Meet the PRemployer Executive Leadership Team
Our success is directly attributed to leadership, expertise, and visionary insight of this team. Our goal is to meet your challenges and exceed your expectations – every time.
Personnel Resources/PRemployer/Preferred Risk Services
Ben has worked in the staffing industry since 1988. Over the years, he has developed a variety of safety and incentive programs for companies throughout the Southeast. Ben has many years of experience in the design, development, and implementation of employee productivity and performance tracking systems including expertise in employee hiring and profiling from entry level to executive positions. In his early years, he wrote and produced numerous training and orientation videos for staffing clients and other related businesses. During 2008-2012, he served on the Workers’ Compensation Risk Management Best Practices Board of Directors for the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations, which certifies individual PEO companies in best practices concerning their own workers compensation processes and programs.
Ben is a member of a local Vistage group that meets for a day once a month. Vistage is an international organization of business CEO's meeting as peer groups advising each other on all matters of succeeding in business and life. Ben is a charter member of his group that started in 2007.
Ben spends time serving various charitable groups. He has been coaching club baseball since 2006. His current team, Wiregrass Indians, plays summer ball at various college stadiums around the Southeast for the purpose of advancing players into the college game. Ben enjoys family, travel, snow skiing, fishing and baseball. He and his wife Rhonda started Koinonia Kaffe, a coffee house ministry (2006-2012) in Headland, Alabama. They have four grown children. Ben and Rhonda are members of Abbeville United Methodist Church in Abbeville, Alabama.
Specialties: Helping business partners meet their goals by growing their revenues & profits, finding the right staff, outsourcing business administration and using the right technology.
Ben has a BA in Visual Communications from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
Vice President Human Resources
Personnel Resources/PRemployer/Preferred Risk Services
Dan has spent his entire career in human resources management, for Fortune 100 companies, as well as, smaller, privately owned enterprises. After graduating from Michigan State University with a Masters Degree in Labor and Industrial Relations, Dan directed human resources departments in both union and non-union environments, with complete human resources management responsibilities for domestic and foreign operations. He currently directs the human resources consulting services for the PRcompanies, which own and operate businesses involved in human resources outsourcing, recruiting, staffing and business coaching.
Dan provides hundreds of clients with solutions to their human resources issues, guides them through the myriad of employment laws and regulations, and is also responsible for overseeing all risk management activities and services. He has conducted extensive training in the areas of employment law, regulatory compliance, performance management, effective supervision and management, and employee recruitment, interviewing and selection.
Dan has been the keynote speaker at staffing associations, industry groups, Chambers of Commerce and human resource seminars, and is the published author of the book, Job Killers: How governments increasing role in the workplace reduces profits and increases unemployment… and the solution that can get Americans back to work now.
After graduating from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management with a minor in Accounting, Debbie went to work in Morgan City, Louisiana with Seahorse International. There she was the Assistant Personnel Director in charge of the international personnel division. A few years later her family moved to Panama City, Florida where she went to work for Royal American Management as the Assistant to the Vice President of Accounting.
Debbie started an accounting business in 1987 and remained in that capacity for over 23 years. She then joined PRemployer, Inc. in October 2010 as Controller. PRemployer is a human resources outsourcing firm that helps small and mid-sized companies manage their payroll, human resources and risk management functions. Her staff prepares all client staffing and leasing payrolls, payroll tax reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, corporate financial statements as well as client bookkeeping. In addition, she monitors banking and financial issues. Over the years she has provided hundreds of businesses bookkeeping, payroll, tax and accounting service. Her motto has always been “If I help you succeed, then I will be a success!”
Not only did she work hard, she also volunteered and served the community in Panama City, Florida and Slocomb, Alabama. In Panama City, she was a member of the Northside Rotary Club, served as Treasurer for the Southport Recreation Baseball Association for many years, was a founding board member for the prison ministry (New Attitudes in Jesus Christ), served as a board member for the non-profit organization, Community Development & Planning, and is active in her church as well as PTA and booster clubs. After moving to Slocomb a few years ago, she continued her community service by serving as President of the Slocomb Area Business and Community Association from 2008 to 2010 and volunteers at the East Geneva County Senior Center and the Geneva County Chamber of Commerce.
She has been married to Jack for thirty one years. They have four children and one grandchild.
Rich Merrell prides himself on hard work, integrity, customer service, creativity, team work and a passion for success. Rich grew up in Napa, California. At the age of 7 Rich started his athletic career in wrestling which continued through college and as a championship collegiate wrestler and after 800+ matches he started his second successful career in sales. Rich brings an amazingly diverse sales background to PRemployer and his experience has no borders. For 8 years Rich worked in sales, management and training in Italy where he conducted business in the Italian language. And in his free time he was part of the Florence wrestling team. This kind of diversity proves to be very effective in sales. He will say “it’s about having a strong sense of perception that makes adapting to different situations invaluable in sales”. Rich is a Christian devoted to God, a family man devoted to his wife and two kids and a company man devoted to the success of PRemployer. Rich is still an athlete who enjoys pushing his body and mind. He loves fishing 100 miles into the Gulf and deer hunting on the family property. Rich is a people person and being around groups gives him energy. Five words you can use to describe Rich are, passionate, energetic, devoted, loyal and honest.