We believe – and most recent studies prove — that talent, maximizing potential, and raw belief are key drivers of human progress and company performance, or a lack thereof. Far beyond typical HR, we are a leadership acceleration firm committed to boldly ‘declaring the unreasonable’ and ‘eradicating average’ because the universe favors the bold. We then help leaders do the ‘hard work’ instead of just ‘working hard’ to achieve more than anyone thought was possible.
Green Peak optimizes organizational structures and cultures, assesses individual readiness for roles, and coaches executives and teams to maximize leadership and financial results. Our differentiating advantage is the interconnectedness of our offerings – by optimizing structure, culture, talent, and team, we have an outsized impact on our client’s trajectories, especially in demanding and fast-growing environments.
of top 25 US private equity firms served
of clients are "highly satisfied"
of clients are "highly likely to recommend Green Peak"
“Using Green Peak to optimize our companies’ talent, team, and organizational components has become a strategic part of our investment process for two reasons – these areas are critical, and their team is second to none.”
Sam Mencoff & Paul Finnegan Co-CEOs
“The consultants at Green Peak are an excellent resource for our CEOs and portfolio companies. Where we have used their team, they have been effective unlocking the full potential of our leaders, teams, and organizations, and characterizing the changes needed to get to “full potential” and deliver the outcomes to which we and our CEOs are committed.”
Bill McGlashan Founder & Managing Partner , TPG Growth
“Over the last two years, we have repeatedly leveraged Green Peak’s talented team – and their no-punches-pulled approach – for our most important assessment, leadership, and organizational opportunities. We have seen significant improvement with several of our stars and that alone was worth the price of admission.”
Kevin Taweel CEO, Asurion (a Berkshire Partners, Welsh-Carson, and Madison Dearborn Partners company)
“We have engaged and recommended Green Peak Partners repeatedly over the last eight years for one simple reason – they consistently deliver outstanding results.”
Ross Jones Managing Director, Berkshire Partners
“Green Peak’s no nonsense, bottom-line style plays well with us and our portfolio companies. The team consistently provides high quality, high service, and high value for The Carlyle Group.”
Daniel Akerson Former CEO, General Motors (Former head of Global Buyout The Carlyle Group)
JP is CEO and Founder, guiding the strategic direction of the firm and contributing to the global conversation on talent and leadership. He has coached more than 120 executives (half of them CEOs) across every major industry and continues to partner with selected clientele facing critical leadership and human capital challenges. He is a sought after speaker on the topics of talent, team building, and human potential and regularly addresses both private equity and CEO audiences. He is also a guest lecturer on ‘Hiring Top Talent’ at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Known for his unusual ability to take leaders to new levels of performance, JP is an influencer and go-to voice on leadership and executive team effectiveness. He has coached CEOs and boards on issues related to leadership effectiveness, organizational design, succession planning, on-boarding, M&A integration, and conflict intervention. His clients have included Bain Capital, Berkshire Partners, The Carlyle Group, General Atlantic, Madison Dearborn Partners, and more. JP’s work and insights have been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, New York Times and numerous other publications.
JP earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in finance and management with a minor in psychology from the University of Virginia. He is a CTI-certified executive coach and is licensed by the International Coaching Federation.
“Most CEOs have never truly learned how to assess talent, ask the most powerful leadership questions and proactively shape their own identity. In fact, they often don’t realize that asking for help is one of the most powerful things a leader can do. As executive coaches, it’s a thrill to help supercharge the best and brightest leaders in the world.”
Becky is a Partner working with private equity, asset management and corporate clients to select and develop senior executives. Equal parts business consultant and industrial/organizational psychologist, she offers bottom-line analyses, penetrating insights, and an ability to translate her work into meaningful business outcomes. Her clients include Madison Dearborn Partners, Huron Capital, Asurion, and H.I.G. Capital.
Becky has conducted over 1,000 executive-level assessments and coached numerous executives to breakthrough performance. She led research in collaboration with Cornell University on predictors for executive success that was featured in the Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, HR Executive and more. In 2014, she oversaw a study on learning agility in conjunction with Teacher’s College, Columbia University, with findings published in Harvard Business Review and Inc. magazine.
Prior to Green Peak, Becky was a top-performing consultant with the boutique firm Sperduto & Associates. Becky graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia’s Honors Program, earning degrees in Psychology and Chinese. She was inducted into UGA’s 2015 Class of 40 Under 40 for exemplary accomplishments in her endeavors and in 2017 was the youngest person to receive the Jere W. Morehead award. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from DePaul University. Becky currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina where she serves as the Board Chair of KIPP Charlotte, a non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools serving students in educationally underserved communities.
“Whether I’m discovering an individual’s potential through a coaching engagement, witnessing the ‘ah-ha’ moment someone has while being interviewed, or co-creating what could make an organization a better place to work – it’s that connection and the meaningful perspectives shared in those moments that keeps me coming back for more.”
Heather is an Associate Principal specializing in organizational assessment and executive coaching. With more than five years consulting experience and a doctoral degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Heather brings a uniquely blended scientist-practitioner mindset to the clients she serves.
Prior to Green Peak, Heather was a talent management consultant with IBM and a research consultant with Hogan Assessment Systems. She specialized in selection, assessment, leadership development, and employee engagement.
Heather earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University and holds a B.A. from Michigan State University with honors in Psychology. Her doctoral research, as well as several published articles and book chapters, focus on the impact of organizational support and leadership on individuals’ ability to balance their work and personal lives. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, Nick, and their two children.
“I’m passionate about helping people live their best lives, and people are the heart and soul of any organization. With thoughtful and intentional data gathering, I use insights to help shape happier and healthier organizations, teams, and most importantly, people.”
Kim is a Principal consultant with special expertise in organizational assessments, corporate trainings, and change-management programs, as well as leadership development and assessment. With more than a decade of experience as an organizational psychologist and business consultant, Kim brings deep expertise across a diverse set of services.
With a background as an investment banker and entrepreneur, Kim’s high-energy, empathetic, and straight-shooting style drives meaningful, long-lasting outcomes for her clients. A doctoral candidate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology, she has been recognized for her contributions to furthering research interests and has presented internationally on topics including leadership, conflict management, and well-being.
Prior to Green Peak, Kim was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Positivity, a coaching and culture-building company. She began her professional career in finance, having worked in a variety of capacities in investment banking at Robert W. Baird. Kim is also a founding member of Teach for America Chicago’s Auxiliary Board.
“I believe being present and mindful in the moment is the most important secret to personal and professional success. Helping people and organizations grow and develop in this capacity drives me. Organizations are living, breathing organisms, not just org charts. That’s why it’s critical to see how people throughout the organization connect with, trust, influence, and inform each other.”
Sarah is a Principal consultant specializing in organizational assessment, talent evaluation, and executive coaching for leaders, teams, and organizations embarking on change.
Drawing upon more than a decade of experience as a strategy & organization development consultant and leadership coach, Sarah joined Green Peak from Kaiser Associates – a global strategy consulting firm – where she was a Vice President and co-lead of the firm’s Organization Development practice. As a top performer at Kaiser, Sarah delivered organizational strategy, talent and leadership development, workforce analytics, and culture assessment engagements across a variety of industries, including Private Equity, Technology, Healthcare, and Professional Services.
Sarah is a frequent speaker on the topic of talent. She is also a co-author of the Association for Talent Development (ATD)’s Talent Management Handbook (2015) and served as a key contributor to the book Successful Onboarding: Strategies to Unlock Hidden Value within your Organization (McGraw-Hill, 2010).
An ICF-credentialed executive coach, Sarah earned her Leadership Coaching Certification from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. She also holds a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, as well as a B.A. in International Relations with highest honors from Tufts University. Sarah lives in Chicago with her husband, Peter, and her young son.
“When it comes to leadership, I subscribe to the philosophy that true leaders are humble enough to admit their shortfalls and courageous enough to face them. I am passionate about enabling leaders, teams, and organizations to build greater awareness, capability, and agility, for the sake of unlocking and realizing their full potential.”
Pat is a Principal consultant serving clients in the areas of talent selection, onboarding and development, and organizational due diligence. He works with a range of corporate, private equity, and hedge fund clients, who count on his no-nonsense approach and thoughtful perspective.
Pat is passionate about driving business success through unlocking the potential of top talent. His unique blend of leadership abilities, emotional intelligence, and business acumen make him a critical asset to clients as they seek to maximize the value of their organizations.
Prior to joining Green Peak, Pat was a senior manager and recruiter at Bridgewater Associates, a leading investment management firm. His responsibilities included designing and implementing search strategies to identify and attract world-class talent, as well as assessing candidate fit at both the firm and role levels.
Pat earned his MBA from London Business School and holds a B.A. in economics and psychology from Amherst College, where he was elected captain of both the varsity football and track and field teams. He also spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia and a season as an assistant football coach at Amherst College. He lives in Boston with his wife, Caroline, and their two young sons.
“We help people and organizations realize their full potential. As coaches, we empower our clients to live into themselves more fully, engage courageously, and expand their leadership impact. At the organizational level, we drive performance by honing in on what could work better and then aligning leaders around a vision to achieve even more success as a team.”
PJ is a Principal consultant focused on leadership development and coaching, talent assessment, and organizational due diligence. His more than 15 years of frontline leadership and high-level advisory experiences inform his practical and empathetic approach.
Prior to joining Green Peak, PJ worked in consulting for both Parthenon-EY and McKinsey & Company. PJ’s experience included conducting private equity due diligence in a variety of industries. He also served as the inaugural CEO of a national education nonprofit which serves first-generation college and community college students, as the Executive Director of an urban public policy think tank, and as part of the start-up leadership team of a national workforce and anti-poverty initiative launched from the Robin Hood Foundation.
PJ earned his MBA from Harvard Business School, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and an AB from the Woodrow Wilson School as well as a certificate of American Studies both from Princeton University. PJ lives in New York City with his wife Jayne and their three children.
“I have been fortunate to closely observe, lead, and advise high performing individuals and organizations in a variety of sectors and industries. The common thread across all contexts is the importance of talent, culture, and organization. At Green Peak, I help others harness these insights to achieve outlier impact.”
Alpha is a Principal consultant focused on coaching, organizational, and individual assessments. Combining her foundation of talent and strategy with her P&L and team leadership around the world, Alpha offers an analytical, practical, global, and empathetic approach to help her clients solve their most critical human capital problems.
Prior to joining Green Peak, Alpha focused on strategy, sales and marketing and had P&L responsibility with Unilever and Diageo in Europe and Africa. A top performer at Diageo, she was selected to join the Growing Leaders Career Acceleration program. Alpha began her career working in talent and strategy for multiple Fortune 500 clients at Katzenbach Partners.
Alpha earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and BA from the University of Pennsylvania in World History, African Studies, and Women’s Studies. She lives in Boston with her husband, also named Alpha, and their son.
“I am excited when the right team comes together to take an idea or organization to the next level. Helping clients form, coach and support these teams to deliver more than the sum of their parts is incredible.”
Tim is a Principal consultant focused on team assessments, executive coaching, succession planning, and performance systems. A trained psychologist, he has performed hundreds of executive assessments and offers a unique ability to identify who to hire and how to deploy and develop executive leaders.
Through a combination of empathy and a candid, matter-of-fact approach, Tim works with clients to generate solutions that are practical and designed to leverage existing strengths. As an executive coach, he has generated observable and measureable results with leaders at all levels. Prior to Green Peak, Tim held talent management roles at Lehman Brothers, AXA Equitable and QBE. He previously served as a Captain and psychologist in the U.S. Air Force.
Tim holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Kentucky with a concentration in assessment, and a BS in human development from Cornell University. He lives in Akron, Ohio with his wife, Dawn.
“Ensuring an organization hires the right person leads to a ripple effect. The organization has a greater chance of success if they make the right call, of course, but it goes beyond that. The successful candidate is also likely to be more fulfilled, and in turn create space for those they work with and for to be more successful and fulfilled. That choice touches a lot of lives, and I get to be a part of it.”
Cullen is a Principal consultant focused on organizational and individual assessments and executive coaching. Combining the analytic rigor, problem solving, and passion for insight developed as a strategy consultant with the skills developed over a decade of front-line leadership and P&L responsibility, Cullen offers a unique perspective to his client engagements. His pragmatic, empathetic, high-energy approach helps him to connect with and advise clients to help them drive sustainable improvements.
Prior to joining Green Peak, Cullen was a top-performer with the Boston Consulting Group and served as a General Manager for Target Corporation where he established a track record leading large teams, attracting best in class talent, and consistently exceeding performance goals.
Cullen earned his MBA with honors from the University of Southern California Marshall Business School as well as a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado.
“I’m fascinated by the impact leadership and team dynamics have on the performance of organizations, and it’s thrilling to help clients unlock value by focusing on these critical levers. When teams ‘click’ amazing results are possible.”
Jeff is Chief Operating Officer and Partner, managing the firm’s finance, accounting, information technology, strategic planning, and human resources functions.
With more than 15 years of experience helping businesses scale, Jeff leverages his knowledge of finance, accounting, and planning to serve Green Peak’s strategic aims. Prior to joining Green Peak, Jeff spent more than a decade in the real estate sector of the Roaring Fork Valley near Aspen, Colorado. He worked for Chaffin/Light Associates, a premier community creator, on numerous successful real estate ventures, including serving as both CFO and Development Manager. Jeff also worked as the lead project manager for a $250 million development in New York where he co-developed and managed the preliminary business plan and project strategy, including proposed capitalization.
Jeff earned B.S. degrees in accounting and finance at Florida State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a Master of Science in Accountancy degree. Jeff lives in Denver with his wife, Erin, and their two children.
Kelly is the Finance Coordinator responsible for most of Green Peak’s accounting processes and internal operations. She oversees accounts payable and receivable activities, while also focusing on ways to improve the firm’s overall processes and internal coordination.
Prior to this role, Kelly supported Green Peak’s Managing Partner Neel Bhatia. She provided direct support in client service, project management, recruiting and operations. Earlier in her career, Kelly was a Senior Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Vail Resorts in Broomfield, Colorado.
Kelly earned her M.Ed. from DePaul University and holds a B.A. from Purdue University. She resides outside of Denver with her husband and three children.
Carrie is a Business Manager responsible for the coordination of many of the firm’s day-to-day operations. She also provides executive support to JP Flaum and Sarah Hagerman and is active in client project management, marketing, and coordination of internal projects.
Prior to joining Green Peak, Carrie was the office manager for Verecloud, a cloud services brokerage firm. She assisted in the operations of the business while also providing direct support to the CEO and executive team. Earlier in her career, Carrie served as an Assistant Vice President at Citibank, managing teams ranging from 20-40 staff members. While there, she was awarded Citi Cards’ Quality Excellence award for significantly improving employee satisfaction metrics.
Carrie earned a B.S. from Penn State University where she was captain of her varsity gymnastics team. She resides in Parker, Colorado with her husband and two sons.
Jayne is Vice President of Recruiting, responsible for attracting and evaluating the firm’s consulting candidates.
With a background in executive recruiting for both the human capital and technology space, Jayne brings a unique perspective of both strategic and interpersonal insights to our evaluation of candidates. Prior to joining Green Peak, Jayne served as Vice President for RevelOne where she placed executives with top technology firms in Silicon Valley. Prior to RevelOne, Jayne served as Recruiting Director for ghSMART.
Jayne holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated with honors from Texas Christian University. She lives in Denver with her two children.
Maureen is an Executive Assistant supporting Tim Sheahan and Kim Burris.
Before Green Peak, Maureen spent five years at BDT & Company in Chicago, a merchant bank where she supported the chief operating officer in addition to various investment professionals. In this role, her responsibilities included assisting in numerous client events throughout the year, recruiting and onboarding new employees, and she served as a member of the firm’s brand committee.
Prior to BDT, Maureen was the office manager and executive assistant to the two managing partners of Marquette Partners, a proprietary futures trading firm in Chicago. She also provided executive administrative support at NTD Architecture, Walton Street Capital and The Northern Trust Company. Maureen resides in San Diego, California.
Gina is an active member of the internal recruiting team, serving as the onboarding Senior Executive Assistant to new consultants.
Prior to Green Peak, Gina spent 12 years as a project manager and executive assistant for the Hay Group, where she supported several partners and senior consultants. While there, she served as the main client contact for C-Suite executives at Fortune 500 companies nationwide. In this role, Gina managed all aspects of event planning for domestic and international programs, which included providing logistical support in addition to preparing related presentations and communications.
Earlier in Gina’s career, she held the position of international sales support assistant for Molecular BioProducts, a Thermo Scientific Company, in San Diego, CA. Her focus there was on developing and supporting key client relationships and supporting the sales team.
Gina lives outside of Boston with her husband, Tim, and their English Bulldog, Eleanor.
Donya is a Sr. Executive Assistant supporting Becky Winkler, Pat Hayes and Cullen Steele.
Prior to joining Green Peak, Donya worked at McKinsey & Company for more than 15 years. While there, Donya supported various client service teams and leaders ranging from engagement managers to managing directors. Her last six years at McKinsey were spent serving as the Southern Office Professional Development Administrator and Learning Coordinator. In this role, Donya’s responsibilities ranged from supporting consulting staff evaluation and development, to planning and implementing local learning programs, to providing additional administrative support to the PD team on special internal projects.
Earlier in her career, Donya provided administrative support in the roles of Office Manager and Executive Assistant at companies including TelAmerica Long Distance, Management Psychology Group and R.J. Griffin & Company. Donya lives in Suwanee, Georgia, with her son.
Preston is the Business Development Manager responsible for the creation, analysis and dissemination of all business development and productivity reports. He advises on firm development strategies, procedures and initiatives based on market research and emerging trends.
A gifted communicator and analyst, Preston’s role includes the facilitation and implementation of thought leadership efforts designed to highlight Green Peak consultants’ research, insights and methodologies. Leveraging digital delivery platforms and thoughtful design, he makes Green Peak’s findings and impact accessible to audiences involved in talent and leadership development around the world. Prior to joining Green Peak, Preston served as Investment Analyst for Franklin Street Partners in Chapel Hill, NC.
Preston is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in business administration and communication studies. He lives in Denver with his wife, Ashley, and their son.