About Us

Expertise. Reputation. Success. 

Colleagues in the industry know these terms apply to the leadership at Engage.

Engage represents a powerful combination that fuses the experience of independent industry veterans to create a substantial competitive advantage for clients.

Jay Starkman

Chief Executive Officer

In 2011, after more than two decades marked by substantial achievement within and outside of the PEO industry, Jay set out to build a new kind of PEO where quality service would be the driving focus of everything. That PEO is Engage. Today, Engage is one of the fastest growing companies in the country.

Before forming Engage, Jay was president and CEO of AlphaStaff, a PEO which he grew from a small player to a top five industry leader. The then fastest growing PEO under his leadershi... More

In 2011, after more than two decades marked by substantial achievement within and outside of the PEO industry, Jay set out to build a new kind of PEO where quality service would be the driving focus of everything. That PEO is Engage. Today, Engage is one of the fastest growing companies in the country.

Before forming Engage, Jay was president and CEO of AlphaStaff, a PEO which he grew from a small player to a top five industry leader. The then fastest growing PEO under his leadership, Jay sold the company in 2008 to a private equity group, creating a large return on investment for company shareholders. Jay also previously served as president and CEO of OneChem, a software application provider to the chemical industry.  

In addition to his corporate leadership success, Jay had a distinguished legal career, serving as the managing partner of his own firm, which specialized in employment and commercial law, arguing seminal cases as high as the United States Supreme Court. Jay served as a member of the board of directors of ESAC (Employee Services Assurance Corporation), the accrediting body for the PEO industry. He also served on the board of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO).

Jay has received numerous awards in recognition of his business accomplishments, including the Gold Stevie® for Executive of the Year in the 2015 American Business Awards, and the Gold Award for Chief Executive Officer of the Year in the 2015 Golden Bridge Awards. He also received Florida’s Top Entrepreneur Award from Florida Business Leader; named HRO Top Superstar by HRO Today, and a Florida TrendSetter by Florida Trend. A frequent writer and expert commentator on a wide range of HR and legal compliance issues, Jay is a contributing writer for The American City Business Journals, Employee Benefits News, Insurance Advocate, and other HR and insurance industry publications.

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Midge Seltzer

President

Midge is responsible for all aspects of Engage PEO’s operations with a focus on the development of innovative service delivery models and maintaining the highest levels of client satisfaction and retention.

A recognized leader in the PEO industry, Midge is the former president and chief operating officer of Modern Business Associates (MBA), Inc., an HRO company. She also has served in a number of leadership roles of distinction within the PEO community including: past chairperson of... More

Midge is responsible for all aspects of Engage PEO’s operations with a focus on the development of innovative service delivery models and maintaining the highest levels of client satisfaction and retention.

A recognized leader in the PEO industry, Midge is the former president and chief operating officer of Modern Business Associates (MBA), Inc., an HRO company. She also has served in a number of leadership roles of distinction within the PEO community including: past chairperson of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO); past chair of the NAPEO Legal Advisory Council; chairperson of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Board of Employee Leasing Companies, and former vice president of the Florida Association of Professional Employer Organizations (FAPEO). 

A frequent author and speaker on human resources and labor and employment issues, Midge began her career practicing international law as a litigator and transactional attorney in Miami, Florida and has extensive experience in corporate, regulatory and labor and employment law. Midge earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law.

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Denise Stefan

President, Engage Insurance

In her role as President, Denise leads strategic planning efforts for Engage Insurance, LLC and directs the company in fulfilling its mission of providing stable, cost-effective insurance solutions to Engage clients.  

Denise is an accomplished insurance industry executive with more than twenty years of leadership experience, including unique PEO carrier expertise. Prior to joining Engage, Denise served as the PEO market head for Aetna’s national accounts division where she was resp... More

In her role as President, Denise leads strategic planning efforts for Engage Insurance, LLC and directs the company in fulfilling its mission of providing stable, cost-effective insurance solutions to Engage clients.  

Denise is an accomplished insurance industry executive with more than twenty years of leadership experience, including unique PEO carrier expertise. Prior to joining Engage, Denise served as the PEO market head for Aetna’s national accounts division where she was responsible for the sales, finance, regulatory and account service aspects of Aetna’s PEO business segment. Aetna is Engage’s long-time health insurance partner. Denise also led various small and middle market sales and account management teams for Aetna in Connecticut and Florida, and served as vice president of sales and strategic development for a national vision and dental carrier, Advantica Eyecare.

Denise received her master's degree in business administration from the University of Connecticut as well as a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Connecticut School of Business. She is a licensed life and health insurance agent and a former member of the board of directors for Easter Seals Tampa Bay and a current board member of The Other Side of the Dunes, a nonprofit organization that supports wounded veterans.

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Craig Hill

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer of Engage, Craig is responsible for all financial aspects of the company, including finance and strategy, tax, treasury, reporting and financial planning.

Craig has over 30 years of leadership experience in finance and operations, including more than 20 years in the PEO industry. Prior to joining Engage, Craig served as a senior executive at Paychex Business Solutions (“PBS”), the PEO subsidiary of Paychex, Inc., where he was CFO and President from 1995 to... More

As Chief Financial Officer of Engage, Craig is responsible for all financial aspects of the company, including finance and strategy, tax, treasury, reporting and financial planning.

Craig has over 30 years of leadership experience in finance and operations, including more than 20 years in the PEO industry. Prior to joining Engage, Craig served as a senior executive at Paychex Business Solutions (“PBS”), the PEO subsidiary of Paychex, Inc., where he was CFO and President from 1995 to 2012. During his time at PBS, he developed strategies that helped transform the company from a regional (Florida-only) PEO to one of the largest national PEOs in the country. During his PEO career, Craig has also developed enterprise-wide health care reform strategies, expanding benefits product offerings and enhancing the delivery of new and alternative insurance solutions through partnerships with leading agents and carriers. 

In addition to his leadership roles in PEOs, Craig served as President, CEO and CFO of a privately held international manufacturing company with more than 600 employees in the U.S. and around the world.

Craig earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Florida and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the AICPA, FICPA and the Tampa Bay CEO Council. Craig is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO), past Chair of the NAPEO Health Care Task Force and past member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Professional Employer Organizations (FAPEO). 

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Steve Scott

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Steve is responsible for all of the transactional processes at Engage, as well as business process improvement throughout the company.

Steve is a highly experienced executive and an expert in operational scalability and Six Sigma methodologies. He brings nearly three decades of experience to Engage, serving in various senior roles at several national PEO’s. Steve began his career with 16 years at Delta Airlines, where he developed innovative departmental ... More

As Chief Operating Officer, Steve is responsible for all of the transactional processes at Engage, as well as business process improvement throughout the company.

Steve is a highly experienced executive and an expert in operational scalability and Six Sigma methodologies. He brings nearly three decades of experience to Engage, serving in various senior roles at several national PEO’s. Steve began his career with 16 years at Delta Airlines, where he developed innovative departmental strategy and leadership plans focused on productivity, revenue, customer service and implementation of Lean Six Sigma methodologies for continuous process improvement.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in finance from Florida State University. He is a Certified Project Manager and a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Building upon his strong customer service background, Steve also served on the board of directors for the Worldwide Airline Customer Relations Association (WACRA).

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Ralph Labarta

Chief Technology Officer

In his role as Engage PEO’s Chief Technology Officer, Ralph oversees the company’s technology and process innovation, including all customer-facing technology services.

Ralph is a highly experienced senior technology executive. He has led technology operations and strategy and major product development initiatives for a national PEO as well as for leading companies in the chemical and energy industries. He was CIO and executive vice president of technology for OneChem, a software ap... More

In his role as Engage PEO’s Chief Technology Officer, Ralph oversees the company’s technology and process innovation, including all customer-facing technology services.

Ralph is a highly experienced senior technology executive. He has led technology operations and strategy and major product development initiatives for a national PEO as well as for leading companies in the chemical and energy industries. He was CIO and executive vice president of technology for OneChem, a software application provider to the chemical industry, and held various senior technology management positions for Norsk Hydro, a global oil, gas, and aluminum producer. Ralph began his career with Andersen Consulting as a senior technology consultant.

Ralph received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Florida and earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida.

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Alex Pisani

General Counsel and Vice President, Strategic Development

Alex oversees legal affairs and strategic business partnerships for Engage PEO. This includes legal compliance, business development and sales management responsibilities. He also oversees the management of unemployment claims for Engage clients. 

Prior to joining Engage’s executive team, Alex held numerous senior roles in the HR outsourcing and PEO industries, managing legal affairs and corporate and commercial transactions. He also has counseled clients across industries on compli... More

Alex oversees legal affairs and strategic business partnerships for Engage PEO. This includes legal compliance, business development and sales management responsibilities. He also oversees the management of unemployment claims for Engage clients. 

Prior to joining Engage’s executive team, Alex held numerous senior roles in the HR outsourcing and PEO industries, managing legal affairs and corporate and commercial transactions. He also has counseled clients across industries on compliance matters, corporate transactions, licensing, and state unemployment tax planning.

Alex earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and a Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.

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Dorothy Miraglia-King

Executive Vice President

Dorothy is responsible for the strategic direction of the company’s employee benefit programs for clients including the Engage private corporate healthcare exchange and Simple Business Solutions and Engage for Wellness offerings. Dorothy also oversees Engage’s strategic relationships with leading insurance industry partners including Aetna and MetLife.

Prior to joining Engage, Dorothy was vice president of strategic benefit solutions for a national PEO.

Dorothy holds a Senior... More

Dorothy is responsible for the strategic direction of the company’s employee benefit programs for clients including the Engage private corporate healthcare exchange and Simple Business Solutions and Engage for Wellness offerings. Dorothy also oversees Engage’s strategic relationships with leading insurance industry partners including Aetna and MetLife.

Prior to joining Engage, Dorothy was vice president of strategic benefit solutions for a national PEO.

Dorothy holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) where she holds a Senior Certified Professional (SCP) designation. She also is a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans (IFEBP), and is a licensed health and life insurance agent.

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