Leaders Who Have Made Their Shared Vision a Reality

David Hudson

President & CEO, Principal

With over 33 years of sales, marketing and leadership experience, David Hudson has managed and led several sales and marketing teams throughout his career. During his 22 years in the telecom and data industry, he was a founding management team member with two previous start-up companies before establishing Performance Payroll, now HCM, in 2006. David has served as President and CEO since its inception and has helped lead the year after year double-digit growth of Performance HCM for the past 11 years. He has been active in his community, has served on many boards and has been an integral part of his BSUMC church family. David is a 1984 graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina where he earned a BS in Business Administration. David is married to Carey Lee and they have four children.

David Hudson and Penn Gaines have worked together for more than twenty years, and they have led Performance HCM side-by-side since founding it in 2006. Pursuing their vision to provide the best customer-first service in the industry, David & Penn have seen the Company grow from three team members to an established business with well over a thousand clients. The two lifelong friends are thoroughly enjoying the Performance HCM adventure together, and they’re the first to point out how vital each individual teammate, client, and vendor is to the joint success everyone shares.

David leads the troops on the front lines to generate revenue and foster the relationships in the communities that mean so much to the Performance team. Penn heads up the operations side of the business and is the “Wizard” that makes the magic happen and ensures the Performance machine keeps charging full-steam ahead. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and Performance HCM’s family atmosphere is most certainly a result of their leadership.

Penn Gaines

Chief Operating Officer, Principal

Penn Gaines has over 25 years of business experience, which spans multiple Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneur ventures and service as a US Army officer. He is a founding Principal at Performance HCM, where he has served as the Chief Operating Officer since 2006 and has had lengthy career experience in managing client relationships, process improvement and software implementation. Penn is active in the upstate community as a volunteer, as well as an involved member with his church. Penn received his BS in Business Administration from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and his MBA from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Penn is married to Kathryn and they have three boys and two dogs.

Kevin Allen

District Sales Director, Principal

With over 17 years of sales, marketing, and leadership experience, Kevin has led and managed multiple sales teams and has worked with 2 Fortune 1000 Companies in his career. Kevin has over 12 years’ experience in the Payroll and Human Capital Management arena with both Performance and ADP.  He joined the Performance team in 2008. Kevin currently serves as the District Sales Director for our Midlands and Coastal teams and leads our growth in those markets.  Kevin is very active in the community serving on many boards and involved with his church.  He holds a BA degree from Maryville College in Maryville, TN where he played basketball.  He is also a graduate of Leadership Columbia, Class of 2016.  Kevin is married to Ashley and they have 3 children.

Lynn Ceisla

Tax & Compliance Director

With over 40 years in Payroll, Tax and HR, Lynn has vast knowledge and experience in payroll and its many components. Her career has encompassed working for ADP, Benefit Mall and many other large employers and she brings that experience to our team. She has worked with the IRS as part of the Reporting Agent Forum (RAF) and has worked with many state agencies in the development of new systems in the rollout of new legislation. She has been a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) with the American Payroll Association since 2007 and has been an active member in both the national charter and local chapters. Lynn holds a Six Sigma Green belt in Project Management and has enjoyed her career in the payroll field.

Brenda Delegatti

Customer Service Manager

William Redmond

Tax & Compliance Manager

Melissa Ruff

Client Implementation Manager