The Past, Present & Future of Friday Services

Sep 18, 2017

For nearly four decades, Friday Services has been bringing the right people to the right job—every time. As the premier employment solutions provider for Western North Carolina, we are committed to helping people reach their professional goals—whether that’s assisting them in finding new employment within an industry they know well, or helping them find a position within an entirely new career path. We value every opportunity to serve people in our community.

How did we get to where we are today? Let’s take a look at our company history.

Since 1980

The company has its origin in 1980 when Debbie Wilson of Hendersonville, NC, started a secretarial business for local clients, typing letters and reports, and offering general office support. When many people found the service of value and asked if these services could be provided at their business location, Girl Friday Services was born. (The term Girl Friday was often used to describe a female Jack-of-all-trades.) By the mid-’80s, Debbie changed the business name to Friday Temporary Services.

The business grew—as did Debbie’s children. To devote more time to her family, Debbie sold the business to Diane and John Modaff in August 1987. The Modaffs had moved from Illinois to their new home in Western North Carolina three years earlier. Diane had enjoyed working in a temp position for Arthur Andersen, an American accounting company. John had 25 years of experience as a commercial banking executive. Their backgrounds attracted them to the staffing industry. John changed the name to Friday Services Services.

Over the Years

In 1987, the business had a single office and three in-house employees. Today, Friday’s monthly business volume now exceeds the annual volume in 1987.

In addition to our Hendersonville office, Friday Services opened two additional offices in Asheville (1988) and Morganton (1993).

To expand service in technical and professional areas, Friday purchased two businesses: Rent-an-Exec in 1990, which became Friday Technical Services, and Tri-County Personnel Service in 1991, which became Friday Professional Services. Today, we still operate the Friday Professional Division.

In 1989, Deborah Pressley joined the Friday Team as a part-time sales employee in Asheville (working around her infant’s babysitter’s schedule). She went full-time in 1990 and has held various positions across the company, including Sales, Sales Manager, Branch Facilitator, Vice President, now COO/Vice President. The current President of the company, David Modaff joined the team in 2000. He and his sister Lynda own the company. Deborah and David have been thrilled to work with such a wonderful team of committed and caring people.

Foundations of Success

Personal honesty and integrity are the foundations of our success. We currently have 450 employees in positions at our client companies across the region. In 2016, we placed approximately 3,000 people in jobs. This year to date, we’ve placed approximately 2,200. By helping people find the right job, we are able to better people’s lives and increase our clients’ success.

Industries we serve include industrial, technical, clerical, and professional. Positions include anything from machine operator and material handler to administrative assistant and bookkeeper. Job seekers can always check out our website for the most up-to-date listings and information.

Giving Back to the Community

We strengthen our communities through our example and by our donations of time and money to about 40 organizations and businesses, including Asheville Buncombe County Christian Ministry, Eblen Charities, Make A Wish of Western North Carolina, and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. We’re an independent business, which means that all business functions, sales, service, and administration are managed and processed by the company’s own staff members.

As founding sponsors of the United Way of Hendersonville Rising Leaders Program, we are proud to say that this program has trained more than a hundred rising leaders to serve their community nonprofits as board members. We help support MANNA FoodBank’s emergency food assistance programs, including MANNA PAcks for Kids that supplies nearly 5,000 children with food supplies during the academic year. Read more about our year-round giving in this November blog post to show our gratitude for a community that helps so many people.

A Brighter Future for All

Friday Services is a fun and friendly place where we work hard and we reward hard work. Great things happen when we listen to our customers and to each other. Our doors are always open and we invite you to meet our team. For 37 years we have been fortunate to help thousands of people find jobs and we look forward to helping thousands more! Contact us today.


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