Jim Holwerda, Class of 2013

IB is celebrating 20 years of the 40 Under 40 in 2020, and will be catching up with past recipients to see what they’ve been up to since they were honored. This week features Jim Holwerda, franchise owner, Holwerda Enterprises LLC, dba Remedy Intelligent Staffing.
Watn Jim Holwerda

What have you accomplished in your professional life/career since your 40 Under 40 selection?

I was named franchisee of the year in 2015, and we’re now the third largest franchise in the country and the fastest growing. We grew from five offices in 2013 to now 20 offices in Wisconsin. I was also named a Franchise Advisory Council delegate, and I’m currently chief vice volunteer officer for the YMCA of Dodge County, and past president of Dodge County SHRM.

What accomplishments, milestones, or endeavors have you attained in your personal life since your 40 Under 40 selection?

We welcomed our third child into the family and now have 10, 7, and 6-year-old children. I started a real estate company and now own commercial real estate that we own/occupy along with a large commercial office property in Madison. I also acquired farmland to raise corn and soybeans.

If you were to “do it all over again,” what (if anything) would you do differently throughout your career?

I would have hired my leadership team much earlier. For many years I was HR, finance, sales, marketing, and more. Once I brought on those talented individuals we were able to take our company to the next level.

How did your 40 Under 40 selection help your career?

Being named to the 40 Under 40 not only expanded my network of contacts but more importantly it provided legitimacy to prospective employees looking to join a newer organization.

What is something that you have a new passion for since the time of your induction — either professionally or personally?

I have a renewed passion for hunting and running, which I am now making the time for. I also have developed a strong interest in economics and politics.

Based on your experience, do you have any advice for today’s young professionals (under 40)?

Treat people right. Work hard. The rest will come.

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