Our Executive 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.

Rob Crabtree, J.D. – Chief Operations Officer

Rob Crabtree, J.D.

Chief Operations Officer

Rob leads all aspects of the company’s global operations. His legal background includes Admiralty law, international business transactions, immigration law, and employment law. Additionally, Rob has extensive international business experience, negotiating contracts in over 150 countries around the world and frequently travelling to many regions to personally oversee projects. Rob has extensive background working with businesses located in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries in the Middle East. He has a Juris Doctor from the Charleston School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Texas Christian University, and enjoys traveling with his wife Amy, going for a walk with his bulldog Aspen, hunting, fishing, and playing golf.

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

Senior Vice President of Sales

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.

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.

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 Employment Services

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.

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

Vivek-Mansingh-Advisory-Board

Dr. Vivek Mansingh

General Partner, YourNest VC Fund