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A Mover and Shaker in the Employer Services Industry

Vic Tanon

Vic Tanon may seem to have reached a summit in his profession – in 2010 he was named to OC Metro magazine’s “40 Under 40” list of movers and shakers – but he considers himself “only at the foothill of my mountain.”

Tanon graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in finance, real estate and law, and joined Automatic Data Processing, a Fortune 500 company. A year and a half later he founded what was to become Emplicity, a Professional Employer Organization, or “PEO.” In 1995, Tanon identified a hole in the employer services industry. He became familiar with business owners frustrated with employee problems and issues. It was then that he began his mission to deliver simplicity to employers.

Serving as the offsite Human Resources Department for approximately 6,000 employees in 30 states, Irvine-based Emplicity provides a turn-key solution that includes human resources, payroll and benefits administration and compliance. Through the determination and dedication of its staff, Emplicity is poised to cross the $100 million revenue mark in 2012. Recently, Inc. Magazine identified Emplicity as one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for the fourth consecutive year, citing the company’s consistent growth despite the economic recession.

Tanon, whose title is chief simplicity officer, says his Cal Poly Pomona years were invaluable. As a student, he gained “the confidence of a great education, with inspiring professors and rigorous real-world training to provide me with the tools needed for success.” He was vice-president of the Finance Society and a founding member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity chapter. In 2008, he completed a three-year Entrepreneurial Master’s Program from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Despite his busy schedule, Tanon makes time for his family (wife Robyn and three children, Raegan, Chase, and Brooklyn) and enjoys coaching soccer and investing in his family and community.

His advice to up and comers is, like his company’s philosophy, simple: “Our lives are cluttered and full of so many insignificant things that we have to do. So the question is this: How can you make someone’s life so simple that they could not live without you?”

Published on September 12, 2014

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