Drew Hiss launched his outsourced payroll and HR technology solutions company, Checkdate Solutions, in 1994. The entrepreneurial dream, Drew experienced much success, but not without many failures. He bootstrapped the company to incredible heights. One of Kansas City’s fastest growing companies, his firm was named one of the Greater KC Chamber of Commerce Best Businesses not once, but twice. Additionally, Checkdate Solutions ranked as one of KC’s top 100 fastest growing companies for nine consecutive years and was in the top 25 nationally in its industry.
Today’s workplace culture tends to compartmentalize personal virtues from commerce, creating siloes between business, family, community and values. But as a CEO, Drew and his company grew when he decompartmentalized: on his journey, he learned to integrate his life of commerce and his life of faith, family and values. Drew merged Checkdate Solutions with payroll industry leader Paycor, stepping away from the company in 2008 and serving on its board for eight years. Drew remains an owner in the firm. Today, Drew’s heart for virtuous business leadership is at the core of Acumen. Acumen is a catalytic iron-sharpening-iron environment and this is Drew’s passion.
Drew has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and a Master of Business Administration degree, both from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Drew is involved with Young Life Kaw Valley, a Christian outreach to middle and high school students in the Basehor-Linwood, DeSoto, Lansing/Leavenworth, Mill Valley and Bonner Springs, KS areas and currently serves as its Board Chair. Drew is also the past Chair of the Board for Higher M-Pact. Hiss previously served as a board member for the National Christian Foundation - Heartland and City Union Mission.
Drew and his wife Sarah have been married for 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 23 to 17. He is a member of Westside Family Church and a raving-fan distance congregant of Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette, CO. Drew enjoys snowboarding, hunting, cycling and a variety of outdoor activities including running with his four dogs.