Our Leadership Team

Ben Wright, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Ben Wright

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Ben has supported companies doing business across the globe for two decades. During that time, he uncovered a revolutionary way for companies to expand and hire across global markets, which was the impetus to start Velocity Global. Ben is a recognized expert on global expansion strategies, and regularly writes and presents on topics such as international employment, permanent establishment, global payroll, and expatriate assignments. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, a proud father of two children, and believes deeply in giving back to the community.

José Montero Chief Operating Officer

José Montero

Chief Operating Officer

José oversees the company’s domestic and global operations in over 185 countries. Having worked in more than 50 countries over the past 20 years, José has successfully led large strategic growth initiatives, international expansion plans, and teams around the world, delivering world-class results for leading global brands. José has a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University and a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In his spare time, he leads social impact adventures to some of the world’s most iconic trekking destinations to benefit orphaned and at-risk children.

Greg Thiessen, Chief Financial Officer

Greg Thiessen

Chief Financial Officer

Greg is responsible for all aspects of the company's global finance function, including accounting, tax, treasury, and financial planning and analysis. In addition, Greg also oversees all human resource activities at the company. Throughout his career working for several international public companies, Greg developed deep experience in international expansion, and was able to apply this experience to Velocity Global and the company's own international expansion. Greg holds an active CPA license, and has a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Business Administration and a Master's in Accounting and Information Systems from the University of Kansas.

Brad Collins, Chief Strategy Officer

Brad Collins

Chief Strategy Officer

Brad leads global strategy and corporate development at Velocity Global, and is responsible for aligning all areas of the organization with the achievement of strategic objectives. In addition, Brad oversees the company’s technology initiatives, which includes developing the company's International PEO platform and setting the companywide technology strategy. Before joining Velocity Global, Brad worked in investment banking and M&A transaction advisory for nearly 10 years. Brad has an MBA and bachelor’s degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and enjoys cycling around Colorado and spending time with his family.

Rob Wellner, Senior Vice President of Sales

Rob Wellner

Chief Revenue Officer

Rob Wellner leads Sales, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships at Velocity Global. Rob is an entrepreneurial professional who brings over 20 years of executive sales and business development experience to Velocity Global. He has a proven track record of helping organizations reach their international strategic goals. Before joining Velocity Global, Rob worked in Capital Markets for 12 years. His experience gives him a unique take on the pitfalls that can sidetrack global deals and transactions. He is a frequent speaker on topics including employment, payroll, expatriates, and global M&A. He is a graduate of Colgate University, sits on the Board of Trustees for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and is an Advisory Board member for Glialogix, a Bay Area biotech company.

Jeannie Donovan, Vice President of Human Resources

Jeannie Donovan

Vice President of Human Resources

Jeannie brings over 15 years of Human Resources expertise, specializing in early stage to mid-size entrepreneurial companies. She has demonstrated success performing in all Human Resource disciplines, including benefits administration, employee development, employee relations, recruiting, and training. Jeannie thrives on operating strategically and tactically in high-growth environments. Jeannie has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Jeannie is an avid college basketball fan, and in her free time, can be found chasing after her family, and hiking up a trail in beautiful Colorado.

Laura Isaza, Vice President of International Employment Services

Laura Isaza

Vice President of International PEO Growth Strategy

Laura leads the company’s International PEO operations. Early in her career, Laura worked for the government of Medellin, her home town in Colombia, helping secure international cooperation and investment to the city. Laura joined Velocity Global in 2015 after completing her M.A. in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration at the University of Denver. She also holds a bachelor's degree in Political Sciences from the National University of Colombia and completed Law studies at Universidad de Antioquia. Laura has held various positions at Velocity Global, including Global Accounts Manager, International Economics and Compliance Manager and most recently Director of Operations for LATAM, where she helped establish and streamline processes, set up international entities and drive the professional growth of Velocity Global’s client service team. Laura enjoys traveling, interacting with different cultures and going for a walk with her dog, Lupe.

Ryan Medine, Vice President of Marketing

Ryan Medine

Vice President of Marketing

Ryan oversees the company’s global marketing and creative efforts, and is responsible for setting the overall strategic vision for the brand. As a creative brand visionary with over 13 years of global brand management experience, he leads all branding, demand generation, corporate communications, design, and marketing operations efforts for Velocity Global. Ryan’s unique blend of creative and analytical expertise allows him to develop integrated marketing strategies and campaigns that deliver exponential results while maximizing marketing ROI for the company. Ryan has an MBA from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Mathematics, and Statistical Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Adriana Miller, Vice President of Customer Experience and Delivery

Adriana Miller

Vice President of Customer Experience and Delivery

Adriana leads Velocity Global's international Customer Experience & Delivery initiatives and is responsible for all client-facing and employee-facing operations globally. Adriana also leads our global benefits, consulting services, and immigration functions. She has 15 years of experience in worldwide client account management across multiple markets managing large scale, complex HR transformations, including organization design and service delivery. Educated between her native Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Spain, and the UK, she brings a global business perspective and a significant amount of best practice tools and processes in both payroll/HR systems as well as client management. In her spare time, Adriana enjoys traveling with her family and photography.

Deborah Timberlake, Vice President of Global Payroll

Deborah Timberlake

Vice President of Global Payroll

Deborah leads our global payroll strategy and operations at Velocity Global. Before joining Velocity Global, Deborah served in executive leadership roles in Fortune 200 companies as well as with global service providers in HR and Payroll. Deborah holds a B.S. in Accounting, J.D. from Brooklyn Law School (admitted to NYS bar), CPP, GPHR, GPMI Certificate. She is the author of Payroll Answer Book, an annual reference book and is a regular speaker on the topic of global payroll.

Advisory Board

Robert Schlossman Velocity Global Advisory Board

Robert Schlossman

Chief Legal Officer at Zscaler

Shawn McGowen Bank Leumi Velocity Global Advisory Board

Shawn McGowen

Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Banking at Bank Leumi USA

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