Bernard Howroyd - President
Bernard Howroyd President, AppleOne
has made a career out of making the impossible come true.
has transformed himself from a poor, young butcher's apprentice into a multimillion-dollar businessman and founder of the North America's largest, privately held full-service employment company.
Bernie was born in a largely industrial section of England.
After working as an apprentice for a local butcher, he scraped together his savings and set off on a journey around the world.
To finance his
often worked odd jobs-selling Bibles in Australia and combs in Brazil.
"I met thousands of people from as many different cultures and I learned very quickly that no matter where people are from, no matter what language they speak, everyone needs to feel heard and respected."
Utilizing this insight, Bernie founded AppleOne Employment Services in 1964.
Starting with meager savings, Bernie
opened an office in LA's Wilshire District and was down to his
last $5.94 before the first placement check arrived.
set about building his
As the economy fluctuated, so did AppleOne's profitability.
"There were times when it was really tough, but we managed," Bernie recalls.
"My faith in our people and company paid off."
Honored by Ernest & Young
as Entrepreneur of the Year, Bernie
has perfected the art of combining old-fashioned personalized, one-on-one service with a hunger for out-of-the-box thinking.
This is reflected in AppleOne's many candidate and client-oriented innovations including the 5•50 Assurance Plan-the first and only staffing guarantee that protects employers' hiring decisions for up to five full years.
continues to be closely involved in the company he
founded, and he
tries to get to at least one branch office each day so that he
can devote his
time to where his
passion truly lies: teaching and motivating success one candidate and one client at a time.