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About Bahar Tolu, Owner, Apex Payroll, Burlingame

My mission is to create peace of mind and build enduring relationships by simplifying and streamlining our clients’ payroll process while they spend more time running their own business. I am committed to the principles of service, integrity and professionalism while providing my clients the highest quality of service with the goal of exceeding their expectations.

I have worked as an Executive manager with primary focuses in operations, finance and HR for the past 20 years and have proven track record in analyzing and evaluating problems and creating solutions. I am committed to employing the business acumen and know-how I have accumulated over the years and becoming a reliable partner to all of our clients by providing them prompt and accurate payroll and related services, no matter how large or small of a business they run.

Born in Ankara, Turkey, I emigrated to the United States in 1984. I have a B.A. in Business Administration and a Masters in e-Business Management. After raising awareness for breast cancer, completing 12 Avon Breast Cancer walks and raising $25,000 in funds, I’ve now co-founded  Walk Strong Bay Area Inc., a non-profit company raising money to support breast cancer programs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

About Apex HCM Corporate

Ten years ago, Apex embarked on a mission we continue to pursue today; to lead the payroll software industry in delivering the easiest to use and most powerful cloud-based platform supported with unmatched personal service.

Created by a team of industry veterans with decades of payroll experience, Apex began with a deep understanding of the technology and service requirements that payroll service bureaus need to be successful.  Apex introduced the Employer on Demand payroll platform which transformed payroll software for small to medium service bureaus.

Later developments led to Apex introducing the industry-leading Apex Employer on the GO payroll and HCM platform.  Apex stands as one of the few payroll technology companies offering a true cloud-based system scalable for the largest payroll services bureaus and simultaneously integrated with the broadest suite of HCM services.

While technology leadership remains at the heart of Apex HCM we also understand the power of personal service.  Apex HCM offers unmatched personal service to help our customers quickly convert data from their legacy system and learn the Apex platform.  We understand that onboarding to a new software system involves time, expense, and effort.  Hence, we employ a team of people whose only job is to minimize all three for our service bureau clients. Beyond, software, beyond service, Apex invests in research to determine best practices for service bureau organizations to grow their payroll business.  The majority of our new product features and enhancements are proposed and voted upon by Apex customers.  As a result, every year, dozens of payroll service bureaus switch to Apex HCM because it enables them to operate their business more efficiently and scale for growth.  Over 300 payroll service bureaus use Apex HCM to process payroll for tens of thousands of employers nationwide.


What Our Clients Say About Us

Primrose Healing and Wellness Inc.

Apex Payroll is amazing. When I needed payroll company I began an extensive search then met Bahar who is right in my neighborhood. I began the process knowing very little about payroll and how to begin getting things set up. Bahar was fantastic. She walked me through everything. She is incredibly knowledgeable about what she does. She answered questions I didn’t even know I had. If anything comes up that I need to know about she is right on top of it and lets me know. She is meticulous and precise with her work. Once I submit the payroll information she needs for a pay period her work begins. The payroll is done quickly and accurately. She is always on time. I highly recommend this business. Bahar is a joy to work with. – Debby Simmons Reviews

Bay Area Marriage and Family Therapy, Inc.

Where do I begin? There are professional services and then there are outstanding professional services. Bahar definitely belongs to the latter category. She’s super organized, easy to talk to, patient, best of all, very knowledgeable about her field. In working with her, you just know you’ll be in good hands. Payroll is like insurance. You don’t know to think about it but it’s a requirement. So having someone like Bahar will just set you up correctly so you won’t have to worry about doing something wrong.– Kin LeungReviews

Canas Realty

When we first talked to Bahar, my payroll services were provided by another company.  I was a little leery to change companies because I thought it would be a huge hassle.  It actually was a HUGE BENEFIT.  Bahar was amazing in her presentation.  She has made my life easier with my employees.  Ensuring they are paid on time and paid correctly.  She truly knows payroll services, is very responsive, and understands my company needs.  I would highly recommend not only interviewing with Bahar but also becoming a client.  The only regret you may have is that you did not call her sooner!  HUGE THANK YOU BAHAR!- Alan CanasReviews

Smooth Transition

I am the owner and administrator of a home health & hospice agency located in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have a staff of over 200 hundred field nurses and rehabilitative staff, as well as an administrative staff of 15. We recently switched our payroll service from Paychex to Apex. Thanks to Bahar, the transition was seamless. She worked very closely with my HR Coordinator, answered all our questions to ensure the smooth transition. I am extremely happy with her service and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a payroll processing company. Emmie Malazgirt, MA, Nursing Resources Reviews

You Deal with One Person for Everything.  End of Story.

Our short story is our company was founded in 1994 and over the years has grown…We interviewed all the “major players” and also looked at a few local options such as Apex payroll. We fell hook, line and sinker for the other companies’ sales pitch. Our sales rep was great, but he was also long gone the moment we signed the contract and started having issues. We called back Bahar at Apex payroll and she offered to come in and speak with us in person – NICE! Both the first and second payroll with Bahar has been EASIER and LESS TIME CONSUMING than any payroll run I have ever done with another payroll company in any business over the last 15 years. – Justin Baron – All American Trucking and Transportation, Inc.  Reviews

No Brainer to Replace a Mediocre Big Box Service

I recently made the switch from a mostly automated payroll system to Bahar’s high touch service. Her attention to detail is paramount, and her professional knowledge is exactly the value I was looking for. Bahar understands the process, but she also understands small and fast growing business. I highly recommend her service as a “no brainer” to replace a mediocre big box service. – Laura La Bine – La Bine and Associates    Reviews

Attention to Detail is Amazing!

Bahar Tolu with Apex Payroll has made my professional life as a business owner so much less stressful! Her customer care and attention to detail is amazing! I would highly recommend her! – Agnes Moser – Senga Interior Design


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