PrideStaff Knoxville

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Paul Shands, Owner/Strategic-Partner

Industries served
We recruit for temporary, temporary-to-hire and direct hire roles for small businesses and manufacturers in the greater Knoxville area, including: manufacturing, light industrial, skilled trades, warehouse/distribution, customer service/call center, administrative clerical, management, sales/marketing, information technology and more.

What makes us unique
PrideStaff’s model provides the best of both worlds: the resources and support of a national staffing agency, coupled with the service advantages local ownership provides.

This proven business model allows my team to devote our time and effort where it matters most: creating ideal employment connections between Knoxville area employers and qualified talent. By building the right relationships, acting as a true partner, and helping each employer and job seeker achieve their objectives, PrideStaff delivers exceptional results for all parties in the employment equation.

PrideStaff is a Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Diamond Award winner through ClearlyRated, which places us in the top 1% of staffing firms in the U.S. and Canada.

My professional career began with Consolidated Graphics, where I got a true taste of decision making and impacts that lead to company performance. From there, I was recruited into the paper industry. For 13 years I climbed the corporate ladder, traveling the East Coast and managing large territories. During this time I was involved with executive teams, strategy and branding decisions, consulting firms and major industry mergers.

I left the corporate world in 2015 and purchased a 50-year-old, family-owned printing company. I aggressively implemented a modernization plan by adding new accounting and operating systems, new branding and marketing, and purchasing new equipment that reduced costs while allowing us to offer more products.

Now, I use my experience both as a corporate leader and small business owner to empathize with and develop the right solutions for the challenges our clients face.

What we love about Knoxville
The great outdoors. We have many lakes here to go boating with friends and family and lots of opportunities to enjoy the mountains. And of course, University of Tennessee football.

PrideStaff Knoxville Named Winner of PrideStaff’s Illustrious “Mile High” Award

In recognition of outstanding achievements in revenue growth, leadership, and serving others, PrideStaff, a nationally franchised staffing organization, was pleased to name its Knoxville office as the winner of the Mile High Award at the 2024 PrideStaff Annual Conference. The prestigious honor, so named because it originated in Denver, Colorado, the “Mile High City,” is […]

PrideStaff Knoxville Honored with PrideStaff’s Distinguished “5 Star Award”

After rising to the challenge of opening his Knoxville staffing and employment office in October of 2020, Owner/Strategic-Partner, Paul Shands is proud to announce that his office was one of six in the nation to receive the 5 Star Award for outstanding revenue growth in 2021 from PrideStaff, a nationally franchised staffing organization. This annual […]

PrideStaff Knoxville Named a President’s Circle Award Winner and Top Achiever in Profitability and Growth

To celebrate their top performers’ sales achievements and resilience through a year of massive change and critical talent shortages, PrideStaff, a nationally franchised staffing organization, is pleased to announce the annual winners of their President’s Circle Award. This year, PrideStaff Knoxville was named a President’s Circle Award winner for being a top producer in revenue […]

PrideStaff Expands with New Staffing and Employment Agency in Knoxville

PrideStaff, a national, franchised staffing organization, is pleased to announce the opening of a new staffing and employment agency in Knoxville, Tennessee. The new office will offer a full range of staffing and employment services in a variety of professional and light industrial disciplines for employers and job seekers in the greater Knoxville area. “I’m […]