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Engage2Excel Named a Leader in Everest Group’s PEAK Matrix™ For Rewards and Recognition Outsourcing

STATESVILLE, N.C., October 1, 2018 – Engage2Excel, Inc. a leading provider of recruitment, employee engagement and recognition services in the HR industry, today announced that Everest Group has named it a Leader in Rewards and Recognition (R&R) Outsourcing in its report “Rewards and Recognition (R&R) Outsourcing– Service Provider Landscape with Services PEAK Matrix™ Assessment 2018.

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Engage2Excel Recruitment Solutions Earns Ranking on HRO Today 2018 RPO Baker’s Dozen Overall Enterprise Leaders List

STATESVILLE, N.C., September 18, 2018 – Engage2Excel Recruitment Solutions, a division of Engage2Excel and an innovator in recruiting and onboarding solutions, is pleased to announce the company’s ninth consecutive listing on HRO Today 2018 Customer Satisfaction Ratings: Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Providers List. This year marks their first appearance on the Overall Enterprise Leader list. In previous years they were listed as Decision Toolbox under the RPO Baker’s Dozen Midsize Providers List.

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Engage2Excel Earns Ranking for the Seventh Time on 2018 Baker’s Dozen List for Recognition Providers

STATESVILLE, N.C., July 31, 2018 – Engage2Excel, Inc. a leading provider of recruitment, employee engagement, and recognition services in the HR industry, has earned a spot among the top recognition providers in HRO Today’s 2018 Baker’s Dozen Recognition Providers Ratings. This ranking marks the seventh time the company has made the list.

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Engage2Excel is Certified Under EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks

Statesville, N.C. March 21, 2018— Engage2Excel, a leading provider of workforce solutions, announces it has received certification approval from the United States Department of Commerce for the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks program, the successor to the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Program.

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Decision Toolbox Changes Name to Engage2Excel Recruitment Solutions

STATESVILLE, N.C., Thursday, March 15, 2018 – Decision Toolbox, a leading provider of national recruitment solutions, announced today the company will unify branding with its parent company, Engage2Excel, and will now be known as Engage2Excel Recruitment Solutions.

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Survey on Performance Recognition Reveals Positive Impact of Programs on Employee Perceptions

If your company doesn’t utilize formal programs for recognizing employee performance, you may want to reconsider based on the results of a recently released survey report from Trendicators, the research division of human resources (HR) solutions provider Engage2Excel. Conducted in December 2017, this survey of 1,500 U.S. employees representing all major industry sectors and demographic categories fills a current void in research data.

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Engage2Excel Named on HRO Today’s 2017 Baker’s Dozen List of Recognition Providers

STATESVILLE, N.C., August 17, 2017 – HRO Today, a leading magazine for human capital management, announced their 2017 Recognition Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction Survey List, and Engage2Excel made the exclusive list for the sixth time, ranking 5th overall.

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Engage2Excel Acquires Decision Toolbox, A Recognized Leader in Integrated Recruiting Solutions

STATESVILLE, N.C., December 16, 2016 – Engage2Excel, a leading provider of employee engagement solutions, announced today the acquisition of recruitment solutions provider Decision Toolbox. This addition complements Engage2Excel’s existing HR solutions for employee recognition and surveys and significantly expands the capabilities of its Talent Acquisition division, launched in July 2016.

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Engage2Excel Named Among the Top Recognition Providers in HRO Today’s 2016 Baker’s Dozen Awards

STATESVILLE, N.C., August 9, 2016 – Engage2Excel, Inc. has been ranked as one of the leading providers of recognition and rewards services in the HR industry. This ranking marks the seventh year the company has made the list; in previous years it ranked under the company name TharpeRobbins.

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Engage2Excel Names Darren Findley as President of Recruitment Solutions

STATESVILLE, N.C., May 24, 2016 – Engage2Excel, Inc. has named industry veteran Darren Findley as President of Recruitment Solutions.

“We are thrilled to bring someone with such a comprehensive background in recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) and staffing solutions to lead new business opportunities at Engage2Excel,” says Phil Stewart, chief executive officer. “Darren’s experience in corporate recruitment makes him the ideal person to bring innovative solutions to our client’s workforce challenges.”

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How to Take Recognition to the Next Level. Debunking the myths in the marketplace around annual engagement surveys and service-based recognition.

Engage2Excel CEO, Phil Stewart and CES, Dr. Jack Wiley along with exclusive partner, Brian Kelly, President & CEO of Vestrics speak about the effective use of employee recognition programs and the critical steps in designing and implementing an analytics program with the Brandon Hall Group. To listen to the podcast click here.

TharpeRobbins Changes Name to Engage2Excel, Launches Industry’s Only ROI-Employee Recognition Solution

STATESVILLE, NC October 18, 2015 – After 123 years, TharpeRobbins, the nation’s longest continuously operating employee recognition company, has changed its name to Engage2Excel and unveiled the industry’s only ROI-based employee recognition platform.

Engage2Excel launched its new brand and ROI-based employee recognition platform today at the HR Tech conference in Las Vegas. In September, clients were given a preview of the new platform in New York. Kevin Henry, Chief Human Resources Officer for Extended Stay America, was impressed with what he saw. “HR leaders need better tools for driving engagement and validating the business impact in order to plan and scale their investments,” says Henry.

“Our new name succinctly sums up what we do. We help companies engage employees to drive business results,” says Phil Stewart, Engage2Excel’s president and CEO. Stewart joined the company in March after eight years at IBM/Kenexa, where he served as the chief people officer and president of Kenexa’s Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) business unit. “At IBM/Kenexa, I learned the importance and power of analytics in making HR decisions based on measurable business outcomes.”

Companies spend $46 billion annually on employee recognition programs according to industry analyst Bersin by Deloitte. “The unfortunate reality,” Stewart reports, “is that HR leaders today lack the ROI metrics that IT, manufacturing, marketing, and finance use for managing program investments.”

Engage2Excel’s ROI-based employee recognition platform gives HR leaders the business metrics they need to plan, analyze, and scale their engagement and recognition programs. Building on the company’s long history of providing employee recognition programs for more than 2,500 companies, Engage2Excel has added new services to their portfolio. These services include engagement surveys and performance analytics that help clients measure, manage, and improve employee engagement and recognition programs to drive bottom-line results.

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About Engage2Excel, Inc.

Engage2Excel, Inc., formerly TharpeRobbins, is a privately held provider of employee engagement and recognition programs. With the company’s vast industry knowledge and expertise in outcome-based program design for a wide variety of clients—from Fortune 500 corporations to entrepreneurial firms—Engage2Excel helps clients measure, manage, and improve performance with the industry’s only ROI-based employee recognition solution. Headquartered in Statesville, N.C., with an ISO-certified facility in Attleboro, Mass., Engage2Excel has a long history of pioneering solutions dating back to the founding of The Robbins Company in 1892. Find out more at

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The HR Technology Conference 2015: Trailblazers Don’t Make the Best Settlers

Posted on October 26, 2015 by Madeline Laurano

I first heard this quote at last month’s GlassDoor Employer Branding Summit when Spencer Rascoff called Zillow (the real estate tech giant) a startup. Some companies, regardless of their size or growth potential, still operate best when they are pushing the envelope, running at warp speed or getting messy with all hands on deck. Is this a good thing? I think so especially in a time when “startup” has become the flavor du jour. This sentiment is one that certainly rang true at The HR Technology Conference this week. Both emerging providers and traditional players were coming to market with new products and exciting announcements. Everyone from ADP (who announced significant enhancements) to Engage2Excel (who developed a novel approach to old-school recognition) to The Marcus Buckingham Company (who stole the show with its approach to building high-performing teams) had something interesting to share. The energy this year is hard to describe.

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TharpeRobbins welcomes Phillip Stewart as the new Chief Executive Officer of TharpeRobbins

STATESVILLE, N.C., April 28, 2015– The TharpeRobbins Company, Inc. has named Phillip Stewart to the position of chief executive officer of The TharpeRobbins Company, Inc., the parent company of both TharpeRobbins and Hinda Incentives.

“We are excited to bring someone with such an extensive background in both executive leadership and human resources to lead the team at TharpeRobbins and Hinda,” says Pat Harlow, chairman of the board. “Phil’s roots in human resources make him the ideal person to connect with the needs of our customers in this vibrant and growing industry.”

Phil comes to TharpeRobbins with a successful track record and a vast professional network, most notably in the HR community. Phil has spent the last eight years at IBM/Kenexa, first as Chief People Officer and then as President of Kenexa’s Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) business unit since 2007. Prior to Kenexa, Phil spent seven years at Dentsply International and nine years with the Sara Lee Corporation, all in various Human Resources leadership positions. Phil will be moving to Davidson, NC and will work out of the TharpeRobbins headquarters in Statesville, NC.

“Phil has a history of rapidly growing businesses and we are thrilled that he will commit the people and financial resources necessary to support our growth,” says Mike Donnelly, president of Hinda Incentives.

“I am honored to lead this dynamic team to new levels of success,” says Stewart. “We have the perfect combination of experienced talent, cutting-­‐edge technology and depth of services in all of the industries we support. Our future is so incredibly bright that there is no limit to what we will accomplish together!”

About TharpeRobbins
The TharpeRobbins Company is a privately held provider of managed employee reward and recognition programs, which offers in-­‐house creative services, software development, jewelry manufacturing and state-­‐of-­‐the-­‐art distribution centers. TharpeRobbins is passionate about recognition because it knows an engaged workforce produces measurable business results. With the company’s vast industry knowledge and expertise in outcome-­‐based program design for a wide variety of clients — from Fortune 500 corporations to entrepreneurial firms — TharpeRobbins offers a unique perspective that helps its clients achieve attraction, retention and performance goals through employee engagement. With TharpeRobbins, Recognition Changes Everything.

Created through the 2007 merger of The Robbins Company, founded in 1892, and The Tharpe Company Inc., founded in 1981, TharpeRobbins acquired Hinda Incentives in 2012, further strengthening its services to the industry. Headquartered in Statesville, N.C., with an ISO-­‐certified facility in Attleboro, Mass., and Hinda Incentives located in Chicago, TharpeRobbins’ innovative solutions have continued to set new standards for more than 100 years. Find out more at

About Hinda Incentives
Hinda has forged a reputation as the preeminent provider of individual lifestyle awards for sales channels and customer loyalty incentive marketing programs, as well as the employee engagement segments of the corporate rewards and recognition industry. At every level and turn of the awards fulfillment aspect, the company strives to exceed the highest expectations through its never-­‐ending passion for and commitment to total client and award recipient satisfaction.

Established in 1970, Chicago-­‐based Hinda Incentives is one of the nation’s leading specialists in motivating employees and sales forces, and providing incentives to dealers, distributors, and consumers. Hinda’s web-­‐based system, innergE®, provides an efficient, immediate and effective way to manage incentive and recognition programs. The ultimate and most current award assortment available in the marketplace, infinitE℠, offers millions of choices including brand-­‐name merchandise, instant, easy and intuitive digital awards, books and entertainment. Hinda also provides prompt fulfillment of the most popular awards by maintaining its own warehouse and distribution center. Learn more at:

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