entire S3 family has a chance to come together and come away with renewed energy and attention to S3’s four pillars and mission. Nashville-based Anthony Bordonaro, one of S3’s Team Charmed newest account managers sat down with us to share his takeaways from our 2018 All Staff meeting, and what it’s like to work at S3.

What have you taken away from your first All Staff?

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from working at S3?

Anthony: The biggest take away from All Staff was that at S3 we don’t say no to anything.
It was almost immediately after All Staff that I was presented with a large opportunity
with a client that wasn’t in our typical “wheelhouse” and not what we normally do.
But, I remembered Cindy’s message from All Staff where she said, “We don’t say no, we find solutions.” Cindy’s message really stuck with me and I went to work to be able to find a solution for the client. The difference is a lot of people and some other companies would just say that’s not something they can do, but with S3, we work based on the clients’ needs.

Why did you decide to work for S3?

Anthony: I’ve had experiences with larger sized firms and more boutique firms. I felt S3 really kind of fit in that perfect middle ground where we have the resources and the power of a larger firm, but with the ability to be customizable to our customers’ needs like a boutique firm. I just felt it was good fit for my personal style and professional style.

What’s it like to work for S3 and what has it done for you personally?

Anthony: I’m still new (started with S3 in June 2017). It’s provided me with new opportunities that are the result of learning new things, developing new relationships and growth. I’ve grown a lot from just being able to learn from my fellow team members and different perspectives. I’m in one of the more unique situations because the rest of my team sits all over and it’s just me here in Nashville. Although I physically sit alone, no one from any part of the organization, top to bottom, has ever made me feel like I’m by myself in any way. It’s just great to be a part of team that’s so strong and so committed to supporting each other that even if you physically sit alone, you are never truly alone.

How do S3’s four pillars and your values align?

Anthony: Pretty closely! Two of them really stand out to me. I don’t think you can be successful and happy in this industry if you don’t want to make other people happy and successful. You must have a passion for changing someone’s station in life. This could be by giving a consultant a new opportunity, creating an environment for more work-life balance or even with our customers by providing the resources they need to make their lives much easier. We really do have the ability to affect a lot of change, whether we see it or we don’t. My background in charitable work directly aligns with S3’s commitment to the community and how active we are. That is something I am extremely proud to be a part of.

S3, changing the world, one person at a time with David Stevenson

davidstevensonBy Alisha Dixon

Fulfilling S3’s four pillars goes beyond serving external customers. For more than 25 years, S3 has played a major role in changing the lives of its team members by providing opportunities that have led to success beyond what many believed was possible. David Stevenson, an account manager with S3’s Team Charmed sat down with us to tell us just how S3 has changed his station in life and the importance of being green.

How did you learn about S3?

David: I started recruiting at 19 years old when I was at Walt Disney World on an internship at the casting center. I got a call one day from Marvin (Daugherty) who began telling me about this company that was green and really did things differently. But at that time I had made a vow that I would never go back into recruiting. I had had enough. I had seen enough and I was very disenchanted. But, the more I learned about S3, the more I was intrigued. I remember Cindy interviewing me while she was in Scotland. A CEO calling you from Scotland? That shocked me. Halfway through the interview she says, “David, somebody needs to give you a chance to change your station in life.” I was all in from that point.

What has working for S3 done for you personally?

David: Yesterday (Monday, Feb. 12), I put in an offer on a home. Just 3, 4 or 5 years ago, I never would have dreamed of this possibility. I can help people in need now. My mother-in-law passed away this year and my father-in-law has struggled financially but we’ve been able to help support him. We just rented a hotel room for a woman who didn’t have a place to stay. We are so blessed because of S3 we are honored to do this. Before all of this, I could barely afford food or a roof over my head. I was struggling terribly. I was steps away from being homeless myself. To say S3 changed my life is probably the biggest understatement ever. It changed everything. I’m so appreciative and so thankful that someone had faith in me.

A lot of that has been done for me since I’ve been with S3. When I first started, my lead recruiter at the time, David Flores, pulled me aside and told me I was going to be successful because he was in my corner. We all need that. We all need someone that’s going to believe in you. If we truly want to be the best and continue to grow, that’s what it takes.

How do S3’s four pillars and your values align?

David: My values and S3’s values are pretty much one and the same. I believe in those four pillars in everything I do. I was raised that way. The fact that we care about people and we go that extra mile for our consultants, I’m truly passionate about that. We genuinely care about our customers. The reality is that when you don’t take care of your customer, there are repercussions that can reach very far down the food chain. It goes beyond just us. People can get hurt if things aren’t done right.

I’m green at heart because of the values that we convey within the community, with our customers and with our consultants. The way we treat our consultants is just as important as we treat our customers. It’s how we separate and distinguish ourselves.



S3 CEO Cindy Pasky Named One Of The Most Influential People In The Staffing Industry

S3 CEO Cindy Pasky

S3 CEO Cindy Pasky

We’re proud to share the news that our CEO and Founder, Cynthia J. Pasky, has been named to the list of 100 most influential people in the staffing industry according to Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA). It’s a high honor, and great to see that our leader and way of doing business has been recognized in such a way by our industry.

The SIA 100 is not a ranked list, but simply an aggregation of the 100 individuals who have influenced the world of contingent work.

You have to be a special kind of successful to make this important list. The process to be included is rigorous. The list typically includes leaders in these five areas of the industry:

• Entrepreneurs who have created new and lasting models
• CEOs who run large staffing companies both public and private
• Individuals who have had major impact or influence through M&A
• Leading the charge through legislative change

Here’s what SIA had to say about our CEO:

Cynthia J. Pasky set aspiring goals when she founded Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3) in 1990. Over the following years, the president and CEO transformed the startup into an international $264 million IT and business services company. S3 was named a top woman-owned business by Women’s Enterprise Magazine and a top diversity-owned business by The company was also recognized as a Cool Place to Work by Crain’s Detroit Business and one of Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots by Corp! magazine. In addition to serving on numerous boards, Pasky was named 2014 Executive of the Year by the Detroit Executives Association.

Congratulations also need to go to the entire GREEN team for making this possible.

Michigan Humane Society Adopts 270 Pets To Loving Homes In 3-Day Program


There’s no place like home, especially for animals looking for new homes.

In celebration of Strategic Staffing Solutions’ 25th Anniversary, adoptions were brought to the super-affordable price of $25 per animal.

Assuming all of the pets have the standard four legs, that is 1,080 legs that found new homes thanks to the program.

Earlier this month, before the $25 program, three cats – CTO, Green Bean, and Guinness – moved into the S3 corporate offices in Detroit.

In a recent profile in Hour magazine, Matthew Pepper, CEO of the Humane Society talked about both Cindy Pasky’s and Paul Huxley’s commitment to the organization.

The couple “is really passionate about animal welfare, but they feel it is not just an animal issue, it’s a community issue,” he told Hour. “Even more is their passion for the city. Their passion permeates everyone around them. It makes everyone believe.”

Supporting The Corktown Race Speaks To Our “All Green, All The Time” Culture


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We’re very excited to be the presenting sponsor for the 30th Annual Corktown Race.

But why do we support it? It comes down to our DNA.

If you work even a day here at Strategic Staffing Solutions, you’ll quickly learn a phrase that permeates through the halls… “All Green, All The Time.”

It’s foundational to our culture, and not just for this time of year. Green has so many meanings – and so many shades. After all, it’s the color with the most visible shades. It’s a metaphor for the S3 Way. It’s the way which allows us to work together as a team, but still be individuals. In diversity is strength.

To many, green is the opposite of being in the red; green is profitable, positive, and moving forward. And, in a way that’s true, but it’s only the beginning of the story here.

Whether it’s this race, reading to kids and donating books at Bagley Elementary, Career Day at Clippert Academy, our support of Cristo Rey High School, our sponsorship of Eastern Market, or the many other initiatives we do, “All Green, All The Time” means much more than the bottom line for S3’ers. It’s a way of being.

Supporting the Corktown Race, an event that will bring more than 10,000 people to the streets of Detroit, is in line with our goal of giving back and supporting in a meaningful way the communities in which we do business. The race also helps benefit the Mounted Unit of the Detroit Police Department, which is crucial in building bridges between our men in blue and community.

The Corktown Race is a positive reminder that Detroit is relentlessly making progress forward, and should be a great time for all. So go here to learn more or sign up for the 5k yourself, and see you Sunday!