Engage Peo CEO Jay Starkman Wins Top Award at International 2015 Golden Bridge Awards


Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – November 17, 2015 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., announced that founder and CEO, Jay Starkman, has earned the prestigious Gold Award for Chief Executive Officer of the Year in the 2015 Golden Bridge Awards. The honor was given on November 16, 2015 during a gala event in San Francisco.

Starkman was recognized for his accomplishments in building one of the fastest growing PEOs and among the fastest growing companies in the country, achieving more than 1,200 percent revenue growth over the last two years. This is the second time this year that Starkman was recognized for his leadership. In June, Starkman was the Gold winner at the national 2015 “Stevie” Awards in the Executive of the Year, Business Services category.

“I am so proud of the accomplishments of the entire Engage team and the tremendous commitment they show to our clients every day,” said Starkman. “A CEO’s main job is to identify, recruit and motivate top people and accordingly, this award really belongs to the Engage team, who are truly the best of the best.”

More than 40 judges from around the world representing a broad spectrum of industries participated and their average scores determined the 2015 Golden Bridge Business Awards winners.

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 advanced technology as part of an extensive suite of HR services. For more information visit www.EngagePEO.com.

About the Golden Bridge Awards

Golden Bridge Awards are an annual industry and peers recognition program honoring best companies in every major industry from large to small and new start-ups in North America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin-America, Best New Products and Services, Best Innovations, Management and Teams, Women in Business and the Professions, Case Studies, Customer Satisfaction, and PR and Marketing Campaigns from all over the world. Learn more about The Golden Bridge Awards at www.goldenbridgeawards.com.

Injured employees more likely to win retaliation claims | Business Insurance

ORLANDO, Fla. — The contentious nature of the relationship between employers and their injured workers often is at the heart of the rising number of retaliation charges.Nearly 43% of all U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges brought in fiscal 2014 included a retaliation claim. While it is unclear what percentage of cases emanate from workers compensation claims, lawyers say retaliation claims are increasing in the workers comp sector because comp cases generally have a lower initial burden of proof and injured workers are seen as sympathetic plaintiffs.

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An Economic Analysis: The PEO Industry Footprint (NAPEO White Paper Series September 2015)

BREAKING NEWS: The National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) has released its latest white paper, An Economic Analysis: The PEO Industry Footprint, in partnership with McBassi & Company, an independent analytics and research firm.  The article below will cover the highlights of the white paper, click an image or link below to download the white paper.


Professional employer organizations (PEOs) provide an array of HR services and employee benefits to client organizations, typically small- to mid-sized businesses. This frees those clients to focus their primary efforts on the core business itself, including operations, strategy, and innovation. Our previous research on a variety of measures has found that this arrangement yields significant benefits to PEO clients, as they grow more quickly than comparable other businesses, doing so with lower rates of employee turnover and higher rates of year-to-year business survival. Anecdotally, evidence points to a growing PEO industry driven by a rebounding small business sector, an increase in the use of outsourcing by small businesses, and the rise of complicated employment regulations such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Precisely calculating the size of the industry, however, has proved to be tricky due to the fact that traditional sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Hoovers do not accurately define PEOs and often include non-PEOs in the category. This white paper therefore examines that question from multiple perspectives using a variety of data sources.

We calculate the current size of the PEO industry to be between $136 and $156 billion, as measured in gross revenues (which includes clients’ payrolls as well as the fees charged to clients). PEOs provide services to between 2.7 and 3.4 million worksite employees for 156,000 to 180,000 clients, and employ between 21,000 and 27,000 internal employees. We estimate there are between 780 and 980 PEOs currently operating in the United States. Table 1, below, summarizes the key statistics that emerged from this industry analysis.These numbers indicate the PEO industry has grown significantly since the PEO concept first began to take hold three decades ago. In each of the last 30 years, the industry has added, on average, roughly 100,000 worksite employees and 6,000 net new clients. For perspective, that means that every five years, the PEO industry has added the employment equivalent of the entire utilities industry in the United States.

How large is the PEO industry?

We estimate a range for PEO industry size. Our first calculations apply conservative assumptions wherever applicable, and thus represent lower-bound estimates (essentially, the “floor” for each value). Based on the conservative set of assumptions, we calculate the PEO industry in the United States to be at least $136 billion, as measured in gross revenues (which includes clients’ payrolls as well as the fees charged to clients). Conservative estimates indicate there are at least 780 PEOs that combine to provide services to at least 2.7 million worksite employees in at least 156,000 client organizations, while employing approximately 21,000 internal employees of their own.

A second, less conservative, set of estimates and calculations points to an industry about 15 to 30 percent larger than the more conservative estimates: gross revenues of up to $156 billion, 3.4 million worksite employees in 180,000 client organizations, and 27,000 internal employees distributed across almost 1,000 PEOs.

Click here to download An Economic Analysis: The PEO Industry Footprint to continue learning about the growing and prosperous PEO industry.

Risk Transfer Celebrates 15 Years in the PEO Industry at NAPEO 2015

Risk Transfer Insurance Agency is celebrating 15 years in the PEO industry.  There is no other agency with a staff of professional buyers of insurance supporting the PEO industry with more years of experience.

Our PEO clients demand and require commitment, dedication and insurance knowledge; our agents are the backbone support to help them grow their organization through expanding insurance capacity, assisting at the strategic level and finding more effective and efficient ways to write business.  Don’t settle for second best, demand the best and hire the best: Risk Transfer Insurance Agency.

To best serve our clients we continue to invest in our service platform to allow them to enhance their service offerings and welcome our new partners, industry experts and cutting edge technologies that continues to set the standard that turn Workers’ Compensation into a profit center for our clients.

We work harder so you don’t have to.  When you think insurance for your PEO, think Risk Transfer.

Visit us at booth #400/402 to learn more.

Meet Your Carriers at NAPEO 2015

In anticipation of NAPEO’s’ 2015 Annual Conference & Marketplace, Risk Transfer is offering the opportunity to meet your carriers one-on-one and spend time with the underwriters and program managers that support your businesses.  Click a carrier name below to schedule a private meeting with Risk Transfer and our carrier partners.

ProSight Specialty Insurance
Amtrust Group

The Risk Transfer team looks forward to connecting with you next week and urge you to stop by and see us at booth #400/402.

National Workers’ Compensation Institute (WCI) and PEO

What a great time at the annual Workers’ Compensation Institute (WCI) last week in Orlando (link below fyi)


Thank you as always my friends Jim McConnaughhay and Steve Rissman for believing in the PEO industry now…. but even more importantly, at a time when that was not the popular thing to do.  

As the industry surges it should be remembered you were one of the few that understood. These gentlemen have always been our fans.  Have always stepped up and helped to educate others to understand the legitimacy and value of the PEO model.  I can assure you that their actions were not the “popular” thing to do in the insurance arena at the time.

Every year the conference you both co-chair just gets bigger, better and more impactful – 9,000 attendees (largest ever) this year and a full house everywhere I went. Outstanding!

You went out on a limb when few would support the PEO model.  You believed.

From all of us in the PEO industry (if I may be so bold)… Thank you!  

Much, much appreciation — Your support is huge.  10,000 next year :-)


Make your insurance business more profitable with PEO relationships

Great article on some of the benefits of a PEO relationship…



  • One-stop shopping:  Clients can get everything from payroll processing and workers’ compensation insurance to health insurance and HR services, all in one place, strengthening the relationship with their insurance provider.
  • Leveling the playing field:  Just as clients benefit from the one-stop-shop principle, so do insurance professionals, who can provide a full array of services to clients, allowing even smaller agencies to meet all their clients’ needs and earn additional commissions for more products sold, such as health insurance. 
  • Lower overhead:  The PEO relationship may eliminate or reduce the need to hire additional agents.
  • PEOs offer technology that smaller agencies may not possess. 
  • PEOs can offer easy access to new products and services. 
  • Clients get group buying power, saving them money.

Look forward to seeing everyone in Arizona next week-


Franchise Parents, Staffing Firms Ruled Joint Employers Under Labor Law

More companies may be held responsible for labor-law violations committed by contractors and forced to negotiate wages and benefits with their workers under a decision by a politically split U.S. labor board.  The National Labor Relations Board, in a closely watched case, on Thursday unveiled a new standard for determining which companies are “joint employers” of workers paid by another business such as a franchisee or contractor.

via Franchise Parents, Staffing Firms Ruled Joint Employers Under Labor Law.