“Hampton Roads has spoken and selected this year’s $50,000 winner,” Brad E. Schwartz, CEO of Monarch Bank, said in announcing Payday Payroll Services as the winner of its second annual communitywide contest. “Monarch Bank developed this award program to recognize top performing businesses, and we had great response in year two of our ‘Top Flight’ contest.”
Monarch’s contest received 53 applications, which were narrowed to three semifinalists, Payday Payroll, SteelMaster Buildings, and TASTE. The semifinalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges that considered growth in both revenue and full-time staff employed over the company’s three most recent completed fiscal years, descriptive narrative on how the prize package will be implemented; and community service.
The community cast 2,739 unique votes through a text-to-vote and online MonarchBank.com poll April 1–30.
Payday’s winnings include $10,000 cash from Monarch Bank; a professional business service package valued at $10,000 from accounting, tax and advisory firm Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, L.L.P.; a professional business package valued at $10,000 from Cox Business Communications; an advertising package, including the creation of a 30-second commercial and cable airtime, valued at $10,000 from Cox Cable Media; and an advertising contract with Pilot Media for one year valued at $10,000. The law firm of Vandeventer Black also sponsored the award.
Led by founder/CEO Andy Kline, Payday is a payroll and human resources services firm that works with nationally known brands, as well as community nonprofits and everything in between.
The company has been a constant community partner, working with The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, Ohef Sholom Temple, Beth Sholom Village, Tidewater Jewish Foundation, Physicians for Peace, the NEST program and United Way. Payday created the “Power of ONE” fundraising campaign to help United Way reach new partners through a payroll deduction program with Payday clients.
Payday Payroll Services says it hopes to extend its “Locals should use locals” philosophy and encourage Tidewater companies to do business with each other.
Andy, and his wife Esther Kline have immersed themselves in community service, volunteering and supporting countless organizations in Tidewater, as well as in remote areas such as villages in Nicaragua. “Andy Kline is a gregarious, community minded individual interested in doing good,” says Philip S. Rovner, president of Tidewater Jewish Foundation. “He has done well in his business and enjoys the opportunity to give back to the community.”
Founded in 1985 in Virginia Beach, Payday also has offices in Florida.