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Senior Partner - Agency President & CEO
Senior Partner - Agency President & CEO
Carlos Cardenas, entrepreneur at heart, has over 32 years combined management experience in the areas of strategy, marketing, sales and operations.  Mr. Cardenas began his career in healthcare management in Boston, MA. where he successfuly managed physician practices and later on moved to Hospital administration, where he held multiple leadership roles in strategy, business development, marketing and operations.  Additionally, Carlos has over 13 years sales leadership experience in the Human Capital Outsourcing and Professional Employer Organization industry. 

Mr. Cardenas served as the head of marketing and regional sales for an Inc. 5000 fastest growing PEO in Florida.  He was instrumental in developing the online presence and SEO optimization as well as developing key partnerships in multiple Florida targeted markets for the Organization and leading his regional sales team to President's Club.  He also served as District Manager and most recently as Regional Vice President for Oasis Outsourcing, the largest privately held PEO prior to the acquisition from Paychex.  During his tenure he was instrumental in leading his team to multiple President's Club Awards.

Mr. Cardenas founded a couple of start-ups in retail and business consulting services earning Rookie Business of the Year Awards and recognized by Sarasota Magazine's Biz 941 as the Top 25 People to Watch.  He served as Chairman of the Board for the Gulf Coast Latin Chamber, Chairman of the Board for Junior Leadership Manatee and involved as Board Member for the United Way of Manatee County, Manatee Glens Behavioral Health, St. Martha Catholic School and Easter Seals of SW Florida and NE Indiana.  He is currently a member of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange.

As Senior Partner with Advantage Business Partners, Mr. Cardenas will focus on the overall growth sales strategy of the organization.  Working closely with his partner Rebecca Woods to select the best partnerships to provide their clients and optimize the value for business consultants that operate under the Advantage Business Partners brand.  His office is in Lakewood Ranch, FL. with a national sales footprint.

Rebecca Woods, SPHR has over 22 years dedicated to the Human Resource Outsourcing field with an additional 10+ years providing high level Human Resource services to individual companies.  Her background includes extensive experience in employment law, human resources, training and education, payroll, payroll tax filing, unemployment compensation management and workers' compensation administration.  She also engages with all types of health and health and welfare plans including self-funded, partially self funded, small and large group as well as all aspects of the Affordable Care Act and its many components.  Additionally, Rebecca works with retirement plans including 401(k), 403(b), multiple and single employer plans and has been instrumental in the analysis and implementation of 401(k) retirement plans for a multitude of companies, large and small.  Her hands on experience with HRIS systems and work flows  has been instrumental in the set up and implementation of fully electronic and paperless processes in the HR field.  

During the first 19 years of her tenure in the Human Resource Outsourcing business, Rebecca helped to grow a small PEO to one of the Midwest's most successful PEO/ASOs as Vice President of Human Resources and later as Senior Vice President and General Manager.  After the company was sold to the largest privately owned PEOs in the nation, she took over national operations for the acquiring company. 

Ms. Woods holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis and maintains the designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources- SPHR.

As a Senior Partner with Advantage Business Partners, Ms. Woods combines her knowledge and hands on experience to assist our clients in locating and selecting the best human resource outsourcing provider for their needs.  She will office out of Minneapolis, MN, but will work with clients throughout the nation.

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