Cardinal History

In 1984, Q.T. “Bud” Freeman and Diane “Gail” Freeman purchased the franchisee’s rights to the Acme Personnel Employment Agency in North Bend, Oregon. Two years later, they bought the franchisor’s interest and established Freeman Employment Agency. 

In 1988, Cardinal Services, Inc. was formed and a branch location in Eugene was opened. 

By 1990, a location in Roseburg was added, Freeman Employment Agency ceased business activity, and Cardinal moved its headquarters to Coos Bay.

In 1994, Cardinal acquired the assets of Baugh Business Services, a Florence staffing company. Oregon Business Magazine named Cardinal one of the Ten Best Places to work in Oregon.

In 1996, the Small Business Development Center Network named Cardinal as Oregon’s “Fastest Planned Growth Company”.

By 2002, Cardinal had opened in Bend. In 2003, Cardinal Employers Organization, Inc. was formed, becoming the primary vehicle for delivering PEO services.

In 2004, Cardinal acquired the assets of Winsum Staffing Services, LLC in St. Helens, OR.

In 2007, Cardinal (under Winsum, LLC) acquired Jan Baker Facilitates in Bend. Jan Baker Facilitates is a human resource consulting business that specializes in training, recruiting and HR consulting to small to medium size businesses throughout Oregon with primary emphasis on Central Oregon. Jan Baker was the original HR director for Mountain Bachelor Ski Resort. Also in 2007, a new entity was formed, Preferred Employer Solutions, which will provide some Staffing and PEO services in specialized circumstances.

In 2008 Cardinal purchased Lighthouse Accounting and Bookkeeping in Springfield. Adding payroll services to the array of Cardinal Services.

In 2010, we acquired Business Administrative Services (BAS) in Bend, OR.

In 2016, Sequoia Personnel Services was acquired from previous owners Bud and Leona Simpson along with a great office team in the Eureka, CA office.

In 2018, inducted into OR Business Magazine “Top 100 Oregon Businesses’ Hall of Fame” for receiving the award 10 times, and for being one of the original companies named to the list when it began in 1994.