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Integra Teams with ADP, Forms Financial-Executive Business

Feb 15, 2008 Integra Staffing and Executive Search is beefing up its services through a partnership with one of the country’s larges human resources firms. And Integra owners Michelle and Robert Fish also have expanded by forming an affiliated business that places financial professionals in high-level posts.

The new company is Bankston Partners. The boutique operation, headed by Robert Fish, seeks chief financial officers and other key executives for a range of clients in the Southeast. Bankston, which employs four recruiters, is housed in Integra’s 6,000 square-foot office at 4601 Charlotte Park Drive, off Tyron Street at Billy Graham Parkway.

“It’s very candidate-driven - it’s old-fashioned head-hunting,” Integra Chief Executive Michelle Fish says of Bankston. “It relies on staying connected and networking” with executives who are looking to move up in their careers.

The company, launched last month, his filled eight positions so far, she says.

Integra and Bankston expect to benefit from a newly established partnership with Automatic Data Processing Inc. The local office of Roseland, N.J.-based ADP has contracted with Integra and Bankston for a range of staffing services. The companies decline to disclose the terms of the agreement.

“We looked at what we lacked, and it was helping our clients find the right folks,” says Brian Morris, district sales manager for ADP’s local office, which provides HR services to companies in Charlotte, the Triad, Hickory, Asheville, and South Carolina. Integra “is a good fit for us,” he says.

And working with Bankston gives ADP the capability of filling clients’ financial-executive vacancies quickly.

The Fishes named the new company after their 17-month old son, whose middle name is Bankston. Coincidentally, they also launched Integra at a time when they had a new addition at home. Their daughter, Kylie MaKenna, arrived 5 ½ years ago, as the husband-and-wife team was getting the firm started.

And just as the Fishes founded Integra during an economic downturn, the couple has begun the Bankston venture amid uncertainty in the financial sector.

But Michelle Fish is upbeat about the new company’s “prospects.” “Everybody thought we were crazy to do this right now. But our clients still have needs.”

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