Rob Basso, CEO, Associated HCM
My story started right here on Long Island in the storage room of a well-known building in Syosset. This was the first home of Advantage Payroll Services Long Island.
My mom was my first employee and we would print checks with an old dot-matrix printer and our furniture was some left over boxes and a chair with one arm and a loose wheel.
Fast forward almost 20 years, and Advantage Payroll Services is the largest privately owned payroll services company in the region.
As many of you are aware, Paychex had bought the Advantage Payroll system back in 2002, however we continued to operate the brand out of our then Hicksville, then Freeport, then finally Plainview office. We were known for our outstanding customer service and prided ourselves on the longevity of our relationships, both with our clients and partners. And while we knew we could excel in that aspect, as the market and payroll industry was evolving, we knew we had to do something to compete.
In 2012, I bought the established 10 year old bureau, Associated Payroll Consultants. With this new addition, I saw the opportunity for growth and evolution.
Cloud-based, integrated payroll and HR systems were quickly becoming leaders in the market, offering businesses the opportunity for seamless, one-stop data entry into HR and payroll systems. We invested in the Evolution platform, powered by Asure Software, for payroll and HRIS and re-branded as Associated Human Capital Management (HCM).
In 2018, Paychex reacquired the Advantage Payroll brand and moved the front office operation to their Hauppauge service center, allowing us to focus solely on building Associated HCM.
So, if you’re still reading, that’s where I am today… located in the heart of Plainview, NY, providing clients the same outstanding service, yet now able to offer a robust platform that allows clients to enjoy a single-source solution for Payroll, HR and Time and Attendance.
This summer, we were named “Best Payroll Company” by Long Island Business News Readers. Now here we are in the 4th quarter, looking forward to an exciting year-end and even more exhilarating 2019.