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Senior Leadership & Strategic Partners
- Frank VanDeboe, CEO
Frank VanDeBoe conceptualized and created SimpleWorkComp in January 2000 establishing one of the nations largest networks of workers’ comp underwriters and affiliates. This achievement has empowered Business Owners, Agents and PEO’s with the ability to provide clients with quality, long-term affordable workers’ compensation insurance on a nationwide level.
VanDeBoe is also the founder of Payroll Consultants, the Work Comp CO-Operative, the PEO Exchange and Insurance Consultants; standalone corporations supporting businesses with a variety of human resources, workers compensation, payroll and employee leasing solutions.
VanDeBoe has successfully orchestrated partnerships with National PEO providers helping more than 10,000 Business Owners reduce labor cost and minimize risk, maximizing their ROI by introducing a series of cost effective administrative and insurance initiatives.
VanDeBoe understands the challenges surrounding workers’ compensation and the effects it has on small business owners, insurance agents and partner affiliations on a grand scale. He and his team are dedicated to staying ahead of the curve and in the forefront of information gathering on both state and federal levels.
VanDeBoe remains committed to supporting his local community as a hands-on benefactor assisting numerous charities in their quest to raise money and gain exposure for their cause.
- Mike Martin, Executive V.P. & COO
With nearly 20 years of industry experience, Mike Martin has a track record of leadership and success. Martin founded and served as CEO of an Orlando-based leasing firm for seven years. He also progressed through the ranks at Staff Leasing, Inc., to become regional manager of six branch locations prior to establishing his own firm. While with Staff Leasing, Martin surpassed all prior sales records and within a year, had built the 3rd most profitable branch in the entire nation. Shortly thereafter, he was responsible for building the number one region; at which time he left to open his own PEO business in December of 1995. Starting from the ground up, Martin grew the company to $35 million dollars in gross billings by the time he sold the company in 2003. Martin’s rise at SimpleWorkComp has been equally enthusiastic as he continued his unsurpassed level of achievement and dedication to break all sales record and move through the ranks to his current position of General Manager within two years.
- Gary Rifkin, Senior Business Consultant
Gary’s professional story began as a finance manager with one of the nation’s largest credit unions shortly after receiving his degree from the University Of West Virginia. Gary quickly rose through the ranks to become finance director responsible for managing 50 million in annual financing. Over the past 20 years his experience and resources have made him one of the most sought after business consultants in the Southeast. Gary currently consults business owners and negotiates with PEOs on the behalf of his clients.
- Victor Sofia, Senior Business Consultant
Victor’s performance as a corporate trainer for Brinker International, as well as Outback International provides Victor’s insight into corporate challenges and small business growth issues. Additional experience as a sole proprietor in the surveillance security industry further supplements his business knowledge. Victor earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from St. Leo University which provides a firm foundation for his evaluation of client needs. He serves as PEO Consultant and SimpleWorkComp representative.
- Joan Serravalle, Operations Manager
Joan Serravalle has served as the Operations Manager for SimpleWorkComp since 2007. Along with managing the logistics of scheduling, marketing and supporting the leadership team; she agrees that the best part of her job is communicating with businesses in need of a comprehensive solutions and “keeping the boys in line.
- Stephen VanDeBoe, Network Director
Stephen VanDeBoe is a highly enthusiastic and accomplished senior sales executive. His diverse portfolio of accolades stem from the ability to assemble, manage and effectively motivate high-volume sales teams. Stephen is constant and “on-trend” thriving to stay informed of current and proposed legislation surrounding the PEO industry in efforts to address the needs of our sales people and our clients.
- Kacie Miller, Customer Service Director
Kacie is an expert in the development and implementation of measurable customer service solutions. She has worked diligently over the past 10 years creating and deploying interactive customer service policies for some of Tampa’s most prominent businesses . Kacie has a history of increasing the productivity of sales teams and administrators by teaching them to become more effective listeners, to leverage social interactive tools in order to engage customers and prospects alike.
- Amy Stepp, Senior Consultant
Amy started in the insurance industry in 1979 as a file clerk at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. In 1988, Amy moved on crossing over to sales and began her professional journey of becoming one of the most successful sales agents in the firm – and earning high praise from clients and colleagues alike. Her dedication and drive did not go unnoticed. Amy was promoted to management and facilitated the grand openings for multiple branch locations. She continued to manage and write personal lines of insurance for 15 years. In 2002 she moved into the commercial insurance sector and has been selling, servicing and managing commercial accounts for the past decade.
- Steve Hartmann, Chief Financial Officer
Steve Hartmann is a senior financial executive with more than 30 years experience in Public and Private Accounting. Prior to joining Payroll Managers, Hartmann served in a variety of Public and Private settings including notables such as Coopers & Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers), Action Temps, Global Warehousing Inc., and Richard L. Brown & Company, CPA’s. Hartmann has been a licensed CPA since 1982 after obtaining a BSBA degree from Appalachian State University in 1978 with a major in Accounting. During his tenure, Hartmann has specialized in Non-profit and Private Companies subject to the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission or SEC Guidelines providing an exceptional level of expertise and experience for PM clients. Hartmann is founder and President of Global Warehousing, Inc., a successful public warehousing company which he owns with his wife. As a successful small business owner, Hartmann has first hand experience and insight into the issues and challenges facing business owners.
- Nik Serravalle, IT Operations
Nik started an IT Consulting Business based on the 20 years of experience in the IT & Telecommunications industry where the knowledge and experience acquired meets the support needs of business owners, but also guiding businesses in directions to increase productivity while growing Solution B.O.S.S., Inc. by 25% yearly.
Nik Possesses a wealth of business management experience proven ability of successful service and business development, and consistently works with business owners to accomplish goals and objectives to increase business while being conscious of budgets and limitations.
Nik is accomplished in training and motivating team members to provide a high level of customer service, believing that good team leadership and a hands-on approach to management brings increased standards and profits.
As a business owner, Nik has developed public relation skills required to win new business, maintain current business, and build extensive long-lasting relationships that benefit both parties. In addition to managing tasks and personnel, his extensive ‘people-skills’ have proven useful and play a key role in building the company image and maintaining employee moral to keep productivity at the highest level possible.
With over 20 years of IT Experience, Nik is also well versed in the managerial aspects of the day to day operations required in running any business having elevated himself above and beyond the normal IT Support roles by partnering with business owners and consulting them on all areas of growing their business.
- Mike Vargo, Business Broker
A true Florida native, Mike was born and raised in the Bay Area, and graduated from the University of Tampa where he earned a BA in Finance. While attending the University, Mike was also a prominent starter for the Spartan Baseball Team, which won the NCAA Division II Championship in 1993. Mike’s successful career began with several years of service to the Ice Palace & Tampa Bat Lightning as a luxury suite sales executive. After his departure, Mike moved on to become VP and part owner of several sign manufacturing companies that were eventually divested through VR. Mike currently serves as President/Senior Managing Partner of VR offices in Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Florida.