About Us

Our Founding

Before starting Employer Advantage, our company’s founder Lee Allphin ran his own business making industrial chemicals. Lee was a brilliant chemist and talented business leader but he always felt like he was spending too much time on HR issues, even once he hired an HR director to help him out.

After seven years successfully running his company, he decided to sell it. He was tired of trying to run his business and handle the HR burden. As he pondered how small- and medium-sized companies handle their HR, he kept thinking, “There has to be a better way!”

And, thus, Employer Advantage was born. Taking care of businesses is in our DNA. Everything we do is designed to make it easier, simpler, and, well, more…blissful for business leaders to offload the burden of HR.

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Our Leadership Team

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Jared Young, President and CEO
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Suzanne Bowling, Vice President of People

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Steve Chaquette, Director of Human Resources
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Brady Chrisler, Vice President of Client Success

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Colby Davis, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
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Mike Dunaway, Vice President of Operations
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Raymond Dunaway, Director of Client Implementation

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Michelle Frost, Director of Benefits
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Bradley Horn, Director of Applications
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John Huitsing, CFO

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Brad Schneider, Director of IT
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Jessica Vallez-Sokey, Director of Payroll Services
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Trent Walker, Director of Risk Management

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Steve Winger, Director of Operations

Our Team Is Your Team

Our full-service management of HR, payroll, health and benefits, workplace safety, and more, enhances your profitability while reducing the costs and risks associated with employment law compliance. We are an extension of your HR department—or your entire HR department. When you work with Employer Advantage, you’ll be adding senior HR professionals who can expertly manage your payroll, hiring, workplace safety and more.

Experienced, certified, and trusted: Payroll, Employment Taxes, Health and Benefits, Retirement, Human Resources, Employee Handbooks, Safety and Loss Prevention, Workers’ Compensation, OSHA, DOT, Timekeeping, Group Health Insurance, 401(k), Ancillary Benefits, Benefit Plan Administration, Employee Administration, Employment Regulations and Compliance, Safety Manuals and Training, Unemployment Claims Management, Worksite Inspections, Regulatory Compliance and more.

Headquartered in the Midwest and serving more than 500 companies and 10,000 worksite employees throughout the country, Employer Advantage is an IRS-Certified Professional Employer Organization (PEO) (C-PEO).

Why Employer Advantage

 

A New Path To HR Bliss

Trusted for more than 30 years, Employer Advantage works to make HR easy so you can focus on growing your business and living life.

We free you from the administrative and compliance burdens of having employees so you can focus on your business success. Versatile enough for companies of all sizes, our unique service combines comprehensive management of your employee administration and compliance with the latest software solutions, tailored to meet your individual needs and company culture.

You control the priorities while we structure a program unique to the requirements of your business and employees. The best part? You’ll save time and have peace of mind knowing experts have your back.

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More Than A Slick Software Solution

We provide your employees with top-notch assistance and benefits that help you increase productivity, save time and money, and attract and retain a talented workforce. And for small and mid-sized businesses, we bring you an economy of scale with access to Fortune-500-level benefits, specialty assistance, and savings that would not be possible to attain on your own.

 

Our Values

Our values are centered around caring for your business and your employees. We train each member of our team to champion these values and embody them in every interaction they have with our clients.

Kindness

We seek to make a positive, uplifting impact on each other, our clients, and our communities through our words and actions.

Honesty & Integrity

We do the right thing, even when it is difficult or unpleasant.

Exceptional and Proactive Service

We work to provide timely, quality service to our clients while anticipating and meeting their needs before they even mention them.

Accountability

We do what we say we are going to do and we take responsibility when we make mistakes or fall short.

Continuous Improvement

We continuously look for ways to improve our knowledge, our skills, our efficiency and our service to our clients.

Advantage of a PEO

You care about your business. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t spend so much time taking care of it and working so hard to make it successful, right? Right! So, how about taking it one step further?
Hire Employer Advantage! We’re a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) that simplifies HR so you can focus on what moves business forward.

More Time for You and Your Team

Our clients love that they can trust us to handle the administrative burden of continuously managing HR, payroll, benefits and everything else that comes with employee management. With our support, they can take better care of their clients, grow their business—and even find some time to relax for once, too.
Attracting and retaining talent
Employees want to work for a well-run company that takes care of them. With our know-how, your entire HR approach will become a breeze. Plus, it’ll give your team confidence in their employer! You’ll also find that employee recruitment and retention start humming along thanks to all the great employee benefits we can offer our clients.

Staying Compliant

Ever wondered if your business is really compliant with all the federal, state, and local laws that employers are required to follow? With Employer Advantage, you can rest assured that you’re receiving guidance from experts who are up to date on all the new and existing labor laws. We’ll proactively update you on new laws and regulations and answer any questions you have about compliance.

Onboarding

Onboarding for Your Success

Our onboarding process for new clients is designed to quickly help you offload the HR burdens you’ve been carrying and create a new approach that meets your needs. Most importantly, we’re at your beck and call when you’re onboarding with us. We’ll walk you through the process step-by-step and design our service to meet you and your employees’ needs.

Onboarding Steps

Gather key company information
We’ll work with you to gather the important information we’ll need to handle everything from your payroll taxes to administering your benefit plans. If you don’t know how to get an important piece of information, we’ll help you figure it out!
Set up your customized HR platform

We handle the process of setting up your superb HR platform so you don’t have to sweat it. We ask how you want us to handle the details and then we make it happen. And when you have questions, we won’t just tell you to restart your computer. We provide all the detailed support for your new system!

Gather employee information
Our electronic employee onboarding system makes it a snap for your employees to quickly provide updated information for their electronic employee files, set up their online portals and select their stupendous benefits. Plus, we’re always there to answer your employees’ questions, too!
Process your first payroll
We’ll work closely with you to process your first payroll to make sure it happens seamlessly. Feel all those HR burdens you’ve been carrying start to fall away!
Continue toward perfection
Our onboarding process doesn’t stop until everything is running smoothly and you’re seeing the full value from your entire team at Employer Advantage. We’re not done until you’re satisfied!

FAQs

How quickly can we start?

Smaller companies can start in as few as two weeks after they sign up for our services. We recommend medium or large companies spend 3-6 weeks onboarding to make sure the process goes smoothly for them and their employees.

How quickly can we start?
Smaller companies can start in as few as two weeks after they sign up for our services. We recommend medium or large companies spend 3-6 weeks onboarding to make sure the process goes smoothly for them and their employees.
How long do your clients typically stay with you?
On average, our clients stay with us for more than nine years! We’ve had the privilege of serving some of our clients for more than 30 years.
Is my company too big or too small for Employer Advantage?

We serve clients with a range of 1-2,000 employees. All of them have a dedicated service team because businesses large and small deserve to have the personal service they need.

How does your pricing work?

Our pricing is based on your needs and size. You’ll never have to pay for what you don’t need. Typically, our services cost an average of $80-$125 per employee per month. Let us put a customized proposal together for your business!

We strive to make our pricing as transparent as possible. You’ll know what you are paying for all your payroll taxes, your benefits, workers’ compensation, and our services as well.

How do I get a quote or proposal for my company?

To create a proposal, we need to learn about how you are currently handling HR, what your challenges are, and how you want your HR to work. We typically hold 2-3 meetings with companies to gather all the information we need to create an accurate proposal, including the services you’ll receive and what you’ll actually pay.

How am I billed for your services?
Our fees are prorated based on the frequency of your business’s payroll. When we debit your bank account to pay employee wages and payroll taxes, we’ll also include our fees. We do this to help our clients have smooth and predictable cash flows.
How many employees do I need to participate in your employee benefits?

For our health insurance through United Healthcare, you’ll need a minimum of 5 participating employees and 50% of employees who are eligible for health insurance.

For our other employee benefits, there are no minimum employee participation requirements.

Should I wear a cummerbund with this outfit?
Definitely not. That’s our job. So sit back, relax, and let us make your HR blissful!