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A Letter From Our CEO

Many people comment on our motto, "It's not what makes us different, it's who." wondering what we really mean by it.

The staffing industry really is all about people. Not just the candidates we source and send to our clients, but the internal staff who serve our candidates and clients. After all, many of the candidates who work for us also work for our competitors, so it's often hard to differentiate ourselves by saying we're different in our screening and vetting process.

But where The Lawton Group really is different is in our internal staff. Our recruiters, managers, sales personnel and executives have been with us an average of more than 10 years, an almost unheard of number within the staffing industry, an industry notorious for the "churn" of its internal employees.

We've been told many times from both our candidates and clients how infuriating it is to call a staffing service, ask to speak with "their" staffing manager and then be told that that person no longer is with the company. That doesn't happen at The Lawton Group.

What this means for our clients and our candidates is twofold:

  1. We really get to know you. Your goals and challenges, likes and dislikes, whether you're a candidate or one of our client companies.
  2. Should you lose contact with us for a year or more, you needn't worry that you'll have to "train us" all over again. The same people who helped you before will be here to help you again.

In addition, our managers and recruiters are well-educated, industry-certified professionals. They understand the challenges of both running a business and how important staffing with the right employees is to its success. They also recognize the complexity of looking for the right position, one that feeds an individual's talents and goals as well as the pocketbook.

In short, it's our people that make all the difference for us at The Lawton Group. We're in it for the long haul -- you may count on us to be here for you year in and year out.

We greatly look forward to being at your service.


Judy Lawton
President & Founder
The Lawton Group

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Awards and Recognition

  • Top Direct Placement Firms, SDBJ, 2010
  • CEO of the Year Nominee, SDBJ, 2009
  • Women Who Mean Business Award, SDBJ, 2009
  • Fastest Growing Private Companies, SDBJ 2008
  • Best in Class, Companies Less Than $10M, RFP Showdown, Staffing Industry Analysts, 2008
  • Top 500 Woman-Owned Businesses, Inc. Magazine, 2008
  • Enterprising Woman of the Year, Enterprising Woman Magazine, 2008
  • Fastest Growing Private Companies, SDBJ 2008
  • Best in Class, Companies Less Than $10M, RFP Showdown, Staffing Industry Analysts, 2008
  • Women Who Mean Business Award, SDBJ 2005
  • BRAVO Award, National Association of Women Business Owners, 1998 & 2005
  • "Woman of Distinction, San Diego Regional Conference for Women, 1995
  • LEAD Graduates, 1994 and 2008
  • Top 500 Woman Owned Businesses in USA, Diversity
  • Partnerships in Education, San Diego City Schools

Community Leadership

  • Board President – California Staffing Professionals
  • Board Member – San Diego Workforce Partnership
  • Chair – Workforce Investment Board 1999-2000
  • Chair/Member – Workforce Advancement Committee: Workforce Investment Board 2000-present
  • Board Member and Past Chair – School to Career Youth Council
  • Chapter President - California Staffing Professionals
  • Member - Soroptimist International of San Diego


  • WOSB
  • DBE
  • SBE
  • CAC
  • CSP
  • WRC

Active Professional Memberships

  • American Staffing Association
  • Staffing Industry Analysts
  • California Staffing Professionals
  • Florida Staffing Professionals
  • SHRM
  • NHRA
  • NCPA
  • Executive Women International
  • Women President's Organization