A Passion for People and Performance.
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 of Alcott HR, overseeing all day-to-day functions of the company. Steven leverages his unique blend of human resources outsourcing (HRO) industry experience with sales, customer service, legal and operational expertise to ensure that we are delivering the best HR solutions to our clients.
Steve has over two decades of experience in the HRO industry, directly prior to joining Alcott HR he served as Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Executive Vice President for leading firms headquartered in New Jersey and New York. He has also held various executive and C-level positions throughout his career, and 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 executive member of the Board of Directors, Chairman of both the New Jersey and New York Leadership Councils; Legal Advisory Council Member, State and Federal 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 and By-Laws Task Forces.
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.
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.
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 20 years of human resources industry experience – all with Alcott HR – and she has been instrumental in the growth of our company.
Pat is currently President and Program Chair of the Levittown Community Council, a nonprofit organization committed to promoting pride and unity in the Levittown area. She is also a member of the Levittown Island Trees Emergency Relief Fund.
Sam Rosin serves as Alcott HR’s Director of Strategic Projects. Sam partners with all members of the Alcott HR management team in the selection, design, and implementation of the key initiatives that drive continuous improvement and enhanced value for Alcott HR and its clients.
Sam brings to Alcott over 11 years of experience in a wide variety of HR outsourcing servicing models, across diverse client bases throughout the country. His prior accomplishments include the successful launching of new markets, implementation of new software, and modernization of benefit and retirement plan offerings.
Sam also serves as Alcott HR’s representative on both the Cameron Bridging Team and the Cameron Innovation Team, ensuring the Cameron Family of Companies www.cameronenterprises.com work together to bring forward the very best products and services to all of our clients.
Orlando Villalonga serves as the Director of People and Culture for Alcott HR. Orlando 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.
We are proud to have recently announced the appointment of Zachary Rovinsky, CPA as Director of Finance, a strategic new role for the company, that leads Alcott HR’s financial and ROI analyses, budget management, forecasting, and process improvement.
A certified public accountant, Zachary brings with him decades of extensive corporate finance and accounting experience with core competencies in diverse areas ranging from staff development and leadership, financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions to strategic planning.
Prior to joining Alcott HR, Zachary led the finance and accounting departments at various public and private companies in the wholesale, manufacturing and entertainment industries. His past experiences include roles with Olympus, Cablevision and WWE.
Rob Castaldo is the Director of Information Technology at Alcott HR. Rob is responsible for managing Alcott’s IT infrastructure, Data Security, and Software & Technology training for Alcott’s various business units.
He ensures that his team members have the appropriate tools to efficiently manage their day to day workloads and that clients have the information they need in an ever-changing world of regulatory and compliance requirements.
Rob began his career over 20 years ago in operations for a PEO, Payroll, and Staffing company. As a result, he has a unique understanding of the needs of Alcott’s internal staff, and diverse requirements of our clients. With an eye towards customer service, he’s always looking for better faster and more efficient ways to support Alcott’s internal and external clients.
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.
Bonnie Corbett serves as the Manager of Administrative Services for Alcott HR (WNY), under the Director of Administration. She works tirelessly to ensure that all company standards are compliant and federal guidelines are met and maintained.
Bonnie works closely with the Operations Department in testing and improving the functionalities of our Human Resource Information Systems. HR Administration, process improvement, internal workflows, I-9 auditing and work authorizations are some areas she oversees.
With more than 15 years of managerial experience, she has created a new platform and opportunity to expand the scope of the Administration Department.
Bonnie continues to soar under the adage, “Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.”
Jose Santiago, Esq.
As Alcott’s Corporate Counsel, Jose Santiago is responsible for overseeing all legal matters for Alcott. He provides expert and strategic advice to advance Alcott’s corporate values and goals, ensure compliance with legal requirements, secure and defend contractual, IP and other rights, and educate colleagues in the management of legal risks and opportunities. In addition, as lead trainer and compliance manager of Alcott’s human resources service team, Jose ensures clients peace of mind by routinely participating in consulting services on human resource and employee relations best practices.
After serving as a prosecutor in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Santiago dedicated his practice to counseling and litigation. He has well over 10 years of experience counseling business owners and management clients with regards to corporate strategy and risk mitigation, as well as representing employers before state and federal courts and agencies in relation to labor and employment matters, such as EEO compliance in the workplace; sexual harassment prevention; and wage and hour compliance.
Tracey L. Miles
Tracey has championed Alcott HR for over 25 years.
In her current role as Operations Manager, she works with clients and small businesses to advise executives and management staff on best practices in the areas of payroll and tax compliance, labor law compliance and benefit administration.
Kristen A. Russo is the HR Operations Manager for Alcott HR. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology from Boston University and is SHRM-SCP certified. She is also an active volunteer with the National Ski Patrol at Holiday Valley Resort. Relying on her skills in project management and knowledge base across the functional areas of HR, Payroll and Benefits, Kristen guides the HR team in developing and implementing HR processes that have a direct impact on Alcott’s clients.
As part of the Human Resources team in Alcott HR’s Western New York Division, Kristen brings more than 15 years of human resources experience to the table and is responsible for maintaining rapport and engagement with current clients, developing HR strategies and recommending sound practices and policies and assisting with HR related matters throughout the employee life cycle.
Kristen is an active member of both the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association (BNHRA).
Penny Simpson has been our Alcott HR Payroll Manager for the past four years.
Penny leads her team of nine, and is responsible for ensuring that payroll for all clients and their schedules is processed in a timely manner. The Payroll Team supports and advises our clients and community with inquiries on state and federal regulations, minimum wages, lunch breaks, and PTO.
Penny holds a CPP certification with over 25 years of experience in payroll and is an active member of both APA and BNPA.
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).