Astra HR Expands Sales Operations Into the Richmond, VA Market

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Astra HR, a leader in providing innovative outsourced human resource management solutions, today announced the expansion of their operations by opening a branch office in the Richmond, VA market. Joining Astra HR to lead the sales effort is Mike Richards, a seasoned sales professional with many years of experience in the HR industry. With Astra HR poised for expansion and growth, Richards will lead the effort to drive sales taking Astra HR to the next level as a national leader in the Professional Employer Organization (PEO) and Human Resources Outsourcing (HRO) industry.

Due to our growth potential and continued innovation as an industry leader, we are in position for some exciting change. It was important to add new talent to our organization to enable us take full advantage of the unique position we are in for expansion

Astra HR, a leader in providing innovative outsourced human resource management solutions, today announced the expansion of their operations by opening a branch office in the Richmond, VA market. Joining Astra HR to lead the sales effort is Mike Richards, a seasoned sales professional with many years of experience in the HR industry. With Astra HR poised for expansion and growth, Richards will lead the effort to drive sales taking Astra HR to the next level as a national leader in the Professional Employer Organization (PEO) and Human Resources Outsourcing (HRO) industry.

Mike Richards brings over 20 years of sales experience to Astra HR. Most recently Richards served as a Business Consultant and Sales Lead for Manpower, Right Management and Ceridian. In this role Richards was responsible for sales to small and mid-sized businesses promoting HR Consulting services. Prior to specializing in HR Consulting and Outsourcing, he worked in the Insurance Industry building relationships and managing profitable territories for Chubb Insurance, Travelers and Hartford. Richards then switched gears working with Capital One in Process and Project Management earning a Six Sigma Green Belt designation and saving Capital One millions of dollars in process improvements. Richards now resides in Richmond, VA with his wife and 4 children. He is a 20 year cancer survivor and is very active with the American Cancer Society and Lance Armstrong Foundation. Mike co-founded a non-profit, the Richmond Hope Foundation and is currently serving as President. The RHF, a local Richmond 501c3, helps sponsor children for life changing therapy services by providing scholarships for treatments not covered through insurance.

"Astra HR has been on an outstanding 15-year journey that continues to evolve with opportunity for expansion at every step," said Mike Irvine, COO. "Due to our growth potential and continued innovation as an industry leader, we are in position for some exciting change. It was important to add new talent to our organization to enable us take full advantage of the unique position we are in for expansion," continued Irvine. "There is a vast and increasing market opportunity in front of us, and Richmond was a perfect step toward our overall business goals."

"What attracted me to Astra HR was the opportunity to lead the effort to expand on an already successful business and bring light to the HR outsourcing industry here in Richmond. I now have the opportunity to offer local business owners access to the services provided by Astra HR. I plan to capitalize on Astra HR's past successes, our prominence within the growing PEO industry, and to maximize opportunities as we enter new markets, expand our industry-leading product suite, and significantly broaden our national footprint."

About Astra HR (astrahr.com):
Astra HR is a leading provider of full service HR management solutions that is firmly routed in the commitment to helping our clients maximize their people and business performance. Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, Astra HR, the aggregate of consolidations, has been helping clients streamline HR administration processes and leverage their HR investment since 1994, with approximately 10,000 work site employees and upwards of $1.4 billion in total portfolio revenue. Astra HR offers HR best practice management solutions to companies of all sizes that empower your people and enable your company to meet and exceed your business goals.

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