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Maddux rocks at payroll group

Executive creates culture of fun at association meetings

Dan Maddux performs “I’m in Payroll” at the 2103 Congress.

May 12, 2017
By Lori Sharn

Dan Maddux, executive director of the American Payroll Association, knows how to throw a party. The APA’s biggest annual conference will “crescendo” in a rock star-themed extravaganza May 18, with hundreds of payroll professionals attending in costume. Look for Maddux dressed as the late musician Prince.

“Our people dress up now because it’s become part of our culture. They know it’s an opportunity to let their hair down,” Maddux said. “Our people enjoy a really rowdy fun party.”

It’s a culture that Maddux had a huge role in shaping. He was a student at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City in 1982 when he took a part-time job as APA’s first employee. (The new group’s office was across the street.) Maddux became executive director 10 years later. Today, APA boasts more than 20,000 members, 131 chapters and revenue of $22 million.