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Michael T. Willis

Michael T. Willis


Michael T. Willis has made a career of responding to unrecognized needs and opportunities with creativity and vision. Repeated success in building and managing high performing organizations to prominence in the staffing and recruiting marketplace secured Mr. Willis’s position among the industry’s leading figures and innovators. Consistent value for clients, exceptional customer experience, and the engaged employees and consultants that make it possible have been the product of his talent for building client-centric cultures and healthy organizations.

Over his career, Mr. Willis has founded and managed some of the largest and most admired firms in the staffing, managed services, and information technology industries. Within the staffing and managed services communities, he is a recognized innovator whose influence and ideas have shaped the industry at large. As the first to deploy computer systems in the staffing environment in the early 1980s and as a leading figure in the development of the staffing vendor management concept in the early 1990s, he has maintained a consistent position at the leading edge and a reputation for innovation.

Mr. Willis’s endeavors and innovations were instrumental in driving fundamental change in the staffing industry and include his leading edge role in the introduction of Vendor Management (VMS) and Managed Services (MSP) to the space. The sophistication and scalability of those next generation services resulted in a more efficient and predictable means of acquiring quality contract resources at the enterprise level. These improvements in stability and efficiency were a tipping point for acceptance and widespread adoption of contract labor as an integral part of a best practice workforce strategy.

Since 1971, Mr. Willis has grown firms both organically and through acquisition and led multiple public and private companies up to $1 billion in size. He was recently recognized for his numerous accomplishments when named to Staffing Industry Analysts' "Staffing 100" list, honoring individuals who have made notable contributions to the staffing industry. Having grown multiple businesses and successfully integrated nearly 100 companies during his career, Mr. Willis’s industry knowledge and business acumen are a tremendous asset to Willis Group and its companies.

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