GRAND RAPIDS and PETOSKEY, Mich.) — Axios HR of Grand Rapids, and PMP Personnel, a six-office, 30-year-old employment agency headquartered in Petoskey, have merged to expand service offerings and strengthen relationships among human resources outsourcing and staffing clients.
The combined entity will have 72 employees across 11 offices from northern to southwestern Michigan. The merger was finalized in March. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Both brands, along with all staff and office locations, will continue to operate with no interruption or changes. PMP affiliates Care Plus TLC and Financial Search Group are also part of the merger.
The decision to merge came after meetings concluded that the companies share the same values and dedication to customer service while also realizing the complementary services offered would be a fit for the respective client base.
“This combined entity will provide greater benefit to our existing clients while becoming a more attractive, comprehensive HR solution to prospective clients,” said Kellie Haines, chief executive officer at Axios HR. “As well, both companies have a rich history of being considered as trusted advisors and not vendors, so we felt now was the time to expand our portfolio to offer even more value to our customers.”
“Axios has a solid footing in West Michigan and PMP’s core strength is serving Northern Michigan. We both wanted to expand our reach, so this just felt like a natural progression,” said Gilbert (Gib) Mosher, D.O., FACEP, founder of PMP Corporation. “Our business is based on relationships, and Axios HR is equally committed to providing the best counsel and services to our clients, so I’m very excited at what we can do together to serve Michigan.”
PMP Personnel, which maintains offices in Auburn, Gaylord, Gladwin, Sparta, Traverse City, and its headquarters in Petoskey, is part of the PMP Corporation, that is owned and operated by Dr. Gilbert Mosher, a well-known Bay City emergency room physician and entrepreneur. Aside from PMP Personnel, PMP Corporation owns Integrity Medical Management Solutions (healthcare billing), Financial Search Group (professional financial recruitment), and Care Plus TLC (medical home care).
Axios HR, with offices in Holland, Ionia, Muskegon, Grand Rapids and Traverse City, was founded in 1988 by Dan Barcheski, who led the company to success with Staffing Inc., Axios Professional Recruitment and Axios Human Resource Services, eventually becoming one of the largest private employers in Grand Rapids. Aside from the staffing industry, the company handles human resources outsourcing and serves as a full-service HR solution for hundreds of Michigan companies helping them attract, retain, and develop talent. Axios HR is now a 100% employee-owned organization (ESOP), with Barcheski serving as Chairman with Kellie Haines serving as CEO.
Kellie Haines will serve as CEO of the combined entity from her Grand Rapids office, although she will regularly travel between the two regions.
“In the short time that we’ve had to combine teams, we’ve already seen the inherent similarities our people bring to a client engagement,” said Haines. “Our clients are going to realize the value of our expanded professional offerings and services and the unmatched desire to serve, giving 100% to client solutions.”