Our Team

Welcome to Talent Path

  • Julie Olson

    Vice President of Talent Path

  • Jeff Frey

    Executive Director of Learning

  • Melissa Peak

    Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships

  • Ryan Szala

    Executive University Relations

Julie Olson

Vice President of Talent Path

Julie joined Genuent in January of 2018 as Vice President of Talent Path which aims to solve the widening technology talent gap by providing junior resources with immersive training in in-demand technologies. She is responsible for working collaboratively with clients to identify opportunities to align Talent Path curricula and consultants to solve their real-world talent acquisition challenges and business problems. Additionally, Julie is passionate about and responsible for diversity within the Talent Path consultant base which ultimately translates to helping clients meet their own diversity goals.

Julie’s former positions include roles with Experis and Slalom Consulting. Julie’s alma mater is Arizona State University. She has volunteered for organizations such as Women in Technology, ASUG, and the Tableau User Group. Julie is a 2018 recipient of the Staffing Industry Analysts 40 Under 40 recognizing her as one of the leading professionals in the talent community.

Jeff Frey

Executive Director of Learning

Jeff focuses on developing the educational track structures and content which prepare junior resources to help organizations solve pressing business and technology challenges. By complementing university curricula with real-world industry knowledge, practical professional skills and behaviors, and emotional intelligence, Jeff helps Talent Path talent cover the “last mile” between college and career.

Jeff is a recognized leader in global management, emerging technologies, and real-world education.
• Executive positions in oil & gas, healthcare, other industries
• Fortune 100 innovation and emerging technology agreements
• Curriculum design for Masters level University business degrees
• Management, Leading Change and Technology professor and lecturer
• Ph.D., in Sustainable Systems from Case Western University
• MBA – Rice University; MS in Computer Science – Kent State University

Melissa Peak

Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships

Melissa joined the Genuent team in October of 2018 as Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships for Talent Path. She is responsible for and passionate about creating an employer partner network hungry for fresh solutions to their IT talent needs. With over 20 years of experience helping companies creatively recruit, develop, retain and promote talent, her teams have had wild success serving the Insurance, US Federal Government, US State Government, Financial Services, Healthcare, Insurance, Hospitality, Security and Manufacturing industries. Recognized as a thought-leader in innovative talent solutions, Melissa has presented on numerous panels and thought-leadership forums across the US.

Melissa calls Goshen, KY home where she lives with her husband and five children. A life-long learner, she holds an MBA from the John Sperling School of Business and is currently completing an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Melissa has held multiple Board Appointments including her current role as Vice-Chair of the Board for Kid’s Cancer Alliance, and as Chair of the Governance Committee for National Association of MBAs. Her favorite quote is by Nelson Mandela: “It always seems impossible, until it’s done.”

Ryan Szala

Executive University Relations

Ryan joined Genuent in August of 2018, as Executive, University Relations of the Talent Path division. Ryan is responsible for creating and maintaining strategic partnerships with universities in order to build career pathways for graduates by providing them with “Last Mile” training lessening the skills gap between education and technology. He will oversee Talent Path’s university relations striving to help their graduates in avoiding the growing problem of underemployment in technology.

He has over ten years of experience building partnerships that leverage customized learning solutions to bridge talent gaps and develop the capabilities of new and existing employees. Ryan has managed operations and provided relationship oversight for strategic talent solutions focused on employee recruitment, retention, and advancement.

Most recently, Ryan worked for Pearson Online Learning as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and held consultant and sales management roles at Strayer Education, Option One, and Proxicom. His alma mater is George Mason University. Ryan is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®).

Genuent Executive Sponsors

  • Kip Wright

    President & CEO

  • Matt Eckert

    Executive Vice President, Business Development, North America

  • Michelle Wren

    Executive Vice President of Delivery

Kip Wright

President & CEO

Kip Wright is President & CEO of Genuent, a Willis Group Company. Wright is a staffing industry veteran instrumental in shifting the landscape of the human capital industry. Known as a passionate leader with an innate ability to drive both growth and organizational efficiencies, Wright is responsible for all facets of executive strategy and leadership for the Genuent organization.

In his 26-year career, Wright has served in numerous leadership roles with public and private staffing and workforce solution companies. As Senior Vice President of Manpower, North America, he successfully led Manpower’s $2 billion contingent staffing line of business for the United States and Canada. Wright also served as Senior Vice President of ManpowerGroup Solutions in North America, which include service offerings of Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), Managed Services Provider (MSP) and Talent Based Outsourcing (TBO). Wright joined ManpowerGroup through the acquisition of COMSYS / TAPFIN where he served in several executive roles including Senior Vice President of Managed Solutions, Chief Financial Officer and President of TAPFIN. Wright began his career as an auditor with Ernst & Young.

Considered a leader in the field of human capital and workforce fulfillment, Wright is the recipient of numerous awards. He is a five-time recipient of Staffing Industry Analysts’ “Staffing 100” award, recognizing the most influential leaders in the staffing industry. Under his direction, TAPFIN became the gold standard for contingent workforce management providers, and was the largest global MSP for four years running. TAPFIN has also been recognized by Everest Group as the top performer in the MSP space for the last three years.

Wright carries his business degree from Louisiana State University. He currently serves on the board of Genesys Talent and has participated on numerous other boards, including OnForce and Homemade Gourmet.

Matt Eckert

Executive Vice President, Business Development, North America

Matt Eckert joined Genuent as Executive Vice President – Business Development, North America in 2014. Matt is responsible for leading the business development efforts for all lines of business covering Rochester, New York City, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Southern California and Sacramento markets. Under Matt’s leadership, Genuent has improved key financial indicators including Gross Margin Percentage and EBITA.

Prior to joining Willis Group, he was Principal at UHY Advisors leading their resource solutions practice, focused on talent management solutions around technology, finance, accounting, and internal audit. Previously, Matt was Managing Director for Experis, formerly known as COMSYS, responsible for leading the Houston market with annual revenues of $70 million. Under Matt’s leadership, the Houston market grew 35% and was the top market in the Experis organization peaking at 525 billable consultants.

Michelle Wren

Executive Vice President of Delivery

Michelle Wren joined Genuent as Executive Vice President – Delivery in 2014. She has embraced the changes of the staffing industry over the last 20 years and brings a unique talent to Willis Group. Michelle’s experience in the staffing industry includes expertise in the Information Technology, finance and accounting, and engineering verticals. In her role at Willis Group, Michelle is responsible for strategic performance optimization and recruiter productivity.

Drawing upon her entrepreneurial spirit, Michelle started a boutique staffing firm early in her career. Along with her partners, they organically grew the start-up into a thriving operation that was acquired by Metamor, which later became known as COMSYS.

During her successful career with COMSYS, currently known as Experis, Michelle pioneered the Leadership Development Program, leveraging the value a great leadership team contributes to the success of an organization. Recognized as an innovative and inspirational leader, Michelle was the architect of the Common Operating Model which leveraged technology and best practices across the organization. Michelle was later appointed the Ambassador of Integration, driving the seamless transition of the COMSYS and Manpower organizations following the acquisition.

Under her leadership, the Centralized Recruiting Division achieved 70% year over year revenue growth resulting in $150 million in annualized revenue while increasing Gross Margin Percentage and EBITDA.

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