ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Spherion Staffing announced today the new franchise ownership of its Palm Coast, Ormond Beach and St. Augustine offices, which service Flagler, Volusia, St Johns and Putnam counties. Local entrepreneurial couple, John and Kayrene Kirkman, have acquired ownership from Wayne Peters and his late wife Carol after 26 years of dedicated service. The Kirkman’s began overseeing operations on September 27, 2021.

“I strongly encourage all four communities to welcome John and Kayrene with open arms,” said Peters. “My wife Carol personally felt connected to John and Kayrene, as I do today,” Wayne commented. “In fact, I’ve known John for nearly three decades as he was a client for several years, then worked with Carol and I at Spherion several years ago. Before Carol passed, we discussed how John and Kayrene would be the perfect duo to take over ownership of our Spherion offices, and I hold complete trust in them to continue leading the business to great success.”

The Kirkman’s and their 2 children have lived in the east Volusia area for over 30 years and bring with them a wealth of industry knowledge as well as a connection to and understanding of the local communities. After serving in the Army and then the National Guard in Daytona Beach, FL, John worked for 25 years in various executive human resources roles, both locally and nationally. He has also served as the President of the Volusia/Flagler chapter for the Society of Human Resources (SHRM) and was an active board member of the Florida State SHRM Board for two years. As a previous Spherion client and branch manager, John brings with him a unique understanding of client needs and expectations.

Kayrene also brings her own experience in business ownership and management to the business as the previous owner and operator of  her own business in Ormond Beach for nearly 20 years. She too has experience in the staffing industry. Together, the duo looks forward to offering a heightened local level of service to clients and candidates in its current office locations, Ormond Beach and St. Augustine.

“We recognized a rare opportunity to give back to the communities we have called home for so many years. Our experienced and dedicated team will work hand-in-hand with new and existing business leaders to drive growth in our communities,” said John.

“We bring a local approach to talent management. Our entire team are your neighbors and live in the communities we service.”

Spherion brandishes the power of local through a network of independent and empowered franchisees like the Kirkman’s. Each Spherion franchisee enriches their communities through connecting and facilitating employment opportunities every day — and when they’re successful together, their investments flow back into the neighborhoods where they live and work. The power of Spherion is in its local roots.

“Congratulations to John and Kayrene, who have demonstrated their passion and persistence for igniting staffing needs in their local communities,” said Rebecca Rogers Tijerino, President of Spherion Staffing. “We have full confidence in their ability to pick up where Wayne & Carol left off and look forward to supporting the Kirkman’s in their accomplishments.”

Spherion offices in Palm Coast, Ormond Beach and St. Augustine primarily service direct-hire, professional, administrative, accounting, IT, human resources, customer service, light industrial, and manufacturing