Our Team

Leadership Team

  • Kip Wright

    President & CEO

  • Jeff Frey

    Executive Director of Learning

  • Matt Eckert

    Executive Vice President, Business Development, North America

  • Michelle Wren

    Executive Vice President of Delivery

  • Melissa Peak

    Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships

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.

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

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.

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.”

Advisory Board

  • Amy Chang

    SIA Healthcare Analyst / CEO of Delta Nutrassentials

  • Jessica Ku Kim

    Senior Director of Workforce Development, Los Angeles Economic Development Council

  • Jane Oates

    President, WorkingNation

  • Peter Phillip

    General Manager, Sparkhound Consulting

  • Pablo Schneider

    Senior Executive, Entrepreneur, Journalist and National Leader

Amy Chang

SIA Healthcare Analyst / CEO of Delta Nutrassentials

Amy Chang is a senior strategy executive with 25+ years of experience in publicly-traded and privately-held companies. Her career reflects a demonstrated track record of leading strategic initiatives focused on growth, building scalable operating models, M&A and integration planning. Amy brings corporate governance experience through her work as a strategic planning and financial expert, investor relations executive, and former auditor/CPA.

As CEO of Delta Nutrassentials, Amy led the re-branding and positioning of its clinically-proven, patented health supplement product to serve health conscious consumers in over 30 countries through its e- commerce B2C subscription model. She is also the company’s financial executive leading strategic and financial planning and investor relations.

Since 2018, Amy has also served as Healthcare Analyst for the Staffing Industry Analysts and is a recognized strategic expert in the healthcare staffing industry. From 2009-2016, Amy was VP of Strategy & Investor Relations for AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AMN), the nation’s largest healthcare staffing and workforce solutions company, during which time its market cap grew from $220 million to over $1.3 billion. After joining AMN in 2002, she led the strategic planning, operations analysis and market research functions, and also served in interim operational leadership roles.

Amy began her career as an auditor/CPA with KPMG after earning her BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley. After earning her MBA from UC Berkeley, she was a strategy consulting manager at Mitchell Madison Group, where she worked with Fortune 500 clients.

Amy is heavily involved in the San Diego entrepreneurial ecosystem and enjoys monitoring and translating healthcare trends as an investor of healthcare services, life sciences tech, and consumer health companies, including: Doctible, Concert Health, Trials AI, Lab Fellows, CB Therapeutics, Delta Nutrassentials, Uqora, NeuraLace, Injure Free, and The Good Face Project.

Jessica Ku Kim

Senior Director of Workforce Development, Los Angeles Economic Development Council

In her role as Senior Director of Workforce Development, Jessica Ku Kim provides strategic direction and leads collaborative efforts to strengthen the alignment of LA County’s workforce and education systems to industry workforce needs. Jessica has intimate knowledge of programs funded on state and national levels including WIA, WIOA, California State Workforce Development Board, U.S. Department of Labor, California Employment Training Panel, and the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO. She has demonstrated success in developing, implementing, and managing workforce development programs for target populations including incumbent workers, new hires, disadvantaged youth, veterans, homeless, individuals with disabilities, and re-entry. In addition, she is experienced in developing innovative job training programs, pre-apprenticeships, and/or apprenticeships in the construction trades, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, and other in-demand industries. Jessica leads LAEDC’s workforce efforts through the Center for a Competitive Workforce and is a member of the Los Angeles City Workforce Development Board.

Prior to LAEDC, Jessica served as the Special Projects Manager at the South Bay Workforce Investment Board. In this capacity, she provided sound, innovative and strategic leadership through program development and administration. Jessica has also served as the Director of Operations for ACCORD Community First that provided workforce development services across seven counties in Southern California. She received her Masters of Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills and her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine.

Jane Oates

President, WorkingNation

Jane Oates is the President of WorkingNation, a non-profit media organization telling the stories of successful programs to place and retain people in good jobs.

Oates served as Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the US Department of Labor (DOL) under Secretary Hilda Solis. Managing a $14 billion budget, and a talented career staff of 1100, Oates oversaw the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs, guest worker visas, unemployment insurance and Job Corps. She partnered with cities and states to strengthen local economies during the worst economic recession in recent decades. She worked with industry leaders to create policies that would give immediate assistance but also create long term opportunities. With her colleagues at the Department of Education she created the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College grant program with a one-time appropriation of $2 billion. The program enabled colleges to compete for dollars to create programs that were aligned with the immediate needs of business.

Oates became a national leader in education and workforce programs during her ten years with Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the US Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP). During her time with the Senator, she worked to create bi-partisan legislation involving research, education and workforce. She was part of the teams that wrote the inaugural federal legislation for charter schools, and the guest worker visa programs. She built coalitions to ensure that the people who implemented programs at the state and local levels had an opportunity to engage in the policy discussions.

Oates served as the Commissioner of the New Jersey Council of Higher Education under Governor Jon Corzine. During her tenure, NJ created a seamless transfer system within the state, grew dual enrollment programs, and began to offer county college credits for registered apprenticeship programs. With an engaged business-led board, the Commission was able to create improved opportunities for NJ college graduates.

Oates began her career as a teacher in the Boston Public Schools and later the Philadelphia Public Schools. She went on to become the Director of Field Services at the Temple University Center for Research and Human Development, working with K-12 districts nationwide on improving teaching and learning.

Oates spend four years with the Apollo Education Group, leading Corporate Social Responsibility and helping the University of Phoenix strengthen their connection with business.

Oates sits on a number of non-profit boards, including NOCTI, NCCEP, The All Africa Conference Sister-to-Sister and Home Builders Institute.

Peter Phillip

General Manager, Sparkhound Consulting

Peter brings 20+ years of experience leading organizations in technology solutions. During his career, he has served nearly one hundred and fifty clients of all sizes, from startups to Fortune 10 companies, across energy, healthcare, manufacturing, finance and consumer industries. He has been highly effective in improving the bottom line by leading companies through the implementation of emerging and established technologies. Peter is currently the General Manager of Sparkhound Consulting in Houston Texas.

Pablo Schneider

Senior Executive, Entrepreneur, Journalist and National Leader

Pablo Schneider is a senior executive, entrepreneur, journalist and national leader. After a 20-year career in corporate America, where he was a c-level executive with multibillion-dollar companies such as BlueCross BlueShield and Delta Dental, a decade ago he began focusing on growing middle-market companies, including minority and women business enterprises.

As a journalist he has published over 200 articles, serving as a Contributing Editor to NACD Directorship, MBN USA, WE USA, Latino Leaders, Latina Style, Fox News Latino, and PODER. As a national leader, Pablo has served on private, non-profit and government boards since the mid 1990’s, including serving on the Thunderbird Executive Leadership Council for 18 years. He is also Founder and Chairman of the Renaissance Dinners, which since 2012, have included 27 Renaissance Dinners in 10
cities nationwide with over 2,000 participants and over 100 unique speakers. During his career he has played leadership roles in 140 leadership events with over 16,000 participants.

Pablo earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees with Honors in Business Administration and Management from San Diego State University. He is a long-time supporter of Thunderbird, HITEC, and NACD. He is an alumnus of LEAD San Diego and of the Texas Lyceum, as well as a Lifetime Member of Ascend and of Prospanica. Over the past 25 years Pablo has served as a mentor to 55 diverse leaders. He has been recognized for outstanding leadership by the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation, Telemundo Heroes Hispanos, and the Governor of Minnesota.

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