Spherion’s 2021 Franchise Owner of the Year Takes Ownership of Johnson City Office


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Spherion Staffing and Recruiting (Spherion) announced today that the Johnson City office is now under the leadership of existing Spherion franchisees Molly and Joe Keebler. The Keeblers took over ownership responsibilities of the office on August 29.

The Johnson City office has been a staple in the community since it opened in the summer of 1996 under the ownership of Carol Trahan, who passed away earlier this year. Trahan was a pillar in the Johnson City community for more than 25 years. She served as Johnson City Chamber of Commerce’s first female president and engaged with the community in myriad ways, receiving recognition for her dedication to serving those around her.

“Carol was an inspiring leader and fantastic person, and her loss is felt both here in Johnson City and throughout the entire Spherion community,” said Molly, who currently serves as Spherion’s national Franchise Advisory Board president. “Our goal is to continue her legacy in Johnson City by bringing a refreshed level of customer service to clients and candidates alike. We have such a passion for helping match jobseekers with rewarding work opportunities and look forward to supporting folks across Washington, Carter and Sullivan counties.” 

Molly & Joe Keebler of the Spherion Asheville, NC office pose in front of a Spherion logo sign

Current franchise owners of the Spherion office in Asheville, North Carolina, the Keeblers originally considered purchasing the Johnson City office back in [YEAR]. At the time, Trahan was not yet ready to move on from the business but was in full support of Molly and Joe assuming ownership responsibilities. In addition to serving on Spherion’s Franchise Advisory Board, Molly was also the recipient of Spherion’s Franchise Owner of the Year award in 2021 for spearheading the Asheville office’s year-over-year growth and swiftly deploying her proactive worst-case scenario business plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m from a town very similar to Johnson City and see the growth potential we have to support the local workforce here,” Molly added. “Plus, we have innovative incentive-based campaigns on the horizon that I’m confident will engage the community and help us continue to get Johnson City back to work!” 

As a former English composition teacher, Molly knows how to generate excitement for work in younger generations and believes in teaching career readiness. She and Joe managed their own real estate business for 15 years prior to joining Spherion and look forward to leveraging the skills they’ve gained to support the Johnson City office.

“Molly and Joe are two of our most accomplished franchisees, and I couldn’t think of a better duo to help us revitalize our presence in Johnson City,” said Rebecca Rogers Tijerino, president of Spherion. “Carol made an incredible impact on all of us, and we look forward to supporting the Keeblers as they honor and continue her legacy.”

Spherion brandishes the power of local through a network of independent and empowered franchisees like Molly and Joe Keebler. Each Spherion franchisee enriches their communities by 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.

The Spherion Johnson City office will remain open at its current on-site location in John Deere, located at 1750 Hal Henard Road in Greeneville.

To learn more about Spherion Staffing in Johnson City, visit spherion.com/johnsoncity.

About Spherion

With more than 75 years of staffing and recruiting experience, Spherion stands out as a leader in the industry, leveraging the power of local to support its vast network of independent franchisees. True to its tagline, Let’s Get to Work, Spherion provides workforce solutions to more than 4,000 businesses nationwide across its more than 200 offices. With recent awards including recognition on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list and being named a top recruiting firm by Forbes, Spherion has a proven ability to cater to the ever-changing demands of America’s workforce. Backed by the global leader in human resources, Spherion is prepared to provide workforce solutions through its General Staffing franchise model and newly launched Professional IT model to even more job seekers and organizations.

To learn more about Spherion’s services, visit https://www.spherion.com.

For information about the Spherion franchising opportunity, visit https://www.spherion.com/franchise/.


Alex Hopkins

All Points Public Relations

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