S3 Sourcing Team Celebrates Four Year Anniversary!

Four years flies when your team is doing serious work! Since Cindy gave the go-ahead to put the team together on April 15, 2013, the 48 Sourcers S3 has had in our employ since that time have helped deliver 3,183 consultants & overhead staff members to external & internal customers.

Nearly 25% of our Sourcers (11 of the 48) have gone on to other roles within the company, & those 11 remain singularly focused on delivery, including our original “Fab 4” pictured above with Ken Huxley (second from left), Bryan Barber (Team Southwest), David Flores (Team Swamp), Greg Williams (Account Manager for Team Southwest), and Marvin Daugherty (CST Operations Officer).

The team’s success is not only a reflection of the hard work of our Sourcers, both past & present, but a great tribute to Cindy’s on-going commitment in using the team to set the bar high, create jobs (especially for military veterans & veteran spouses), giving individuals an opportunity to improve their position in life, and making our communities a core part of our business.

Thank you for all the Green work and tremendous effort you have put in these past four years, Sourcers! The company would not be in the same excellent standing without you. Cheers to many more!

Blue Cross Suppliers Recognized at 12th Annual Supplier Diversity Achievement Awards

Celebrating the work of suppliers throughout the organization, Blue Cross recently held its 12th Annual Supplier Diversity Achievement Awards in Lyon Meadows to recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions to the company’s success over the last year. The theme of this year’s celebration was Strengthening our Business Through Partnership.

“In 2016, Blue Cross and Blue Care Network spent more than $226 million with over 160 diverse suppliers, money that goes directly into Michigan’s economy,” said Tricia Keith, executive vice president, chief of staff and corporate secretary.

See below for the full list of award winners, including S3’s award for “Women Business Enterprise Diverse Supplier Achievement:


BCBSM/BCN Leader Supplier Diversity Champion Award – Ketan Joshi

Supplier Diversity Champion Achievement Award – Aon plc

Health Care Value Diverse Supplier Achievement Award – MoveWell

Buyer Achievement Award – Michael Greenlee

Team Project Award (Digital Services Mobile App Team)

Business Unit Award – Contingent Labor Services

Procurement Supplier Diversity Champion Award – Debbie Kresevich

Accident Fund Holdings Inc. Diverse Supplier Achievement Award  Reliance One

LifeSecure — Diverse Supplier Achievement Award – MOD Design

New 2016 Diverse Supplier of the Year Award – Criterion 508 Solutions

Women Business Enterprise Diverse Supplier Achievement Award – Strategic Staffing Solutions

Minority Business Enterprise Diverse Supplier Achievement Award – Center Line Electric, Inc.

1,300 New Orleans Area Law Enforcement Officers To Be Adopted By Strategic Staffing Solutions For Mardi Gras Parade

Nola PD Mardi Gras

One of America’s most celebrated events is Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3) is stepping up to the plate to help.

As part of S3’s fifth anniversary of bringing customers and consultants together for the Krewe of Muses Parade, Strategic Staffing Solutions is participating in the Adopt-A-Cop program. Our support will provide 1,300 law enforcement officers (LEOs) from New Orleans and surrounding Louisiana sandwiches and other snacks to help keep them nourished during the parade.

“We love to give back to New Orleans in any way we can,” said Ariane Brennan, New Orleans Branch Manager. “Our city is special and we value the community and our traditions.”

The parade, from roll call to roll call, is at least a 10-hour shift.

“Enjoying Mardi Gras is a special tradition in New Orleans that would not be made possible without our Krewe in Blue, who work around the clock to make it happen for everyone in the city. On behalf of all our officers, we extend a big thanks to S3 for helping to provide our men and women with much needed meals and snacks during the long days and nights of Carnival. After all, there would be no purple, green and gold without the blue!” said Melanie Talia, President and CEO of the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation.

New Orleans isn’t the first city to have police activities and outreach supported by Strategic Staffing Solutions. The company, an international, woman-owned, $321 million IT and business services corporation based in Detroit, has a track record of ongoing commitment to police and first responders.

In Detroit, S3 financially supports the care and feeding of horses of the Detroit Police Department’s Mounted Unit, and has provided new, lighter and more effective bullet resistant vests for the dogs of the K9 unit there.

“We have the utmost respect for those who protect and serve our cities,” said Cynthia Pasky, CEO and Founder of Strategic Staffing Solutions. “It’s the little things that can make a really big impact. We commend the work of our police departments and are proud to step up and support.”

The Krewe of Muses parades through uptown New Orleans on February 23, 2017.

Apply Now for the Lithuanian-American Innovation Award

Vilnius Staffing and IT

Lithuania has a solid foundation for developing cutting edge technologies across industries given its high production of graduates in key sectors such as engineering and science. To highlight and promote the potential for innovative cooperation between Lithuania and the United States, the American-Lithuanian Business Council (ALBC), and the Baltic American Freedom Foundation (BAFF), and the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius have established the Lithuanian-American Innovation Award. The award will be granted to a Lithuanian individual, organization, university, or firm that has developed a cutting-edge technology or solution in collaboration with a U.S. partner.

To apply for the award, please find the PDF file of the application here. Applications are due by January 18, 2017. Good luck!



10 Years Later: Success both Friend and Foe to Eastern Market

Strategic Staffing Solutions has been a proud corporate sponsor of Eastern Market for several years now. However, Eastern Market’s success has unfortunately spurned unfortunate consequences that threaten the Market’s overall identity and character.

Read about this phenomena in this Detroit Free Press article by John Gallagher.

NOPD: First Female S3 Candidate Accepted to Academy

The New Orleans Police Department is actively searching for more officers to enter their academy. However, they recently admitted Raychel Willey, a Navy veteran, mother of two and also the first female candidate to be accepted to the academy since S3 has started recruiting! This is an excellent, initial effort and we look forward toplacing many other well-qualified applicants.

Watch this incredible video showcasing Raychel’s story!

Another Incident-Free Fireworks Night in Detroit

Detroit recently hosted its annual July 4th celebration with fireworks over the river and it was a blast as always. On another positive note, it marked the second straight year where the Detroit Police made zero arrests relating to the festival. Editor of the Detroit Free Press Nolan Finley wrote a short piece about the occasion. Please read the featured article here.

S3 CEO on How to Hire the Right Veterans for Your Workplace: “Hire the Military to Find the Military.”

S3 Founder and CEO Cindy Pasky sat down with WJR’s Frank Beckmann during last week’s Mackinac Policy Conference. During the short interview, she discussed the importance of hiring military veterans into the workplace. Listen to her interview here.

Cindy Pasky Appears on MIWeek Panel During Mackinac Conference

Last week’s Mackinac Policy Conference was filled with wonderful energy as experts across the state came together to discuss Michigan’s future. S3 President and CEO Cindy Pasky was asked to join Detroit Public Television’s Business Roundtable as they discussed  Michigan’s current business status while also giving predictions for the future. Watch her panel discussion here.

Pasky: We Need a Wider Range of Entry Jobs

Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber hosted their annual Mackinac Policy Conference. The conference is meant to gather experts from around Michigan to discuss the state’s issues, status, and economic future. Strategic Staffing Solutions President & CEO Cindy Pasky sat down with WXYZ’s Chuck Stokes for an interview in which she discusses the importance of having a wider range of entry level positions in the City of Detroit. Watch it here.