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The History of Alan J. Blair Personnel


Alan J. Blair was founded by veteran recruiter Ann Joseph Bridges in 1976, with our first office located at 690 Market Street, Suite 407, in the Old San Francisco Chronicle Building. Ann chose the company name by using her own initials!

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Sept. 19th, 1982, an ad in the SF Chronicle for recruiters to join the growing team.


Alan J. Blair moved just down the road from the Old Chronicle Building to 625 Market Street in 1987.

Mary Alexander, an Alan J. Blair recruiter, bought the company from Dan Alpler in 1991.

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Ad for an Admin in the SF Chronicle, Aug. 11th, 1995

Mary Alexander grew the company from 2 employees to 20 recruiters, making it the fixture in San Francisco's recruiting history

Future President and Owner Bradford Mattin joined Alan J. Blair as a recruiter in April 2000.

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The Alan J. Blair office moved to 251 Post, Suite 302 in 2008.

In 2010, Alan J. Blair worked with the San Francisco Giants when they won their first World Series title in over 50 years!

Bradford Mattin took over ownership of Alan J. Blair Personnel Services, Inc. from Mary Alexander in July 2019.

The year 2000 brought another move for Team AJB, this time to Suite 2180 in The Shell Building, at 100 Bush Street.

Alan J. Blair made the move to our current office, 214 Grant Avenue, Suite 350, in April of 2019.

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This ad was run in the SF Chronicle on April 26th, 1976. The first of many!

1984 brought about a change in ownership. Ann Joseph Bridges passed away in the early 1980s, and her family sold the company to Dan Alper soon after.

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Celebrating Temporary Staff Appreciation Week, SF Chronicle, Oct. 11th, 1989

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As the internet became a more popular way to job hunt, ads in the newspaper were posted less and less. This June 11th, 1998 ad was the last Administrative job posting AJB listed in the SF Chronicle.

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