Express Employment Professionals Kim Guard has been associated with Express Employment Professionals since 1999, when she started with the company in Oregon and ran a franchise office for 14 years. She sold the franchise and started consulting for Express as a corporate developer. She received two awards for her contributions to the overall growth of the company. In the early 2010s, Guard settled in Glendale and opened her second Express franchise. In 7 years, the office is ranked 55th out of over 800 offices worldwide with more than 40 percent growth year after year. Outside the workplace, Guard gives her time as chair of homeless advocacy group Ascencia, and she is on the board of the Valley Economic Alliance. BEST ADVICE: “Keep swimming!” – Dori from “Finding Nemo.” FAVORITE BOOK: “The Ideal Team Player” by Patrick Lencioni. BUCKET LIST: Hike the Pacific Crest Trail from here to Canada.