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Nelson Named 15th on Forbes List of Top California-Based Staffing Firms

Posted On08/14/2019

ContributorKaila Prins

One of the largest independent staffing firms in the U.S. also named 90th overall

Today, Nelson announces that it has been named to Forbes’ 2019 list of America’s Best Professional Recruiting Firms. Nelson, which is based in Sonoma, California, has been ranked 15th for its presence in the Golden State, as well as 90th out of 250 firms overall in the United States.

As a family-owned firm, Nelson is especially honored by this recognition: for the past fifty years, Nelson has been a strong presence in the California’s employment market, connecting highly-qualified candidates across roles, levels, and industries with Nelson’s valued partner companies. Nelson recruits for roles in specialties like technology and engineering, accounting and finance, office and administrative, wine and beverage, and manufacturing; the company also provides general staffing and executive search services.

“Nelson is committed to offering high quality services to both our clients and our candidates,” said CEO Joe Madigan. “We are honored to be recognized for that commitment, and as we approach our 50th year in business, we look forward to continuing to make connecting talent with great jobs our priority.”

To evaluate and rank America’s best recruiting firms, Forbes partnered with Statista, a market research company. Through Statista, Forbes surveyed HR Managers (who were clients of recruiting firms), external recruiters (as a form of peer review), and candidates (who worked with recruiting firms to land a job). The rankings are based on these three groups’ ratings of quality – from communication and process to roles and/or candidates offered. To view the list, visit

For nearly 50 years, Nelson has been more than a workforce solutions firm, connecting companies with the resources they need to efficiently build and manage their teams: we’ve been a neighbor and an invested member of your communities. Nelson’s deep knowledge of and involvement in California’s job markets allows us to serve companies and organizations of all sizes in nearly all industries by collaboratively identifying and constructing flexible, scalable programs in staffing, recruiting, and payrolling to help our partners adjust to shifting workforce needs and priorities. Our mission is to help employers seize on golden opportunities in the Golden State while putting California to work.

As a family-owned business and one of the largest independent staffing companies in the U.S., Nelson is committed to involvement and investment in the communities where we live, work, and play. Through the Nelson beCAUSE corporate philanthropy program and our partnerships with companies and candidates throughout the state, we’re not just matching talented, hardworking people with the companies who need them, we’re also building a better California. For more information, visit