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As founder and chairman, Steve started Paylocity in 1997 with a small investment and a tremendous vision.

Steve Sarowitz

When Steve founded Paylocity in 1997, his goal was to fill a gap in the marketplace by providing a solution with in-house like technology supported by the service and liability protection of an outsourcing solution. Steve's vision, combined with his passion for software development, led to the first release of Paylocity's award winning SAAS platform in 2002.

Prior to founding Paylocity, Steve worked at Robert F. White, which was then the nation's leading independent payroll service. He later managed two privately-held payroll companies. Steve’s 20 years of experience working in the industry with both large and small providers helped him mold Paylocity into a best-in-breed provider.

A Sierra member since college, he takes environmental issues seriously. Aside from helping to develop a paperless payroll solution (Web Pay), Steve instituted a "Green Team" within the company. Additionally, prior to moving to our current corporate headquarters, he worked with the architects to ensure every possible environmentally safe effort was taken.

Passionate about giving back to the community, Paylocity participates in many local events; being an avid runner, Steve's probable favorite event is the annual J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge, where he’s a three-time winner in the MSE (Most Senior Executive) category!

Steve formerly served as President to the Independent Payroll Providers Association (IPPA) and holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana.