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Milestones: How BJ Martinez’s temp job became a 30-year career

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When BJ Martinez accepted a temporary position at CompHealth in 1986, she had no idea she was setting the stage for a career as the face of the nation’s leading healthcare staffing company.

From her temp job, BJ was eventually offered a full-time job as the receptionist. For three decades, she has often been the first person our clients and employees interact with on the phone or upon entering the lobby of CHG’s Salt Lake City headquarters.

“I have quite literally grown up here,” BJ says. “I’ve been able to witness CHG’s humble beginnings to the huge corporate success we are today.”

Mark Law, CHG chief operating officer, started at the company just three years after BJ, and says, “BJ has seen and heard it all, so she can handle anything that comes her way. She does her best every day, which sets an example for everyone in the company.”

Over the past 30 years, BJ has built relationships with hundreds of people, and values CHG’s Putting People First culture.

She recalls an incident many years ago when she had a flat tire in the parking lot and a company executive got underneath her car to fix it even though it got his suit very dirty.

“I was so impressed that he would take the time to do that for me, putting my needs above everything in his day to help me when I was so distressed. I knew for certain I was really in a wonderful place,” BJ recalls.

Acts of kindness like these, BJ says, have encouraged her reach out to others. Today, many know BJ as “the Momma Bear of CHG.”

“She is always looking out for me and my family,” Susan Halaliku, facilities coordinator, shares. “One of my fondest memories of BJ was a few years ago when I was having surgery. She put together a care package for me to take to the hospital, called after the operation and sent me flowers.”

BJ says CHG has really made her the person she is today.

“Our core value of Putting People First makes me think before I react,” BJ explains. “Working for CHG makes me so much more aware of the needs of others.”

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  • You have a way to make everyone around you feel like such a special friend. Love it when I see your smiling face. Thanks for being you.

  • First of all BJ what a beautiful picture of you and your secret to not aging is ??? You may need to work for 30 more years to look the part! Many Thank You’s, for 30 years of giving us your best. I know you have provided me and our office your expertise along the way. I am proud to say I have had the joy of being here with you for 27 of those years! CONGRATULATIONS over and over!

  • 30 Years…. WOW… You must of started when you were 10!!! You always have a smile on your face that brightens everyone’s day!! Congratulations.. Love you my friend!!

  • What a wonderful accomplishment! There’s not many who can say they’ve worked on a job for 30 years and can still wear a smile such as yours You can see on your face that you love what you do! Congrats and best wishes for many more years to come!

  • BJ is the smiling face I have the pleasure of saying ‘hello’ and ‘good morning’ to daily. I love that BJ is always happy to help and cheerful in all interactions, no matter what is going on. thank you

  • We are so fortunate to have BJ here at Comphealth. She is such a kind person and has been so great to me and my family for years.

    Congratulations to her on this milestone!

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