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Who is Whirks?

January 28th, 2022 | 4 min. read

By Stefanie McGee

Great question. Maybe you’ve heard about us from a fellow business owner, or you received an email from our sales team. Or perhaps you’ve just seen the name and wondered what the heck is a Whirks?

We want to let you know exactly who we are, what we do, and why we do it. We want you to feel comfortable working with us and trust that we will serve you, your company, and your team to the best of our ability. Your success is our success.

Whirks’ What

Whirks provides payroll processing, human capital management systems, and human resources support to small and mid-size companies. We serve as a business partner to empower your team and business to get one step better every day. We help you save time and money and let you focus on your passion.

Whirks is software plus service. We provide the technical tools to automate, digitize, and streamline your payroll process with real people on-call to provide guidance and support to ensure your employees are paid accurately and on time.

The most significant high-tech tool we provide is a human capital management platform, which is a weird industry term referring to an employee management process that encompasses the lifecycle of an employee from recruiting, onboarding, human resource compliance, self-service for employee paychecks and tax withholding and filings.

Human capital management systems have traditionally been run by people in multiple departments using piles of paper and manila file folders.

Whirks provides a digital human capital management system. Ironic, huh? We automate hiring processes, onboarding, employee training and development, and even offer a self-service kiosk where employees can access their pay stubs, clock in and out, and request time off.

Our ideal clients are small to mid-size owner-operated businesses with up to 500 employees.

Whirks’ Who, When, and Where

Whirks grew out of its sister company Patrick Accounting. Matthew Patrick founded Patrick Accouting in 2003, and realized early on that his clients needed payroll services.

In 2009 we created a division of Patrick Accounting called Patrick Payroll, and in 2019 we rebranded as Whirks. The name and focus of Whirks reflects that payroll is only a small part of hiring, managing, and engaging quality employees.

Both businesses operate from Memphis, Tennessee. Although based in the Bluff City, Whirks processes payroll for companies in 40 out of our 50 great states.

Matthew has worked as a Certified Public Accountant for 25 years. As a small business owner, he understands the specific pain points and challenges and likes helping his contemporaries’ businesses better.

To help guide the Whirks’ ship, Matthew hired Chief Operating Officer Mike Shaeffer in 2014. Where Matthew creates the big picture, Mike ensures we have the right colors and brushes to paint with.

Understanding how valuable human resources support is to small businesses, Whirks hired Greg Henderson to guide your business on the path to measurable, improved employee performance, government compliance, and positive employee experience.

And since you’ve landed on this page, I’m guessing you have either spoken with some of our trusted referral partners or a member of our seasoned sales team. If you haven’t talked to them yet, odds are you will. They’re lovely people, I promise.

Whirks’ Why

“Change is inevitable, but with Whirks, it isn't disruptive. We see ourselves as your partner. We want you to be able to focus on your WHY - the passion behind your business - and leave the how to us." Matthew Patrick, Whirks’ President and Founder

Matthew and the Whirks’ Leadership team defines our company’s mission this way:

From payroll to human resources, to full human capital management, we empower you, your team, and your business by helping you get one step better everyday.

Kudos and Accolades

Since 2019 Inc. Magazine has ranked Patrick Accounting (which includes Whirks) as one of the 5,000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America. Earning this prestigious ranking is no small feat. “To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2017. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent--not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies--as of December 31, 2020. The minimum revenue required for 2017 was $100,000; the minimum for 2020 was $2 million.

Inc. 5000 ranks companies by overall revenue growth during a three-year period. Patrick Accounting (including Whirks) percentage revenue grew by 95 percent from 2017 to 2020.

For three years running, the Memphis Business Journal has named Patrick Accounting as one of the small business honorees for Best Places to Work.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of the Mid-South gave Whirks an A+ rating and recognized us as a certified business. The BBB only accredits firms that adhere to its Standards of Trust, which are “a comprehensive set of best practices for how businesses should treat the public in a fair and honest manner.”

The BBB rating is based on information it is able to obtain about the business, and is significantly influenced by complaints received from the public. No one has complained about our business to the BBB.

Client Opinions on How Whirks Works

“Anything I've needed, they've been quick to respond. They're responsive and concerned about business and how it's doing." Amy Lupo, Nothing Bundt Cakes

The whole Whirks team has been such a valuable asset to our company. From payroll with Tomarro to HR with Greg, they meet all the needs we have while keeping us up to date on all the local and national requirements and needs for business and staff. Grateful to have them as part of our team.” David Grigsby, Midsouth Orthopaedic Rehab

“Wonderful company to work with. Coming from using a large national company, we are now getting the personal attention we needed, which has been helpful for our business. They are very experienced and knowledgeable of all payroll aspects as well as helpful to navigate the ever-changing Covid challenges with payroll. Kacie is my support person, and she is delightful to work with and always will answer quickly and find a solution to our needs! I highly recommend Whirks!” Melissa Williams, Gould’s Salon Spa

“Whirks has been One and Only BBQ's Payroll Provider for approximately five years. I have had an exceptional experience with every member of the Whirks Team. Kacie is very knowledgeable and responds with a great sense of urgency. She is an absolute pleasure. I am hardly able to get out of my car when I come by to pick up items because Rose is running out to my car so that I do not have to get out. These levels of hospitality are some of the many characteristics that separate Whirks from their competition. Thank you for being an exceptional partner to One and Only BBQ!” Mike Corder, One and Only BBQ

Where did the name Whirks come from?

We created the name Whirks to tie our passion for human resources, employees, and small business together. The H (Human) and R (Resources) in wHiRks envelope the I (individual). Whirks aims to help small to mid-size, owner-operated businesses support their employees for hiring to retiring.

Whirks will take care of your back-office systems with hands-on service. Our WHY is helping you focus on your WHY. We take care of your small business’ payroll, and employee management systems, so you can grow your business and spend more time doing what you love.

Let us help you achieve your goals! Set up a 15-minute call to find out how we can support you.