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® Award for Executive of the Year in the 2015 American Business 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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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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