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’s QoT (blueprint for scalability), 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
“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.”
Cullen is Chief Operating Officer and Managing Consultant focused on helping investors and senior executives eradicate average in three ways: Through a rigorous QoT (Quality of Talent) process, he provides insight on strategic alignment, organizational structure, culture, and executives’ fit and risk relative to the underlying investment thesis. As an assessor of talent, Cullen helps investors and senior leaders make thoroughly informed hiring decisions, ensuring that they fortify their organizations with the A players whose capabilities align closely with the need. Finally, as an executive coach, Cullen develops talented leaders and helps light the path to new levels of performance and fulfillment. Combining the analytical rigor, problem solving, and passion for insight developed as a strategy consultant with the skills developed over a decade of cross-functional leadership and P&L ownership, Cullen offers a unique and powerful perspective to his clients. His pragmatic, empathetic, high-energy approach helps him connect with and advise clients to 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 strong track record leading large teams, attracting and developing best-in-class talent, and consistently exceeding performance targets in top-line growth, bottom-line profitability, and the cultivation of future leaders.
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 unlock nascent value through these critical levers. When teams ‘click’ amazing results are possible.”
Sarah is a Senior 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.”
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.”
Kristin is a Principal consultant focused on leadership development, talent assessment, and organization effectiveness. Kristin’s passion is to help people and organizations realize and attain their highest potential by building inspiring and effective leadership and fostering a healthy culture. She brings a unique perspective, having held positions both as an organization development consultant and a strategy executive with public, private and private-equity owned organizations. Throughout her twenty years of experience within the telecommunications, biotech and software industries, she has built both a deep understanding of leadership constructs and development approaches and expertise with applying these practices as a business leader.
Prior to joining Green Peak, Kristin held a variety of leadership positions responsible for driving market strategy, product success and transformational growth for Nortel Networks, SAS, and Parexel. Most recently, Kristin was Vice President of Market Strategy and Research for Ellucian.
Kristin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University and earned a MS and PhD from North Carolina State University in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with high honors. She has presented at national and international professional conferences and is a guest lecturer and instructor at Duke University and North Carolina State University.
Kristin lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and two children.
“The most successful CEOs recognize that leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. They continuously challenge themselves to learn while being self-aware of what they don’t know and asking their team for feedback. They understand that organizational innovation and growth arises from individuals being clear on who they are, open to learning from others and inspired by a bigger vision.”
Scott is a Principal focused on QoT (blueprint for scalability). Scott has a strong track record of success delivering top-line growth in private and growth equity ventures. An innovative leader with a strong results orientation, Scott has expertise in both identifying and capitalizing on new growth opportunities and developing the requisite infrastructure and leadership team for delivery.
Prior to joining Green Peak, Scott was a Managing Director with Fahrenheit Advisors. Previously, Scott held a variety of executive roles in private equity portfolio companies including President, Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Marketing Officer. Scott’s early career included management roles with Capital One and Bain & Company.
Scott earned his MBA with high honors from Dartmouth College – Amos Tuck School of Business as well as a B.S. in Commerce with Distinction from the University of Virginia.
He lives in Richmond, VA with his wife Melanie and spends much of the year traveling the east coast to watch his two children compete in collegiate swimming competitions.
“Most CEOs never realize the true potential of empowered leadership and management teams until it’s too late. Nothing provides greater reward than helping executives recognize and unleash the power of their greatest asset – their team.”
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 PJ Kim 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 Chief People Officer, 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.
Brendan Kinkopf is Vice President of Finance, managing the firm’s finance, accounting, and information technology functions.
Starting off his career in public accounting at Plante Moran and CBIZ, Inc., Brendan acquired an array of skills tailored to help companies scale quickly. Prior to joining the Green Peak team, Brendan was responsible for the finance, accounting, and human resource functions of the Colorado based cidery, Stem Ciders. During his time there, he implemented new technology, new processes, and helped the craft beverage producer grow from one location to three all while building a new 30,000 sq. ft. production facility and restaurant from the ground up.
Brendan is a graduate of Michigan State University where he earned his Master of Science in Accountancy degree. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Brendan lives in Denver with his wife, Lizzie.
Brooke is an Executive Assistant supporting PJ Kim and Cullen Steele.
Prior to joining Green Peak, Brooke spent two and a half years as Operations Manager for Rhino Realty Pros. Brooke supported the broker and multiple agents in their daily transaction management. This included customer communication, scheduling appointments, proofing contracts, and managing daily agendas. While there, she created a marketing platform for design guidelines and built out multiple websites.
Prior to Rhino Realty, Brooke was an Executive Assistant and Special Project Manager for Mission Yogurt. Brooke supported the Owner and the Director of Business Development by coordinating their daily calendars, expense reports, planning events, and travel arrangements.
Brooke lives in Brighton, Colorado with her husband and two chocolate labs.
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.