Who we are / Our History

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From our humble beginnings in 1969 to becoming a leader in the human resources and staffing industry, our mission from the beginning has always been to make business simple for our clients.

1969

Bill Guss opens Labor Services, Inc, to provide a flexible workforce to Oahu shipyards. From his office lanai in Waikiki, he would raise a blue flag just after sunrise—a sign to surfers on dawn patrol that there was work available that day.

1971

The East Coast corporate headquarters of Xerox, IBM and Motorola find it difficult to provide payroll and HR support to their Hawaii-based employees 5,000 miles away. We (Labor Services) fill a need and pioneer the outsourcing of HR administration in Hawaii.

1972

We are one of the first companies in Hawaii to install a computer system for time/attendance, payroll and dispatch functions. The computers are the size of 2 refrigerators and can store 10 MB.

1975

We open a Maui branch office, and it’s our first office located outside of Oahu.

1980

Kerry Kopp joins the company.

1981

Known as Employee Management Corporation, we establish Hawaii’s first professional employer organization (PEO) and it becomes a national leader in the PEO industry, providing HR administration and support services to both commercial and nonprofit clients.

1984

Our staffing brand expands to Hilo and Kona.

1988

Our staffing and HR companies expand from Hawaii to the mainland, opening up and buying businesses in California, Arizona and Utah.

1992

We unify all of our businesses under one company, ALTRES, which is short for “ALTernative RESources for Business.” We now become the largest human resources company in Hawaii.

1993

Barron Guss becomes President of ALTRES.

1996

ALTRES develops proprietary Time and Attendance systems focusing on Radio Frequency I.D. technology.

1999

We celebrate our 30th anniversary by breaking ground on the ALTRES Building on Kapiolani.

2000

ALTRES Medical is started to provide nursing services to hospitals. And ProEmp Journal names us the #1 professional employer organization (PEO) in America.

2001

We move into our new corporate headquarters at The ALTRES Building at 967 Kapiolani Blvd.

2002

Our staffing division purchases Prostaffing, a Hawaii technical staffing firm and subsequently launches ALTRES Technical.

2003

After 15 years of continuous expansion and growth outside of Hawaii, we decide to focus exclusively on serving the Hawaii business community once again.

2009

We celebrate our 40th anniversary and we are named “Innovative Company of the Year” by Pacific Business News.

Our HR division rebrands and becomes simplicityHR by ALTRES.

2011

We release HR Symphony®, our fully-integrated, single-login, human resources information system (HRIS) and web portal.

2012

simplicityHR by ALTRES acquires KilaKila Employer Services, Maui’s leading PEO.

2013

simplicityHR by ALTRES introduces the HR Symphony® mobile app.