Summer Crenshaw, CEO
Summer Crenshaw is a serial tech entrepreneur, speaker, and author with nearly 20 years of experience in HR Tech, marketing, branding, strategy, and business development. Summer is a recipient of Cincinnati Business Courier’s 40 under 40 Award and Women Who Mean Business Award. As a leader in the Startup ecosystem in the Midwest, her passion is rooted in seeking a better way to serve those that are underserved and underrepresented, including advocating for women in tech. She serves on the Miami University CAS Advisory board, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Talent Committee, and the Cintrifuse Startup Acceleration Committee. She holds Bachelor's from Miami University, a Masters in Business at Liberty University. She is currently a doctoral student in Liberty University’s Doctor of Strategic Leadership program, with a focus on the future of work and the transformation of leadership.
Ray Culver, SVP, Growth
Ray Culver is a staffing industry veteran and Certified Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP) with 26 years of experience in sales, sales strategy, and sales leadership. Culver oversees the go-to-market sales and growth strategy, assists in developing the product roadmap, and helps create and drive TalentNow’s vision. Prior TalentNow, Culver held leadership roles with Scout Exchange, Randstad NA, and ManpowerGroup NA, where he was instrumental in creating, and leading national and global MSP Sales Channels. Ray is involved with multiple non-profit organizations throughout Southern California and serves as a strategic advisor with several startups throughout the US.
Christi Brown, VP, Customer Experience
Christi Brown is a 2x start-up founder and a driver of smart collaboration in the workplace using tech to enable users to gain more knowledge by creating actionable data that informs execution with insights, efficiencies & capabilities. She believes that a positive customer experience is crucial to the success of the business. She and her team are focused on creating and obsessing over a great customer experience. She brings start-up and enterprise knowledge to the TalentNow team helping to focus on solving the most significant and relevant problems both at the company and in the industry. Her passion, perseverance, and positive attitude have aided her in overcoming the obstacles that entrepreneurs and businesses face. She graduated from the tech accelerator, UpTech Ideas in 2017 known for creating successful data-driven B2B start-ups. Since UpTech, she raised multi-million from institutional investors and grew her company to over 10,000 users before exiting.
Eric Western, Product Owner
Eric is responsible for TalentNow’s product strategy and enjoys using feedback and working with teams to build products customers love. He is on a mission to build products that intelligently connect people and skills to jobs; where people have access to work from anywhere, globally. Eric has an eye for understanding how to spot pain points and then solve problems in ways that change behavior with improved user experiences and interfaces. He began his career as a developer creating solutions leveraging a wide range of technologies, creating a diverse skillset along the way. Eric developed his strategy super-powers, putting his country first, where he proudly serves in the U.S. Army Reserves. Here he learned leadership, prioritization, communication, and process building as a combat veteran for 20 years, currently a Company First Sergeant serving as an elite Combat Engineer.
Anu Vora, Chair
Anu Vora is one of the youngest technology entrepreneurs and investors in the country. Right after graduating from the University of Michigan, at 22, she founded AdmitAlly, a software company that supports Higher Education institutions in their enrollment efforts. Within 3 years, AdmitAlly was sold to Nestlings, an Education Technology company based in the Bay Area. Now, she is the founder and Managing Partner at Candid Ventures, a venture studio that invests primarily in the Talent, Education, and Healthcare sectors. In addition to TalentNow, Anu serves on the board of Ms.Medicine, Nestlings, Shift_Up, AssureCare, and other high-growth businesses. Prior to founding AdmitAlly, Anu worked in Silicon Valley at Grand Rounds and Handshake, where she sprouted the seeds of her investment philosophy. Anu believes in building a bias-free workplace, supporting women and people of color in leadership positions, and increasing access to career opportunities for overlooked and underserved populations.
Viral Vora, Director
Viral Vora is a veteran in Talent-tech with immense passion for talent acquisition space. Currently, he leads multiple companies that offer state of the art ATS, Assessment and Video Interview and Global background check solutions to over 2000 companies world-wide ranging from Fortune 500 companies to cutting edge start ups. Earlier, Viral served as the President of Ascendum Solutions for nearly eight years. He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati.