Paychex Wins Bronze Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Award for myStaffingPro

Contributed to by: Tracy Van Auker, Public Relations Program Manager, Paychex, Inc.

Rochester, N.Y. (January 28, 2014) Paychex, Inc., a leading provider of payroll, human resource, insurance, and benefits outsourcing solutions for America’s businesses, today announced it won a Brandon Hall Group bronze award for excellence in the Best Advance in Talent Acquisition Technology category for its software-as-a-service applicant tracking suite, myStaffingPro.

The myStaffingPro product suite provides technology that streamlines, simplifies, and drives the applicant workflow and hiring process for companies of all sizes. The comprehensive web-based myStaffingPro system was recognized for its vast number of social media tools that assist with and strengthen social recruiting activities, including one-click access to the company’s social media pages, requisition posting to Twitter and Facebook, an RSS feed of job openings, a “share” button allowing candidates to easily share openings with their networks, and social media sign-on with contact information and work history parsing capabilities.

“We are honored to receive this award,” said Andy Childs, Paychex vice president of marketing. “Finding and building relationships with talent is an integral part of the hiring process, and we take pride in being recognized for our software’s capabilities to help our clients do that with integrated social recruiting tools.”

The entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executive leadership based upon the product innovation, unique differentiator, value proposition, and measureable results.

“It is our honor to recognize this year’s award winners, who exemplify the commitment to innovation and excellence that drives growth and over-the-top business results,” said Mike Cooke, chief executive officer of Brandon Hall Group.

Winners were announced on January 8, 2014, and a complete list can be found at

http://brandonhall.com/excellence-technology.php?year=2013.

About Paychex

Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) is a leading provider of payroll, human resource, insurance, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses.  The company offers comprehensive payroll services, including payroll processing, payroll tax administration, and employee pay services, including direct deposit, check signing, and Readychex®. Human resource services include 401(k) plan recordkeeping, section 125 plans, a professional employer organization, time and attendance solutions, applicant tracking, and other administrative services for business. A variety of business insurance products, including group health and workers’ compensation, are made available through Paychex Insurance Agency, Inc. Paychex was founded in 1971.  With headquarters in Rochester, New York, the company has more than 100 offices serving approximately 570,000 payroll clients as of May 31, 2013.  For more information about Paychex and our products, visit www.paychex.com.

About Brandon Hall Group, Inc.

With more than 10,000 clients globally and 20 years of delivering world class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is the most well-known and established research organization in the performance improvement industry. We conduct research that drives performance, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

Brandon Hall Group has an extensive repository of thought leadership, research and expertise in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and Human Resources. At the core of our offerings is a Membership Program that Empowers Excellence Through Content, Collaboration and Community. Our members have access to research that helps them make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, combined with research-powered advisory services customized to their needs.  (www.brandonhall.com).

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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.