Tampa, FL – When Debra Livingston and Frances Ford started ReEmployability in 2003, it was due to a shared passion for helping injured workers return to work and a vision to transform the way employers and insurance carriers approach return to work programs. Today, fifteen years later, the company announced that Ford has retired, and Livingston will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer.
Ford said her decision to retire is bittersweet and though it is hard to say good-bye to staff and clients, she is ready to explore and travel the world. She is confident Livingston will take the helm and steer the company into the new era with amazing technology and resources to remain the largest provider of transitional work services.
“The mission continues and remains the same of building a great, respected organization of driven and talented people,” Ford said. “There is no question that greater milestones will be reached. I can’t wait to see where Deb will lead the company.”
Livingston recently announced the company’s 2018 initiatives to clients and stakeholders, which include technological advancements to enhance customer, nonprofit partner, and injured worker experiences and to increase nationwide accessibility by hiring new Account Executives and expanding focus into new territories.
“We’re planning a year of great changes that will affect everyone involved in our program,” Livingston said. “Over the years Frances and I have created a solid foundation. We have developed a strong program and have built a solid leadership team. As Frances moves forward in her new adventure, I am confident that we are poised to continue the trajectory we’re on and improve the value that we’re already providing to our customers.”
Together the pair has been recognized for their substantial accomplishments. Over the past 15 years, the company has grown tremendously and has been recognized in the industry in several ways, including most recently: landing on the Inc. 5000 list for four consecutive years; being locally honored on the Gulf Coast 500 list for the past two years; debuting on the Seminole 100 list this year; and Livingston being honored as a 2017 Woman to Watch by Business Insurance Magazine.