The Team Behind Talentpair

Talentpair is built in-house by a passionate team.

Joe Kosakowski

Founder & CEO

Joe Kosakowski

Joe is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience with recruiting. He wanted to create a platform that truly promotes a more sustainable, trusted, equitable, and inclusive system that works for everyone. He saw a need for recruiters to evolve, so he founded Talentpair. Joe enjoys spending time with his daughters, golfing, loving the lord, and talking about Crypto and Blockchain technologies.

Todd Nist

VP of Engineering

Todd Nist

With more than 25 years building highly scalable, big data and IoT / IIoT platforms, Todd leads the team in developing collaborative, innovative products, that delight our customers. Todd is a bit of a technology nerd who thrives on building products and teams. When he is not geeking-out, you will find him either out running, hiking, biking, walking or enjoying time with his wife and family.

Man Chan

Chief Scientist

Man Chan

Having previously held senior positions at data-driven startups and enterprises including Apttus, BlueKai, Netflix and Yahoo!, Man brings over 12 years of R&D experience to Talentpair. He takes pride in leading the data science team to delivering scalable machine learning solutions. Man stresses quality, simplicity, and mathematical rigor in every project he works on.

Ryan Mapes

Chief Operating Officer

Ryan Mapes

Ryan has spent over 15 years leading growth strategy & execution for early stage, high growth startups with a focus on two-sided marketplaces. Prior to Talentpair, he led growth at several venture-backed startups including Blackbird (acq. by Surf Air), StyleSeat, Hired.com (acq. by Vettery), & Bloc.io (acq. by Thinkful). Ryan is an instrument rated pilot & enjoys traveling & exploring new places as often as possible.

Darko Vukovic

Head of Product

Darko Vukovic

Darko has been a Product Manager for 13 years specializing in building platforms, management systems, and multi-sided marketplaces. His philosophy is to focus on customer problems and develop simple solutions that enable a more productive and delightful experience.

Dustin Colter

Dustin Colter

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Dustin’s tenure and dedication has elevated Quest Groups and Talentpair to one of the top firms in the nation. Dustin’s ability to build rapport with the key players in growing tech hubs has driven growth and client satisfaction year after year. Looking to hire? Call Dustin and his team will deliver with the power of Talentpair.

Meagan Madlem

Director of FP&A

Meagan Madlem

Meagan is a Portland, OR native, & U of O graduate. She began her career as a CPA. Being in an environment where innovation is a necessity, change is constant, & the work is challenging is what drew her to Talentpair. Meagan shines diving deep into data to drive business decisions & shaping the overall growth of a company. Outside of her home office you'll find Meagan passing on her love of music, dance, & athletics to her two children. As a family they prefer to be outdoors. Rain or shine, like true Oregonians!

Mat Turcato

Director of Learning and Development

Mat Turcato

Optimistic, Extroverted, Passionate, and Hungry for both food and knowledge are a few ways Mat describes himself. He grew up locally in Boise, ID where he also graduated from Boise State University with a Degree in Communication! Mat is passionate about creating a healthy culture for everyone. When Mat isn’t finding new ways to help people learn and love where they work, you can find him watching sports, running or playing board games with his wife.

Hailey Mullen

Head of People Operations

Hailey Mullen

Hailey is a Boise ID native! She attended Boise State University where she pursued a degree in Spanish. After graduating she realized her heart was in Industrial & Organizational Psychology. After asking Hailey what she’s passionate about, she replied “It is hard to pick just one thing, but I'd say learning encompasses many of my passions." When Hailey isn’t helping to grow & drive culture, you can find her spending quality time with her husband & kids, traveling, & trying out new local food spots.

Aaron Goin

Software Engineer

Aaron Goin

Aaron is a frontend wizard and all around nice guy. After graduating with a B.S. in Computer Science with Honors from Washington State University, he came to work his sorcery at Talentpair. He welcomes any opportunity to combine his natural creativity with code, and loves crafting delightful user interfaces.

John Skelton

Senior Product Designer

John Skelton

John sprinkles design magic across all Talentpair interactions and products. John's 20 year career in UX and product design spans both the agency and startup worlds, where he has worked on products like BuddyUp; a social network to help students find study partners that was listed as one of Portland's most prominent startups. John enjoys creating fonts, curries, and spell casters.

Dan Fellin

Senior Engineer

Dan Fellin

Dan is a Pythonista who enjoys designing solutions and executing them via pragmatic, well-tested code. He's worked primarily at startups throughout his career and relishes the energy and freedom of startups. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, playing DnD, and flying.

Jonathan Mackrory

Machine Learning Engineer

Jonathan Mackrory

Jonathan recently completed a Ph.D in Physics at the University of Oregon, and transitioned into machine learning and data science. He really enjoys figuring out how systems work and applying the right algorithm for the problem at hand. When not working on neural networks, Jonathan spends his time with his wife and cat, and reading through his enormous pile of science fiction novels.

Eric Neumann

Senior Engineer

Eric Neumann

Eric began solving problems way back in the IBM green screen days. His journey has since expanded into the world of open source & modern stacks. Armed with Python, Eric is thrilled to be part of such a talented and driven team who all take immense pride in making Talentpair innovative & exceptional. Beyond Talentpair, Eric enjoys time with his family, camping, boating, music, art, & helping others.

Joel Comeaux

Lead DevOps Engineer

Joel Comeaux

Joel is an experienced Systems Engineer with a demonstrated history of working on projects of massive scale. He brings a pragmatic and steady approach to DevOps and a wealth of expertise to operate mission critical software. When Joel's not diving deep on infrastructure, he enjoys spending time with his wife and relaxing in the sun with their two Kune Kune pigs: Toot and Puddle.

Melissa Montanez

Senior QA Engineer

Melissa Montanez

From teaching herself BASIC on her Dad's Commodore 64, testing microchips as an electrical engineer, all the way to developing world class software test automation. She's worked at companies ranging from old & venerable, to exciting startups. When not testing things or geeking out on automation tools, you can find Melissa hanging out with her husband & kids, baking, & making things out of leather.

Austin West

Senior Software Engineer, Frontend

Austin West

From rebuilding VCRs as a child to ten years of building scalable software solutions, Austin has an ever-growing passion for all aspects of technical problem solving. When he’s not working you can often find him on a number of nerdy projects like building smart mirrors, interactive lighting displays or his passionate interested in photography including the art of developing film.

Isabelle Chai

Lead Product Scientist

Isabelle Chai

Isabelle has more than 15 years of experience in data and 8 years in applied data science & machine learning. She has led analytics teams from data discovery to deploying MVPs in companies of all sizes and scales including early startups. While she thrives swimming in the “data ocean”, she also loves to spend time outdoors biking, hiking and exploring nature.

Zac Wickstrom

Senior Software Engineer, Backend

Zac Wickstrom

Zac is a startup ninja who brings a wide variety of skills to the Talentpair table. Having studied Music Theory at the University of New Mexico and subsequently leading a successful career in real estate, he’s found his passion in adding scalable value to people’s lives with technology. He’s worked with dozens of startups in the Bay Area over the last decade and was a co-founder at dCanter. When he’s not working you can find Zac at the gym, walking his dog Sherman, or playing piano at a bar somewhere.

Yi Jia

Machine Learning Engineer

Yi Jia

Yi is a data scientist with more than 10 years’ experiences on Data Science. He has a Ph.D specialized on Machine Learning and Data Mining. He has hands-on experience in large volume data processing on distributed systems using hadoop infrastructure. Beside his work, he loves hiking and traveling.

Clay Perroni

Senior Software Engineer

Clay Perroni

Clay is a Full Stack Developer with experience in Telecom, edTech, and insurTech. He's continually learning and adding to his tome of knowledge. Clay is excited to be at Talentpair where his personality and pursuits can flourish and grow.