On January 2, 1973, Wollborg Michelson opened its first office in San Francisco at 12o Montgomery Street, Suite 2460, The Equitable Building. It was a small office with a few employees. Virginia Wollborg was working on a desk placing mostly “Executive Secretaries” and Bernice Michelson was in charge of writing the ads and ordering supplies. At the time a top salary for an “Executive Secretary” was $9,000 per year and they almost always took shorthand. There were no computers, fax machines, voice mail, or even push button phones. There were lots of binders where you kept your records and bottles of white-out when you needed to make corrections. All this and Wollborg Michelson was a smashing success.
Across the hall was a start up company called “Charles Schwab” with a whopping 3-4 employees. Wollborg Michelson of course was there to place some of its first team members. As time went on, we expanded and opened our second branch in San Rafael, Marin County. After a number of years and when we had become a seasoned member of the community, we got a call from a start up company to supply 5 people to help stuff boxes with a new software. They had taken over what was an old BMW auto sales building. Who ever thought at the time that Microsoft would grow to be one of the largest companies in the world.
Wollborg Michelson is proud to be part of the growth of the Bay Area. It is amazing to see and to assist in the growth of so many extraordinary companies.
We may be much larger than we were in 1973, but the truth is nothing has really changed at W/M. We still place one candidate at a time and still build relationships with one client at a time. We still have our headquarters in San Francisco.
So you see nothing has really changed. Except that Charles Schwab has more than 3 or 4 employees and Microsoft isn’t a start up.