Rick RatnerAs the co-founder of one of the very first Professional Employer Organizations (Modern Employers in 1984), Rick Ratner knows PEOs. After successfully growing MEI into one to the country’s larger PEOs, Rick and his partners sold MEI to Selective Insurance Company of New Jersey in 1999. After selling MEI, Rick tried his hand at retirement. This lasted ten years, as Rick became concerned with the direction of the PEO industry. He was seeing many of the small local companies absorbed into the Mega-PEOs. Even his former company was sold to a larger PEO. Rick’s vision for EMT is a small, service-oriented provider of essential services to small business. The goal is to always retain the close personal contact with clients. Small business owners need to know that they can pick up the phone and speak with the owner. Rick feels strongly that PEOs work best for their clients when they can be responsive to the needs of their clients. When Rick is not worrying about his clients, he enjoys spending whatever free time is left with his family. He has two young daughters that also need personal attention.
Melissa RedmonMelissa currently serves as EMT’s Operations Manager. She is responsible for the day-to-day functioning of the company. Her major responsibilities include payroll processing, accounting and taxes, office operations, client service and new business on boarding. Her strong suit is customer service. If a client or an employee of a client has an issue, Melissa will not rest until the matter is solved to their satisfaction. She will make sure that everything is done right, the first time and on time. She is familiar with all aspects of PEO functioning, and can handle nearly all questions and problems on the first call or email. Prior to joining EMT, Melissa worked for a much larger PEO, TriNet Group. Her job at that company was to be the contact person when a client or employee had a question or issue. This large company was trying to implement a “small-company look and feel”. The problem was that, in order to help the client or employee, she would have to navigate the big-company bureaucracy, and became frustrated when she found she could not provide assistance in a timely manner. Melissa also served at Selective HR Solutions for 10 years, starting out as Distribution Coordinator, then Payroll Processor (team leader), and finally a New Business Underwriter. She left as that company went out of business. If you have something that needs doing, call Melissa. When she is not attending to the needs of EMT clients, Melissa enjoys training for and running in races.
Justine LoehleinJustine’s professional experience has been solely dedicated to the field of Human Resources. Seeing the need to make professionals and business owners understand how crucial HR becomes to the organization’s competitive position, her career thus far has been devoted to demonstrating that critical connection between Human Resources and the company’s overall strategic initiative. Justine is a senior level strategic human resources professional with many years of experience in multi-state, multi-industry environments applying strategic human resource approaches that drive business results. She is an active member of SHRM and holds a senior level professional certification in Human Resources, as well as an MBA. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Human Resources and Employment Relations. This blend of experience and education has allowed her to effectively guide executives and managers into making the right choices for their staff and overall organizational goals by executing the appropriate HR performance metrics that target companies’ overall objectives.
There is an overwhelming need for personalized, one-on-one attention with business owners and individuals and families making healthcare decisions in a post Healthcare Reform world. Larry Lawman provides high-touch, high-quality advice and support and to work collaboratively with our clients to create and maintain valuable and affordable health insurance solutions. Larry represents an extensive list of insurance carriers in the private market to provide the coverage and pricing options to meet the needs of our clients. In addition, he is certified in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (Exchange) for individual and small business benefit plans.
Susan Howard, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Susan is our expert at helping to create Custom Handbooks, Hiring Processes, guide clients through the Disciplinary and Separation process, provide Background Screening, set up Drug Free Workplace Programs, and provide ACA Compliant Payroll Services to our clients. Susan is an Executive Board member with Feeding Empty Little Tummies and advocates for animal welfare.
Vicki Goffinet is the owner of Accounting Solutions of Sarasota. A native Sarasotan, Vicki was inspired to start her own company in 2011 after working for her father, Pete Gorrie, in his business, GT Associates, a pioneering accounting firm in the Sarasota area. Vicki worked with Pete for over 20 years, until his retirement. Vicki remains committed to the principles learned from him; assisting business clients on the road to success with sound financial practices and planning, and helping personal clients toward long term security. She has a long and established relationship with Sarasota, its people, business community, and charitable organizations.
Sandy has nearly 30 years of experience in payroll, A/P, A/R, and financial statements, including several years accounting for her own small business. She has been with ASOS since 2012. Sandy began her career in Washington D.C., working for the American Geophysical Union. Sandy has lived in the Sarasota area for over 25 years. She enjoys spending time with her family, and relaxing on the beautiful local beaches.
In addition to her bookkeeping certification, and expertise in payroll administration on a variety of platforms, Theresa has extensive experience in process development. Originally from New York, Theresa lived throughout Europe and the U.S. during her husband’s military career. She and her family settled in Florida about eight years ago.
Tim Summers had a 30 year career with the U.S. Postal Service, a large part of that focused on maintaining financial accounts and processing journal reports. He also acted as payroll specialist for a facility of about 300 employees. He has worked in the accounting industry in the private sector for the past three years. Tim moved to Florida from Kansas City, Missouri, four years ago with his wife and daughter. They enjoy spending time together, relaxing in the pool, and trying out new recipes on the grill.