Leadership is in our DNA.
Alcott HR helped pioneer the Professional Employer Organization (PEO) industry in 1987, and we’ve been leading the way ever since. We serve in executive roles in organizations such as the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO), and we use our insight and expertise to craft customized HR solutions that fit your business. We work with you to ensure you are always ahead of the HR curve – and your competition.
Here are the leaders of our team who make it all happen:
Steven Politis, Esq.
Steven Politis, Esq. serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Alcott HR, overseeing all day-to-day functions of the company. Steven leverages his unique blend of human resources outsourcing (HRO) industry experience and operational, legal, customer service and sales expertise to ensure that we are delivering the best HR outsourcing solutions and services to our clients.
Steven has two decades of experience in the HRO industry, directly prior to joining Alcott HR he served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for a leading firm headquartered in New Jersey. He has also held various executive and C-level positions throughout his career, and he has a proven track record of optimizing internal operations and policies while helping his customers control costs, reduce employment liabilities and exposure, enhance compliance and improve recruitment and retention.
Steven is actively involved in many industry trade groups and organizations. He continues to serve or has served in many key leadership positions of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO). These include member of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the New Jersey Leadership Council; Legal Advisory Council Member, Governmental Affairs Committee Member and Vice Chair of Best Practices Healthcare Sub-Committee. He is also a former member of both the Board of Directors for the Workers’ Compensation Certification Institute and of the Unemployment Task Force.
Steven began his professional career as an attorney and is or has been admitted to the Bars of New York, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Minnesota and North Dakota. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts, Eastern Division of New York and the District of New Jersey.
Steven earned his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, from which he graduated cum laude. He later received his Juris Doctor from Ohio University Pettit College of Law.
Steven Politis, Esq.President and Chief Operating Officer
Louis Basso Jr.
Louis Basso is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Alcott HR, a professional employer organization (PEO) he co-founded in 1987. Alcott HR provides a one-stop shop for all of a business’ human resources (HR) related needs, including payroll, employee benefits, compliance, risk management and more, empowering those businesses to focus on revenue-generating activities in order to grow. Under his direction, Alcott has grown from serving a client base of 35 companies with a couple of hundred employees to now serving hundreds of clients and thousands of worksite employees. The company was named to the 2015 Crain’s New York Business List of Top 150 Private Companies, an achievement it has held in past years as well.
Mr. Basso is very active in the PEO industry and with organizations representing small business. He is the Leadership Council Chair of the New York State Leadership Council of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO). He is a past President and Vice President of NAPEO, as well as past Chairman of NAPEO’s Federal Government Affairs Committee. He is also a past President of the Employer Services Assurance Corporation (E.S.A.C.), a PEO certification credentialing body. Mr. Basso is a recipient of NAPEO’s prestigious “Michaeline A. Doyle Award” for his consistent demonstration of leadership in the PEO industry and exemplary performance of his duties with regard to PEO industry activities on a local and national basis.
Mr. Basso’s entrepreneurial leadership has earned him a Finalist ranking in the “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” sponsored by Ernst & Young. Additionally, Mr. Basso has been previously named the “Small Business Advocate of the Year” by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) and The Business Council of New York State, Inc. He has also acted as a delegate to the National Small Business Summit, an event co-sponsored by the same two organizations. Mr. Basso has also received the NFIB’s “Small Business Champion” award. In 2007, he was one of the first inductees into the New York State Business Hall of Fame.
Mr. Basso has testified before government agencies on various aspects of PEO regulation and has lobbied extensively for federal and state PEO regulation. Former New York State Governor George E. Pataki named Mr. Basso a Member of the Workers’ Compensations Special Funds Study Commission, a position for which he was nominated by the New York Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses. In this capacity, he provided his experience and expertise in helping with an evaluation of the State’s Workers’ Compensations Special Funds program and recommendations for its optimization. More recently, he was appointed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the Long Island Regional Advisory Committee for the New York State Health Benefit Exchange, New York State of Health, which was established pursuant to the federal Affordable Care Act.
Mr. Basso received his Bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University. His company funds a scholarship specifically to be awarded to an Adelphi student planning to enter the HR field and each year, the amount of the award increases to mark Alcott HR’s years in business.
Mr. Basso resides in Smithtown with his wife, Diane, and enjoys spending time with their two children and five grandchildren. He is a competitive tri-athlete and has been an active participant in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Team in Training” fund-raising campaign serving as Mentor Captain and Coach. He and his wife have personally raised thousands of dollars on behalf of the organization. He and his company also support CN Guidance & Counseling Services, which provides clinical treatment, rehabilitation, housing opportunities, social and support services, counseling and guidance to individuals, families and the community affected by mental illness, developmental disabilities, psychological difficulties, addiction and/or chemical dependency problems. Under his leadership, the company has been a consistent sponsor of its annual golf outing and Runday events. In 2015, CN Guidance & Counseling honored him for his work with the agency at their first annual Taste of Hope Gala.
Louis Basso Jr.CEO and Chairman of the Board
Orlando Villalonga serves as the Director of People and Culture for Alcott HR. Orlando, who is bilingual, oversees the human resources department as well as the interactions between the various departments in Alcott’s offices. He is responsible for ensuring effective delivery of Alcott’s premier client experience. Orlando also supervises the vendors that deliver services to Alcott HR’s clients and their employees.
Orlando came to Alcott HR with many years of experience providing Human Resources best practices advice, compliance support, employee relations management & training, client relations oversight and claims supervision. Immediately preceding Orlando joining the Alcott HR Family, he had spent a decade in the Human Resources Outsourcing (HRO) industry with a heavy focus in the professional employer organization (PEO), administrative services organization (ASO), HR consulting and payroll service model.
Orlando VillalongaDirector of People and Culture
John H Bradley
John H. Bradley is the Vice President of Sales for Alcott HR. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Sales and Sales Training for the organization, allowing Alcott HR to help more companies to become successful.
John has 22 years of experience in the HR industry, and he leverages his expertise and experience to help clients understand the problems they face as employers in the areas of human resources, employee benefits, payroll and risk management. He helps business leaders understand how a PEO relationship with Alcott HR can: lower their employer liabilities, improve their labor law compliance, reduce their employee turnover, improve their ability to attract quality employees, improve their employee benefit offerings and reduce their administrative workloads, allowing them to focus on growing their companies.
John is an active member of Rotary International, having served as a board member, Secretary and Vice President. He uses the Rotary Four-Way Test as guide for ensuring Alcott adheres to the most stringent ethical standards possible. Today, John serves as a District Vice President of the International Youth Exchange Program, which helps kids from around the world share their cultural experiences, embrace new ones and foster a greater global understanding.
John H BradleyVice President of Sales
As Operations Director for Alcott HR, Athena Sherron oversees all aspects of Alcott HR’s payroll and payroll tax services and functions, as well as client implementations and associate onboarding. She helps our clients understand wage and hour issues while streamlining their in-house payroll procedures to enhance efficiency and improve compliance.
Athena is committed to helping our clients grow by serving as a “go-to” resource for knowledge, expertise and guidance, leveraging her 14 years of human resource experience to provide the best service and advice in the industry. She is an active member of the American Payroll Association, and has held payroll and HR leadership positions for more than 7 years.
In addition to being passionate about customer service, Athena is passionate about serving her community as part of charitable organizations. For example, she is on the Board Of Directors for the Long Island Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, which empowers African American girls and women in the areas of education, health and economics. In partnership with my organization and the American Payroll Association, each year Athena teaches “Money Matters” to middle school students at Turtlehook Middle School in Uniondale.
Athena is also a member of the Lupus Foundation, which provides caring support to those who suffer from the disease. As a Lupus survivor herself, Athena understands how important it is to help others live a normal and active life with the disease.
Athena SherronOperations Director
Dale M. Gaylor
Dale M. Gaylor, CPA, serves as Alcott HR’s Controller. She is responsible for overseeing all of the organization’s financial reporting and corporate accounting functions. In addition, Dale assists our clients with questions related to various aspects of Alcott HR’s finance operations, including payroll taxes, tax filings, notices and reporting, W-2’s and related questions among other various inquiries that arise.
Dale joined Alcott HR in 2015, holds a B.B.A degree in accounting from L.I. University – CW Post and has over 20 years of experience in the accounting field. Prior to joining Alcott HR, she served as a manager in the public accounting industry performing various audit, financial accounting and tax functions for medium-sized businesses serving various industries. Dale is also a an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Dale M. GaylorController
Pat Patane serves as the Director of Administrative Services for Alcott HR. She is “the glue” in the day-to-day operations of Alcott, making sure that all work flows efficiently and that the company’s high standards are being met.
Pat supervises the administration departments in both the LI and Western NY offices and is responsible for process improvement, document management and the dissemination of client communications. She also oversees the I-9 documentation and work authorization processes.
Education and communication are essential to achieving compliance, so Pat works closely with our clients and our internal staff to keep them up to date on the ever-changing HR rules and regulations.
Pat has more than 18 years of human resources industry experience – all with Alcott HR – and she has been instrumental in the growth of our company.
Pat is currently Co-President and Program Chair of the Levittown Community Council, a nonprofit organization committed to promoting pride and unity in the Levittown area.
Pat PataneDirector of Administrative Services
As the Benefits Manager for Alcott HR, Cara Calvin is responsible for the administration of all benefit plans.
Cara understands how challenging and confusing benefits can be for small businesses, especially in light of the Affordable Care Act, and she takes the time to help clients develop a strategy that is right for them in terms of options, contributions and costs. She prides herself on crafting approaches that result in enhanced employee satisfaction, as well as improved recruiting and retention. In addition, Cara also assists clients with claims resolutions and answers benefit-related questions from employers and employees alike.
Cara has more than 18 years of human resources experience, and she is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). In her spare time, Cara volunteers as a den leader and committee member for her two sons’ Cub Scout group.