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Carra Lin, Westaf ’s Oice Manager, was born and raised in Taiwan. Ater receiving her bachelor’s degree in Japanese from Providence University in Taiwan, she traveled to the U.S. to study business at the University of Montana. She later achieved her MBA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. As the Oice Manager, Lin says she deals with accounting and payroll and generally tries to make sure everything is on track. When asked what it’s like working with three other ladies, Lin said jokingly, “Imagine four sisters…we have the quiet one, the responsible one, the boisterous one, and the bossy one. hough I reckon at times we are all a bit of each.”
Hurley serves as Branch Manager for Westaf.
Ater earning a bachelor’s degree in English from
Southern Oregon University, she worked in real
estate for 6 years before landing a job with Lee
Enterprises where she irst met Edmunds. he pair
instantly clicked and Edmunds later convinced
Hurley to come work with her. Hurley does a little
bit of everything at Westaf—from overseeing
policies to monitoring daily operations. For her,
the best part of her job is when an associate calls to
say they’ve found their dream job. “hat makes you
feel pretty awesome,” she said.
Wilkinson is a local Carroll College graduate
with a bachelor’s degree in communication and
a Masters in Communication from San Diego
State University. Ater working for Westaf as a
temp, Wilkinson was hired on permanently as
the Recruiter. She is responsible for interviewing
all the applicants and matching them with an
employer. She explained that communication plays
a huge role in that process. “We work on building
good relationships with the employer and putting
their needs irst.”
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Helena’s Professional Recruiting Team
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the ir’s quarterly look
at new and growing
in the Helena area. spring 2015
Westaf was founded in 1987 by Jim and Nancy
Nys as a staing agency and HR consulting irm.
Ater 28 years of successful business, Jim and
Nancy decided to make a fresh start for themselves
and hand over the reins to Michelle Edmunds,
who served as an HR consultant and manager
since 2012. According to Edmunds, Jim and Nancy
had been grooming her to take over the business
since she started working for them. In January of
this year, Michelle oicially assumed her new role
as the new owner of Westaf. Michelle is grateful
to Jim and Nancy Nys for building a successful
business and allowing her the opportunity she now
Jim Nys continues to work side by side with
Edmunds as a mentor and together the pair
consults their human resource clients.
Edmunds brings a wealth of human resource
knowledge and experience to the agency. She holds
a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources
and Industrial Relations from the Carlson School
of Management--University of Minnesota. She
worked for Great Harvest Franchising, Inc. and
traveled all over the country performing HR
training and general business consulting for the
new franchise owners. Ater her husband, Chris,
landed a job in Helena with Boeing the pair made
the move here in 2010. Jim Nys later recruited
Michelle to work at Westaf which laid the road
map for where she is today. Chris Edmunds serves
as an oicer within the business while continuing
his work with Boeing.
Edmunds was born and raised playing hockey
in northern Minnesota and skiing in Montana.
Her mom was born in Butte and Michelle grew
up visiting family in Bozeman, “It feels great to
have the opportunity to grow my own roots in
Edmunds attributes her business success to
the three other ladies she works alongside daily.
According to Edmunds, their combined education,
longevity and passion make Westaf one of, if not
the most, knowledgeable staing agencies in the
state of Montana.
Michelle Edmunds, SPHR Sr. HR Consultant/Owner
Melody Hurley Branch Manager
Carra Lin, MBA Office Manager
Corinne Wilkinson, MAC Recruiter
For the all-female team at Westaff, their confidence and knowledge base
shatters any doubts they have about their ability to do it all—for themselves,
for the employers, and job seekers in the Helena community.
limitations are the
ones we build in
WHAT CLIENTS SAY ABOUT WESTAFF...
Rian Miller, Department of Revenue “I have had the opportunity to work with Westaff for the past 5 years, hiring dozens of temporary employees at one time for multiple positions. Westaff is a breath of fresh air in a time that customer service seems to be a lost idea to many. The em- ployees at Westaff work diligently every day to assist us in every aspect of our hir- ing needs. I would truly recommend them to anyone who is looking to hire tempo- rary staff. I hope to do a great deal of busi- ness with them in the future.”
Kate Logsdon, Wipfli, LLP [formerly Galusha, Higgins & Galusha, PC]
“The staff at Westaff has been fabulous for Galusha! We love working with them. They are positive, helpful, and most of all send us great staff for our office!”
Jenny Yannone, Owner of The Sewing Palace “Working with Westaff has been a great asset to my business. They have provided excellent counsel for running a sound busi- ness. I would highly recommend Westaff for your human resources and staffing needs.”
Regardless of their recent transitions, Westaff’s mission, of providing essential people with the right jobs and businesses with the right
employees, remains the same.
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Francois General Manager
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the ir’s quarterly look
at new and growing
in the Helena area.
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S ince opening its
doors in 2002,
Silver Star Steak
built a reputation for
serving up gourmet
steaks, fresh seafood and
sophisticated drinks in a
warm, rich atmosphere.
This past December,
Francois Zanni was
brought on as the new
general manager not only
to carry on Silver Star’s
well established legacy
but also to build upon
it in new and innovative
Francois is a fourth generation restauranteur and French chef. He grew up in the French Alps where he attended culinary school and honed his skills. He later moved to southern California where his family owned several French restaurants. Francois, himself, owned and operated a restaurant for 21 years. His family’s desire for a change of scenery, however, brought Francois to Montana and his current position at Silver Star. While he’s only been manning the helm for a few short months, Francois is already hard at work expanding their menu and adding special events.
Silver Star may be known for its steaks, but it also boasts a reputable seafood selection. It was voted as one of the best for seafood in the 2014 Best of Helena competition. Francois will be expanding the seafood entrees in the near future to follow up this recognition. While he admits that the restaurant’s main dishes are already top notch, he wants to focus on bringing the same attention to detail to the side dishes now. Francois explained that when one element is executed poorly, you lose the efect of the entire meal. New appetizers, like fusion beef tips and blackened fried pickles, will be added to the lounge menu along with a happy hour from 4 – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dessert lovers will be happy to know that Francois is also adding some new dessert options.
Francois explained that one of the attractants to Silver Star is its reined atmosphere. To further highlight that fact, the restaurant will start featuring live music every Sunday night with rotating musicians. Also, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, a wine tasting event will
be held downstairs in the Governor’s room. If you feel ready to embrace your inner-Sommelier, reserve your spot by emailing to events@ silverstarsteakcompany.com.
When it comes to ine dining, Silver Star is a Helena staple. Whether you’re a regular visitor or haven’t dropped by in a while, know that it is being restored to a new and even more glorious state.
A sampling of Seafood from our menu...
Seared Alaskan Salmon Pistachio crusted, fresh caught salmon, seared. Served with dried cherry sauce.
Coconut Shrimp Five large shrimp encrusted w