Dan Barcheski

Founder and CEO of Axios Inc. in Grand Rapids. Axios is a human resource outsourcing firm that provides assistance to small and mid-sized companies in areas such as payroll, benefits administration, insurance, 401(k) retirement administration, government compliance, and systems optimization. For 22 years, Barcheski has provided strategic direction for the company, which now includes three divisions employing more than 4,000 people with sales of approximately $120 million. During this time, Axios was listed on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies three times and the Inc. 5,000 twice. The company received the Huntington Pillar Award for Empowering Women at Work and was named one of the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch. Barcheski has also been an adjunct professor of marketing for five years at Grand Valley State University. He has authored numerous articles and papers on subjects ranging from the human resource management of knowledge workers to lean and Six Sigma applications for the healthcare industry. He is active on a number of for-profit and nonprofit boards, including the West Michigan Chemical Bank, WIRED of West Michigan Advisory Board, Grand Rapids Community College Innovation Curriculum Advisory Board, United Way Impact Cabinet, Grand Rapids Parking Commission, National Kidney Foundation, and Talent 2025. Barcheski also owns a nonprofit called IMPACT, which funds urban and rural initiatives to assist the under-employed. A member of the Michigan-West Chapter of the World Presidents Organization, he has been active in the Young Presidents Organization Michigan-West Chapter, serving as chair and in several other roles. Barcheski received his bachelor's degree in economics and management from Albion College. He also is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Owner/President Management program.

WHERE BORN: “Grand Rapids.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “My father, George, and two gentlemen named Ben Shapiro and Sam Hayes. The two are professors at Harvard Business School and are good friends. They helped me throughout the growth of the company to design a model that was sustainable long-term and demanded discipline and basic business processes.”

LAST BOOK READ:Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart by Gordon Livingston.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “High integrity, dedicated, loyal.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “Our organization is fundamentally a human resources organization. With all of the changes in government rules and regulations, the industries we're in are all going to be affected but no one really understands how Obamacare and the tax changes will impact our industry and how people strategically use our services. There's a great big question mark on the next couple of years. Any time the government imposes rules and regulations on employers and makes them more complex, it's one more thing employers have to do instead of focus on business, so it gives us an opportunity to provide more value to our customers.”


FAVORITE PLACE: “Frankfort.”



MY HIDDEN TALENT: “I'm a gourmet cook.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As having made a positive difference in people's lives.”