Chairmain Emeritus, board member
G&A Partners Chairman Emeritus, Tony Grijalva is a CPA with extensive experience in management consulting, business management and international trade. Prior to co-founding and 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 is heavily involved in numerous civic endeavors. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, former Director of the Center for Houston's Future and the Texas Executive Business Council, and he currently serves on the boards of the Greater Houston Partnership and Christus Foundation for Health Care. Tony has received numerous awards for business and civic activities. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
John W. Allen
President and CEO
As G&A's President and CEO, John W. Allen 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 Chairman 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 of Certified Public Accountants, and the Houston Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. He earned both his bachelor's degree in accounting and his master's degree in management consulting from Brigham Young University.
Anthony R. Grijalva
Executive Vice President – Marketing
Anthony Grijalva Jr. is the Executive Vice President of Marketing for G&A Partners. He is responsible for leading all demand-generation and brand-awareness activities for the company. With a passion for G&A becoming an experiential organization, he also spearheads the experience management division for both clients and employees.
Prior to joining G&A in 1997, 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 G. Allen is the Executive Vice President of Sales for G&A Partners. Under his leadership, G&A's sales organization has experienced consistent new business growth year-over-year. Prior to this role, John was the Vice President of Operations for G&A. He spent the early part of his career working for JPMorgan as a banker for its energy corporate and private banking groups before joining G&A in 2009.
John earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Brigham Young University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas. He is actively involved in his church, the Boy Scouts of America, and youth sports in his community.
Executive Vice President – Operations, West Region
Aaron Call 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. He has been involved in the PEO industry in various capacities, and has extensive experience overseeing nearly every function within the corporate office, including all back-office operations, sales, 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.
Chief Financial Officer
Dean Andersen is the Chief Financial Officer for G&A Partners, overseeing the company's accounting, treasury and payroll tax functions.
Before joining G&A in 2014, Dean worked for several world-class organizations in various financial roles including handling tax for Arthur Andersen and Schlumberger, as Controller at Geneva Steel, Assistant Treasurer at Huntsman Chemical, and Vice President of Finance at Extra Space Storage. He also spent more than 18 years at Air Liquide in Houston, Dallas, Sydney, and Paris.
A CPA since 1988, Dean majored in accounting at Brigham Young University and later earned an MBA at the University of Houston. He is actively involved in his church and the Boy Scouts of America.
Chief Legal Officer / General Counsel
Stephen Calvert joined G&A Partners in 2020 as its Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel. In this role, Stephen heads the company's legal department and oversees all of G&A’s legal matters throughout the country and internationally.
Before joining G&A, Stephen was in top legal positions, including General Counsel and Chief Counsel roles, for large public and private companies in different industries and states, including transportation, energy, utilities, and government contracting. He started his career at the law firm of Baker Botts in Houston as a trial and labor and employment lawyer. Stephen received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and his law degree from the University of Houston. He spends his free time with his family, church, sports, and music.
Chief Technology Officer
Lloyd Closson joined G&A Partners in 2017 as an independent contractor leading the company’s software development team. He was promoted to the role of Chief Technology Officer in 2019 and now leads the creation and implementation of world-class human capital management (HCM) applications for the company'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 cheering on his children at all of their activities.
Vice President – Corporate Human Resources
Michelle Mikesell joined G&A Partners in 2020 as the Vice President of Corporate Human Resources. Based in Houston, Michelle plans, develops, drives, and implements HR strategy and operations to support the continuous growth of the company. Her passion is to innovate and build programs and practices around culture strategy and HR leadership, ensuring G&A remains one of the top places to work in the cities where it operates.
Prior to joining the G&A family, Michelle led HR teams with a “people-first” approach. Over the course of her 25-year career she progressively advanced operations in sales and services for her companies.
Michelle has a Bachelor of Science degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver and a Master of Arts degree in communications from the University of Denver. She is certified in Lead Right and Change Cycle Series and holds the distinction of Society of Human Resources Management-Senior Certified Professional.
Michelle, her husband, and two of her three children are lifelong Denver Broncos fans while her third child cheers on the Houston Texans instead. (Team allegiance for her four grandchildren is still up for grabs, but she says it’s leaning toward the Texans.)
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. As G&A'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 HR 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 Health System. In 2000, she left Memorial Hermann to start ProSource and served as the firm's co-founder and COO.
Kim earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston’s acclaimed Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management.
Vice President – Client Services, West Region
Alex Osborne is the Vice President of Client Services for the Western Region. He oversees the onboarding and day-to-day operations, ongoing client relationships, and the full suite of services offered through G&A Partners to new clients in the region.
Before joining G&A in 2011, 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 degree in economics from the University of Utah and a Master of Business Administration degree in healthcare management from Western Governors University.
Alex is passionate about positive community involvement, especially when it comes to activities regarding his children.
Vice President - Implementation & Support
Liz Grail is the Vice President of Implementation and Support for G&A Partners. Since joining the company in 2012, she has been instrumental in the development and implementation of G&A's technology applications.
Liz leads a team of solutions architects, implementation specialists, and support professionals to deliver a best-in-class HR technology experience at the client level.
A proven IT leader with extensive knowledge of PEO operations, Liz has more than 20 years of experience in the HR outsourcing and staffing industries.
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 for 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 G&A Beneficial's inception, she has helped employers understand the impact the Affordable Care Act will have on their organizations, and has earned a number of health care certifications, including the Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist (CHRS) and Professional, Academy for Healthcare Management (PAHM) credentials.
Grace graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with degrees in economics and criminal justice and a minor in public policy.
Vice President – Sales & Operations, Midwest Region
Matt Walus is the Vice President of Sales and Operations for the Midwest Region. He leads new business development efforts in and around the greater Chicago area and is responsible for the expansion and growth of G&A Partners' business throughout the region.
A 25-year veteran of the PEO industry, Matt founded and operated a regional PEO company, and managed successful sales teams for another national PEO, before joining G&A in 2018. He 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 he is an active cyclist.
Vice President – Sales & Operations, California
April Snavely joined G&A Partners in 2019 following the acquisition of the accounts of a California-based PEO. As the Vice President of Sales and Operations for G&A Partners in California, she leads new business development efforts in the region and has helped establish the company 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.
Erin L. Rafferty
Vice President of Payroll Operations & New Client Onboarding
Erin L. Rafferty, CPP, is the Vice President of Payroll Operations & New Client Onboarding for G&A Partners. She joined G&A in 2012 and has more than 23 years of extensive operations experience in the PEO industry. Erin has made it her mission to provide her clients with a phenomenal customer-service experience that includes best-in-class payroll accuracy, process refinement, and efficiency.
Erin has a Certified Payroll Professional credential from the American Payroll Association (APA). During a five-year period, Erin held multiple officer roles for her local APA chapter, including becoming a member of the Board of Directors, President-Elect, and President. Her leadership abilities and commitment to staying abreast of compliance legislation that impacts payroll, benefits, human resources, and taxation have been recognized by her peers on many occasions. This dedication to providing world-class payroll services also makes her a go-to payroll subject matter expert.
When Erin is not hard at work for G&A Partners, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Josh, and their three children, Maddox, Delaney, and Savanna.