By AJ Richichi
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While the vast majority of business books focus on the white-collar, salaried workforce, this book shines a light on the often-overlooked majority of the US workforce: the “invisible” hourly workers. In Hourly, we show that success in recruiting and retaining hourly workers requires working against outdated processes and introducing innovations that benefit workers’ lives, employers’ bottom lines, and society as a whole.
AJ Richichi is a tech innovator committed to excellence and community impact. He blends his passion for technology with a dedication to public service, starting his career as a teenager working in the United States Senate.
Recognized as a top talent in the tech industry, AJ has received accolades such as “Best and Brightest Under 35” and “Technology Executive of the Year.” He actively contributes to the community, co-chairing Charleston Open Source and founding DisruptHR Greenville.
As CEO and founder of Sprockets, AJ pioneers equitable connections between millions of hourly workers and global brands. Outside work, he mentors at local colleges and enjoys family time with his wife and two children in South Carolina.
AJ Richichi epitomizes modern leadership, driven by compassion and a vision for a tech-driven future benefiting the hourly workforce.
Hourly features a foreword full of insights from Natalie Rothman, who oversees all HR functions for Inspire Brands, a $33 billion multi-brand restaurant company that includes more than 32,000 Arby’s, Baskin-Robbins, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dunkin’, Jimmy John’s, and SONIC Drive-In locations worldwide. A restaurant company unlike any other, Inspire includes more than 675,000 company and franchise team members.
Rothman joined Inspire from Advance Auto Parts, where she was EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, and oversaw all aspects of HR and team member development, including a focus on in-store team members. While there, she built a world-class HR organization, leveraging experience from her ten years previously working at PepsiCo. At PepsiCo, Natalie led HR for Pepsi’s global food service division with 5,500 team members around the world, leading talent strategy and creating a center of excellence for training, talent development, and organizational design.