Meet the Trelevate Team

The Trelevate team boasts a proven track record of success and decades of experience building brand equity and executing effective, proprietary sales strategies. Friendly, approachable and professional, they represent the best-of-the-best in sales strategy. By leveraging our industry-leading expertise, we can help you generate superior results.

ELEVATE YOUR SALES

Leverage our industry leading expertise in
outsourcing sales strategy.

Founder & President

Ryan Knauss

Founder & CEO

Paul Briski

VP of Sales Operations

Chris Carter

Sr. Director of Human Resources

Laura Whitlach

Bio

As Human Resource Manager of Trelevate, Laura Whitlach’s passion is to assist people in achieving their maximum career potential. Her analytical thinking and outstanding communication skills are vital assets to the organization, developed over 15 years of experience in customer relations, marketing and sales.

Director of Business Relations

Derek Bohlen

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Derek started as a software business solutions professional, and has developed into a strong leader. He has managed many successful programs throughout his career which started at Epicor and Aerotek. Derek undertook a successful professional golf career; playing on tours and tournaments across the country. His success in golfing, led him to caddy on the PGA Tour. His strengths are in leading people and starting programs from the ground floor. With a strong communications and marketing background, we lean on him for strategies, program development and partner management.

Director of Talent Selection

April Spagnola

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As Recruiting Manager for Trelevate, April brings over 9 years of experience in the recruiting industry. In this time she has established recruiting departments, help expand offices nationwide and developed training to help recruiters succeed throughout the United States. These efforts have led to awards in the recruiting industry. April is a native to Arizona where she currently resides.

Director of Regional Sales

Sean Carroll

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Sean has over 20 years of outside sales and management experience on both a local and national level. Partnering with local business and Fortune 500 companies, Sean’s multilevel experience transfers to Trelevate’s RTrac Method of growing business partners sales and shares. Starting at Trelevate as a Sales Consultant, Sean brings In-The-Field mentality and knowledge to growing sales teams.

A native of Pittsburgh, Sean resides in the South Hills with his two sons.

Director of Sales Operations

Jessica Gardner

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Jessica comes to Trelevate with 17 years of progressive management experience. She has developed and maintained top performing sales teams through a strong focus on training and individual improvement. Setting goals and providing hands on support is key to her teams overall successes. Born and raised in Vermont, Jessica resides in Pittsburgh PA with her spouse and three young children. In addition, she is the proud parent of a United States Marine and Penn State attendee. Jessica earned her BS in Business Communication and Masters in Management from the University of Phoenix.

Director of Technology Sales

Jimmy Brock

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After graduating from college, Jimmy worked in the engineering field. In 2004, he started a new career in outside sales. Starting at Entry Level, he sold business services for two of the largest companies in the telecommunications and shipping industries. After realizing his passion was developing people and growing business, he decided to open his own outsourced sales firm.

After a short stint in corporate America, he decided to team up with the executive team at Trelevate, where he felt he could grow to a new level in his career. “The vision that Ryan, Chris and Paul had for Trelevate was in line with my goals and was something I wanted to be a part of. I saw their passion for developing people and their desire to make a dramatic impact in the outsourced sales industry. ”

Director of Account Management

Amie Shaw

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As the Account Management Director for Trelevate, Amie is proud to showcase her ability to problem-solve and her impeccable attention to detail. She enjoys working closely with the sales teams and assisting them with their key responsibilities. Her strengths lie within the customer service field as well as sales, where she has over 10 years of experience. Her vast knowledge of the sales process provides managers, team members and clients an advantageous experience. Amie holds a BA from Arizona State University and currently resides in Phoenix with her beautiful and supportive family.

Director of Regional Sales

Robert Kinsey

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Robert has over 20 years of experience in business ownership, sales management, and business development. His leadership and strong communication skills have enabled him to build and maintain successful teams working with companies from start-ups to multinational organizations. Robert, a native of California, earned a BA in Business and Psychology from California Lutheran University, and did his post graduate work in communications at USC.

Vision Statement: “I will feel grateful every day for the people, places, and things I encounter. Striving to make each experience better by my contribution.”

Toledo Market Manager

Laurie McKesson

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Laurie brings over 25 years of experience in consultative sales of a host of products and services to the Toledo market. She credits her success in sales to good listening skills and genuinely caring about her customers, an idea that fits right in at Trelevate.
Laurie earned an M.A. from Bowling Green State University before following her career to New York and North Carolina. She returned to Toledo to be near family, and soon after joined Trelevate as a Sales
Consultant. She quickly rose through the Career Development Program to her current position as Market Manager in Toledo. “The possibilities are endless with Trelevate, and I look forward to helping my own team achieve their goals and move into the positions they desire.”

Outside work Laurie enjoys creating art, reading and spending time with her friends and family.

Milwaukee Market Manager

Bill Lindala

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Bill has held sales and marketing positions for over 25 years (Consumer and business to business), and been a leader in the industry. Managing and training at a national level is what has led him to Trelevate. He has also written industry articles, which happens to be a passion of his. Three of his books have been published.

He has 2 kids – A daughter in Appleton (30) and a son in Germantown (where he resides) that is almost 18 years of age.

Account Management Representative

Hannah  Blake

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As an Account Management Representative, Hannah brings 10 years of Customer Service and Administrative experience to our team. Through her previous endeavors, she has gained the tools necessary to flourish in the department.  Hannah began her career journey as a hairstylist, allowing her to express her creative side. She decided to focus on her analytical side by joining the Trelevate team.  Hannah is an Arizona native and enjoys spending time with her family, relishing in all the outdoor activities Arizona has to offer.

Talent Selection Specialist

Tiffany Faison

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For 15 years, Tiffany has worked with business partners to create personalized experiences in customer service, human resources, and recruiting. She is passionate and committed to providing exceptional customer service experiences, while embracing the core values of integrity, innovation and growth. She lives in Arizona with her husband and son, but is a native to Mississippi. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Dynamics from Western International University.

Central IL Market Manager

Doug Hanselman

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As the Central Illinois Market Manager Doug brings to Trelevate over 20 years of combined sales and managerial experience.
He has worked with many Fortune 500 companies products ranging from automobiles to industrial fixtures and supplies. Throughout his career, Doug has built a reputation based on exceptional customer service and a high level of personal integrity.  Adding to his experience, he also posses a Business Degree for the University of Illinois Springfield.
He currently resides in Central Illinois with his Family and children.

Phoenix Market Manager

Paul Devereaux

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Paul has accumulated nearly two decades of experience in the financial industry building successful, long-term relationships while helping the people he worked with attain their life-long goals. At Trelevate, his vast level of experience and his high-degree of personal integrity are tremendous assets in working with our clients and sales associates– all with vastly different backgrounds and levels of experience.

Paul is passionate about helping others succeed. He strives to lead by example, while acknowledging one of Theodore Roosevelt’s most famous quotes: “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

Don’t let his compassionate nature fool you though– he’s highly competitive, and will turn any challenge into an opportunity to win!

Outside of his career-life, Paul does one or more of the following:
1. protects the innocent… saving young toddlers from the paths of speeding motorists
2. enjoys staying active doing volunteer work… and CrossFit (but he promises NOT to tell you all about it).

Detroit Market Manager

Missy Echols

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As the Detroit Market Manager Missi brings over 15 years of managerial experience.  She has worked in many different fields in Hospitality such as Hotels, Restaurants, Casinos, and most recent Insurance sales. Throughout her career she has developed excellent customer service, leadership and team building skills. While still in insurance sales, Trelevate came into her life.  “When I first talked to Sean and researched the company I just knew that this is the place I wanted to be.” “ Here I can to what I love do to; elevating others while elevating myself professionally and personally”.

Cleveland Market Manager

Bob Perry

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Chicago Market Manager

Lisa Maguire

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As the Central Illinois Market Manager, Lisa came to the table with over 25 years of outside sales experience.  She started as a sales consultant with Trelevate out of their Chicago Market office and excelled quickly within the career development program and became the first Market Training Manager with the company in her first year.  She then was promoted to the Market Manager for the rest of the Illinois outside of the Chicago Market.  “The opportunities are amazingly endless with this company unlike any other I’ve ever encountered.  I feel very fortunate and appreciated here.”

Cleveland Market Manager

Kevin Hinkel

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Houston Market Manager

Victor Gomez

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Graduating from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science exposed Victor to many vocational opportunities; Ultimately he was drawn to the sales Industry. Through the years, he has become proficient in B2B, inside, and outside sales. Coming from a background of Medical, Print Marketing, and Web Development sales, he’s developed a sound understanding of what it takes to be successful and to sell at a high level. That being said, it wasn’t until Trelevate that he was truly satisfied with a company’s sales structure and leadership. Through this Victor was exposed to new career growth and leadership opportunities. He started as a Sales Consultant, but over the course of a very short period he was able to grow through the Career Development Program, from Sales Consultant, to Sr. Sales Consultant, to Trainer, Coach, Market Training Manager, and now to Market Manager of the Houston Market. “It’s my ambition to generate value for my team and to elevate others. My goal is to take everyone with me to the next level wherever they may be in their sales career.”

Talent Selection Specialist

Noelle Johnson

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Noelle is a Michigan native, but has spent the last few years working in the Sunshine State as a talent agent and recruiter. She is excited to bring her experience and skills to Arizona and Trelevate as a Talent Selection Specialist! Her ability to quickly build rapport with clients and to screen quality candidates, make her an asset to our team. When Noelle is not recruiting exceptional sales consultants, she enjoys traveling, cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers, and taking lots of photos of her two adorable dogs- Truffles and Zeppole.

Columbus Market Manager

Nigel Turpin

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Talent Selection Specialist

Emma Druhot

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Emma comes to us from the east coast. Born and raised in Virginia, she has a background rooted in retail and sales. She enjoys building relationships with people through laughter and is thrilled to help Trelevate’s team grow through the Talent Selection Department. In her spare time she enjoys spoiling her 3 dogs and practicing her ever-growing range of amusing accents.

Talent Selection Specialist

Anita Smith

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Anita has over 15 years in customer service experience.  This includes human resources as well as recruiting.  She thrives on matching great candidates with opportunities that will  not only bring them career satisfaction but will also give them the chance to grow their careers to higher levels.  Anita lives in Illinois with her daughter.  She holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Development from Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA).

Pittsburgh Market Manager

Chris McConneha

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Born in Morgantown, WV and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Chris McConneha brings over 14 years of Sales and Leadership experience to the Trelevate Team. He prides himself on building teams and driving company growth. He focuses on positive results while providing an exceptional customer experience. Chris is a devoted husband and a proud Father of two beautiful children. He enjoys spending his time in his local community coaching youth football and wrestling as well as giving back to his community as much as he can. Chris currently resides in the Shaler Township Area.

Phoenix Market Manager

Logan Johnson

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A native to the valley of the sun Logan has over 15 years of sales and leadership experience in financial services, B2B, B2C, Inside Sales, lead generation and Field Sales. Logan brings a passion for coaching and developing top performing teams he leads. He is always looking for new ways to continue the positive growth in all areas of the business. Logan is a devoted husband and father of 3 amazing children. He very involved with his kids activities and is known for being the soccer and dance dad. In his free time he enjoys the beach, camping, fishing and traveling to new places. He resides in Gilbert AZ where he has lived for the last 20+ years

Talent Selection Specialist

Desirae Bates

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As an experienced recruiter, Desirae loves to interact with potential employees.  She has over 3 years of experience in HR with emphasis in Recruiting.  She is currently attending Phoenix College to obtain the HR Management Certificate.  She is very excited to be a part of the Trelevate team.

In her free time, she loves dancing hula with her 2 sons and rooting for their favorite football team. Gooooo Redskins!!!

Indianapolis Market Manager

Neil Burnworth

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Neil has more than 15 years of success in business development, project management, sales management, and sales development. Neil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in history from Ball State University. MBA from the University of Phoenix. MA in Human Development Counseling from Liberty University. MA in Counseling Psychology from Liberty University. Neil has spent most of his career developing, teaching, cultivating, and mentoring talent. Prior to joining Trelevate, Neil was a real estate developer building student condominiums and active adult townhouses across the United Sates. Neil worked to develop and implement successful sales strategies, growth initiatives, cultivate investor relationships, generate feasibility studies, and public liaison.

Indianapolis Market Manager

Bryon Craven

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Born around the South Bend, In area, Bryon is a long time Irish football fan. Bryon has over 12 years of experience leading and orchestrating successful sales teams at various levels. Bryon graduated from Purdue with a Bachelors in Organizational Leadership, with certificates in both Human Resource Management, and Computer Technology Applications.  He competed colleague soccer before transferring to Purdue to wrap up his final year of education. Bryon went from owning and operating his own small business, into a Director of Sales role at Perfect Wedding Guide. After a few years, he pursed a sales/leadership role with Angie’s List before accepting his position at Trelevate. His hobbies are playing soccer weekly, his family, and football season!

Dayton Market Manager

Renee Crossman

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For 33 years, Renee was the Founder and CEO of various non-profits in Asia and Eastern Europe, specializing in humanitarian relief efforts. She came to the table with years of experience as a fund-raiser for children in need, as well as strong managerial skills in working with public officials
when bringing in and distributing humanitarian transports. Training volunteers to make a difference in these communities was another asset she has acquired. Renee joined Trelevate almost 3 years ago and went through our Career Development Program and is now the Dayton &
Cincinnati Manager. Her forte is in building strong relations with those in the business community and educating them on the value of the products we are promoting. At the same time, she has great team building skills and is able to find each person’s strengths and encourage them to be all that they can be. “I’m so thrilled to be a part of a company that actually does what they say, be it in career development, hands on training and promoting from within, to elevating others and offering a helping hand when needed. This brings be me great joy and happiness to a part in this winning team!”

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Director of Healthcare Technology

Marianne Thomas

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Marianne comes to Trelevate from the Healthcare industry. She has been in medical device sales and sales management for over 15 years.  She has launched multiple products into the market and cultivated relationships at many levels.  Her sales and management expertise is helping build a foundation for many new opportunities with Trelevate.

She resides in Scottsdale, AZ with her husband and three children.

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