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Our executive team’s experience, expertise, and values set us apart from the competition—and helps our clients do the same.

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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.

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 leads the company’s business intelligence team, which centralizes the company’s data and provides enterprise level tools to enable strategic decision making. 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.

Maria Goyer

Maria Goyer

Chief Innovation Officer

Maria drives strategic initiatives and innovative best practices across the organization to serve the growing global customer base. She served as senior vice president of Strategy for iWorkGlobal prior to Velocity Global’s acquisition. Maria’s efforts led to 2020 American Business Awards Silver medals in Growth and International Expansion. Maria applies more than 27 years of industry and strategic expertise in the development of all aspects of Business Process Outsourcing, including pioneering work in the Managed Service Providers (MSP), Vendor Management Systems (VMS), Employer of Record (EOR), Agent of Record (AOR) and Independent Contractor Compliance (ICC) industries and development of Software as a service (SaaS) applications for global contingent workforce programs. Additionally, Maria was named to Staffing Industry Analysts 2020 Global Power 150 – Women in Staffing list, for her incredible contributions across the industry.

Dave Martelon - Chief Technology Officer

Dave Martelon

Chief Technology Officer

Dave leads Velocity Global’s technology team to deliver strategies and initiatives that support the company’s employees, clients, and their global teams. He has elevated the discipline and craft of technology and product teams for more than 20 years. Dave likens his mission-to-metrics approach as creating environments that combine elements of NASA and Pixar—engineering excellence blended with the pinnacle of creativity and collaborative energy. He prides himself on building teams that are held accountable to bold results through a foundation of humility and kindness. Prior to joining Velocity Global, he served as CTO for Active Oversight and Zen Planner, and served in leadership roles for Dice and ESM, ushering in digital transformation in the industries of Fitness, Job Boards, and Higher Education. Dave earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Purdue University, where his research focused on computer graphics algorithms.

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.

Rob Wellner, Senior Vice President of Sales

Rob Wellner

Chief Revenue Officer

Rob Wellner leads Sales, Marketing, Strategic Partnerships, and Customer Success 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.

Shawn Mcintire - General Counsel

Shawn McIntire

General Counsel

Shawn oversees all aspects of the company's legal affairs. Prior to joining Velocity Global, Shawn worked at a large national law firm representing high growth companies. He loves the entrepreneurial spirit and continues to serve on the board of several of his former clients. He was named as a Colorado Super Lawyer "Rising Star" and was awarded the Nolan Fellowship by the ABA Tax Section. Shawn has an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Denver and a J.D. from the University of Richmond. He is an avid golfer and fly fisherman and enjoys riding his motorcycle throughout the Colorado mountains.

Melissa Oliva

Melissa Oliva

Managing Director, United States

Melissa leads the Employer of Record service in the United States, including the client and supported employee experience.

With more than 20 years of experience in the professional services industry, Melissa has overseen successful teams specializing in independent contractor compliance, global payroll and background screening. Prior to its acquisition by Velocity Global, she served as the Senior Vice President of Client Solutions for iWorkGlobal.

Sander Poos

Sander Poos

Managing Director, Europe

Sander leads Velocity Global’s European team, responsible for the company’s business activities in the region, including all operations functions, customer experience, service delivery, and partner network alignment. He is a Dutch native based at the company’s European regional headquarters in Amsterdam.

Sander applies 25 years of experience in sales and operations in the human resources, Recruiting and software as a service (SaaS) sectors. He most recently served as managing director of Benelux for Indeed.com, supporting operations in Amsterdam, Brussels as well as Dublin, Ireland. Previously, Sander held leadership positions for companies including Xerox, Adecco, Monster.com, Telegraaf Media Group.

He received his university degree in Labor Market Politics and HR science, and a business MBA from the Imperial College Business School in London. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, skiing, and making trips with his boat.

Nicholas Yap

Managing Director, APAC

Nicholas leads Velocity Global’s Asia Pacific team, helping companies scale efficiently and compliantly across borders in one of the most vibrant, diverse and fastest growing regions in the world.

Prior to joining Velocity Global, Nick was the Managing Director for APAC at Condeco Software, a global leader in workspace technology. Most recently he served as Head of Business Development with Serco PLC to establish new markets in Southeast Asia for public services outsourcing.

He is a certified expert in service management and has deep experience across the entire service lifecycle. Nick is currently the Chairperson at the Singapore Canoe Federation, Canoe Ocean Racing to establish and develop the sport. Additionally, he is a leader at HeForShe Singapore to assist corporates and fellow business professionals in identifying and eliminating gender bias at the workplace.

Jim Birch

Vice President of Global Payroll and Product Strategy

Jim leads the Global Payroll, Partner Network, and Global Benefit functions as well as the overall Product Strategy. His team ensures an accurate, efficient, and scalable payroll service to Velocity Global supported employees in 180+ countries. Prior to joining Velocity Global, Jim led Product Management for ADP’s Streamline-Celergo multi-country payroll offer where he focused on technology solutions and strategy to deliver payroll services in over 140 countries. For more than a decade, Jim grew operations for Celergo where he led Product and the Global Network of payroll providers. He held international leadership roles as Managing Director of Celergo’s London, Singapore, and Hungary regional offices at various points before ADP’s acquisition of Celergo in 2018. Jim earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business from the University of Kansas. He enjoys finding any excuse to be active outdoors with his three young children, travelling, and volunteering with a local food bank.

Max Bramer

Max Bramer

Chief of Staff and Vice President

Max leads Velocity Global’s internal Operations functions focused on efficiency and scalability with the aim of providing consistent, white-glove service to our customers. He brings a data-driven and analytical approach to problem-solving focused on effective feedback loops that enable rapid optimization. Prior to this role, Max launched and managed Velocity Global’s Global Consulting & Global Employee Benefits service lines. Max holds an MBA in Technology and Innovation Management and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, cooking, skiing, and scuba diving.

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.

Quentin Hartman

Quentin Hartman

VP Infrastructure & DevOps

Quentin leads the company's technology infrastructure and DevOps efforts, with a focus on practices that support developers while maintaining world-class performance and reliability. He has over 20 years of experience in various aspects of the industry, from managing technology for K-12 schools to consulting for Fortune Global 100 companies and everything in between. He is passionate about ensuring that technology is a force for social good and prosperity around the world and that the tomorrow we build is more humane than today.

Although born and raised in Colorado, he spent over a decade living in Oregon, and his love for wild places is particularly strong for the Pacific Northwest. As a result, summers will often involve family road trips with lots of camping in the Cascades.

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.

Chris Powell - Vice President of Sales

Chris Powell

Vice President of Sales

Chris oversees the company's global sales strategy. He is an entrepreneurial executive with 20 years of experience in business development, leadership and operations. Chris consistently exceeds budgeted goals in corporate and multi-site locations by focusing on building key business relationships and developing/implementing strategic business decisions. He is passionate about leading and developing people to achieve goals. Chris graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor's degree in business management and marketing. Avid cyclist and snowboarder.

Annie Thompson - Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Annie Thompson

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Annie is responsible for the company’s global strategic partnerships initiatives and drives opportunity, revenue and brand recognition through creating and nurturing an ecosystem of partners with complementary service offerings. Annie has over 15 years of sales, leadership, and partnerships experience, specializing in early to mid-stage technology and service companies. Hailing originally from Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Annie focuses her efforts on understanding people and relationships in business. In her free time, she works to give back to her community, spends time with her husband and daughter, and enjoys everything that Colorado has to offer.

Alexandria Warren

Alexandria Warren

Vice President, Customer Experience and Delivery

Alexandria leads Customer Experience & Delivery and Customer Success for Velocity Global. She oversees the teams responsible for driving customer experience excellence and proactively supporting customers in their international expansion goals. Prior to this, Alexandria launched and oversaw the company's Customer Success and M&A divisions, as well as Global Talent Acquisition service line. With more than ten years of experience within the private, start-up, and non-profit sectors, both internationally and domestically, Alexandria applies deep experience in international expansion and talent acquisition. Alexandria holds a master's degree in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration from the University of Denver, and a bachelor's degree in International Relations and Comparative Politics from the University of Montana.

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


Dr. Vivek Mansingh

General Partner, YourNest VC Fund

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