Bill Lyons

Bill J. Lyons is the founder, chairman and CEO of Lyons HR, a national Professional Employer Organization. Businesses across the country have relied upon his expertise for over 35 years. Hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses trust Bill and his partners to ensure that their HR needs are maintained to the highest standard.

Prior to starting Lyons HR in 1995, he held positions in accounting and finance for both private and publicly held companies. “I learned early in my career that if you make a priority out of your people and get that part of your business right, everything else will fall into place because good people will always find a way to solve problems,” he recalls.

When he began working within the Professional Employer Organization (PEO) industry, he felt his calling. This was a way to create true value for businesses and bring clarity to leaders. “You went into business because you had an idea, or you wanted to be your own boss,” Bill asserts. “You most certainly did not start your business so that you could manage all these things…but as an employer, you are responsible. That’s exactly why PEOs exist!”

Embracing his entrepreneurial spirit, Bill grew Lyons HR from a modest business based in an 800-square-foot office in Florence, Alabama into one of the largest privately-held PEOs in the country. In addition to his work as a CEO, Bill has served on the boards of several private companies and industry organizations including the Business Council of Alabama, and he is the past chairman of the Employer Services Assurance Corporation.

Bill earned his BS in Communication from Freed-Hardeman University and his BS in Accounting from the University of North Alabama. He went on to receive his MBA from the University of Tennessee at Martin. A Certified Management Accountant, Bill is also accredited by the Institute of Business Appraisers and certified by the Institute of Certified Business Counselors.

Bill and his wife Kelley have five grown children and five grandchildren. Within his local community, Bill has served on numerous boards including the University of North Alabama Foundation board.

We Are HR: The Business Owners Definitive Guide to Professional Employer Organizations

Publication Date: March 9, 2021


Never heard of a professional employment organization? Well, you’re not alone. Yet PEOs have been providing the single most valuable set of services to small business owners for decades, allowing them to do what they do best―serving their clients and selling their products or services. After all, the administrative burdens that are thrust upon today’s small business owner are immense; since 1980 there has been an increase of over 400 percent in employment related laws and regulations. What budding entrepreneur wants to be distracted by shopping for health insurance once a year, going through workers’ compensation audits, sitting through unemployment hearings, stressing over an OSHA fine, creating employee handbooks, or paying out a big tax penalty because they didn’t file something on time?

A PEO handles all of this and more for its clients at a cost that is usually less than what the employer would pay by doing it themselves!

We Are HR is the new HR handbook, designed to educate small business owners and industry professionals on the origins and future of PEOs, while highlighting the strong value proposition and overwhelming advantage small business owners have when leaving HR to the experts.

The bottom line: when you have a tax problem, you call a CPA. If you have a legal problem, you call an attorney. And after reading this book, when you’ve got an HR problem, you’ll call a PEO.

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