Mom Corps Opens in Charlotte with Former Wachovia HR Executives

Charlotte, N.C. – As jobless rates continue to climb across the country, Mom Corps, a premier staffing solutions company, is expanding and opening a franchise in Charlotte.

After working together for more than 16 years, three HR executives recognized an excellent opportunity and a need in North Carolina to open Mom Corps.

Bonnie Ceran, Stacy Keefer, and Gretchen Rost are the new Regional Owners of Mom Corps Charlotte. A powerhouse team committed to providing Charlotte area professionals a variety of contract work opportunities and assisting area companies with the option of hiring “on-demand” talent to meet their changing business needs.

Mom Corps provides companies direct access to top-tier experienced professionals, not typically found through other channels, on a contract or permanent basis. In turn, they provide professionals challenging work in their respective fields through, contract, flexible and permanent jobs that allow them to maintain greater work/life balance.

“Mom Corps is an innovative, high quality brand and represents a niche market previously untapped in the Charlotte area,” said Keefer. “Bringing this staffing model to our city is a natural fit for us, as we bring a combined 60+ years of staffing and HR experience to the business. Workplace flexibility will continue to become increasingly more important both for professionals and for companies.”

Prior to Mom Corps, the owners were colleagues at Wachovia in the Human Resources Division.

The three partners previously managed the corporation’s internal contract staffing division known as FirstPlace. They developed and implemented the function and expanded it to a $220 million line of business that provided a key pipeline of talent and significant cost savings to the organization.
Before joining Wachovia, each partner spent time in management roles with national staffing and recruiting firms.

“We are excited to take our business to the next level and continue growth through the development of our new franchise program in Charlotte,” says Mom Corps CEO and founder, Allison O’Kelly. “Franchising is a recruitment strategy to attract motivated, invested employees to Mom Corps.”

The launch of Mom Corps’ franchises is also timely considering the predicted increase in demand for temporary staffing services this year and in the future. “Uncertainty in the economy is making firms reluctant to hire permanent employees,” said Robert T. Sumichrast, dean of the Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia. “That adds to the demand for temporary and part-time positions, and companies are increasingly relying on top quality staffing firms.”

“Mom Corps is a progressive company. What we are doing today is going to become commonplace in the future, as companies work to attract and retain the best talent, while still keeping their cost structures in line with changes in revenue. I am proud to be involved in this cutting edge business model,” says Ceran.

Mom Corps, founded in July 2005, provides professionals with tools and information to evaluate their career choices as they seek non-traditional employment. In just four years, Mom Corps’ roster has grown to more than 35,000 candidates nationwide seeking contract and flexible work schedules, and its client base has expanded to several hundred companies, including Fortune 500 firms. Despite current economic conditions, O’Kelly expects both to double in 2010 through business initiatives and the franchise arm.

“The Mom Corps system works because it supports both the needs of the client and the candidate. The client receives cost effective, “just-in-time” talent at the level of coverage needed, while supporting the flexible working needs of professionals.” says Rost.

The Charlotte team are active members of the Society of Human Resource Management, Charlotte Area Professionals and the Charlotte Chamber in addition to other community organizations.

For more information on Mom Corps in Charlotte, please email momcorpscharlotte(at)momcorps(dot)com or visit the website at

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