Posted on September 28, 2010
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In 1981 a young executive named Sam Brooks was working for the Oregon Employment Department when he decided to take a gamble and open up his own staffing agency after getting strong support from a handful of friends. He took out the money he had saved up for retirement, which was somewhere between $14,000 and $24,000, and opened up Brooks Temporary Associates, the state’s first minority-owned employment agency. Since then, he and his wife, Margaret, have established S. Brooks and Associates as a reputable company. But Sam and Margaret Brooks are preparing to fade into the backdrop of the company as they pass the reigns to their daughter, Simone.