November 2019 Print

President's Report

1st Annual: Pittsburgh Payroll Bash

As we close 2019, I am happy to say that we closed this year on a super high. Our 1st annual Pittsburgh Payroll Bash was a rousing success.

I wish to thank all of our speakers, sponsors/vendors and our attendees. Our new hotel location, Pittsburgh Airport Marriott, has really raised the class of our meetings to a higher level. Our speakers: Ronii Rizzo, Trish Richardson, Philip Yamalis, Dan Allan, and Jeff Gies presented a vast array of topics and offered everyone a great day of fun and education at the same time. I wish to THANK Wisely Pay by ADP, PayChex, PayTime, Kronos, and ECCA Payroll+ for their time and support for our event and Chapter. Lastly, but most importantly, I wish to thank the 60 attendees that attended our 1st Annual event. Based on everyone's reaction, this event was worth the investment and hard work by the Board to raise the bar of education being offered to our members. As a Chapter, we are now offering a minimum of 18 RCHs per year which truly benefits all of our CPPs/FPCs as well as our aspiring members looking to become certified.

The Chapter was thrilled to present to our own, Tina Frysinger, the 2019 Pennsylvania Payroll Person of the Year. Tina has exemplified excellence in all she has done with our Chapter in her role as our Education Director as well with her role at Schneider Downs. 

The slideshow from all the presentations have been uploaded to our website. Anyone wishing to listen to our Chapter meeting along with the slide show check out our video portfolio. The video link is available under our Resources page. 

Due to our unforeseen change this year in venues and the cost associated with this change, we had to increase the meeting cost and annual membership for 2020. The modest increase of $10 per meeting and $10 annual membership is still a great value for the education offered along with a plethora of network opportunites unmatched with other similar professional organizations.

Renew today and enjoy all the benefits of your local Chapter. Annual dues are $60 per person. We are happy to offer our Black Friday special after the November meeting and offer a $10 discount if membership is renewed by December 31st. A rock bottom rate for everyone! All 2019 memberships will lose access to our website at the end of March. 

Meeting dates for next year are: March 11th, May 13th, July 15th, September 9th, and November 6th. With all of these meetings held at our new hotel, the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.

Board Member opportunities

The Board is looking to fill two current vacancies: Secretary and Membership Director.

Our Secretary has a couple of responsibilities: take minutes of our meetings and prepare & distribute Chapter announcements & newletters and other correspondence.

Our Membership Director has the heart of the Chapter in their hands. Their responsibilities include the following: help recruit new members, develop methods to retains members, organize the membership appreciation event and membership gift, as well as develop an annual National Payroll Week event.

A future opportunity would be role of President. I have been in this role going on 8 years. I have loved every moment. But as I have learned, an organization can not grow unless leadership has steady and healthy change. Everyone in this Chapter has something to offer it to take it to the next level. Fresh ideas and a new perspective  is the breath of organization that keeps  the chest pounding in a healthy membership group. We will have an election for President in November 2020 for a 2 year term of 2021-2022.

I am hoping we have at least 3 individuals that are willing to step up to help our Chapter grow in the future.

2020 PA Statewide Conference

The Board has scheduled the 2020 PA Statewide Conference.

The date for this event will be Friday, November 6, 2020. 

The Statewide will be held at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott in the Robinson/Airport area. 

We believe that this year’s Pittsburgh Payroll Bash event has set-up a very effective format that we wish to replicate concerning education and overall experience that benefits all involved. This all-day conference is a worthy event to attend to gain all the aspects of what our Chapter stands for concerning payroll professionals.



We are looking for speakers in 2020. Topics such e-Verify, Payroll Accounting, Non-Resident Alien processing and How to Change Payroll Dates are examples. Any of these topics or something else where a subject matter expert is willing to present will be welcomed.

If you or one of your vendors have the ability to present to our group please contact Tina to schedule your presentation.

The easily accepted topics are listed on this website, Please review the list and contact me to schedule your speaking opportunity.

Our membership group should be able to supply and support a diverse group of educational opportunities for our Chapter. 

Please contact Tina Frysinger, the Chapter's Education Director, for further information.



Our satellite broadcasting has become a great success as other Chapters are now exploring to add this feature to their Chapters as well. We have secured a viable location in Indiana, PA with a quality program being broadcasted on a consistent basis.

We are looking to expand in 2020. We are the only local payroll Chapter on the western side of the Appalachian Mountains. That means we are the only resource for over 75% of Pennsylvania and 99% of West Virginia as well as good portions of Kentucky and Virginia. Since our Chapters now offers a consistent program of at least 18 RCHs annually, our Chapter is prime to expand our outreach to these underserved areas. Other locations could develop as hosts become available. This process will be managed based on a demographic area/zone to ensure our limited bandwidth and resources are managed wisely. Some desired locations include:

  • Mercer (Crawford, Erie & Mercer counties plus Youngstown, OH area)
  • Warren (Forest, Venango & Warren counties)
  • Somerset (Bedford & Somerset counties)
  • Uniontown (Fayette & Greene counties)
  • Morgantown, WV (Marion, Monogalia, Preston & Taylor counties)
  • Charleston, WV (serving a very large area)
  • Huntington, WV (serving a large area)
  • Youngstown, OH
  • Saint Clairsville, OH


Our goal is to create learning opportunities for more payroll professionals while making it more convenient on everyone's travel concerns. To ensure we stay compliant with any APA concerns, we will treat each satellite location just as the Pittsburgh site. Attendees would need to meet in a central location, sign in and attend the meeting, upon completion of the meeting receive their RCHs for their time and attendance. All of this at a reduced cost versus the rate at the Pittsburgh location since we will not be providing lunch at the satellite locations.




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Community Service

Remember our soldiers & the local food banks.

The food banks need filled EVERY week to sustain their outreach programs. Your donations helps in their efforts.





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APA Training Opportunities

The American Payroll Association & local chapters offers many wonderful opportunites to learn, grow and network.



The American Payroll Association & local chapters offers many wonderful opportunites to learn, grow and network.


Mar 11, 2020 Western PA Chapter - meeting Coraopolis, PA
May 13, 2020 Western PA Chapter - meeting Coraopolis, PA
July 15, 2020 Western PA Chapter - meeting Coraopolis, PA
Sept 9, 2020 Western PA Chapter - meeting Coraopolis, PA
Nov 6, 2020 Western PA Chapter - PA Statewide Conference AND 2nd Annual: Pittsburgh Payroll Bash Coraopolis, PA
July 8-Sept 9 (every Wed) CPP/FPC study group TBD
Apr 7, 2020 Payroll Issues for Multi-State Employers Columbus, OH
June 2-18, 2020 Intermediate Payroll Concepts ONLINE ONLY
June 25, 2020 Payroll Tax Forum Philadelphia, PA
July 7-23, 2020 Strategic Leadership Certificate ONLINE ONLY
Aug 4, 2020 Garnishment Forum Philadelphia, PA
Sept 28-30, 2020 Payroll Practice Essentials Atlanta, GA
Oct 5-6, 2020 Global Payroll Mgmt Certification New York, NY
Oct 2020 Local Income Tax Compliance  ONLINE ONLY
Oct/Nov 2020 Preparing for Year End & 2020 Pittsburgh, PA
Nov 6, 2020 PA Statewide Conference Pittsburgh Airport Marriott
Mar 16-17, 2020 Capital Summit Washington D.C.
May 5-8, 2020 APA Congress Orlando, FL
Sept 14-16, 2020 Payroll Leaders Conference Philadelphia, PA
Oct 18-21, 2020 Educational Institutions Payroll Conference Denver, CO


Some national events have various locations available to attend. Please review the seminar in question on the APA website for location venues available.

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