In 1976, the Holi Corporation was established by Dale W. Holifield. Not knowing what to name her business venture, Dale went to her mother for guidance. Her mother did three things: First, she named the corporation Holi (the first four letters of Dale’s last name). Second, she put the “holly leaves” above the “i” in Holi so the pronunciation would be recognized as “holly” and not “holy”. Lastly, she purchased for Dale a replica of a plaque that might have hung on the wagon of a peddler in the 19th century. On the plaque is written “Square Deal Peddler”.
From those three words came the mission statement of Holi:
Recruit the best possible applicants available and pay an honest wage, bill the client a reasonable rate and take a fair profit for the company (a “Square Deal”). The plaque still hangs in Dale’s office today.
In the 70’s, business was done mostly on a handshake and there were only a few temporary help services in the area and most of those were national companies. Holi made its mark by servicing the many oil companies with clerical help. Soon clients came from industries that were affiliated with the oil companies. Holi took off and so did its reputation for a Square Deal. Unfortunately, the oil industry and their affiliates were short-lived and Holi had to reinvent itself. But one large factor remained – Holi’s reputation for the Square Deal.
Times had changed, but Holi’s reinvention spawned its expansion. The name was changed to reflect that expansion and Holi Temporary Services gave way to Holi Services, Inc., a professional, full-service placement company. Holi offered the business community not just quality temporary personnel in the clerical field, but personnel in the light industrial, industrial and technical fields, as well. Permanent placement, temporary-to-hire and employee leasing plans were implemented and two new offices were opened. Holi and the Square Deal took off again.
Our permanent staff associates have extensive knowledge in recruiting, testing and screening potential candidates for our clientele and our office turnover is minimal.
Holi is still 100% female-owned and operated by Dale W. Holifield with offices in Orleans and Jefferson parishes and in Baton Rouge.