The family behind Carolinas Total Staffing Solutions LLC come from a long line of entrepreneurs, self-starters, and business owners. Mastering two different languages, two different cultures, and shattering glass ceilings was no easy adventure for our predecessors. But here we are today, a family staffing business of women entrepreneurs actually making it in today’s competitive market. Being headquartered in the middle of the booming growth of Greenville, South Carolina gives CTSS an advantage to take part of this growth and help other small businesses thrive.
Though Carolinas Total Staffing Solutions LLC is new to the Upstate business scene, they share a collective 30 years of experience in the staffing industry serving the manufacturing, light industrial, and clerical clientele. Laura Egelhoff, Adrianna Phillips, and Karina Phillips are the proud owners of Carolinas Total Staffing Solutions (or CTSS) and have learned everything they know of the staffing world from their fearless Mother, Karen Morales.
Karen Morales, founder of CTSS, made her start in the Staffing Industry in the early 1990’s in Atlanta, Georgia. She started as a recruiter for Labor World and absolutely fell in love with helping people on their path to gainful employment. Since then, she has worked for many other staffing giants and decided it was time to branch off to begin a company branded her very own way. She dreamed of creating a staffing empire whose mission, as a business, always kept people first.
Being a bilingual, Puerto Rican woman in the cultural melting pot of Atlanta, Georgia in the early 1990’s gave Karen a fresh perspective on the growing community of Hispanics and Latin Americans. She was in a position to help many families find their path to a new career. Karen found a passion in career consultation as she grew to be a guide for families in transition to help them learn the English language while also providing guidance through the immigration process. Thankfully for Puerto Ricans, we are born United States citizens. Karen used this privilege to educate people from other countries on how to legally obtain citizenship and permanent resident status – a process that can take upwards to 10 years.
Their partnership with Believing Ministries is what makes them truly stand out among the competition. We believe in sewing seeds of goodness in not only our family and employees, but the community at large.
Karen instilled within her daughters the virtue of leadership and what it means to be a business woman in a male-dominated industry. Laura Egelhoff, President of CTSS, is making waves on her own. She forged the path for CTSS to become a WBENC certified business. As a diverse supplier, CTSS pioneers to be a leader in supplier diversity for the Upstate of South Carolina. CTSS is also in the process of obtaining their Minority Business (MBE) certification as well.
Laura believes true leadership starts with a great education. Having finished her Bachelor of Arts at Kennesaw State University Magna Cum Laude, Laura is currently a graduate student of Harvard Business School Online where she is learning the basics of Financial Accounting, Business Analytics, and Economics. Adrianna Phillips, the HR Manager of CTSS, is currently studying Business and Accounting at Greenville Tech and hopes to transfer to Clemson University for Summer 2020. It’s not easy to balance a family of children, working full-time, and keeping track of one’s studies – but part of being a great leader is accomplishing the impossible and forge new paths for a brighter future.
CTSS’s mission also leads to serve. Their partnership with Believing Ministries is what makes them truly stand out among the competition. We believe in sewing seeds of goodness in not only our family and employees, but the community at large. Believing Ministries is a non-profit organization with operations in Greenville, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Argentina. Together, they strive to rebuild homes devastated by recent hurricanes and providing aid to the homeless and underprivileged through donations and free career counseling. Leadership is not about being the “best” or “smartest” – it is about celebrating your roots and using one’s power to uplift others in need.