Nextep's humble beginnings as a small one-person office in a large building.


Nextep earns the first of many recognitions as a Best Place to Work.


Nextep is among the first to achieve Certified PEO recognition from the IRS.

The Nextep Story

“I left a publicly-traded PEO in 1996 with a dream of doing it differently. 

My goal was to give my clients the best of both worlds: the benefits and state-of-the-art technology that large companies have to offer, and the personal service and flexibility that smaller companies deliver. 

We’ve grown over the years, and we’ll continue to grow, but I’ve never lost sight of that dream. It’s still what I’m passionate about today.”

Executive Team

Brian Fayak

Founder, President, and CEO

Brian Fayak founded Nextep with little more than a dream and the passion that only a true entrepreneur possesses, migrating from the world of a publicly-traded company to one where he was a one-man organization: operations, sales, and the owner. Since those humble beginnings Nextep has grown to be one of the premier professional employer organizations in the industry with clients across the country.

Melissa Grimes

Chief Operating Officer

Melissa oversees all human resources, benefits, and payroll operations and directs client relations. Most importantly, she is the unofficial keeper of Nextep’s culture, making this a great place to work and giving that same respect and care to our clients and their employees.

Adam Graham

Chief of Sales & Marketing

Adam oversees Nextep’s sales and marketing operations. In his role, he determines goals, finds innovative ways to use technology to bring solutions to clients, and oversees the branding initiatives. At the core of all of this work, his main commitment is to making life easier for people.

Management Team

Brian Bennett

IT Manager

Michelle Boydston

Regional Sales Manager

Jenna Cohen

Regional Sales Manager

Tracey Hixon

Corporate HR Director

Breanna Honeycutt

Vice President of Sales

Shelley Hopper

Director of Benefits

Christy Hrencher

Marketing Manager

Hank Johnson

Risk Manager

Charity McMahon

Director of Client Operations

Sarah McPartlan

Regional Sales Manager

Carolyn Montgomery

Director of Sales, South Region

Lindsey Nichols

Director of Client Services

Ronda Rogers


Haley Schroedter

Director of Sales, North Region

Ron Stephenson

Regional Sales Manager


Tiffany Grayless

Benefits Administration Supervisor

Amber Kerr

Benefits Services Supervisor

Bill Stephens

Payroll Supervisor

Justin Davis

New Client Supervisor

Nicole Boykins

Client Systems Supervisor