About Us

For 34 years the Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter of the American Payroll Association (WMAC) has been YOUR local leader in payroll education.

Our Founder, Maureen (Reed) Brown, had the dream and the ambition to form the Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter of the American Payroll Association (WMAC).  WMAC had the first meeting in the fall of 1982 and officially formed in January 1983.  The first meeting, as an official chapter, was attended by 8 people and held in Tyson's Corner, Virginia.  During the first official meeting, officers were elected and meeting dates were established.  Over the years, the chapter has moved its meetings for a variety of reasons, mostly increased membership.  WMAC has met in several Virginia locations - Reston, Springfield,  Tyson's Corner and Falls Church.  Currently, the WMAC meets in Springfield, Virginia at the Waterford Receptions - Springfield. 

The chapter's first full day meeting in 1985 evolved into an annual Tri-State Conference that continued until 2009. This conference included a vendor hall, general sessions and educational workshops tailored to benefit today's Payroll Professional.  In 2010, WMAC merged with the Annual Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference.  This conference is comprised of 5 Virginia APA chapters and 1 West Virginia APA Chapter.  The conference has the same focus as our Tri-State had, but allows for a larger networking opportunity. 

Education, our main purpose, happens through our chapter meetings, our affiliation with the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference, and our CPP/FPC Study Group.  This study group is designed to help fellow payroll professionals get the knowledge and confidence they need to become certified.  Look under our Education page on the website for study group opportunities.

Over the years, WMAC has won many awards from the APA including but not limited to Chapter of the Year.  Our community is our supporter and WMAC believes you should support your community.  Starting at the beginning, we were involved in our local community.  In the last 10 years, we have donated time, money and gifts to over 25 different organizations, several of them multiple times. 

Each year the WMAC selects a theme for our events.  For 2017, our theme is Payroll Keys to Success.  Be sure to check out what activities will be connected with our theme.

What started as an informal gathering has developed into a well-organized group of Payroll Professionals that stand behind the American Payroll Association's objectives. As the chapter that is located in our nation's capital, we have an extraordinary opportunity to affect legislation and keep abreast of the latest regulations and laws that affect our daily activities. The WMAC is dedicated to serving its members and is committed to continued growth and success in the years to come.

While you are on the website, browse around, each day we create more history.