Board of Advisors 


John Younger

Founder and CEO, Accolo 

John’s not really limited to the technology or recruiting fields; he invented a carburetor for his 1967 Chevy Impala while in high school. It was during this time that he began to see the connections between math, chemistry, physics and their emotional impact on the person behind the wheel. This accomplishment helped open the door to the University of Notre Dame where he earned a degree in Math and Computer Science and was introduced to new people, big ideas and global concepts that helped shape the person he is today.

With 5 patents and a knack for getting his companies on the Inc 500 Fastest Growing Companies list, he has issues with authority. For example, he was told multiple times not to come to the selection camp for the United States National Rowing Team. He showed up anyway, and was subsequently on three U.S. National Rowing Teams in 1985, 1986 and 1987.

The rebel, idealist and founder of 5 companies, most recently HireMojo, John Younger is a nutty rower still getting up way too early to practice, hopelessly in love with his bride of 15 years and the father of two boys passionate about online multiplayer games.

He can be found heading an effort to make the Marin Rowing Association’s boathouse the first 100% solar powered facility of its kind in the United States, volunteering at his son’s school or with his HireMojo crew thinking up even better ways to make hiring great people significantly easier for all of us.


Stan Maupin 

Co-founder, Encorepreneur! 

Stan has more than 20 years experience in providing advisory services in capital formation, business development and financial and strategic planning to emerging and growth oriented companies. His specialty is creating shareholder value for business founders and investors.

He began working with emerging businesses by co-founding Office America, a big box retail chain that grew to more than $70 million in sales. He has worked with more than 150 growth-oriented businesses in projects ranging from start-up capital raises to securing growth capital to implementing exit strategies. His clients include TransPharm, Inc, a bio-tech firm that sold out to the company that cloned "Dolly"​ the sheep and Commonwealth BioTechnologies, Inc., the first Richmond based biotech firm to go public and a Charlottesville company that recently completed an 8-figure joint license agreement with Siemens.

In 2001, Stan was president of an early stage "accelerator"​ called Ideas2inc. i2i was founded byLeClair Ryan, the Martin Agency, and 3 other Richmond based businesses to identify and assist promising early stage companies in their efforts to grow.

Stan has been involved in political and community activities, having served as a founder and Chairman of a number of business organizations including the Richmond Venture Forum and the Greater Richmond Technology Council. He is also active in Virginia's political sector, having served as treasurer of several campaigns for the Governor of Virginia and the U.S. Senate. He received the Leadership Award of the Greater Richmond Technology Council in 1998 and was named one of the Top 25 Entrepreneurs of the Last 25 Years by the Richmond Venture Forum..

Stan also has an expertise in business development and corporate communication. He founded and published two Richmond based magazines ("Richmond Ventures"​ and "Technology Virginia." He is a member of the board of directors of the Friends Association for Children and Impact Makers, Inc.


Ryan Baca 

Vice President, About Talent

Ryan Baca has always been passionate about the single most important element to a company's success: its people. This made the choice to join Roth Companies – an organization committed to creating remarkable experiences… every person, every time – an easy one.
Ryan brings more than 15 years of workforce solutions and business consultation experience to his role as Vice President of About Talent. He is responsible for leading About Talent to be the best workforce solutions company in the industry. This includes building and nurturing service teams, creating optimized service delivery processes, overseeing operations, and developing and growing client partnerships.

Prior to joining About Talent, Ryan served as a Vice President for an international workforce solutions company, where he developed products and services and managed on-site operations across North America. During his tenure, Ryan also launched and led the Workforce Consulting Services (WCS) and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) practice areas, which achieved year-over-year profitable growth across multiple industry sectors on a global scale. Ryan also served as the Director of Staffing and Diversity for a Fortune 500 company, where he received national recognition from such publications as The New York Times and Fortune Magazine for the innovative solutions his team developed to accelerate returns from corporate and employment branding initiatives.


Pam Verhoff 

President, Advanced RPO

Pam is an accomplished executive leader that has extensive experience building RPO businesses and solutions, as well as developing growth strategy. Pam is responsible for all aspects of strategic planning, sales and marketing, operations, financial management and compliance for Advanced RPO. Her success has largely been a result of building high performance teams and creating a values-driven culture resulting in exceptional employee engagement.

Pam is passionate about impacting every client’s talent acquisition results. The ultimate compliment is when clients tell her that Advanced RPO “gets it”.  She hears it often and Pam believes it’s a result of the experience and strength of the team along with the unique approach we take with each client engagement. Our agenda is not to disrupt, it is to collaborate, innovate and leverage best practices to create an efficient hiring program. Pam’s goal is provide business leaders peace of mind by creating confidence in their talent acquisition function.


Cory Kruse 

President, Novotus

Cory Kruse manages and drives all corporate operations and talent acquisition strategies, as the President of Novotus.

Partnering with other members of the executive team, Kruse is constantly striving to evolve and enrich recruiting strategies and product offerings, improve client and candidate relationship management, drive new customer acquisition, and enhance the overall architecture, management and delivery of talent acquisition services.

Kruse brings to Novotus over 15 years’ experience guiding top-tier companies and managing talent acquisition programs, leading both national and international RPO engagements for companies such as Superior Energy Services, Vignette Corporation, Gevity, KB Home, and Intuit. As an accomplished recruitment strategist and fulfillment expert, Kruse brings a unique blend of strategic, technical, and operational strengths which has driven notable growth in environments ranging from start-ups to enterprise solutions for Fortune 100 companies. Kruse was a key member of the management team at Agere, which went from initial funding to an acquisition by Lucent Technologies in just 18 months and ultimately spun off as Agere Systems, later merging with LSI.

Kruse’s strategic approach and “realist” attitude have been reflected through architecting and delivering the best in class solutions for clients and are followed by an exceptional track record of improvement and efficiency. Kruse has a relentless passion to blaze trails and develop the people, processes, and technology to deliver the correct solution through innovative RPO Services.


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