Payroll Maxx

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.

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.