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Our Leadership Team

Tony Grijalva

Chairman and CEO

Tony Grijalva is co-founder of G&A Partners; he is also a CPA with extensive experience in management consulting, business management and international trade. Prior to organizing G&A, he gained financial and managerial expertise as division CFO of a multinational firm headquartered in Wisconsin. In Houston, he worked for Grant Thornton where he met John W. Allen in the management-consulting department of the firm.

Tony is an active member of the Houston business community and heavily involved in numerous civic endeavors. He is chairman emeritus of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, former director with the Center for Houston's Future and the Texas Executive Business Council, and currently serves on the boards of the Greater Houston Partnership and Christus Foundation for Health Care. He has received numerous awards for business and civic activities. Tony earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

John W. Allen

President and COO

As G&A's President and COO, John oversees the daily operations of the company and is heavily involved in the strategic outlook and growth of the firm. Before co-founding G&A with Tony Grijalva in 1995, John was a consulting partner with Grant Thornton, where he worked with emerging growth companies and cultivated his management consulting and financial expertise.

A PPACA-certified and licensed life and health insurance agent, John is actively involved in the Houston business community, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Society and the Houston Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. John earned both his bachelor's degree in accounting and his master's degree in management consulting from Brigham Young University.

Anthony R. Grijalva, Jr.

Executive Vice President - Marketing

Anthony joined G&A Partners in 1997. As G&A's executive vice president of marketing, he is responsible for leading all demand generation and brand awareness activities for the company.

Anthony earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business, where he majored in marketing. He has also attended specialized executive coursework at The Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

John G. Allen

Executive Vice President - Sales

John joined G&A Partners in 2009, serving as the company's vice president of operations before transitioning to his current role as the executive vice president of sales. Under his leadership, G&A's sales organization has experienced consistent new business growth year-over-year.

Before joining G&A, John was a banker at JPMorgan in their energy corporate and private banking groups. He earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Brigham Young University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Texas. John is actively involved in his church, the Boy Scouts of America and youth sports in his community.

Aaron Call

Executive Vice President - Operations, West Region

Aaron joined G&A Partners in 2009, following G&A's acquisition of Core Innovative Solutions, an HR services firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Aaron has been involved in the PEO industry for more than 12 years in various capacities, and has extensive experience overseeing nearly every function within the corporate office, including all back-office operations, sales and marketing, and vendor relations.

Aaron earned his bachelor's degree in business management from Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management. A resident of Utah for almost all his life, Aaron is an active member of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and various other community development organizations.

Dean Andersen

Chief Financial Officer

Dean Andersen joined G&A Partners in 2014 as the firm's controller. In his current role as CFO, he oversees the company's accounting, treasury and payroll tax functions.

Before joining G&A, Dean's previous roles included work in tax at Arthur Andersen and Schlumberger, controller at Geneva Steel, assistant treasurer at Huntsman Chemical, VP of Finance at Extra Space Storage, and more than 18 years at Air Liquide in Houston, Dallas, Sydney and Paris, with roles as a tax manager, project finance manager, controller and director of acquisitions for the Americas. A CPA since 1988, Dean majored in accounting at Brigham Young University and later received an MBA at the University of Houston. He is actively involved in his church and the Boy Scouts of America.

Lloyd Closson

Chief Technology Officer

Lloyd Closson joined G&A Partners in 2017 as an independent contractor heading up the company’s software development team in Utah. He was promoted to CTO in 2019 and now leads the creation and implementation of world-class human capital management (HCM) applications for the firm’s external and internal clients.

Lloyd is an experienced CTO with a demonstrated history of building diverse distributed teams and leveraging modern technologies to deliver software that exceeds business and strategic objectives. He earned both his bachelor’s degree in business administration and his master’s degree in information systems from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management. When Lloyd is not working, he can be found at his kids’ activities cheering them on.

David C. Vasquez

Vice President

David joined G&A Partners in 2000. As a member of the firm's leadership team, he is responsible for spearheading G&A's business development and strategic alliances efforts with large public and private sector institutions.

Before joining G&A, David owned and managed a civil construction company that was actually a G&A client. As the owner of Vasquez Construction, he acquired particular expertise related to the administrative, HR and risk management issues in the construction industry. David earned his bachelor's degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, and has also completed the Harvard Business School's/HACR Corporate Governance Program. He is extremely active in the community and serves on several local boards and councils.

Kim Traylor

Vice President - Client Services

Kim Traylor joined G&A Partners in 2013, following G&A's acquisition of ProSource Management Solutions, a professional employer organization (PEO) based in Houston, Texas. As the company's vice president of client services, Kim couples her extensive knowledge of the PEO industry with an exceptional customer service mentality to provide G&A Partners' clients with expert counsel in all human resources and administrative matters.

Before joining G&A, Kim held several executive positions in the hotel industry and then spent 10 years as the director of food and nutrition services for Memorial Hermann Healthcare system. In 2000, she left Memorial Hermann to start ProSource and served as the firm's co-founder and COO until the firm's acquisition by G&A. Kim earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston’s acclaimed Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant management.

Grace Jaen

Vice President - G&A Beneficial

Grace Jaen joined G&A Partners in 2012 as the regional manager of its San Antonio, Texas office. In her current role as vice president of G&A Beneficial, the company's in-house employee benefits brokerage, she spearheads operations of employer-sponsored insurance programs and 401(k) plans to help G&A's clients maximize investments in their employee benefit plans.

Before joining G&A, Grace served as the director of human resources for a manufacturing firm and then discovered her passion for employee benefits as an insurance broker for a national organization. Since its inception, she has helped employers understand the impact that the Affordable Care Act will have on their organizations, and has earned a number of health care certifications, including her Certification as a Health Reform Specialist (CHRS) and as a Professional, Academy of Healthcare Management (PAHM). Grace graduated from the University of Texas - San Antonio with degrees in economics and criminal justice and a minor in public policy.

Alex Osborne

Vice President - Client Services, West Region

Alex Osborne joined G&A Partners in 2011. In his current role as the vice president of client services for the western region, Alex is responsible for overseeing the onboarding, day-to-day operations, ongoing client relationships and the full suite of services offered through G&A to new clients in that region.

Before joining G&A, Alex worked in the healthcare services industry providing unique services and technology solutions to healthcare facilities throughout the country. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Utah and a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Western Governors University. Alex is also passionate about positive community involvement, especially with activities surrounding his children, and is the "Top Dog" in his community's Watch D.O.G.S. program.

Matthew Walus

Vice President - Sales & Operations, Midwest Region

Matt Walus joined G&A Partners in 2018. In his role as the vice president of sales and operations for the Midwest region, he leads new business development efforts in and around the greater Chicago area, as well as the expansion and growth of the firm's business throughout the region.

A 25-year veteran of the PEO industry, Matt's extensive experience includes founding and operating a regional PEO company, as well as managing successful sales teams for another national PEO. Matt earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Dartmouth College, where he was also a four-year member of the football team. Today, he is involved with numerous community service programs through his church and is an active cyclist.

April Snavely

Vice President - Sales & Operations, California

April Snavely joined G&A Partners in 2019 following the acquisition of the accounts of a smaller, California-based PEO. In her role as the vice president of sales and operations in California, she leads new business development efforts in the region and builds the firm’s presence as a leading provider of outsourced HR solutions for California business owners.

April brings a wealth of industry experience to G&A Partners, including a proven track record of success earned over nearly 20 years working for large, national PEO companies. She attended college in Southern California, studying business administration, and was also a member of both the basketball and softball teams. When not working, she spends time with family and is actively involved with youth sports in her community.

Liz Grail

Vice President - Implementation & Support

Liz Grail joined G&A Partners in 2012 and has since been instrumental in the development and implementation of its technology applications. She was promoted to vice president in 2019 and now leads G&A Partners’ teams of solutions architects, implementation specialists, and support professionals to deliver a best-in-class HR technology experience at the client level.

Liz is a proven IT leader with extensive knowledge of PEO operations gained over her more than 20 years of experience in the HR outsourcing and staffing industries.

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