Steven D. Ettridge, 46, co-founder, president and chief executive of Temps & Co., a Washington-based temporary job agency, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Oct. 1 at a medical center in Los Angeles.

Mr. Ettridge, a Washington resident, was in Los Angeles for a family wedding.

Mr. Ettridge and his sister, Crystal Ettridge, started Temps & Co. in 1981 and tapped into a booming segment of the economy triggered by corporate downsizing. During its early years, the placement service agency registered annual revenue of $137,000.

By the mid-1980s, the company more than doubled that figure and opened offices in Baltimore and Atlanta.

In 1987, 1988 and 1989, Inc. magazine ranked Temps & Co. among the nation's 500 fastest-growing companies, and Mr. Ettridge was honored by the publication's editorial staff 1992 Inc. 500 Conference.

Known in business circles as a maverick in employee management and recruiting, Mr. Ettridge often was quoted in business articles about professional career development strategies. An engineer by training, he worked with other temporary firms before establishing his own business, one that emphasized ways to turn temp work into full-time employment, he once said.

Mr. Ettridge was born in Las Vegas and grew up in Washington and Arlington. He graduated from Wakefield High School in Arlington and studied engineering at the University of Virginia and George Washington University.

He did volunteer work for charities such as the Navigators Ministry and the Transforming Lives Ministry.

Mr. Ettridge also was active in the Young Presidents' Organization as a member, recruiter and mentor.

In addition to his sister, survivors include his mother, Evelyn Ettridge of Arlington, and a brother, Timothy Ettridge of Oakton.