Payroll Outsourcing for Freelancers and Independent Contractors


About Us


MEET OUR TEAM


Since 1995, our crew of industry experts has helped our clients successfully bridge the gap between independent contractors and speedy, compliant pay cycles. Our employees are dedicated team players who bring energy, ideas, and pride to their work. PayReel’s people are the very cornerstone of our culture and capabilities, and their diverse experience and skill sets create not only an effective workforce, but a well-rounded, talented, and complementary team.

Freelancer Payroll Outsourcing Services

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Heidi McLean

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Elizabeth Lewis

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Todd Keener

COO

A self-proclaimed geek with a proven business acumen, Todd began his career by launching one of Colorado’s first internet service providers in 1993, growing it to one of the largest in the country, and ultimately selling it to publicly traded RMI.

A CTO, COO or CEO for 14 years, Todd has continued to combine technology, especially software development, with leadership and his love for business strategy to help grow several companies, including Arrival Telecommunications, 3C, and American DataBank.

Todd received his MBA from UCLA, but was born and raised in his beloved Colorado. Todd’s version of heaven is watching baseball under a summer sunset with his wife and three children—each of whom root hard for the Rockies, the Broncos, and UCLA (of course!).

Something Else: Todd was two-time City of Denver Diving Champion.

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Eric Overbey

Payroll Tax Specialist

Taxes are Eric’s jam. Eric comes to PayReel with 6 years’ experience in payroll, HR, and retail banking. Eric’s favorite part of his role as a Tax Specialist for PayReel is the numbers.

Eric’s father served in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII in China and he has a strong affinity for the memorabilia.

Something else: Outside of work, Eric enjoys John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara movies and experimental cooking–a fancier name for going through the spice cabinet and letting the force guide him. If he only had a sous vide for every time he wishes he had written that recipe down.

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Ben Lundberg

Sales Development Representative

Ben studied Finance at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and worked as an event organizer in Madison, Wisconsin before joining PayReel. Balancing strong interpersonal skills with precise analytical abilities, there’s nothing this nice, Midwestern boy loves more than shaking hands, meeting new people and building fresh relationships… and spreadsheets.

Eager for any and every opportunity to see new sights and get outdoors, Ben is always planning his next adventure. This fresh transplant is crossing off Colorado’s bucket list faster than you can say “Rocky Mountains”.

Something else: A lifelong musician, Ben’s passion lies in making his guitar sing the sweet, sweet sounds of jazz and rock n’ roll.

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Erin Barth

Client Relationship Manager

Erin studied math at the University of Pittsburgh and worked most recently at a patent licensing company processing their royalty statements. Now, as a ​Client Relationship Manager​, Erin enjoys being able to combine her love for numbers with her love for people. To stay sharp, she tutors math online.

After moving from Pennsylvania, Colorado’s ever present sunshine is a welcome feature as well as the perfect companion for Erin and her adventure partner Stevie Nicks–a one year old Australian Shepherd Border Collie mix.  You’ll find them together climbing, hiking, and biking ​to breweries, parks and more. Despite her pup’s name, Erin doesn’t get to take Stevie Nicks to concerts, but she does take her down the slopes!

Something else: After a paddle boarding accident and a run in with a swarm of jellyfish a few years back, Erin is absolutely terrified of sea creatures. She’ll choose mountain life over coastal living any day.

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Maria Viguerias

Senior Accountant

What does a math major and numbers girl grow up to do? Finance with a side of forensics, or course! Maria says they’re related because you have to peel back the layers to see what’s going on and solve the problem. When you’ve spent over a decade doing the day to day accounting and reconciling for companies, you get good at fire fighting. Even better though, Maria trains people and bridges the gap between departments so things run smoothly. Put away those fire extinguishers, people. We’re gonna have processes, internal controls, and procedures instead.

Something Else: When she puts away the forensics and number crunching, Maria puts on her gloves for a little kickboxing and mixed martial arts.

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Madison Williams

Brand Development Representative

Madison’s personality is a delightful mix of seemingly contradictory qualities. As an Art History major, she sprinkles color-coded creativity into her super human organizational skills. She is happily talkative and friendly in her work with clients, but loves to sit alone at a coffee shop or go home and paint or read—also solo.

She sees her role with clients as a partnership and enjoys the conversation that leads to finding solutions. Clients are more than just potential prospects.

Something else: Madison’s favorite snack is black licorice and orange juice. Together.

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Aleah Williams

Crew Coordinator

Before joining the Crew Connection team, Aleah was a Line Producer at Starz Entertainment. She has the people skills of a diplomat and the organizational skills of an event planner. At Crew Connection, she puts all that expertise to work connecting clients worldwide with the best crews for each job and keeping everything running smoothly on both sides of every production.

Aleah needs every ounce of her impressive organizational and people skills for her newest role: Mother to a very adorable baby girl.

Something else: Before playing a role behind the scenes, Aleah’s career included a stint in front of the camera as a Disney Character Performer as the adorable Chip from Chip and Dale at Walt Disney World.

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Linda Williams

Client Relationship Manager

Visit Linda and you’ll find a freakishly tidy desk, a closetful of shoes in their original boxes, and a knack for problem solving. These qualities are key to a very orderly home as well as happy clients. She brings the same skills to the table for her work—automating processes, simplifying operations, and coming up with solutions to make the business easier to manage and the operation simpler.

With an undergraduate degree in Communications plus a Master’s in Business Management, a background in telecommunications and healthcare, and a subscription to the Harvard Business Review, Linda is a natural fit for her role.

In her spare time, Linda visits the hospital to support people with cancer. Her interest was sparked when a friend lost daughter to leukemia. Every month, she donates to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in her honor.

Something else: In her spare time, Linda loves to cook and go for long walks and bike rides. Just don’t ask her to go for a swim. That’ll be a hard pass.

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Cody Thibault

Sales Development Representative

Previously a Marketing Coordinator for Three Points Center and a high school football coach at Valor Christian High School, Cody brings a wide array of skills to his role as a Sales Development Representative at PayReel. He has an outstanding knack for building solid relationships and this serves him well in his professional life.

Whether skiing, hiking, working out, or playing sports, Cody’s favorite place to be is outside. When not reveling in the Colorado outdoors, Cody can be found either planning his next trip or jet-setting around the world. With three continents under his belt so far, Cody plans to visit the rest as soon as he can.

Something else: A true movie buff, Cody sees 20-30 movies every month in theaters and online and knows lines from more films than you’ve probably heard of.

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Catherine Caldwell

Client Relationship Manager

The key to being the kind of business associate clients drop by to see is RELATIONSHIP building. And for Catherine, that comes naturally, which makes her role with PayReel a natural fit.

Beyond her work, Catherine is sure to just plain enjoy life. If she’s not with a customer, she’s likely organizing her desk, making people laugh, or dancing at her desk. This Texas native loves spending time with family, friends, and her dog, Happy.

Something else: If you’re Catherine’s Uber driver, she might invite you to join her crew for drinks. Basically if you aren’t already her friend, you will be soon.

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Catherine Caldwell

Sales Development Representative

The key to being the kind of salesperson clients hug at the end of a deal and drop by to see is RELATIONSHIP building. And for Catherine, that comes naturally.

That makes her role of developing relationships with clients who might benefit from what PayReel has to offer a natural fit. Beyond her work, Catherine is sure to just plain enjoy life. If she’s not with a customer, she’s likely organizing her desk, making people laugh, or dancing at her desk. This Texas native loves Colorado hiking but is still getting used to the snow.

Something else: If you’re Catherine’s Uber driver, she might invite you to join her crew for drinks. Basically if you aren’t already her friend, you will be soon.

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Elizabeth Lewis

Client Relationship Manager

Before joining the team at PayReel, Elizabeth spent seven years working with a diverse set of clients and organizations at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. She has a natural passion for building relationships and spreading joy to those around her. This has become a cornerstone to her commitment to excellence in customer care.

A native of The Garden State, Elizabeth will grow things wherever she can find the space. She also loves animals, especially horses, and is looking forward to fishing in the mountains of Colorado.

Something else: Elizabeth thinks there’s nothing tastier than steaming hot fries dipped in a vanilla milkshake!

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Michelle Bowersox

Development Analyst

Michelle has a long history of making sure our clients have the best experience possible. After her stint as PayReel’s Senior Customer Relationship Manager, Michelle is now putting her many years’ experience to work as the voice of and advocate for our clients’ hopes and dreams. As a subject matter expert, Michelle knows those needs intimately and can therefore offer solutions clients didn’t even know they needed. To that end, she helps with software development, handles speciality one-off projects, and helps build and maintain client relationships.

A true Colorado native, Michelle also enjoys spending time with her family, rooting for the Broncos, and learning more about her home state’s history.

Something Else: Michelle’s house is a local legend on Halloween—it’s always the scariest house on the block.

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Maddy Schumacher

Crew Coordinator

It’s not every day you’ll meet such a young, well-rounded “old soul” as Maddy. While her interests are well beyond her years—black and white movies, museums, and art history, anyone?—they serve her well in her work. That’s because working behind the scenes on productions brings Maddy into contact with everyone from the best video crews in the world to Nobel Peace prize winners. On the weekends, you’ll often find Maddy skiing, riding horses, or in front of a canvas with a paintbrush in her hand.

Something else: Be careful what you say around Maddy. You may end up in one of her dozen or so journals of interesting quotes she hears in daily life.

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Heidi McLean

President & CEO

With a unique blended background that includes experience on both the client and freelance sides of corporate video and broadcast news production, Heidi has a natural gift for seeing the big picture.

For six years, Heidi worked with CBS News as a freelance audio technician, gaining indelible insight about how the industry could be improved. Since then, she has filled an industry-wide void by establishing Crew Connection in 1989 and PayReel in 1995. Today, thanks to Heidi, it’s never been easier for companies to outsource the recruitment, management, and payment of freelance video and media professionals.

Heidi is a wanderer with an appetite for good food, fresh powder, and world travels. Time with her husband and two daughters is one of the simplest joys of all. To Heidi, Colorado is the bee’s knees—a great place to raise a family, start a business, and invest in wildlife preservation efforts.

Something Else: The in-house Cake Boss, Heidi bakes the most delicious custom birthday cakes for every team member on their birthday.

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John Clark

Sales Manager

After graduating from Colorado State University, John went straight to work in television production and never looked back. Prior to joining the PayReel Colorado team, John was fortunate enough to work on shows for the Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, and the National Park Service.

John is a member of the rare species known as “Colorado Native.” Not one to shy away from his Colorado roots, you’ll find John where the powder is. The mountains and ski slopes are his favorite playgrounds.

Something Else: John is a proud lifelong apiarist with a deep passion for all things bees.

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Chris Wright

Client Relationship Manager – HR, Risk & Compliance

Chris has a decade of experience in assessing and mitigating the risks related to independent contractor engagements and providing employer of record services on a global scale.

Chris is a 4th generation Colorado native and returned to Boulder after developing innovative contingent workforce management programs and technologies in Silicon Valley.

Something Else: Chris prefers to commute by bicycle whenever possible, no matter the weather. Those calves don’t lie.

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Mike Gaglia

Controller

Mike credits a stellar high school teacher with sparking his interest in accounting. It started with banking and progressed to insurance, small business controller-ship, and payroll. His roll at PayReel can involve everything from assisting Customer Relations Managers to reporting final numbers.

Payroll accounting requires finite attention to detail, which suits Mike’s personality well. In a way, it isn’t far from one of his favorite pastimes—restoring vintage vehicles as close to their original glory as possible. Accounting requires everything match up down to the last penny. Restoring cars takes a similar level of meticulousness to tackle each detail—from upholstery to paint. Mike gets a lot of satisfaction in the final result from both.

Something else: Michael is the kind of neighbor anyone would like to have. Not only will he answer your questions about cars, but as the neighborhood’s “Homecoming King,” he’ll also give you a cheerful greeting on your way in or out.

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Lisa Cobb

Bookkeeper

Lisa started at PayReel and Crew Connection in 1995 as a part-time bookkeeper. She proceeded to take over bookkeeping for both companies, and later moved on from payroll to handle HR, workers comp, ACA tracking, and health insurance. In 2017, Lisa jumped at the chance to get back into accounting as bookkeeper for Crew Connection and PayReel.

Lisa moved from Texas 30 years ago and while Lisa loves the Colorado snow, the only way she’ll ride it is on a snowmobile. In her spare time, you’ll find Lisa knitting, reading, hiking, watching movies, and eating.

Something Else: Lisa is famous for bustin’ out the ‘bot on the dance floor.

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Himanshu Goel

Tech Product Owner

With an array of experience spanning scrum master, product owner, and agile method of software testing and development, Himanshu plans, prioritizes, and delivers solutions to ensure PayReel aligns with client needs and variable market environments.

By rolling out bi-weekly updates he is able to provide every user an easy-to-use interface.

Himanshu is an India native, and moved to Colorado from Chicago in 2017. He enjoys the outdoors as much as any Colorado native.

Something Else: In a contest for favorite sleeping location, Himanshu will pick his couch over his bed every time.

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Stacey Tucker

Customer Relationship Manager

After 38 years in customer service, project management, and operations, Stacey’s systems and processes run as smoothly as a Swiss commuter train. You will never find a rogue file on her desktop or an email without a home. You may not think it by looking at the many piles on her desk, but this professional has everything precisely where she wants it.

She streamlines budgets and manages projects like a boss, but Stacey’s organization extends into all areas of her life. In her free time, she manages musicians’ booking and keeps her family’s camper ready to roll. At any moment, you could pack a bag, get behind the wheel, and be on your way.

Just keep your hands off her piles!

Something else: Stacey’s penchant for details means there are some seriously useless tidbits rolling around in her brain. One of her faves is the fact that turtles breathe out their butts. It’s true. Ask her for details.

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Ashley LaRoque

Manager Crew Connection

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