Who We Are
Since 1982, our fully integrated benefits, payroll, and human resources solutions have been helping clients do business with greater efficiency, profitability, insight, and synergy. Even as state-of-the-art technologies empower us to achieve these objectives with greater speed, scope and depth, we remain focused on the perennial mission: to help organizations serve and grow their most valued human resources.
Headquartered in Florham Park, NJ, Unicorn HRO services the needs of more than 800 domestic and international companies representing over 3 million employees. The company also has offices in Raleigh, NC; Seattle, WA; Houston, TX; and Dallas, TX.
Chairman of the Board and CEO
Frank Diassi, currently Managing General Partner for The Unicorn Group, has originated investments in over 39 entrepreneurial companies. Diassi has over 40 years of experience in business leadership and top executive roles. Diassi is a former Director of Mail-Well Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Chemical. He had major corporate experience with Conoco Oil Company for 10 years where he held a senior business unit management position in the petrochemicals area. Diassi received a B.S. degree in chemistry from Rutgers University and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. For a five-year period beginning in 1978, he was an adjunct member of the faculty of Fordham University Graduate School of Business. Diassi currently serves as a Director of Fiberglass Holdings and is Chairman of the Board of Unicorn HRO.
Timothy M. Diassi
Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Partnerships
Timothy Diassi is the senior vice president of acquisitions and partnerships. He is responsible for initiating and maintaining the most strategic company marketing alliances to create interest, demand, and recognition for Unicorn HRO and its products through the use of strategic relationships, channels and online marketing. . He joined Unicorn HRO in 1995 as a financial and human resources consultant and has since served as the company’s director of product management. Throughout the past, he has been directly responsible for reshaping Software Plus from a software vendor to an outsourcing firm supporting the human resources industry with a suite of hosted payroll and employee tracking solutions.
Edward J. Gettings
Senior Vice President of Product Development and Operations
Edward Gettings is the senior vice president of product development and operations at Unicorn HRO. He is responsible for the development and advancement of Unicorn HRO’s iCON benefits, payroll processing and human resources services solutions as well as Outsource and iCON support operations. Gettings joined Unicorn HRO in 2002 with nearly 25 years of human resources management and operations experience. During this time, he held several senior management positions that entailed the selection, design, implementation and management of numerous strategic business processes and integrated human resources information system (HRIS) programs. Gettings is a member of WorldatWork, the International Human Resource Information Systems Management (IHRIM) and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Vice President of Product Management
Cal McGrath joined Unicorn HRO in August 2003 and currently has responsibility for the development and advancement of Unicorn HRO's software solutions. While working for Unicorn HRO, McGrath has managed several client implementations that have included significant customizations. He is a key player in managing the development and deployment of Web-based open enrollment/benefit enrollment functionality and Unicorn HRO's new reporting solution, WebreportHR. McGrath has over 10 years of experience in product management services to HR outsourcing companies and their clients with a specific focus on using technology solutions to support complex benefit plan and administration requirements.
Senior Vice President of Benefit Services
Elissa Palmer brings over 20 years of experience in the direct sales and marketing of employee benefits solutions to middle market companies. Before coming to Unicorn HRO, Ms. Palmer served most recently as a Health and Benefits District Sales Manager at Paychex, where she was primarily responsible for leading and developing strong sales teams across Northern and Central New Jersey. In her role at Unicorn HRO, Ms. Palmer is responsible for growing the Benefit Services Division by providing comprehensive employee benefits to existing and new clients.
Director of Outsource Products & Services
Karen Pearsall joined Unicorn HRO in 1998 as an account manager assisting with implementations. She has been involved in Outsource Services since 2000, and has been the head of this division since 2004. Ms.Pearsall has responsibility for ensuring that Unicorn HRO’s outsource product offering meets the needs of the payroll and human resources user. Her unique experience enables her to contribute to the design of iCON products and the development of payroll outsource processes to support customer needs. Ms.Pearsall ably crosses the line between the technology and the business process, making sure that both are effectively integrated to provide the best product and service.
Director of Client Business Solutions
Michelle Steiner joined Unicorn HRO in 1992. Steiner is responsible for working directly with clients and prospects in the sales and implementation roles. In prior positions for the Application Group, Steiner has worked as a technical and application consultant as well as an IT manager. She is an active member of the American Payroll Association (APA) and works with the local APA chapter in Allentown, PA. Steiner has nearly 20 years of experience in the HRIS and payroll areas.
Director of Client Services
Alice Williams joined Unicorn HRO in October 1996 and has responsibility for client support for the iCON products through service functions such as Response Line Operations and Outsource Services. Williams works with Unicorn HRO consultants on implementation projects and also works as a liaison between the client base and the Unicorn HRO Development team to resolve issues as well as determine priorities for iCON releases. Prior to joining Unicorn HRO, she worked with a major home healthcare provider in the design of a patient tracking/payroll system for healthcare providers. Williams has 15 years of experience in working with HRIS and payroll solutions.
Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Michelle Woods came to Unicorn HRO with over 20 years of experience in human capital management, insurance and technology solutions. Ms. Woods has served at Vertafore where she worked with insurance agencies to develop and implement strategies to improve organizational efficiency and increase profitability. Additionally, Ms. Woods spent sixteen years at Paychex, holding various roles in the operations and sales divisions. In her role at Unicorn HRO, Ms. Woods is responsible for directing sales and marketing strategies to organically grow Unicorn HRO’s core solutions.