Topgrading Professionals

Brad and three of his team have all conducted Topgrading workshops for our managers, and all four received top ratings.
– Dr. Kevin Silva, SVP Human Resources, Argo Group

Topgrading, Inc., helps companies Topgrade by assessing and coaching teams, conducting Topgrading workshops, and providing books, handbooks, and videos to help clients Topgrade on their own. We have Topgrading Professionals and Certified Topgrading Coaches all over the world. Team members have all been carefully selected using Topgrading methods (of course!), and most of our Topgrading Pros have been on board for more than 12 years. The resulting improvements in our clients’ company performance have been featured on the cover of The Wall Street Journal, in many Fortune articles, and on CNN.
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Bradford D. Smart, Ph.D.

Founder and CEO, Topgrading, Inc.

Brad completed his doctorate in Industrial Psychology at Purdue University, entered consulting, and since the 1970s has been in private practice as President and CEO of his own company, now called Topgrading, Inc., based in the Chicago area. Brad is frequently acknowledged to be the world’s foremost expert on hiring. The company consults with many leading companies and hundreds of small and growth companies. Brad has conducted in-depth interviews with over 6,500 executives. He is author of seven books and videos, including Topgrading 3rd Edition: The Proven Hiring And Promoting Method That Turbocharges Company Performance; The Smart Interviewer: Tools and Techniques for Hiring the Best; and the training series Topgrading Toolkit, featuring the 12 Topgrading hiring steps and demos of all the interviews.  In addition, he has co-authored the following books: Topgrading for Sales: World-Class Methods to Interview, Hire, and Coach Top Sales Representatives, with Greg Alexander; and Smart Parenting: How to Raise Happy, Can-Do Kids, with Dr. Kate Mursau.

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Bo Manning

President, Topgrading, Inc.

Bo is an experienced operating executive with a proven track record of hiring and developing great leadership teams and taking big ideas to market. Bo leads the development and execution of Topgrading’s strategic plan as well as its executive search services. Prior to Topgrading, Bo led a variety of marketing, sales, and business development initiatives for Accretive Health (a pioneer in the revenue cycle outsourcing business); built, led, and sold Orchestria (a leader in financial services compliance); successfully turned around and sold Pivotal (a leader in mid-market CRM); launched Roundarch/Isobar (a leading global digital agency); launched, built, and ran Deloitte Consulting’s market leading CRM business; and consulted to numerous entities including Kaiser Permanente, United Airlines, Gartner Group, Illinois Department of Public Aid, and Lexis/Nexis. Bo received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan with concentrations in economics and psychology, and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.

Chris Mursau

Vice President, Topgrading, Inc.

Chris serves as Vice President of Topgrading, Inc., and has been practicing, consulting on, and teaching companies and individual managers how to pack their teams with A Players since 2001. He has conducted over 2,500 in-depth Topgrading assessments for internal and external candidates, helped hundreds of people achieve their A potential, and trained thousands of people in all things Topgrading. His client list is broad and diverse, including some Fortune 500 companies, small to medium-sized businesses, and non-profit organizations. Chris completed an undergraduate degree in psychology at The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and earned an MBA at The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He currently lives in the suburbs of Chicago and is married with two daughters.

Chris Freiburger, Ph.D.

Human Capital Management

Since 1985 Chris has consulted with organizations ranging from small, family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies across a wide range of industries. He specializes in executive selection and development/coaching, talent valuation and management, leadership development, team building, and aligning talent management systems and company cultures with business strategy and targets. He has conducted more than 2,000 Topgrading assessments and coached hundreds of executives across numerous industries.  Chris completed his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan and received his doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Kathryn Wainwright

The Talent Consultancy

Kathryn delivers leadership assessment, individual and corporate culture assessments, executive hiring strategies, team development, leadership coaching, training and facilitation. She serves as coach and advisor to HR Directors on talent and resourcing strategy creation, implementation and integration with business unit leaders as well as personal coaching for succession.  Kathryn has worked as a consultant since 2006 following 18 years experience in Human Resources at Barclays plc, Accenture, Cable & Wireless as well as in start-ups and recruitment consultancy. Kathryn is qualified and accredited numerous psychometric tools (principally for team development), Corporate Transformation Tools (CTT) for individuals, team and corporate levels, and an Associate of the International Coaching Federation.  Kathryn is a graduate in Business Studies from Oxford Brookes University.

Kevin R. Hummel, Ph.D.

Lighthouse Consulting Group

Since 1985 Kevin has helped companies Topgrade by assessing and developing talent. He has worked with CEOs of companies in all industries including healthcare, life sciences, technology, publishing, communications, hospitality, and consumer goods.  Kevin holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from University of Georgia. Prior to founding Lighthouse Consulting Group, Kevin held senior roles in two international consulting firms. Kevin is a frequent speaker and workshop leader.

Sarah Roberts

Sarah Roberts Consulting, Ltd

Sarah has been helping organizations hire and develop talent since 1993. She has worked in a large corporation and as an external consultant and has held several leadership positions. She has experience of working across all industries and some of the clients she has worked with have included Barclays, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hilton Hotels, Vodafone and Credit Suisse.  Sarah graduated from the University of East London with a BSc in Psychology. She followed this with an MSc in Occupational Psychology at the University of Wales.

Susan Miller-Jones

Arthur Jones Ltd.

Susan has years of Human Capital experience gained at premier organizations including Barclays Bank, UBS, Lehman Brothers and Brunswick Group Limited.  She founded her company in 2011, specifically to support clients seeking to make those changes that ensure better business results are driven through their people.  Engagements include assessing executive candidates for hire or promotion, executive coaching, and Human Resources projects to elevate the impact of HR in driving the strategic goals of the enterprise.  Prior to joining Topgrading, Susan implemented Topgrading in numerous organizations.

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