5th Largest Temporary Staffing Firm
6th Largest Information Technology Consulting Firm
7th Largest Woman-Owned Business
Early in his career, Greg Nichols was a sought-after developer making his tour as a consultant at the major companies in St. Louis. After working for several staffing firms, Greg had a running list of ideas on how the contracting experience could be improved, but at an event with his consulting firm, Greg’s frustration came to a peak. While talking to some fellow contractors, Greg asked one developer where he was working. To Greg’s surprise, the man bragged that he wasn’t on assignment and wasn’t eager to find a new contract, because he was still getting paid while on “bench.” Greg realized that consultants who were actively on assignment had to fund those who were not through the margin his employer was taking. This unfair system sparked a revolutionary idea for a new way to staff.
The Inception of Technology Partners
Fueled by a passion for creating a fair and transparent way to do consulting for both the client and the contractor, Lisa and Greg Nichols founded Technology Partners on May 13th, 1994. They built their company on a transparent business model with a flat, fixed margin to benefit both their clients and consultants: better talent for the client and better rates for the consultant. Twenty years later, they still maintain this transparent model and have irrevocably changed the staffing industry for the better.
CEO and Co-founder
Lisa Nichols is the CEO and co-founder of Technology Partners, a Women-Business Enterprise and national provider of premier IT staffing and solutions. Lisa and her husband, Greg Nichols, founded Technology Partners in 1994 driven by their passion to revolutionize the staffing industry with their transparent business model. Using her background in accounting and marketing, Lisa heads up the business side of the company, and her leadership has been recognized by numerous awards including regional finalist for EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® award for both 2013 and 2014, 2013 YWCA Leader of Distinction, and the 2013 Enterprising Women Award. Lisa was also featured in Forbes’ “Most Powerful Women” issue in 2013, for Missouri, and 2014, for Texas.
Not only committed to her clients’ success, Lisa is also focused on the success of the community and devotes her time to many philanthropic organizations, including: Executive Committee for Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis, Vice President Board of Trustees for Stages St. Louis, President of the Board for BreakDown St. Louis, Executive Leadership Team Go Red for Women, and member of the United Way deTocqueville Society.
President, COO, and Co-founder
Greg Nichols is the President, COO, and co-founder of Technology Partners, an award-winning national provider of premier IT staffing and solutions. Founded in 1994, Technology Partners is built upon a revolutionary low-margin business model, developed by Greg and Lisa during Greg’s time as a contractor. Having worked for several staffing firms, Greg took his understanding of the consultant experience and created a model focused on career control and high salaries for the consultant while providing better value for the client. This vision upon which Technology Partners was founded was recently recognized with Inavero’s 2014 Best of Staffing Award®, presented by CareerBuilder for client and consultant satisfaction.
With a dual degree in accounting and information systems from Murray State University, Greg fell in love with software programming in his first job at McDonnell Douglas. As a technology enthusiast, Greg loves studying how automation can simplify our lives and tries to implement those practices in his own company. He also received a graduate certificate in Artificial Intelligence from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
Director of Marketing, Executive Team
Betsy Mack is the Director of Marketing, Executive Team, at Technology Partners, Inc., a national WBE-certified IT staffing and solutions provider. With a background in community development and campaign management, Betsy is driving marketing efforts for the company’s national expansion. Before joining Technology Partners, Betsy was a Major Gifts Manager at United Way of Greater St. Louis, where she managed the Women’s Leadership Society and the Young Leadership Society. There, she worked directly with more than 5,000 individuals to raise more than $13 million of the $72.5 million raised in the 2013 annual campaign.
Betsy is passionate about community service and is very involved in numerous philanthropic organizations, including serving on the steering committee for Forest Park Forever’s Young Friends, the events committee for Susan G. Komen St. Louis, the gala committee for STAGES St. Louis, and cabinet member for the United Way Women’s Leadership Society. Betsy holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Illinois State University.
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