AEP Books and Media, Inc. (Buffalo, NY, www.aepbooks.com), a nationally-recognized and nationwide comprehensive book and media supplier to academic, corporate and government institutions recently selected Alcott HR Group to become its PEO partner. Alcott will provide AEP with a total HR solution, including payroll and tax administration, employee benefits design and administration, regulatory compliance and value-added employee services.
AEP founder and President Scott Meacham’s decision to enter into a PEO relationship with Alcott was predicated on AEP’s fast growth and realization as to the importance of a sound HR program.
“As a result of our fast growth, we determined the need for additional team members and in the ever growing field of human resources,” said Mr. Meacham. “We felt it was time to enlist the assistance of a professional HR firm, Alcott HR Group.” Prior to engaging Alcott, AEP was handling HR matters internally which it felt was sufficient when the company was smaller.
“As we transition to a medium-sized corporation, our rapid growth coupled with HR legislation and the increasingly complex regulatory environment made it clear that it was time to bring in professionals such as Alcott,” continued Mr. Meacham. The decision has proven beneficial to AEP’s management and staff.
Since bringing Alcott on board to help manage its HR, AEP has been able to devote more time to the operation and development of the company. Additionally, the company is able to offer AEP team members an experienced and knowledgeable resource in the management of their benefits and HR.
For Mr. Meacham, handing off this vital area was an important step he did not take lightly.
“AEP prides itself on being a family and each of our employees is an extension of our family. We were hesitant to have an outside firm handle the personal matters that can arise in HR,” he said. “Alcott has provided a personal solution to our HR needs. We are pleased with the professionalism, commitment and quality they offer.”
“We look forward to building the future of AEP with Alcott,” added Mr. Meacham.
About AEP Books and Media
Founded in 1992, AEP Books and Media is a veteran-owned company located in Buffalo, NY. The company was conceived by its current president, Scott Meacham. While serving as an academic counselor for incoming MBA students, he developed the concept of providing study guides for standardized tests. What began as a part-time business operated from the home of Meacham’s partner, Ken Pronti, vice president, has since grown into a major supplier of over two million titles of books and media to a diverse client base nationwide. Attesting to AEP’s growth and development on the Inner City 100, an annual listing of the 100 fastest-growing inner city businesses by the Initiative for Competitiveness in the Inner City (ICIC). AEP was listed as the #9 fastest-growing inner city business in the U.S. in 2009 and the 31st fastest-growing inner city business in 2010. The company attributes its success to its high standards of customer service under its model, a Simply Better Service.