PHOENIX, AZ – April 30th – Openforce®, provider of the most widely adopted platform for onboarding, contractor and vendor settlement, compliance management and risk mitigation solutions for independent contractor workforces, today announced the acquisition of Flexible Workforce, LLC, a leading contractor and vendor management platform for the courier, last mile, and logistics segments. Openforce is a portfolio company of Riverside Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm. No financial terms were disclosed.
“We are very excited to combine “forces” and provide even greater value to our clients, independent contractors and contract vendors” Ryan Kelly, CEO of Openforce, said. “The combination of Openforce and Flexible Workforce broadens our footprint in the marketplace, adds an additional software platform to our product offering and brings to Openforce a very talented and experienced team from Flexible.”
Flexible Workforce offers an automated software platform that provides solutions to manage the logistics industry’s flexible driver workforce.
Rob Slack and Kirk Godby, founders of Flexible Workforce, have joined the Openforce team as Co-Presidents of the Flexible Workforce division. “I am really excited for this opportunity and look forward to taking the Flexible platform to new heights with the power of the Openforce team behind us” Rob said. Kirk added that “for us to see where this industry has come from and to now be a part of shaping where it’s going as part of the Openforce team is truly exciting.” Slack and Godby are both past presidents of the Customized and Logistics Delivery Association (CLDA). “Rob and Kirk add significant transportation and risk mitigation experience to the Openforce team, and we look forward to adding their perspective to our client toolbox” Ryan Kelly added.
With the Flexible Workforce acquisition, Openforce is able to offer clients an even larger set of solutions, insurance resources, and technologies to recruit, onboard, and retain independent contractors. The Flexible Workforce platform will continue to be offered under the Openforce banner helping clients mitigate risks in the ever-changing independent contractor environment and providing contractors and vendors with efficiency and business improvement tools.
Openforce’s robust technology team will fully leverage both platforms and bring the best of both worlds to the market. “We are thrilled to now offer an even larger suite of technology options to our customers today,” Ryan Kelly said, “and over the next several months our clients will benefit from additional features and functionality we will be rolling out on the platform.”
Openforce® is the leader in technology-driven services that reduce operating costs and mitigate compliance risk for companies using independent contractors. Openforce frees contracting companies from the burden of onboarding, contracting, and settlement processing while helping contractors build their business. Our cloud-based applications help businesses achieve more sustainable, profitable growth by removing financial, operational, and compliance barriers to getting business done. Openforce is a portfolio company of Boston-based private equity firm Riverside Partners. Learn more at www.oforce.com.
About Riverside Partners
Founded in 1989, Riverside Partners is a middle market private equity firm currently investing Riverside Fund VI, L.P. The fund focuses on growth-oriented companies in the healthcare and technology industries. Riverside Partners is particularly experienced at partnering with founders, owners and management teams and it brings substantial domain expertise and operating experience to its portfolio companies. For more information, please visit www.riversidepartners.com.
Flex is competitive SaaS platform/solution providing on-boarding, compliance, settlement and insurance services focused almost entirely on the courier market. Similar to Openforce, the Flex platform provides their clients with an end-to-end solution to establish automated workflows and processes. They recruit, enroll, and settle IC’s based on their client requirements.
We are really excited about these two great companies coming together to combine “forces” and provide greater value to our clients and ICs.
The purchase was finalized and effective on April 19, 2019.
No, Openforce acquired 100% of Flex. Flex is now a business unit or division of Openforce. Flex will focus its efforts on the courier market – but may be utilized for other types of clients if the Flex platform provides the best fit for the need.
Both Rob and Kirk are going to continue to bring their expertise, relationships, and knowledge to the industry and the Openforce team. Rob and Kirk have both become employees of Openforce and serve as Co-Presidents of the Flexible Workforce division.
Rob is a 40 plus year veteran in the courier industry was the Co-President of Flexible Workforce. His career began as a delivery driver and courier in 1975. Rob has served on the board of the MCAA for over 20 years and is a past president of the CLDA. Rob founded, sold, and managed several companies over his long tenured career. Rob also served as President and COO at SCI for 15 years.
Kirk is a 26-year veteran of the final mile delivery industry and was Co-President of Flexible Workforce. His career began in 1993 when he founded Corporate Couriers in Ft. Worth, TX. In 2006, he opened another location in Austin, TX. Kirk sold his business in 2012 and moved on to work for SCI as their National Business Development Director and Executive team member where he served for almost 5 years. Kirk served 12-years as a board member of the CLDA and served as President from 2014-2016. Kirk received his BBA degree from Texas Christian University, and resides in Fort Worth, TX with his wife, Kelley, and two daughters. Kirk enjoys fishing and thoroughbred horse racing.
Yes. He is the CEO of Openforce, and the Flex teams will roll up under him.
No. Nothing will change in your platform or processing. We will, of course, look for ways to bring the best of both platforms to all of our customers.
There are no plans for any business structure changes. Our commitment is to our clients and Independent Contractors. With that in mind, we will continue to focus first on ways to streamline the enrollment experience, provide more recruitment tools, and mitigate compliance risks as our priorities.
Our number one commitment is to you, our clients, and ultimately your Independent Contractors. We are looking to make recruitment, enrollment, and retention easier so ICs can join your workforce sooner and more efficiently. Both teams will be working hard to make that happen.
No changes are planned to names but Flexible Workforce will now be a part of Openforce.
Nothing will change in the way we are servicing our clients or ICs.
All contracts will remain in effect.
Eventually, yes. The Openforce marketing team will assess and work with the Flex team to best understand the needs of all of our clients and potential clients to create one exciting new website that encompasses all that we offer.
You can continue to reach out to your designated account representative or contact with questions.