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Since Extensis was founded in 1997, we have been committed to making the complex world of HR simple and helping entrepreneurial companies achieve their aspirations. 

Our management team represents some of the most experienced PEO professionals in the industry.
Richard Augustyn

Richard Augustyn

Founder and Executive Chairman

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Richard Augustyn is the founder and Executive Chairman of Extensis Group and has led the company’s rapid growth since its inception.

Under his leadership, Extensis has consistently been one of America’s fastest growing and most innovative PEOs, driven by a passion to simplify HR for small and mid-sized businesses. His early business success landed him a spot among the Forty Under 40, a program that honors young men and woman who have made outstanding contributions to their fields.

Rich is also an accomplished investor, backing talented entrepreneurs who are strong leaders and creative thinkers to help them achieve exceptional results. He currently serves on the boards of several U.S. and Canadian high-growth business service companies.
Blake Morris

Blake Morris

Chief Executive Officer

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Blake Morris has over 25 years of executive leadership experience in a diverse group of public and private companies. His deep experience in strategic planning, accounting and finance supports Extensis’ financial commitments to its clients. He is responsible for all aspects of Extensis’ organization, including the execution and safeguarding of client payrolls and related tax filings.
 
Before joining Extensis, Blake served as treasurer of TRAC Intermodal, the largest intermodal equipment provider in North America.  Prior to TRAC, Blake held CFO, VP FP&A, Controller and COO roles in the following industries: consumer products, business products and services, technology, media, digital publishing, hospitality and transportation. Blake started his career at Ernst & Young in accounting and tax.
 
Blake graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in accounting and finance, and is a certified public accountant.
 
Dan Sheridan

Dan Sheridan

President & Chief Revenue Officer

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Dan Sheridan’s career spans leadership roles in sales, management and marketing, including sales force management, training, client satisfaction and retention, and managing top and bottom lines. Applying that expertise to Extensis Group’s aggressive growth objectives, Dan Sheridan spearheads the firm’s ongoing efforts to create an industry best sales organization and insurance broker sales channel.

In his previous role as the company’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Dan focused on media relations and industry growth, as well as promoting the advantages and opportunities PEOs bring to small businesses in the Northeast. As president and CRO, he is also a member of the Extensis Group Management Committee.

With more than a decade of high-profile, executive-level sales, operations and management experience, Dan has been published in Enterprise Magazine, a publication of the New Jersey Society of CPAs. As a subject matter expert on a range of small business matters, Dan has been interviewed by regional and national media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The Star Ledger and NJBIZ. He has also been a guest on News 12 New Jersey’s “It’s Your Money” program, discussing HR outsourcing topics.

Dan received his BA in political science from Dickinson College.
Anissa Kurtz

Anissa Kurtz

Senior Vice President, Benefits

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Anissa’s career spans over twenty years of experience in the field of Human Resources, specializing in strategic benefit plan design and administration.  She has spent her career to date working in both the public and private sector where she has held numerous leadership roles with global responsibility for benefits in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.  Anissa is a subject matter expert in the areas of health and welfare, retirement, absence management and relocation. 
 
Before joining Extensis, Anissa held several corporate benefit roles in complex, multi-site, global organizations with a diverse workforce. Prior to Extensis, Anissa led the global benefits and mobility function for The Children’s Place.  She is a proven leader and strategic business partner. 
 
Anissa holds an MS degree in Labor and Employee Relations from Rutgers University and a BS degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from The College of New Jersey.
Joe Catapano

Joe Catapano

Chief Information Officer

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Joe has experience designing and building front-end technologies including websites, apps, payroll applications, and HRIS systems. Joe earned his BS in Computer Science from Wagner College in New York City. Since joining Extensis Group, he has been involved with the updating, improvement, and development of many of the company’s client-facing products. Joe is an avid international traveler and speaks conversational Japanese.
Amy DeCicco

Amy DeCicco

Senior Vice President, Marketing

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Amy DeCicco has over a decade of experience in B2B marketing. Her breadth of experience includes brand strategy & development, corporate communications, channel & lead generation and public relations. She is responsible for all aspects of Extensis’ marketing organization. Before joining Extensis, Amy served as VP of Marketing at Myriad360, a cybersecurity consultancy and integrator in NYC where she led its first company-wide rebrand. Prior to Myriad360, Amy held various marketing leadership roles in industries spanning supply chain logistics, nonprofit technology, recruitment, data center infrastructure and corporate space planning. Amy graduated from James Madison University with a BS in Media Arts and Design; Corporate Communications.
Jan Kaupas

Jan Kaupas

Senior Vice President, Sales

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Jan has 22 years of sales executive leadership experience in the PEO and HR outsourcing industry. With a proven ability to simplify and communicate highly-complex products and services to entrepreneurs and business leaders, Jan’s intimate understanding of benefits strategy, HR consulting and sales management has helped solidify the company’s market leadership and fuel the continued growth of clients. 

Previously a licensed life and health producer, Jan has also held positions of sales, leadership and ownership capacities for ADP TotalSource, TriNet, HR Logic and Javers Group. Jan reinforces the Extensis "broker-friendly" focus and has been a key player in the development of Extensis' industry-leading sales department. 

He is a dedicated results-driven leader with a proved track record of building top performance sales teams. He is responsible for top-line sales revenue growth, channel management, talent management, retention and training. 

In addition, Jan is a member of the Professional Insurance Agents (PIA), the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), the New Jersey Tech Council, BioNJ, and the Professionals of PEO Industry group. Jan holds a BS in Psychology from East Stroudsburg University.
Vinnie Romero

Vinnie Romero

Senior Vice President, Service and Operations

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Vinnie Romero has over 20 years of experience in the PEO and HR Outsourcing industry, and his career encompasses leadership roles in client services, account management, activation, and operations. Vinnie applies that experience to Extensis Group’s strong client-centric mindset to keep client satisfaction high, while leading the firm’s talented service and operations teams, that are considered one of the best in the industry. In those 20 years, Vinnie has spent 14 of them with Extensis, developing into a proven leader, gaining knowledge of the PEO industry, all while helping Extensis grow to be one of the largest PEOs in the U.S. and the fastest growing PEO in the Northeast.  Vinnie earned his B.A. in Business Management from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.
David Pearson

David Pearson

Senior Vice President, HR & Organizational Development

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David is responsible for overall people programs and HR strategy within the organization. His core focus is on employee engagement, organizational effectiveness, workforce strategy, talent management, total rewards and compliance. This focus increases human capital satisfaction and creates greater client fulfillment.

David has over 20+ years of HR and client relationship management experience in both private and public sectors. He specialized in client relations acting as an adviser, subject matter expert, and creative solutions oriented problem solver. David has held positions as a managing partner, small business owner, project manager, and numerous progressing HR positions spanning his career.

David has worked within the PEO industry for well over a decade. He holds a BS in HR Management from Dominican College of Blauvelt, NY. He is also a member of numerous HR chapters, has spoken at DisruptHR-LongIsland, and is certified with both his PHR & SHRM-CP. His friendly approach as a
progressive thought leader in conjunction with his professional demeanor make him a great advocate for the organizations employees and leadership team.
Richard Schmidt

Richard Schmidt

Senior Vice President, Project Management

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Richard's career has included work in the financial services, management consulting, and pharmaceutical industries. He has over a decade of experience managing IT/business relationships and providing IT services in the areas of Human Resources, Compliance, Legal, and Finance. This experience positions Richard well to lead Extensis’ Service Operations department as Senior Vice President. Richard has responsibility for the client-facing areas of the firm, including Payroll, Human Resources, Activation, Benefits Operations, and the Employee Service Center. He also manages the Project Management team which leads strategic projects throughout the firm.

Richard has served in various roles throughout his career, including head of customer service, developer, database administrator, systems manager, project manager, and technology director. He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and has held that accreditation since 2001.

In his spare time, Richard enjoys working out and has completed multiple Spartan races. He also enjoys traveling, although his go-to vacation spot is the Jersey shore.

Richard received his BBA in Finance from Texas Christian University and is a proud Horned Frog.