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Star Staffing Increases Staff by 25%

Petaluma, California – May 10, 2013 — Star Staffing, (, the leading provider of staffing solutions to the Wine and Manufacturing Industries in Northern San Francisco Bay Area, is continuing to expand and thrive.

“It is very exciting to be growing at the pace we are. So far this year, we have already increased our staff by 25%. We also plan to add an additional 15% in the next 2-4 months. One of the most instrumental new positions we have added to aid in our growth is a Director of Operations. We are pleased to announce the hiring of Mary Ann Mancuso as Director of Operations. Ms. Mancuso will be focused on supporting Star’s growing business through strategic workforce planning, implementation, and helping streamline and refine processes,” said Owner and CEO, Lisa Rogelstad.

“Star Staffing was the perfect choice for me after several interviews and multiple job offers.  As a community advocate it means a lot to me to work for a company that is entrenched in the community and has a direct impact on the local economy.  Lisa and Nicole have a philosophy that matches best with my vision of the kind of organization I want to be affiliated with.  I wanted to work for a company where community and business relationships were a top priority and I found that with Star,” said Director of Operations, Mary Ann Mancuso.

“After an extensive search and a great deal of consideration, we have hired Mary Ann Mancuso as Director of Operations” said Star Staffing’s Vice President and Owner, Nicole Smartt. “She will bring a fresh approach to our team and the fact that she has industry knowledge and experience, within small and large size successful companies, will prove invaluable in the long run. We were looking for a Director of Operations with leadership ability and a strong personality and believe Mary Ann possesses those qualities. She’s very well respected in the Napa Community, is a consummate professional and her knowledge and background will be an incredible asset for our team and organization.”

Currently, Star Staffing has offices in Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Napa with satellite offices in Ukiah, Fairfield, and Sonoma.  Star Staffing has an aggressive expansion plan for next 5 years and are delighted to be thriving and growing so quickly.


About Star Staffing

Founded in 1998, Star Staffing is the Northbay’s premier staffing provider holding offices in Petaluma, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa and Napa with satellite offices in Sonoma, Ukiah, and Fairfield.  Star Staffing was recently honored as a 2011 Best Placement Service by the Northbay Biz Journal and in 2012 a Best Company to do Business with in Napa. Star Staffing offers recruiting and screening, payroll and time attendance management, on-site management, risk reduction programs, employee rewards and benefits, and knock your socks off service to a multitude of companies, including manufacturing, industrial, clerical, administrative, accounting, finance, information technology, and professional services.





Make Every Conversation Count

December 14, 2011 1 comment

Everyone could use a little help with communications skills from time to time.  And since we all have limited time to communicate, we should try to make the best of it.  When you talk with people, you define your relationship with them.  Choose your words carefully and you will build trust and a positive reputation.  Try using these principals to steer conversations.

Respond, don’t react – Weigh your words before you speak. Don’t assume that you know everything about a situation before you respond.  Ask questions and listen.

See the influences –  Many factors outside the conversation can affect how you and the other person speak. Recognize if, for example, you are ready to snap at someone because you are stressed about another situation. Analyze what may be influencing the other person too.

Create the right first impression – The first words you speak will set the tone for the conversation and how the other person views you.

Seize the opportunity – Choose the response that will leave the other person with the impression that you want to make. Remember also that others may be watching the conversation, or the other party may talk about your conversation with them later. One conversation can influence the way many people see you.

Close the conversation – Always end with a positive comment. Follow up after an important conversation. Check in to clarify any possible misunderstandings, by asking questions or reinforcing your message. Thank the other person with whom you had a positive encounter. Send a note of apology if you didn’t handle the encounter well.

Approach each conversation with the right attitude and it will be easier to choose the best words and convey the right tone.