Meet the best, most experienced team in the industry. As “WaveMakers,” our passion drives us to identify creative ways to transform the world of independent work by delivering added value and unique solutions to our clients, consultants and partners.
Chief Executive Officer (Lead WaveMaker), TalentWave
Teresa is the WaveMaker leading the evolution of the independent talent market. She has made a splash in the talent industry for 22 years working in staffing, HCM technology, global MSP/VMS and IC compliance.
She is a pragmatic strategist and it shows. “I am passionate about building the vision and plan for TalentWave, stretching market approaches, and embracing experimentation, but equally committed to making sure that the path is achievable and expectations are exceeded,” she says.
What’s the next big thing for Teresa? She plans to enable the marriage of independent workers and client work needs to drive greater access, accountability, compliance and flexibility at TalentWave. She endeavors to open new possibilities for talent engagement across multiple platforms through Enterprise MSP or VMS programs, Talent Cloud providers, RPO architecture and direct sourcing teams.
Her happy place? Preparing and hosting large Sunday dinners with family and friends
What’s so funny? Her kids’ reactions to her awful jokes
Her superpower: Balance
Chief Operations Officer
As COO WaveMaker, Kieran promotes a positive work experience with customers and their independent workers, from program kick-off to conclusion. He ensures that all TalentWave customers get the sponsorship, service and support they need to motivate their independent workforce to meet and beat program objectives.
What’s the next big thing for Kieran? As the independent workforce grows in all skill sets, Kieran will work with companies to create and execute standard independent workforce strategy for expanding labor pools.
One word to describe Kieran: Straightforward
When he’s not at work? He’s with his wife and four kids, walking or hiking, at the movies or sharing great food
His superpower: He’s got WOO (the art of winning others over).
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Jim is the WaveMaker responsible for navigating the most profitable growth path forward for TalentWave. Jim sees himself as part CFO and part chef, stirring together TalentWave’s many ingredients for workforce management, innovation and efficiency in order to find the best recipe for successful growth.
What’s the next big thing for Jim? He will continue to stir the pot of profitability. At the same time, he’ll study how companies adapt to realize corporate objectives in a business world that is coalescing around the rapidly expanding use of independent experts.
What’s on his bucket list? Small stuff like cycling across the US and a return trip to New Zealand
Proudest accomplishment? His family!
One word to describe Jim: Relentless (see cycling reference)
Senior Vice President, Sales
Karen is the WaveMaker who pours her passion for tackling complex problems into leading her sales team to deliver talent solutions that help clients meet their program goals and realize optimum value to make their businesses better.
What’s the next big thing for Karen? To continue to creatively and collaboratively develop new ways for companies to leverage the independent workforce, in all its variations, in order to maximize their potential and standout. “I love understanding the individual needs and challenges of the businesses we work with to develop tailored solutions that truly help them achieve their goals and maximize talent.”
What is she doing when she’s not at work? Spending time with her husband, 2 children and French Bulldog, Bear. You’ll find them hiking, camping, attending sporting events, reading or eating.
Proudest accomplishment: Successfully getting her family through her husband’s medical schooling while fulfilling her own career goals
Superpower: Making the best of any situation
Senior Vice President, Industry Solutions
Neal is the WaveMaker responsible for devising and delivering innovative contingent workforce solutions to meet the evolving needs of TalentWave clients. With two decades in the industry, Neal is an expert at adapting and advancing workforce technology, practices and systems to keep pace with industry change.
What’s the next big thing for Neal? Neal believes that workers will one day be fully in charge of every aspect of their own career destiny. So, he relentlessly explores how the rapid evolution of this self-directed workforce will change the nature of recruitment employment.
“I envision a time when workers will be presidents of their own personal employment brands and responsible for every aspect of work, from finding their next gig to securing their own benefits out in the open marketplace,” he says.
Something most people do not know about Neal: He loves good jokes, especially ones that surprise or shock the audience
One week anywhere in the world? Marbella, Spain – his family’s homeland
His proudest accomplishment? His brilliant, teenage daughter
Senior Vice President, Legal & Compliance
Catherine is the WaveMaker in charge of mitigating risk for TalentWave and its clients with her deft legal skills and workforce compliance expertise. Independent contractor engagement can be a complex endeavor but Catherine, with her 15 years of experience in this industry, makes it look easy.
What’s next for Catherine? She will focus on the employment market’s continued shift towards greater use of independent contractors. She will diligently track how the expanding gig economy will make waves for which independent workers and TalentWave clients need to be prepared.
What’s on her bucket list? A trip to Switzerland for this fourth generation African
Points of pride? Successfully transitioning from working in property law under the Roman-Dutch legal system to working in US employment law
One word to describe Catherine: Calm