Our Team

We’re behind the scenes, so you can take the spotlight.

As a privately held, national HR and employer services firm, we place a premium on people—including our own. It’s the reason the heart of our company is fueled not solely by our high-tech software platform, but also by our high-touch, hands-on team working hard to quickly deliver cost-efficient, time-saving, creative customer solutions. We value relationships and collaboration. And we bring our culture of forward-thinking and a can-do spirit to every project and challenge our clients put before us. Our team gets things done for you, so you can do even more for your employees.


Management Team

James F. Keegan, Jr., President & CEO 

Jay joined Adams Keegan in May of 1997 and currently serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Sales. He was appointed to a four year term on the Employee Leasing Advisory Board by the governor of Tennessee. He is a director of The James Group, LLC and Staff Line. Jay’s civic involvement includes membership in St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's Memphis Club, Director of the Navy League of Memphis, and Leadership Memphis class of 2006. Jay holds a B.A. degree from the University of Colorado and an M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



George G. Early III, SVP & CFO

George joined the company in May of 2002 and currently serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. He previously served as Controller for Adams Keegan. He is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a director of The James Group, LLC. Prior to joining Adams Keegan, George was a senior staff accountant at Guardsmark, Inc. He also has experience in commercial lending and credit underwriting. George holds a B.S. degree from the Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA.



Marty B. Barton, SVP, General Counsel & Chief HR Officer

Marty has served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Adams Keegan since June 2000. Prior to joining Adams Keegan, Marty was awarded a highly competitive internship with the Tennessee Supreme Court. After completing this internship, he joined a prominent labor and employment law firm and began practicing law, primarily focusing on laws and statutes that impact the dynamic relationship between employer and employee. In this capacity, Marty was involved in advising, training, and litigating for a large range of clients, diverse not only in size but also in type of business. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate with B.S. degrees in Psychology and Biology and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Memphis. He is a member of the American, Tennessee, and Memphis Bar Associations.



Eugene L. Fidell, Jr., Regional President, Atlanta

Gene joined the company in June of 1999 and serves as Regional President for the company's Atlanta region, which he established in August of 1999. With nearly twenty years of PEO experience, he has served in a variety of management positions including operations, marketing, sales, worker's compensation underwriting and risk management. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Association of Professional Employer Organizations (GAPEO). Prior to joining Adams Keegan, Gene worked for Vincam Human Resources, Inc. where he received the President’s Club and Outstanding Achievement Awards for sales and leadership excellence. He also brings over 20 years of domestic and international property/casualty experience to the company through marketing and underwriting management positions with AIG, Fireman's Fund and CIGNA. Gene attended Widener University in Chester, PA.


Bob Frank, SVP & CIO

Bob Frank joined Adams Keegan in December of 2003.  Bob is Adams Keegan’s Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer and has served in that capacity since 2007.  He possesses over 20 years’ experience in the IT field and has a diverse background in both consulting and corporate settings, with extensive experience in creative information systems and web development, research, instructional, and enterprise computing, as well as telecommunications. Bob is responsible for all facets of technology, including promoting the effective and efficient design and operation of major software and information systems, as well as designing and implementing IT resource management processes, strategies, applications, infrastructure, and support.  Bob is responsible for a team of IT professionals which support proprietary software and HRIS creation and development, enterprise applications, enterprise data, research support, user support, infrastructure, communications, and information security.



Nicholas C. Adams, Vice President of Operations

Nic joined Adams Keegan in May of 2009 and currently serves as Vice President of Operations. He previously served as Business Development Manager, and HR Operations Manager with the firm. Nic holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Mississippi State University.






Donna L. Gettings, Vice President of Quality

Donna joined Adams Keegan in October of 1997 and currently serves as Vice President of Quality. She previously served as Vice President of Operations. Donna has been a Certified Payroll Professional since 2006. She is the current Treasurer of the Memphis Chapter of the American Payroll Association, and is a past President of the North Mississippi Chapter. She is a recipient of the Citation of Merit from the American Payroll Association and a Master Graduate of the New Memphis Institute's Leadership Development Intensive. Donna attended Delta State University.

Kelly Mercurio, Vice President of Client Relations

Kelly joined Adams Keegan in September of 2004 and currently serves as Vice President of Client Service. She previously served as Client Service Manager, and has over 15 years experience in account management, human resources, and benefits administration. She is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and the Arthritis Foundation. Kelly holds a Bachelors in Business Administration in Management with an emphasis in Human Resource Management from Georgia Southern University.


Lynette Rochell, Vice President of Client Relations

Lynette joined Adams Keegan in June of 1995 and currently serves as Vice President of Client Relations. She previously served as Client Service Manager and Payroll Account Manager, and is a licensed life and health insurance agent. Lynette is a public safety diver, assisting local and regional agencies in water rescue and recovery operations. She is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Memphis.