The Maui News - Two human resources outsourcing businesses, Maui-based KilaKila Employer Services and Honolulu-based ALTRES, will merge effective Jan. 1, according to a recent announcement. KilaKila will continue local operations from its offices in Pukalani, and ALTRES will send additional personnel to Maui to enhance the delivery of outsourced human resources services, including payroll, benefits administration, safety training, employee record keeping, compliance and workers' compensation administration.
KilaKila founder and owner Carole Kooy said she and ALTRES President and Chief Executive Officer Barron Guss have been longtime friends.
"Although we've owned companies in the same business, we never acted as competitors," she said. "I'm thrilled that our companies are now coming together to better support our clients." Kooy will continue overseeing and guiding KilaKila, while her daughter, Ryanda Sarraude, will manage day-to-day operations on Maui. With 145 employees, the merged businesses will serve as the virtual human resources department for more than 800 businesses statewide.