Hartford’s Staffing Support Specialists under new ownership
Ane Ohm purchases company from Pat Frank

By Joe VanDeLaarschot - Daily News Staff

March 6, 2018

Ane Ohm, right is now the owner of Hartford-based Staffing Support Specialists. She recently closed on the purchase of the multi-office employment services firm from former owner, Pat Frank, left. The two are shown discussing company business at the office at 2932 Highway 83 in Hartford. Frank will remain with the company as a consultant for a period of time.
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HARTFORD — Area businesswoman Ane Ohm is now the owner of Hartford-based Staffing Support Specialists. She recently closed on the purchase of the multi-office employment services firm from Pat Frank.

“I’ve supported Hartford, Beaver Dam and the surrounding area for more than 20 years, and I’m very pleased that Staffing Support Specialists is now in the hands of someone equally committed to these communities,” Frank said. Ohm said Frank has been a long-term trusted partner for many companies in the area.

“I look forward to continuing his legacy of providing a much-needed personal touch to employment services,” Ohm said. “For me, this is a mission- based endeavor in helping our area’s businesses to hire more people into great paying jobs.”

Ohm’s purchase of the business closed Feb. 23.

“My background is varied. Right now, in addition to this, I am cofounder and CEO of a lease-accounting software tool that is sold to CPA firms. I am a certified public accountant,” Ohm said. “I also ran a technology company in Milwaukee that focused on recruitment technology. All of that fits in with owning and operating this company. I’ve also been involved in other businesses before that. There is a lot of core things from my past experience that transfer over to here.”

Ohm and Frank have already collaborated to expand Staffing Support Specialists into business consulting, including strategic planning, leadership training, executive coaching and human resource strategy and design. In response to customer requests, the company also recently began payroll services through it Professional Employer Organization division.

“While good employment practices are at the heart of any company’s success, the process of employing people is complicated,” Ohm said. “We want to remove that burden and allow our hardworking employers to focus on what they do best — operating their core businesses.”

According to the company’s website, on Nov. 3, 1997, Frank opened the doors of Staffing Support Specialists. Since then the company has serviced more than 200 industrial and manufacturing companies in the Southeastern Wisconsin area including Waukesha and Ozaukee counties and has placed more than 5,000 employees in permanent positions. On Nov. 16, 2009, Staffing Support Specialists opened a new office to service the high demand for jobs in Beaver Dam, as well as Columbia and Fond du Lac counties.

Frank will be on board full time as a consultant for three years.

“The plan is to retire at the end of that,” Frank said.

Ohm said she became interested in buying from Frank because she wanted to own a company.

“I’ve been running companies, but running them on behalf of somebody else,” Ohm said. The idea of being able to run my own company was very appealing to me.

“I’ve known Pat for over 20 years,” Ohm said. “I’ve known and watched how he ran his business and his philosophy and my philosophy about how you do things and how you treat people, businesses, we just are entirely on the same page. That personal touch and local dedication. That local presence will stay. We’ve lived in Hartford for over 20 years.”

Frank said the idea of possibly selling his company to Ohm came up in a casual conversation he had with Ohm’s husband, who is also a member of the Lion’s Club.

“I talked to him about how she’s traveling all over the place with all her other responsibilities,” Frank said. “I told him she should look at buying a little company like mine and be able to be around the area more. He went home and told her that and that started the discussion.

“Our philosophies are very much alike and that’s what made me comfortable in selling the company to her because she wanted to keep the company here and she wanted the community involvement,” Frank said. “I’m very please that I could sell to someone who is from the area and what’s continue the company and the jobs we have here.”