IRVINE — Thomas Services, operator of the Thomas Temporaries chain of temporary personnel agencies, has nabbed former ChemLawn Corp. operations chief Gene C. Wilson to serve as president, the company said Wednesday.
Wilson, 46, replaces longtime Thomas President Bonnie R. Nash, who has joined the executive staff of the Lee Hecht Harrison Inc. outplacement firm in its Irvine office. Lee Hecht Harrison is one of the nation's largest companies involved in outplacement--employment counseling and job placement for workers who are losing their jobs.
Thomas Temporaries, with 34 offices throughout the state, is a major regional employment service specializing in clerical, word processing and secretarial help. The company also operates two offices specializing in permanent job placement. Both are in Los Angeles under the Thomas Careers name.
While Wilson has no previous experience in the employment agency industry, he said he brings to Thomas "a common set of business skills (that are) transferable among most businesses. Leadership, managerial, sales, service and people skills are the same whether you are peddling pizzas or placing people" in jobs.