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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

Prior to founding Engage, Jay was the president and chief executive officer of AlphaStaff Group, Inc.

In less than a decade, he grew AlphaStaff ten-fold, taking it from a small player to a top five PEO with over 70,000 worksite employees.  He created a new value proposition for the company, invested in technology and talent, and accelerated the development of the company’s marketing strategy.  The fastest growing PEO during this time, Jay sold the company in 2008 to a private equity... More

Prior to founding Engage, Jay was the president and chief executive officer of AlphaStaff Group, Inc.

In less than a decade, he grew AlphaStaff ten-fold, taking it from a small player to a top five PEO with over 70,000 worksite employees.  He created a new value proposition for the company, invested in technology and talent, and accelerated the development of the company’s marketing strategy.  The fastest growing PEO during this time, Jay sold the company in 2008 to a private equity group, creating a large return on investment for AlphaStaff’s shareholders.

Preceding AlphaStaff, Jay was president and CEO of OneChem, a software application provider to the chemical industry.  At OneChem, Jay transitioned a conceptual software platform into a successful technology system that garnered widespread acclaim amongst industries relying heavily on multi-level transactions, transfer of goods and communications.

In addition to his corporate leadership success, Jay had a distinguished legal career, serving as the managing partner of his firm, which specialized in employment and commercial law, arguing seminal cases as high as the United States Supreme Court.

Jay was an active 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 NAPEO (the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations). Jay has received numerous awards and recognition for his accomplishments in the PEO industry: Florida’s Top Entrepreneur by Florida Business Leader in 2010; HRO Top Superstar by HRO Today in 2005, 2006 and 2007; and Florida TrendSetter by Florida Trend in 2004.

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Midge Seltzer

President

Prior to founding Engage, Midge was president and chief operating officer of Modern Business Associates (MBA), Inc., a PEO and HRO company. 

Midge’s vision led MBA from a small PEO with less than 1,200 worksite employees to one of the top 20 largest PEO’s in the country.  The cornerstones of this growth were Midge’s emphasis on client retention and innovative service delivery.  

Before leading MBA, Midge worked abroad for several international law firms, practicing corporate,... More

Prior to founding Engage, Midge was president and chief operating officer of Modern Business Associates (MBA), Inc., a PEO and HRO company. 

Midge’s vision led MBA from a small PEO with less than 1,200 worksite employees to one of the top 20 largest PEO’s in the country.  The cornerstones of this growth were Midge’s emphasis on client retention and innovative service delivery.  

Before leading MBA, Midge worked abroad for several international law firms, practicing corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, labor and employment law.  During this time, she gained valuable international legal and business experience, a valuable asset in today’s diversified corporate environment.

A recognized leader in the PEO community, Midge has served the industry in various capacities and roles including: past chairperson of 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 under Governor Charlie Christ; and former vice president of the Florida Association of Professional Employer Organizations (“FAPEO”). 

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Ralph Labarta

Chief Technology Officer

Ralph is responsible for technology and process innovation at Engage, including customer facing technology services.  Prior to joining Engage, Ralph served as the Chief Technology Officer of AlphaStaff, a leading human resources and payroll outsourcing firm.  Mr. Labarta was a key executive team member and responsible for all aspects of technology which supported dramatic growth over a seven year period and helped transform AlphaStaff into one of the nation’s largest PEOs.  In 2008, the co... More

Ralph is responsible for technology and process innovation at Engage, including customer facing technology services.  Prior to joining Engage, Ralph served as the Chief Technology Officer of AlphaStaff, a leading human resources and payroll outsourcing firm.  Mr. Labarta was a key executive team member and responsible for all aspects of technology which supported dramatic growth over a seven year period and helped transform AlphaStaff into one of the nation’s largest PEOs.  In 2008, the company was sold to a private equity group, creating a large return on investment for the company’s investors.

Ralph also held the position of Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice-President of Technology with OneChem Ltd., where he was responsible for product development and operations.  Ralph has a broad range of experience in technology strategy and management and held various technology management positions within Norsk Hydro, a multi-billion dollar oil, gas, and aluminum producer. Ralph began his professional career with Andersen Consulting as a senior technology consultant.

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