Who We Are
GMS is a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) and a Benefits Administrator. We serve companies of all sizes nationwide. 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 professionals. We take on the administrative burdens that companies don’t have the time or expertise to effectively manage, including:
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 $50 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 Client Services
Stacey Larotonda 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. Stacey also holds her PHR and SHRM CP certifications. Stacey resides in Medina, Ohio with her husband, daughter and dog. She enjoys traveling, exercise, and spending time with friends and family.
Chief Technology Officer
Christian Tracey leads GMS' go-to market technology strategy and leads the internal IT function. Tracey recently led SAP's Human Capital Management Consulting group in the Midwest and previously held positions at Microsoft, Penton Media, and Rockwell. He brings a unique breadth of experience in technology having worked in IT operations, enterprise architecture strategy, and consulting as well as sales and sales leadership.
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 GMS Benefit Sales and GMS TPA Services. 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 Medina, Ohio.
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 80-plus sales professionals and 10 office locations. 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 three children.
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
Mike Johnson joined GMS in 2018 as Vice President of Finance. In this role, Mike oversees the accounting, finance, payroll tax, underwriting and policy and compliance departments at GMS. He brings 18 years of experience in the PEO Industry, having worked as the CFO and COO for similar organizations in the Atlanta area. Mike earned his Bachelor’s Degree from University of Alabama in 1992, and currently resides with his wife two children in Aurora, Ohio. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, the outdoors, and watching SEC football.
Awards & Recognition
GMS has been awarded as a Top Workplace by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and a Weatherhead 100 winner recognizing the fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio.
Let’s Get in Touch
Want to learn more? Give us a call at 330-659-0100 today or contact us online.