Our story




Where it all began


The story of KP Staffing begins back in 1977 with valued member of the DFW community and founder, Jess Johnston. His roots ran deep in Fort Worth, and in 1977, after managing a national staffing franchise for 19 years, he opened up his own agency; he called it Jess Temporaries. His tenure in staffing was the longest of anyone in the metroplex at that time.

a successful start


Jess’ knowledge of and dedication to the city of Fort Worth ran deep; he graduated from Paschal High School, and – after serving in the United States Army – Texas Christian University. His connection to Fort Worth served him well; acquaintances and friends brought him a flow of qualified applicants and customers who still remember his enlightened involvement in community affairs.

Jess served two terms on the Fort Worth City Council from 1969-1973. The first term was highly contentious, and people thought he would be clobbered, but he prevailed; he ran unopposed for a second term.

He loved big band music, and Frank Sinatra could be heard from his record player throughout his house, according to his daughter, Elizabeth.

When he wasn't working at his office, he could always be found puttering in his yard and workshop (where he kept an endless supply of rusty tools from, likely, decades prior), and “dumpster diving; he was infamous for never passing up a bargain," Nathan Doran, President of KP Staffing, said.

passing the baton


In 1993, Jess passed the baton to his youngest daughter, Elizabeth Doran, and her husband, George. They changed the business name to Key Temporaries, and eventually to Key Personnel. The duo worked well together, and they took great care of a small but loyal group of clients. In 2005, they opened their second branch in the city of Granbury.

Busy-bodies to their core, Elizabeth and George raised four children, participated in their local church, traveled abroad, and managed their hobby farm in Granbury – all while owning and running a successful small business.

rising to the challenge


After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2012, their oldest son, Nathan, joined the business as the head of marketing. He broadened the company's focus and had his eye set on growth. From 2012-2015, Key Personnel made a splash in event staffing in the DFW market.

A small team of about 15 servers quickly grew to well over 100 event staff. They served at high-end country clubs, hotels and event centers. Nathan was engrossed in every detail of the process. During busy events, he could frequently be found working the events alongside the staff or cleaning up afterwards to make sure the customers were always happy.

"The relationships that we made with the staff and the clients credited our success during this time," Nathan said. "We made a relentless effort to make sure that people felt valued when they decided to partner with us."

a shift in focus


In November of 2015, Key Personnel pivoted toward a focus on light industrial, clerical and professional staffing, and Nathan was named CEO in 2018. Since this adjustment, the company has grown to over 700 employees on assignment, and now has 6 offices across the Metroplex.

KP Staffing is located in Duncanville, Dallas, Addison, and Arlington, in addition to the original two in Fort Worth and Granbury. "Each branch strives to empower its surrounding community and promote growth with employment opportunities," Head of Marketing Christine Doran said. In June of 2020, Nathan shortened the company's name to KP Staffing.

Nathan attributes the company's success to "never losing sight of what has gotten us here – passionately striving to build great relationships," he said. "We hope that, if you’re considering employment with us or becoming a potential client, you take the leap and become part of our story and future success."