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Engage PEO Expands Its Sales Force with PEO Veteran Melissa Pierson

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – July 31, 2014 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, has added Melissa Pierson as the company’s Vice President of Sales, NJ/PA. Pierson joins an expanding Northeast team including Vice Presidents of Sales, John Cataldo and Cindy Edwards, and Assistant General Counsel, Vanessa Matsis-McCready. Together, the team will lead Engage’s client acquisition and service teams for the Northeastern United States, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. 

A 15-year veteran of the industry, Pierson has worked for several large, national PEOs, where she has both produced sales and managed numerous salespeople. She has won countless sales awards for constantly meeting and exceeding sales goals. She has the proven ability to produce at the highest level and has a deep knowledge of new business development, sales, broker networks and teamwork. Through Engage’s unique business model, Pierson will continue to partner with insurance brokers, as she regularly has throughout her career.

“The Northeast has consistently been, and continues to be, a top-producing market for Engage, so it commands much of our focus,” said Jay Starkman, CEO of Engage. “I’ve had the privilege of working with Melissa before; she is one of the top sales professionals in our industry. She is, without a doubt, one of the most competitive, results driven and successful individuals I’ve ever worked with and we are lucky to have her join our team. Her energy level and work habits are infectious.  She will help drive our industry-leading, and growing, momentum.”

“I strongly believe in the PEO product, particularly Engage’s ‘Expect More’ philosophy, which delivers unrivaled client service coupled with a best-of-breed product offering,” said Pierson. “Using those top-tier products, I’m excited to advance Engage’s position as the fastest growing PEO in the nation.”

Pierson holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Management from Widener University. She has received designation as a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Associate in Claims (AIC) and Charter Property & Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) Series 1.

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