Advanced Resources provides workforce solutions for clients and career opportunities for people
From the Summer 2017 Perspectives Newsletter
In 2002, when Frank Ehlers, President, and Sonya Gotto, CEO, purchased Advanced Resources, they established a business philosophy from which they have never wavered. Ehlers and Gotto believe in doing things the right way.
“It’s easy to take short cuts, but short cuts aren’t going to bring lasting success. They may get you something that day, but long term we know that our reputation is what our business is built on,” Ehlers explained.
That philosophy has helped the business grow in the past 15 years, from 10 consultants in 2002 to nearly 150 today. The Chesterfield-based firm also employs 17-full time team members led by Gotto and Ehlers.
“We provide technology, engineering and, most recently, light industrial and professional services staffing to Fortune 1000 companies,” Ehlers said. Advanced Resources, a Certified Women-Owned Business, has grown its reach to support clients in more than 30 states.
In the competitive field of staffing, Advanced Resources stands out because “we provide tremendous customer service,” Ehlers said. “The other key to our success is that we really do care about the people who work for us.”
For Gotto, the best part of her job is getting to know clients and sitting down for in-person meetings. “It’s where it happens, it doesn’t happen on the phone or through email, you have to go out, meet your clients, see them and talk to them. This is how you understand their unique staffing needs and are able to effectively provide solutions.”
Advanced Resources also believes in supporting its community.
A longtime supporter of Places for People, Advanced Resources was honored in fall 2015 as a charter member of the Places for People Leadership Society at the Harvest Moon celebration for its cumulative contributions in support of Places for People.
“We encourage everyone in the organization to find something they are passionate about, to go out and support those causes,” Gotto said.
Places for People and KidSmart are Advanced Resources’ two charities of choice. Gotto is a member of the KidSmart Board of Directors because she believes education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty.
The business’ support of Places for People dates back to 2003 when former Places for People Board Member Joe Entler introduced Ehlers and Gotto to the organization. “Mental illness is finally coming to a point where people aren’t afraid to talk about it,” Gotto said.
Advanced Resources had a team in Places for People’s first golf tournament at Glen Echo Golf Club and has been an integral part of the tournament ever since. In September, Advanced Resources will be the tournament’s presenting sponsor for the fifth straight year.
“From the Glen Echo days to now, it’s come a long way,” Ehlers said of the tournament. Ehlers’ wife, Susan, is a past Places for People board member.
Gotto said they are proud to help an organization that gives people with severe mental illness “the tools to be successful and a chance to change their life.”