Who We Are
GMS is a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) and a third party administrator (TPA). We serve companies of all sizes nationwide, and have locations in Ohio, Virginia, and Texas. GMS was founded by Mike Kahoe in 1996 and has helped thousands of companies take control of their HR functions.
What We Do
We are HR experts. We take on the administrative burdens that companies don’t have the time or expertise to effectively manage, including:
- Payroll and Tax
- Human Resources
- Employee Benefits
- Risk Management
- TPA Services (for insurance brokers)
How We Benefit You
We make employee management simpler, safer, and stronger. We save you time and money. You retain full control over your employees, and regain the opportunity to focus on growing your business. Leave the HR details to us.
Meet Our Management Team
Mike Kahoe currently serves as the President of Group Management Services, Inc. Mike founded the company in January 1996 and built GMS into a successful PEO with over $30 million in revenue. Prior to founding GMS, Mike worked in a variety of human resource roles with several organizations including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Tradesmen International, Inc. Mike earned a Bachelor's degree from Kent State University in 1991. He currently lives in Bath Township, Ohio with his wife and three children.
Tom joined GMS in 2011 as in-house Staff Counsel after representing the company as a client for two years prior. Tom's litigation experience and general business knowledge provides GMS clients with clear and succinct guidance for their often times complicated issues. Tom attended Kent State University where he majored in Criminal Justice and studied law at both Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Loyola College of Law in Los Angeles, California. Tom is a member of the Ohio Bar Association, California Bar Association, United States District Court for the Central District of California and United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He resides in Medina, Ohio and enjoys golf and fitness.
VP of Sales
Tim Austin joined GMS in 2005 and currently serves as the Vice President of Sales. He has greatly contributed to office expansion and helped build a sales department of 30+ sales professionals. Tim earned a Bachelor's degree from Kent State University in 1994 and a Master's of Business Administration from Cleveland State University in 2000. He is also an adjunct professor in the Business College at Kent State University. Tim currently lives in Westlake, Ohio with his wife and 3 children.
VP of Risk Management
Jeff Costin joined GMS in 2007 and currently serves as the Vice President of Risk Management. In this role, Jeff oversees the Risk Department, which includes worker's compensation, unemployment, and BWC policy management. Prior to his employment with GMS, Jeff worked as an Investigator for Child Protective Services in the State of Arizona. Jeff earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Wilmington College in 1999. Jeff currently lives in Strongsville, OH with his wife and son.
VP of Client Services
Stacey Edelman joined GMS in 2003 and has served as a Payroll Services Manager, New Client Coordinator, and Account Manager. Stacey now acts as the Vice President of Client Services. In this role, she oversees the Human Resources and Account Management duties of all Client Service Representatives. Stacey attended Cleveland State University where she majored in Accounting. More recently, she received her Professional in Human Resource certification. She resides in Columbus, OH with her husband and enjoys coaching and traveling.
VP of Benefits
Beth joined GMS in 2002 and has served as a Sales Representative, Vice President of Client Services and now as the Vice President of Benefits. As a licensed professional in various benefit lines including health, life and variable annuities she leads Group Benefits Solutions (GBS) as an outgrowth of GMS benefit sales. She oversees the development and implementation of numerous initiatives in the areas of benefit strategy, forecasting, and structure as it relates to the Small Business Benefits Model. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Beth, her husband and their two sons currently reside in Copley, Ohio.
VP of Payroll
Pam joined GMS in 2002 and serves as Vice President of Payroll. In this role she supervises and coordinates the activities of Payroll Services Managers and completes payroll functions related to new client set-up, payroll processing, client issues and requests, as well as, system functionality. Pam earned a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Accounting from Cleveland State University. She lives in Parma Heights, Ohio and enjoys the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
VP of Finance
Mark Watkins joined GMS in 2013 as Vice President of Finance. In this role he is responsible for the accounting and financial activities of the organization. Mark previously was the Corporate Treasurer of Myers Industries, where he also held various positions such as Corporate Controller, Tax Manager, and Accounting Manager over a 30 year career. More recently he was the Vice President - Finance of M W Mielke, a client of GMS, and Director of Accounting at Concordia of Sumner, a continuing care retirement community. Mark earned his BS in Business Administration at Miami University and an MBA at Ashland University. He and his wife Pamela reside in Wadsworth, are bicycling enthusiasts, and are the parents of two grown children.
- Competitive Salaries
- Generous employer contributions to the following benefits:
- Health Insurance
- Vision Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Life Insurance
- STD/LTD Insurance
- Offers additional voluntary benefits
- Generous PTO (paid time off) policy
- Company Car (for positions that travel)
- EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
- Monthy cell phone reimbursement
- Work from home capabilities
- Flexible schedule allowed after 90 days
- Sales Representatives receive a salary PLUS uncapped residual commission
- 401K with company match from first day of employment; no vesting schedule
- Profit sharing
- Tuition Reimbursement
Health and Wellness:
- On line health assessments
- Company wellness coordinator
- Annual wellness program
- Company contributes into HSA account
- Company provides UP Band or Fit Bit
- Monthly gym membership reimbursement
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- Comp & Benefits
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- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
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In other jobs I wasn't motivated to get up everyday and go to work. Yes compensation previously was nice but there was no substance. GMS provides a positive environment conducive to wanting to go to work to succeed and enjoy the company of great coworkers. Plus the money is fantastic.
Absolutely none. Shoot, you get a company car. How could that be bad?
Advice to Management
Continue to focus on the development of educating employees.
Getting an Interview
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I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Group Management Services.
The interview process took about 5 weeks. Very thorough. Initial interview was via webcam and just an opener. It was followed by an interview with the local branch manager, hiring specialist and then VP of Sales. Also shadowed a salesmen for a half day and got some very good insight on the company and what they do. Overall it was a very good experience and a good company. Employees seem very happy.
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Since 1996, Group Management Services, Inc. (GMS), a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) company, has been helping companies save time and money when dealing with the Human Resource elements of running a business.
GMS works with small to medium size companies to remove the administrative burdens of running a company, allowing owners to focus more time on their business. These administrative burdens include, but are not limited to Payroll Administration, Benefits Administration, Risk Management (Workers' Compensation and Unemployment) and Human Resource Services...