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ZPAY Payroll Systems, Inc., actually started in 1978 or 1979 when Paul Mayer, the President created his first payroll program for the old Heathkit computers. He came up with the name ZPAY when Heathkit was bought by Zenith. ZPAY Payroll System, Inc., was incorporated in 1983. You can read the history of ZPAY from here.

ZPAY Payroll Systems can be contacted at:

ZPAY Payroll Systems, Inc.
10745 Serenity Lane
Savanna, IL 61074-2916

For Technical Support always be sure you have the latest release of PayWindow before contacting us. (Click Help, Updates and Check for Updates and install the latest if needed.)

ZPAY does not charge from $200 to over $2000 a year for updates like our competition does. We rely on our users to take advantage of our on-line help system (click on Support above) so we don't have to pay for a support staff to answer your questions which have all been asked and answered before and posted on-line for you. If you need assistance, use the Tutorials by selecting Tutorials on the top menu if that does not help, then look for the answer in the Support Forum by using the menu selection for Support above. If you do not find a solution, please use the support forum to ask your question. This is how we can afford to only charge $45 a year for upgrades by "sharing" the support with all of our users. As a last resort you can contact us directly where email is the preferred method so we can give you links to the solution that you may need.

Email: support@zpay.com
Phone: 815-273-2322

Paul Mayer


Paul Mayer, our President, was the forum manager of the Shareware Forum on the Microsoft Network On-line from when it started in 1995 through 2000 when they closed down. Paul is a Past President of the Association of Shareware Professionals and the President of a shareware company, ZPAY Payroll Systems, Inc. which markets its products through Shareware. Paul is also a Freelance Web Designer who's designed pages for the Microsoft Network and the Government as well.

Paul has been involved in shareware since the early days of the on-line services. Actually, Paul started in shareware before it was known as shareware. He was a computer hobbyist who built his first computer from a Heathkit H-8 computer kit. Paul wrote a number of Freeware programs in the 1970’s for the Heathkit computers under HDOS and CP/M operating systems. Paul ran the first BBS ever on a Heathkit computer by converting the famed CBBS and BYE software in Chicago. This system was named the HBBS and received calls from all over the world from Heath users.

The Heath Company held annual Heath User Group (HUG) Conventions and Paul always had a booth to sell his payroll software for the Heath computers. As a side venture, Paul sold collections of Freeware programs on 5.25 disks, making him one of the earliest "shareware vendors" known. Paul recalls looking back to those days and tells of a red bearded gentleman doing the same thing. The gentleman turned out to be Bob Ostrander, the founder of Public Brand Software. PBS was purchased from Bob by ZIFF Davis, those wonderful people that brought us PC Magazine. After a number of years as mail-order shareware and freeware disks, it became ZDNet on-line when the Internet started.

Paul joined the ASP shortly after it was formed. Becoming involved, Paul became the second Author Membership Chairman of the ASP. During the next two years, Paul was responsible for reviewing all new applicants to the ASP. A job that is now done by a large committee. Afterwards, Paul became the first Vendor Member Compliance Chairman. This was when the ASP started accepting shareware vendors for membership. After building the new position, Paul was elected to the ASP Board of Directors and a year later he was elected as President of the ASP.

Paul has been creating Freeware and Shareware since the 70’s and has been a full time shareware author since 1991.

Paul Mayer

Paul Mayer, our President, was the forum manager of the Shareware Forum on the Microsoft Network On-line from when it started in 1995 through 2000 when they closed down. Paul is a Past President of the Association of Shareware Professionals and the President of a shareware company, ZPAY Payroll Systems, Inc. which markets its products through Shareware. Paul is also a Freelance Web Designer who's designed pages for the Microsoft Network and the Government as well.

Paul has been involved in shareware since the early days of the on-line services. Actually, Paul started in shareware before it was known as shareware. He was a computer hobbyist who built his first computer from a Heathkit H-8 computer kit. Paul wrote a number of Freeware programs in the 1970’s for the Heathkit computers under HDOS and CP/M operating systems. Paul ran the first BBS ever on a Heathkit computer by converting the famed CBBS and BYE software in Chicago. This system was named the HBBS and received calls from all over the world from Heath users.

The Heath Company held annual Heath User Group (HUG) Conventions and Paul always had a booth to sell his payroll software for the Heath computers. As a side venture, Paul sold collections of Freeware programs on 5.25 disks, making him one of the earliest "shareware vendors" known. Paul recalls looking back to those days and tells of a red bearded gentleman doing the same thing. The gentleman turned out to be Bob Ostrander, the founder of Public Brand Software. PBS was purchased from Bob by ZIFF Davis, those wonderful people that brought us PC Magazine. After a number of years as mail-order shareware and freeware disks, it became ZDNet on-line when the Internet started.

Paul joined the ASP shortly after it was formed. Becoming involved, Paul became the second Author Membership Chairman of the ASP. During the next two years, Paul was responsible for reviewing all new applicants to the ASP. A job that is now done by a large committee. Afterwards, Paul became the first Vendor Member Compliance Chairman. This was when the ASP started accepting shareware vendors for membership. After building the new position, Paul was elected to the ASP Board of Directors and a year later he was elected as President of the ASP.

Paul has been creating Freeware and Shareware since the 70’s and has been a full time shareware author since 1991.

Shareware Industry Association Hall of Fame

Some of the highlight of Paul's association with the Shareware Industry were the first being on June 27, 1997, when Paul was inducted into the Shareware Hall of Fame. Being selected by his peers had him walking on air for days afterwards. Then again in 2000, Paul was inducted into the Association of Shareware Professionals Hall of Fame. And then the big surprise was in 2002 when Paul was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Shareware Industry Awards Foundation.

In a "prior life", Paul spent 11 1/2 years as an Army photographer which included a year in the jungles of Vietnam and 20 years as an owner of a photography studio in downtown Chicago. Paul taught himself to program, and his hobby grew into a business. He now lives in Savanna, Illinois with his Wife and two children. He was also an avid boater and was a volunteer for 21 years with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He is a Past Flotilla Commander of Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 72 in St. Petersburg Florida as well as a Past Division Captain of Division 7 on the West Coast of Florida. Paul taught Boat Crew and Coxswain courses and was a QE (Qualification Examiner) for Coxswain and Boat Crew candidates. He spent 15 years on the National staff creating database driven websites for the Coast Guard and the Auxiliary.

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