A little over 20 years ago, entrepreneur Michael Maurizio founded a one-desk staffing firm. Today, he is regarded as one of the most influential people in the industry, and he employs more than 100 people.

Maurizio, president and CEO of Fortus Healthcare Resources, has been named to The 2014 North American Staffing 100 by Staffing Industry Review magazine.

This is the fourth year that the trade journal has assembled the collection of industry leaders described as “the game changers in the industry, those who have taken staffing to the whole new level.”  The editorial team evaluates nominations submitted by staffing professionals.

The complete list can be found in the October issue and online at

In 1993, Maurizio founded Fortus Healthcare Resources as the first specialty firm recruiting and placing professionals for the dialysis industry. Since then, he has consistently diversified the company’s services with business units focusing on a variety of healthcare specialties. Fortus also provides clinical practice and business development services.

Fortus Healthcare Resources is based in Utica where it has 40 employees. Fortus Travel, which was added in 2008, currently employs about 60 specialty nurses fulfilling short-term contracts all across the country. In 2008, Fortus formed an International Division based in Germany.

In addition to this latest honor, Fortus has been selected by Inc. magazine for the Inc. 5000 ,its inventory of America’s fastest-growing private companies, three years in a row.

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