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Executive Q&A: Oklahoma City-based People Source Staffing firm chief plans regional growth

Executive Q&A: A native of Oklahoma City, David Bozalis worked a decade as an accountant, before starting People Source industrial staffing firm in 2002. Today, the company has eight offices across Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and Colorado.
by Paula Burkes Modified: July 6, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: July 6, 2014

David Bozalis, president of Oklahoma City-based People Source industrial staffing company, flew to Tennessee on Monday to explore opening a branch office in Nashville. The move would be a natural for his firm, which acquired a staffing company in Memphis last year.

When Bozalis started his company in 2002, he had no plans to grow beyond Oklahoma City. But today, People Source boasts eight offices across four states. It employs 49, 20 of whom work in Oklahoma City, and has annual revenues of $40 million.

“I like the feel-good aspect of helping someone get a job that’s an improvement over their old job, or get a job period,” Bozalis said.

His firm, he said, has about 200 clients, including Hobby Lobby and Kimray Inc. Most of the jobs are in manufacturing and warehousing, and pay $9 to $10 an hour to start.

The majority are 90-day temp-to-hire positions, Bozalis said, and some 90 percent of the contracted workers who fill them end up going on a company’s payroll and becoming eligible for benefits.

From his company-owned, 8,500-square-foot headquarters at 2925 United Founders Blvd., Bozalis, 48, sat down with The Oklahoman to talk about his life and career. This is an edited transcript:

Q: Tell us about your roots.

A: My father is an allergist and practiced medicine until a year and half ago; he owns a small part of my company and keeps an office here, where he checks his email once a week. My grandfather, his dad, also was a doctor and started the Oklahoma Allergy Clinic. My mom was a homemaker. I have a brother, not two years older, and a sister seven years younger, who both live in Dallas. From second grade through graduation, I attended Casady School; some of my best friends are people I met there. I played football, wrestling and baseball, and made OK grades. Throughout high school, my father made me work construction jobs to inspire me to pursue a profession. It worked.

Q: And college?

A: I earned a finance degree at SMU, where I pledged Phi Delta Theta. I loved it. It was far enough away from home to give me time to grow up, but not too far. I liked that it was a smaller school, and there was lots to do in Dallas, with three professional sports teams.

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by Paula Burkes
A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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Position: People Source, president.


Birth date and birthplace: March 14, 1966, in Detroit.

Family: wife, Theresa; children, Jay, 16, and Sarah, 14; two Yorkshire Terriers and a white Labrador.

Housing addition: Nichols Hills.

Education: Southern Methodist University, bachelor’s in finance; further study at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Professional affiliations: Young Presidents’ Organization.

Church: Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Favorite author: James Patterson.

For fun: walks, working out, golf (he didn’t learn to play until he was 26, but today plays twice a week, including with his son who’s on the golf team at Casady School and regularly beats his father) and travel (up next: Aspen, Colo. and Jacksonville, Fla., to play the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass).


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