Executive Team

John Walker Hardin

Chief Executive Officer

John W. Hardin is the Chief Executive Officer and Owner of multiple Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) and PEO Management Companies. Currently, with his own PEOs, cumulatively known as PEOPLE, Inc., his directive revolves around developing and fostering business relationships while improving sales and retention within his businesses.

Prior to his entry into the PEO Industry, John worked with KPMG in the Auditing Division. He was responsible for major public accounts including Allied & Federated Department Stores, Burger King, Sunglass Hut, and Ryder Systems. John’s accounting background and expertise has been instrumental in acquisition opportunities throughout his PEO career.

In 1990, John started his career in the PEO Industry with a national PEO, where he served as the Director of Sales from 1990 to 2010. During that time, John perfected the Agent Channel model by developing a network of Property & Casualty (P&C) agents, PEO brokers, and Health Care agents that provided qualified opportunities. As a pioneer in this method, John’s leadership has helped establish new business models for the Human Resources (HR) industry, where companies can transform from a functional operations model to a process-driven, customer-focused model. His expertise and practices in Business Optimization and Business Enterprise Cost Containment are nationally recognized.

Mr. Hardin graduated from Florida International University in Miami, FL with a B.A. in Accounting. He is a true humanitarian and enjoys being actively involved in his community. He supports several local and national charities.

Jacob Hardin

President of PEOPLE, Inc.

Jacob (“Jake”) Hardin is the President of PEOPLE, Inc., where he is responsible for overseeing the infrastructure of the corporate office and maintaining key vendor relationships.

Before entering the PEO Industry, Jake worked at Florida Power and Light Company for 15 years. His expertise in problem solving and guidance in instilling management practices helped lead the company to the Deming Prize in 1989.

Jake joined a national PEO in 1994, where he served as the Director of Operations for the Southeast and Strategic Development & Chief Process Delivery Officer. In his role, Jake oversaw the process delivery systems and was responsible for improving operational efficiencies and ensuring customer service quality and satisfaction.

In 2014, Jake transitioned to PEOPLE, Inc. His 20 years of PEO operational expertise and extensive experience in strategic development has been instrumental in the advancement of PEOPLE’s unique, client-centric service delivery model.

Jake graduated from the University of Miami with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. Jake is very passionate about being involved in his community. He is the former President of Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center Association. He has also served on the Board of Directors for Alpha House of Tampa and as a Chairman of the Dale Mabry Elementary School Advisory Counsel.