Payroll Maxx
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Our Leadership

Payroll Maxx has been blessed with a deep and capable management team. Of course, it starts with the right mix of ability, experience, teamwork and commitment. From shareholders to officers, Payroll Maxx has leadership that is simply unparalleled in the service bureau industry. Because only Payroll Maxx has developed its team for the express purpose of committing every resource for one purpose – to give you what you deserve, a new level of security, reliability, customer support and value from your payroll provider.

Daniel G. Pankow, CEO and Managing Partner
Mr. Pankow, a founder of Payroll Maxx, was instrumental in identifying the market opportunity and service categories needed to better support the payroll needs of small to large businesses. To this day, Mr. Pankow is a "hands-on" CEO, involved in all aspects of the business and continues to identify and personally meet the needs of his customers.

Mr. Pankow also holds the position of CEO and Managing Partner in "EHPV", a group of diversified companies at the forefront of founding Payroll Maxx. EHPV operates several full service restaurants, a full service car care facility, the operation of several real estate properties, and provides services to several municipalities. The EHPV group of companies has more than 400 employees and handles more than $100,000,000 in annual sales.

Mr. Pankow earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He and his wife have four children.

Gary Vander Woude, Treasurer
Mr. Vander Woude is also an officer and shareholder in EHPV Management Group (“EHPV”), which manages a multi-state group of diversified operating companies.  His responsibilities in EHPV extend to all financial duties including financial reporting, planning and budgeting, all financial compliance and auditing matters, and tax related compliance matters with Federal, State and Local jurisdictions.  Prior to joining EHPV in 1987, Mr. Vander Woude specialized in audits and financial reporting for publicly traded companies at the international accounting firm, Touche Ross & Co.

Mr. Vander Woude earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota, where he graduated with highest honors and third in his class. Mr. Vander Woude is an actively licensed certified public accountant and a thirty year member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.  He and wife have two children and enjoy their ten grandchildren.

William F. Harvey, General Counsel
Mr. Harvey oversees all legal compliance and employment law issues for the company. Mr. Harvey also serves as general counsel for the EHPV Management Group of companies.

Mr. Harvey and Gregory D. Erwin, an Omaha attorney and businessman, formed the firm of Erwin Harvey Professional Corporation Attorneys in 1993. Prior to that time, Mr. Harvey was associated with the international law firm of Dixon and Dixon from 1989 to 1993, where he focused on bank regulatory, insurance regulatory and other governmental compliance issues. From 1988 to 1989, Mr. Harvey served as law clerk to the Honorable Thomas M. Shanahan a justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court.

Mr. Harvey is a graduate of the Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska (JD, Magna Cum Laude, 1985). Mr. Harvey was an editor of the Gulf War Claims Reporter published by the International Law Institute and he has also been published in the Creighton Law Review. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Omaha, where he is a member of the Board, several committees, and a Paul Harris Fellow. He and his wife have two children.

John La Fever, Atlanta Division
Prior to joining Payroll Maxx, Mr. La Fever was President of Ovation Payroll, a national payroll provider. Mr. La Fever also co-founded one of the largest independent US payroll firms in 1994, where he served in many capacities including Chief Technical Officer, VP of Sales and Operations Manager. Mr. La Fever is a Georgia and New York State licensed property and casualty insurance broker, specializing in workers compensation. Mr. La Fever is a graduate of the University of Rochester, NY and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience. He and his wife have three children.

Phil Cooney, Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining the Payroll Maxx leadership team, Mr. Cooney, was the Director of Operations for Applied Underwriters, a Berkshire Hathaway company, providing workers’ compensation and payroll solutions to small and mid-sized employers nationwide. He oversaw payroll and production operations of four locations across the United States from Applied Underwriters Mid-West Operations center located in Omaha, NE.

He has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industries; including payroll, workers compensation, banking, and federal and state regulatory compliance.  He has a proven record improving operational efficiencies, providing growth opportunities for the organization, continually educating internal personnel on industry changes, and seeks to implement processes improving client services and retention

Kenneth W. LaRose, President
Mr. LaRose joined Payroll Maxx in 1997 as its first employee. Being the first employee at Payroll Maxx, afforded Ken the unique opportunity to wear many hats, fulfill virtually every role at Payroll Maxx, and play a leading part in building our business into an award winning payroll company. Mr. LaRose has managed the implementation of three different payroll systems and streamlined our tax operations.

Mr. LaRose brings over 20 years of experience to Payroll Maxx. Prior to joining the Payroll Maxx team, he was employed by a multi-state convenience store operation where he was promoted to Store Accounting Manager after just 8 months. Mr. LaRose spent over 10 years as a Store Accounting Manager, managing the daily accounting of 156 stores in 11 states.

Mr. LaRose received his Accounting degree from Metropolitan Community College and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Kathy L. Loewens, Operations Manager
Ms. Loewens joined Payroll Maxx in 2009 and brings over 15 years of Operations Management experience to Payroll Maxx. Prior to joining the Payroll Maxx team, she was employed in the medical, retail and insurance industries.

During Ms. Loewens career in the medical industry, she became licensed as a Certified Medical Assistant. She found that this opened the door to her core skills of office management which led to operations management. Her 9 year retail career started as Personnel Director and evolved into Director of Store Operations. Prior to joining Payroll Maxx, Kathy spent 6 years in Operations Management in the insurance industry.

Kathy has also received her FPC certification in payroll and is a member of the Nebraska APA.

When not working, Kathy enjoys time with her family. She has two sons and grandchildren.

Bob Van Haute, Vice President of Sales
Mr. Van Haute joined the Payroll Maxx team in 2005. Bob brings over 20 years of experience to Payroll Maxx, including expertise in marketing, management, information systems, consulting, and payroll. Bob has had the unique opportunity to wear many hats over the course of his career ranging from staff assistant to Operations Manager for a payroll company with 250+ clients.

Mr. Van Haute brings a wealth of experience and technical ability to the Sales team at Payroll Maxx because he is able to leverage his comprehensive understanding of the payroll service industry to offer both new and existing customers an exceptional payroll solution, as well as unparalleled customer service after the sale.

Mr. Van Haute graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, Kearney. Bob and his wife have 5 children.