People inspire us. It's the driver behind everything we do.
Founded in 2018, LaborIQ set out to be a changemaker in HR Tech and empower human resource professionals with better, faster, more intuitive labor market software. Today, LaborIQ provides thousands of users with fast answers for today’s compensation requirements, salary benchmarking, retention, and job market forecasts for every metro area in the U.S.
LaborIQ software is an ecosystem for hiring, backfilling and compensating any position and provides real answers for today's evolving job market.
Our core values are the foundation for who we are and how we choose to work with each other, our clients and our community.
People inspire us. We are passionate about great company culture and are here to share it with the world. We exhibit this in all we do.
We see the value in new experiences and opportunities to learn and maintain effectiveness in a changing environment.
We put aside our fears of failure and attempt things for which no prior experience has yet prepared us. We are courageous as we navigate volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous situations.
We keep our word to our clients, colleagues and company, and hold ourselves accountable to all resources and deliverables.
We leave no one behind and understand the value of finding people to help us through life. We respect and care for everyone.
Ron is the founder and chief executive officer of ThinkWhy LLC. Previously, he served 23 years as founder and CEO of Axiometrics Inc., a SaaS platform and industry-leading provider of apartment and student housing market data. He is an experienced visionary, creating innovative solutions and building companies from the ground up. After a successful exit to a publicly traded competitor in 2017, Johnsey founded Growth Destiny LP. In early 2018, Johnsey began the vision and solution architecture for ThinkWhy with a focus on helping people find meaning and value in the workplace.
Johnsey received his B.A. from Birmingham Southern College, earned an M.B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Cumberland School of Law.
Claudine serves as president and chief operating officer, with responsibility for the management of the company. As co-founder, her focus is on driving the vision, values and culture for the organization, while setting strategic direction, creating sound operational procedures, and delivering profitability. Zachara brings 20 years of experience in commercial operations, which includes serving as CMO and Senior Vice President of Revenue Operations for three prior SaaS organizations. Her experience includes leadership roles in private and public companies, board positions for non-profits and municipalities, building high-performance teams, and driving sustainable growth
Zachara earned her B.A. from Arizona State University, and her MBA and graduate certificates in marketing management and brand strategy from Colorado State University.
Jay serves as chief labor market analyst for ThinkWhy®, charged with leading the product and market analysis business units for LaborIQ®. His expertise in analyzing and distilling complex data into actionable insights supplies the industry with “why it matters” answers for strategic business and talent decisions. Denton has been featured in Bloomberg Business, Inc., The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Business Insider and many others, and is a sought-after speaker for executive groups, talent acquisition associations and media outlets across the nation.
Denton holds dual degrees in Management Information Systems and General Business from Texas Tech's Rawls College of Business.
Stephanie serves as senior vice president of revenue operations for ThinkWhy, and charged with building high-performing sales and client success teams to drive new and recurring revenue for the organization. Her prior leadership experience includes vice president of operations for ThinkWhy, and vice president, Data Acquisition at RealPage and Axiometrics. McCleskey’s success in building and leading large teams, developing training programs and scalable operating processes for SaaS organizations, helps her steer the company’s growth strategy. Her tech-savvy skills extend into public speaking and media relations, having been showcased on CNBC, Bloomberg, The Sun Chronicle and D Magazine.
McCleskey earned her B.A. in Finance from Southern Methodist University.
Cristian is director of technology for the organization, carrying responsibiities for the architecture and development of ThinkWhy products. He brings a vast array of knowledge in many different front-end and back-end languages, responsive frameworks, databases and best code practices. Rivera’s background in electronic engineering and computer science quickly transitioned into software development. He has demonstrated his expertise as a consultant for various companies, while building the architecture for commercial web and mobile applications for mid-sized and large businesses. Currently, he holds more than 10 years of experience with planning and creating software products. His development knowledge and experience has established him as one of the most sought-after developers in the industry.
Rivera holds an Advanced Software Development degree from Aptech Ltd. in Pune, India.
Mallory is a senior economist with the responsibility of leading the research team that produces key insights and forecasts related to the labor market. She is focused on providing clients and the general public with sophisticated yet accessible analyses that inform business decisions and an understanding of labor market and employment dynamics. Her experience includes roles in academia and consulting, providing economic and policy analysis for clients across the Federal government.
Vachon received her Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. degrees in Economics from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
Bridget is charged with creating growth for the organization through digital marketing strategies and execution. She is an accomplished revenue marketer of 15 years, with expertise in integrated marketing programs, digital optimization, product marketing, and creating scalable programs for both B2B and B2C organizations. Driven by innovation and agility, Arnott has developed omnichannel marketing strategies for several SaaS organizations, and focuses on driving strong conversion tactics, sales pipeline growth, and building top-performing marketing teams to help exceed corporate growth plans.
Arnott earned her B. A. in Marketing from Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business.
Levin is director of client success for ThinkWhy, with responsibility for upholding the company’s proven process, designed to deliver an unmatched product support experience and create longterm, delighted clients. She is focused on leading a top-performing team, and developing support strategies to ensure LaborIQ client retention. Corbin works cross-functionally with Sales, Product, Marketing and Development teams to share client feedback and develop ways to optimize platform resources.
Levin received her Master's Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University.
Adam serves as principal of strategic partnerships with a focus on creating mutually beneficial relationships with top providers in the recruiting and staffing industry.
He is charged with identifying, developing and expanding partner relationships that drive business growth goals. He comes to ThinkWhy from Gartner, where he spent the past 12 years in various functions, focused on revenue operations and team leadership.
Dowswell earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from James Madison University.
Mandi is director of customer and digital experience, with responsibility for the company’s digital platform user design. She is focused on creating a unique and meaningful client experience, and ensuring B2B and B2C navigation strategy is achieved. Her experience includes roles at Hewlett Packard where she developed and implemented global sourcing tools, executed organizational design automation, and digitally enhanced a number of core processes. She has consulted for Fortune 500 and mid-market firms.
Dundas received her B.A. in Supply Chain Management from Texas A&M University Mays Business School.
Keith Walters is Managing Principal of Walters Development Group, a business advisory firm focused on accelerating growth companies toward their vision and steering them toward strong cultural ideals. He has spent more than 30 years leading, advising and growing businesses, and is on a quest to build great companies by raising the bar of business practices in each of the companies he works with. Keith has a driving passion around organizational excellence. His holistic perspectives on how the intersection of organizational culture and a thriving, winning team impact organizational success are mirrored in the purpose and platform of ThinkWhy.
Keith served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Axiometrics Inc., a real estate data and analytics company specializing in apartment and student housing markets. During his tenure, Axiometrics was named Top 100 Places to Work in Dallas three times. He drove sharply accelerated growth to over 40% annually and led the organization through two equity events including the purchase of the firm by RealPage, Inc, in February 2017. Earlier, Keith served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Sagiss, LLC and as the Vice President and General Manager of Keane Inc. In prior experience, he held roles from Senior Consultant to Managing Director at Nims Associates, Inc., and for several years spoke and lectured as a thought leader in business operations and organizational development.
Keith is active in the business leadership community through organizations such as Vistage Worldwide and Conscious Capitalism. He currently serves on the boards of several organizations. Keith earned his bachelor’s degree in Data Processing and Quantitative Analysis from the University of Arkansas.
Susan Thomas is a B2B tech marketing executive best known for delivering winning communications programs for companies commanding the biggest exits in the technology industry. Founder of 10Fold, Susan built the agency to become one of the top eight percent of all agencies in the United States and one of the top 20 B2B tech agencies in the U.S.
Susan is on the advisory board for Heritage Commerce Bank and on the Dean’s Advisory Board for Wichita State University School and the School of Business and she is a limited partner in ParTech Ventures. Susan was the prior Vice Chairman for YMCA East Bay Board of Directors. She also served as an advisor to the Stanford School of Business as a mentor and judge for their entrepreneurial program and competition. Susan has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Business from Emporia State University and a Master of Arts in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the University of Tulsa.
Jim D’Amico currently leads the Global Talent Acquisition practice for Celanese, a chemical manufacturing and innovation company based in Irving, TX, and is a current Board Member and Past Board President of The Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals.
Jim is known for his focus on metrics and data, particularly as a vehicle to improve business, not just TA, results. He has for years led the way with his unique approaches to talent acquisition, such as engaging a Hollywood Screenwriter to help his team learn to be better storytellers and by creating the Differentiated Recruiting Model.
Jim specializes in building best-in-class talent acquisition functions for large global organizations and was recognized in 2015 by ERE for his work at Spectrum Health where he built the Best Large Talent Acquisition Organization, a feat he accomplished in less than a year. He and his teams are five-time recipients of CANDE Candidate Experience awards presented annually by the Talent Board, an award that recognizes TA Functions that provide exemplary experience to all candidates.
Jim was recognized by Glassdoor as one of the Top 20 Branded HR professionals, and by ICIMS as one of their Inaugural TA Innovators. He has also been featured in a series of articles highlighting Exceptional TA Leaders by Dr. John Sullivan. He is a global speaker, author and is very active as a mentor in the TA community.
Marianne Wanamaker is an associate professor of economics at the University of Tennessee and the former chief domestic economist and senior labor economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors. She currently serves alongside Fortune 100 CEOs, governors, and non-profit leaders on the 25-member Federal Workforce Policy Advisory Board, tasked with advising Federal policy on workforce issues. Marianne is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA and a research fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics in Bonn, Germany. She is a former Bain & Company consultant, where she worked on the healthcare, financial services, and retail teams.
Marianne has expertise in American labor markets, education, workforce development, demography, and the role of big data in understanding each of these areas. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post, among other outlets, and the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and private funders have awarded grants to support her research. Along with Marcella Alsan (Harvard University), she is the recipient of the 2019 Kenneth J. Arrow Award for the best paper in health economics published in 2018.
In addition to her records in public service and research, Marianne is an award-winning teacher and a frequent public speaker. She regularly teaches courses on business strategy and business ethics, generally without the assistance of a textbook but with a syllabus full of case studies. She is the 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee's prestigious Alexander Prize for teaching, and in 2017 she was named to Poets and Quants Top 40 Undergraduate Business Professors.
Marianne is a 2001 summa cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University and a 2009 PhD graduate of Northwestern University.
Sam Chandan, PhD, FRICS, is the Larry & Klara Silverstein Chair in Real Estate Development and Investment and associate dean of the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate. In addition, he is partner, global head of strategy, and a member of the investment committee at Capri Capital, a multinational investment management firm with $4.0 billion of assets under management in the United States and investment platforms in Sub-Saharan Africa and India.
Sam is also the founder of Chandan Economics, a leading provider of multifamily and commercial real estate mortgage data and risk analytics, and cohost of The Real Estate Hour on SiriusXM Business Radio.
Sam’s commentary on commercial and residential real estate markets and the broader economy has been featured regularly in national and global press, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CNBC, and Bloomberg. Among his recent publications, he is the editor and coauthor of Real Estate Financing, published by PEI, and the lead investigator for “Regulatory Design and Real Outcomes,” a major study on the regulation of commercial real estate lending commissioned by the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC).
Sam earned his PhD in applied economics from The Wharton School and was a doctoral scholar in the Economics Department at Princeton University.
Tara Behrend PhD is Associate Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at The George Washington University, in Washington DC. Her research group, the Workplaces and Virtual Environments (WAVE) lab, focuses on understanding and resolving barriers to computer-mediated work effectiveness, especially in the areas of training, recruitment, and selection. Her research in this arena has been published widely in technology and psychology outlets. She is also interested in career decision-making, specifically relating to STEM fields; her work in this area has been funded by a research grant from the National Science Foundation.
Tara is a previous Cyber Initiative Fellow at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and a member of the Future of Work working group there. She provides consulting for a range of public and private organizations globally, in the areas of training, selection, and workforce development. Her work has been covered in popular media such as Forbes Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. She is an active member of SIOP, APA, and APS. She is the Editor of the The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist and the co-editor of the forthcoming SIOP Frontiers book, Workforce Readiness and the Future of Work.
Tara serves on multiple advisory boards and is the chair of the Foster Workforce Development Institute. She is a former fellow of the Massachusetts Institute for College and Career Readiness, and advises the American Council on Education in their workforce development programs. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from North Carolina State University.
Bart McCollum is President & CEO of Ameriflex, one of the nation's largest independent administrators of Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Under Bart's leadership, Ameriflex has won five top place to work awards, and a Torch Award for Ethics. Additionally, Ameriflex holds multiple awards for payments innovation and customer experience. Bart drives a culture that boasts Net Promoter Scores (NPS) 300% of what is typically seen in the health care space. During Bart's tenure, Ameriflex has grown aggressively without outside capital, boasts an industry-leading client retention rate, and has put over 1.5 billion dollars in savings back into the pockets of American families. Bart also co-founded WorkforceGo! and served as it's COO to a successful exit. WorkforceGo! offers cloud-based human capital management, outsourced HR, and payroll administration to businesses in over 40 states.
Earlier, Bart served on UMB Financial Corporation's Institutional Bond Team after being selected for and completing the company’s high potential management development program. Bart catalyzed 50%+ increase in sales production as salesperson, trader and analyst on eight-person team accountable for $6B+ in assets under management (AUM). Bart underwrote Critical Access Hospital bonds as a member of the public finance team. Bart wore a second hat as the bond trader for UMB’s retail financial advisory and brokerage business.
Bart is active in the business leadership community through organizations such as Vistage Worldwide. He serves on the board of ISF, a non-profit whose mission is to transform today’s orphaned and aged-out foster care students into tomorrow’s leaders. Bart earned his bachelor's degree in Finance, Psychology & Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis. He also holds a JD from Tulane University School of Law.
An Executive Advisor with Crenshaw Associates, Kim brings more than 20 years of senior Human Resources and consulting experience in recruiting, leadership assessment and integration, executive/organizational development and change management. She has worked across industries and supported global organizations dealing with strategic business changes including new market growth and restructuring.
Kim has held senior HR leadership positions with numerous Financial Services companies (Merrill Lynch, The Toronto Stock Exchange and Citibank), as well as a global business solutions technology company and a large academically affiliated hospital. In addition to her leadership of HR functions, she has consulted with a wide variety of organizations on how to successfully hire, integrate and develop senior leadership talent. Kim earned a Business Management degree from Seneca College and completed graduate work in Human Resources at the University of Toronto.
Kramer brings over 20 years of experience in the engineering, deployment, and operations of secure and scalable technology services across a wide range of platforms, including Global Telecommunications Platforms, High-Performance Computing platforms for Research and Development, Fortune 50 Enterprise environments and large-scale analytics and machine learning systems deployed on Microsoft, Google and Amazon cloud services.
Kramer holds Professional Certifications in Machine Learning, Artificial intelligence, and a B. S. in Finance and a Masters in Software Engineering from Southern Methodist University.