Virginia Beach

COATS Visual Upgrade



Priority Group strives for an efficient workplace, and because of that, the company just upgraded our staffing software from COATSsql to COATS Visual.


Emily, Kara, Ally

Emily Melvin, Kara Metzger, and Ally Farlow

Priority Group sent three representatives to the software company’s headquarters in beautiful Virginia Beach, Virginia from March 22nd to 24th. This three-day program covered all COATS Visual’s features with hands-on instruction.


Each of Priority Group’s locations sent one representative: Emily Melvin from Marion, Illinois, Kara Metzger from Vandalia, Illinois, and Ally Farlow from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Each of these women trained and came back prepared to teach what they learned. Now the rest of the team is ready to maneuver through the COATS Visual software as well.


“We had a great time at COATS,” said Emily, Placement Specialist. “The whole staff made us feel welcomed and they were very accommodating with our training preferences.”

Trainer Jesse w/PSG

COATS trainer, Jesse, with Priority Group

Ally, Account Manager, said good things about their team as well. “Everyone was easy to work with and answered all our questions. If they did not have an answer, they took the time to go and find it.”


Priority Group selected COATS Staffing Software for its ability to track all clients and applicants efficiently. A separate customer relationship management product is not needed when COATS is used to its full potential. It can track history with a client from the initial contact all the way through invoicing.



Priority Group has used this staffing software to stay on top of employee management since opening in 2010. Now we’re very excited to improve that process with COATS Visual. “The upgrade is more user friendly and has a lot of new function that will make everything from sales to operations much smoother within the system,” Ally said.


We think some of the most noteworthy features are resume parsing, direct emailing, grid customization, drag/drop features and easier searching.


So, have you used COATS Visual? We would love to hear about your favorite features!

Workers’ Compensation Symposium

, ,
Gail at the Workers' Compensation symposium

Priority Group CEO, Gail Barger Lannom (left)

On March 9th, men and women from throughout southern Illinois joined at the John A Logan College for the 2017 Workers’ Compensation Symposium. Lindzey Barger and Gail Barger Lannom represented Priority Group at the event.


“We set up as a vendor and met many potential clients,” Gail said. “We got to network with existing clients too.”


The event, put on by WORKcare.ready.well, was for experts to teach the best practices in prevention and injury–navigation management. “Educational information was presented that will help with managing our day to day workers’ comp issues,” Gail said.


Attendees learned about many issues, including: early intervention and injury management programs, legal benefits and costs of such programs, and how local safety experts deal with workers’ compensation issues.


“It was a very nice event with great speakers,” Gail said. “The John A Logan College always has a nice venue for these type of events.”


By attending events like this one, Priority Group prepares for all our clients’ needs. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us by email.



Ally & Liz

Murfreesboro Office Sees Growth


Priority Staffing Group started off the year by adding two new members to their Murfreesboro team. The company’s newest office is excited for what this growth will bring.

Ally Farlow

Ally Farlow joined Priority Staffing Group as an Account Manager on January 9th. Ally, originally from Southern Illinois, is currently pursuing a degree at Middle Tennessee State University. She brings six years of sales and customer service experience to Priority Group and loves that her time in insurance and event sales led her to this opportunity, where she’s able to meet people from so many different walks of life. Outside of work, Ally spends her free time with her husband and their two sons. They enjoy traveling and having new experiences together.


Liz Sawyer

Liz Sawyer joined Priority Group on January 16th as the Office/Marketing Coordinator. Liz is a Middle Tennessee State University alumna with a Bachelor degree in Journalism. Liz transfers her experience in writing and communications to provide our applicants with resume revisions and coaching. Her passion for helping people contributes to her efforts at Priority Group. Outside the office, Liz loves writing and spending time outdoors with her husband and their Great Dane.


Ally and Liz can be contacted at (615) 295-2127.

Priority Staffing Group Expands Across State Lines

PSG opens its first location in Greater Nashville, Tennessee

Priority Staffing Group (PSG), a leading provider of contingent & permanent staffing, payroll, and consulting, announced they will open a new office in Murfreesboro, TN to accommodate their client’s growing needs and to service the needs of the rapidly growing Greater Nashville region.


“The opening of Priority Staffing Group’s new Murfreesboro office is an important step towards realizing our potential,” said Heather Goines-Evans, Vice President. “The new office will be the first of many important changes over the next year for our company. Our goal is to continue to provide superior talent the services to 380+ companies we partner with in southern Illinois while also realizing our goals of growing beyond state lines to give southern Illinois a homegrown economic growth engine.”


Plans to develop operations in Murfreesboro, TN were initiated by PSG’s rapid growth since its opening in 2010. The new office, which includes 3 full-time employees at this time, will be the company’s third office. The new office will allow PSG to serve from the geographic center of Tennessee. Murfreesboro & Rutherford County is home to Tennessee’s largest undergraduate university, is the 13th fastest growing city in the nation and is the #1 producing U.S. auto manufacturing in the country. PSG recently opened a new office in Vandalia, IL in 2014, added new divisions in 2012 & 2014 (Priority Payroll & Priority Professional, respectively) and has grown its full-time staff by more than 600% since opening its doors October, 2010.


Chris Nichols, Director of Business Operations - Tennessee

The company has named Chris Nichols as Director of Business Development and Operations. Nichols joins Priority Staffing following a successful stint with The Aspire Group based at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA. Nichols became the fastest internal promotion to Sales Manager in The Aspire Group’s history. While at Louisiana Tech, his sales department experienced unprecedented success, including the highest year over year increase in revenue, highest number of men’s basketball season tickets sold, highest number of group tickets sold for a fiscal year, as well as leading the efforts on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th largest football crowds in school history.

Nichols commented, “I am extremely excited to join the Priority Staffing Group team. What the leadership of Heather, Gail, and Carlos have done from a growth standpoint over the first 6 years of the company’s existence is incredible. I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to lead our company’s expansion in the rapidly expanding Nashville, Tennessee market.”

A two-time Eastern Illinois University graduate, Nichols graduated with a bachelor degree in business management in 2012 and received a master degree in sports administration in 2014. The Nichols family, Hayley, a speech-language pathologist, and their two daughters, Reese and Gracen will also be making the move to Nashville.

The new office is expected to begin operations on August 9th, 2016. It will primarily handle contingent and permanent staffing presently, but plans for future growth are already in motion.

The staffing and recruiting industry is currently growing at a faster rate than the U.S. labor market and economy. Priority Staffing Group has been involved in finding more than 4,700 individuals employment in southern Illinois since October, 2010. It has recently added Priority Professional Group that specializes in management and professional degree based jobs.