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Industry Titans Come Together To Form New PEO – Set To Revolutionize The Industry

ST. PETERSBURG, FL, November 28, 2011 – With over 20 years of combined experience, Jay Starkman, the former CEO of AlphaStaff Group, and Marjorie “Midge” Seltzer, the former President of Modern Business Associates, today announced that they have combined forces to form Engage PEO, a new professional employment organization.  Their goal is nothing short of revolutionizing the entire PEO industry.

“Midge and I surveyed the current state of the industry and didn’t like what we saw,” explained Starkman.  “More and more PEOs were focusing on the bottom line and asking clients to expect less.  As this philosophy has been combined with a practice of over-selling, customer satisfaction in PEO services around the nation is at a low-point, and that’s just not right.  Clients should expect more.”

“Jay and I decided to form Engage PEO, where the quality of service is the focus of everything,” stated Seltzer.  “The formula is simple.  We don’t oversell.  We invest in all aspects of service delivery, including our state-of-the-art HRIS, products, like our A-rated carriers, leadership and people.  In fact, unique in the industry, every one of our human resource representatives not only is highly trained in human resources, but they all have a law degree.”    

The company is based in St. Petersburg, Florida, with an additional office in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and offers a full suite of PEO services nation-wide, including payroll, technology, employee benefits, workers’ compensation and risk management, tax administration, and human resource services.  Distribution of these services leverages the national network of insurance agents and brokers.

During Starkman’s tenure at AlphaStaff, the company was highly recognized as the fastest growing PEO in the industry.  During Seltzer’s tenure at MBA, the company was highly recognized as providing the top service in the industry.  The two industry leaders leverage each of their respective strengths in the new company, with Starkman, the CEO, focusing on sales and marketing, and Seltzer, the President, focusing on service delivery and client satisfaction.

 “Great HR programs engage employees and promote greater productivity, which translates to stronger business performance.  That’s what Engage is all about,” added Starkman.  “Clients will expect more and Engage will not only meet, but exceed those higher expectations.”

About Engage PEO

Engage PEO delivers comprehensive HR solutions to small and medium-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