See How APA Celebrated NPW
in Fine Style

By Nicolas Gonzales, FPC

There were many National Payroll Week (NPW) celebrations across the country this past September, and in typical fashion, APA led the way with a week's worth of games, festivities, and contests to honor the men and women of payroll.

The week began with a company-wide word search contest, during which employees had to find 20 NPW-themed words as quickly as possible. Coming in first place was reigning NPW Queen Julie Hilton, Editorial Assistant, with Philip Trascher, Marketing Specialist, and Nicole Alabi, Receptionist/Chapter Relations Support, close behind.

As the week progressed, staff competed in additional contests such as a word scramble, candy guessing game, and selfie contest in order to see who would be the overall victor of National Payroll Week. The final day of NPW was reserved for celebration as employees gathered for a festive luncheon and a beautifully decorated cake. Attendees dressed to impress with payroll-themed costumes and accessories as they convened for good food and a screening of APA employees on local television shows "Daytime @ Nine" and "San Antonio Living."

Costumed attendees were judged on their attire after the luncheon. In first place, dressed as The Payroll Source, was Delia Hernandez, PHR, Human Resources Manager. Debra Rodriguez, Disbursements Specialist, dressed as an NPW Queen for second place, and Editor Kerry Cole, or should I say "Uncle Pennybags," earned third for his "Monopoly man" getup.

In the end, it was a four-way tie for overall champion, unseating Julie Hilton from her four-year reign. Top honors this year went to Laura Lough, Esq., Director of Publications; Bill Dunn, CPP, Director of Government Relations; Delia Hernandez; and Debra Rodriguez.

All in all, it was another banner year of celebrating NPW at APA. We look forward to hearing how other groups around the nation celebrated this year as we prepare for our big NPW wrap-up in January 2015's issue of PAYTECH.


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