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Engage PEO Expands California Team; Melissa Johnson Joins as Vice President of Sales

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – June 1, 2015 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., today announced the addition of Melissa Johnson as vice president of sales for California. She will be based in the San Francisco Bay Area, but will partner with brokers and clients throughout the state and across the country.

Johnson will focus on creating new business opportunities and building insurance broker relationships to further position Engage’s HR solutions to potential clients. Johnson has more than 10 years of experience in HR outsourcing and has held multiple senior roles at large, national PEOs. She attended San Francisco State University and has been frequently recognized as a top performing sales executive in the region.

“Melissa brings to Engage an expertise in PEO, a strong working knowledge of California business, local issues and key broker relationships – a combination rarely seen in the industry,” said Jay Starkman, chief executive officer of Engage. “There is a reason why she has been so successful in her career and Engage is lucky to have her join our team. This is especially true in one of Engage’s key growth markets, California, where PEO market share is growing rapidly.”

“Engage is the hyper-growth PEO in the industry and I’m incredibly excited to be joining such a strong national sales team,” said Johnson. “Clients throughout California are becoming more aware of the value that PEO delivers, which, when coupled with the Engage ‘Expect More’ service philosophy and its distribution model of partnering with insurance brokers, should create something very special.”

Additionally, to support Engage’s current clients and future growth in the state, Engage has hired Robert Dominguez as an assistant general counsel, based in California. 

As part of the Engage HR team, Dominguez will create and deliver comprehensive HR solutions for the Company’s California clients. Dominguez has represented employers in California on litigation matters and counseled them on HR related issues and changes in the law, such as California’s new Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act. Dominguez earned a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Cornell Law School. 

About Engage PEO

Engage PEO delivers comprehensive HR solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, sharpening their competitive advantage. Comprised of the industry’s most respected veteran professional employer organization executives, certified HR professionals and attorneys, Engage PEO provides hands-on, expert HR services and counsel to help clients minimize cost and maximize efficiency for stronger business performance. The company’s superior service offering includes a full range of health and worker’s compensation insurance products, payroll technology and tax administration, risk management services and best-of-breed technology as part of an extensive suite of HR services. For more information visit