The Maven Group
320 N Salem St
Suite 204
Apex, NC 27502



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The Maven Team


We strive to serve as your competent and reliable partner in business.


Our friendly and attentive staff is looking forward to serving you.



Frank DeGeorge, President     (view LinkedIn)


Frank is responsible for the day to day oversight and strategic direction of The Maven Group and is a founding partner. Prior to founding The Maven Group, Frank formerly served as the Regional Director of Sales for TMP Worldwide/Hudson Global Resources, parent company of  While at TMP/Hudson, Mr. DeGeorge focused on providing contract IT resources at all levels and grew out the most profitable region within Hudson’s national IT organization.  He also was responsible for bringing in the company’s largest single source contract in history for all staffing needs to include IT, legal, manufacturing, administrative, and sales professionals for a multi-billion dollar global corporation. Mr. DeGeorge also held management positions in other industries after finishing his tour of duty in the United States Army as an Artillery Officer.  Mr. DeGeorge graduated from the United States Military Academy. 



Jeff Walton, COO/FSO  (view LinkedIn)


Jeff is responsible for overseeing sales and operations execution at The Maven Group and is a founding partner. Jeff also serves as Facility Security Officer (FSO) for The Maven Group where he represents the company in any government security clearance issues. Prior to founding The Maven Group, Jeff formally served as a Regional Manager, IT Permanent Services for TMP Worldwide/Hudson Global Resources, parent company of  While at TMP/Hudson, Mr. Walton focused on providing permanent placement of IT professionals on a national level.  Prior to TMP/Hudson, Mr. Walton provided permanent placement professionals at Hall-Kinion, an IT specialty recruiting firm, based in San Francisco, CA.  Mr. Walton also held multiple Managerial positions during a 15 year career in the Jewelry Industry.  During that time he was individually responsible for regional sales and operations of over 200 employees and 20+ Million dollars a year in revenue.




Nanci Cronk,

Account Executive / Executive Recruiter  (view LinkedIn)


Nanci has 15 years of Technical Recruiting and Account Management/Sales experience with a specialty in recruiting for engineering (mechanical and electrical, test/quality and other), software development and general IT. She started her recruiting career with global staffing leader Hall Kinion and prior to this she sold Technical Products and Services in the computer software industry for 10+ years.  Nanci is a ‘military brat’ and has lived all over the world including Germany, Okinawa and various locations across The States. Nanci holds a BSBA and MBA from University of Tulsa and she currently manages The Maven Group’s Dallas office.


Matt Feinstein, National Sales Manager     (view LinkedIn)

Matt is responsible for developing strategic relationships in the commercial and federal sectors within The Maven Group. Matt works in various areas of IT and Engineering and deals with both candidates and hiring managers across the nation. Prior to joining The Maven Group, Matt spent time with Sageworks Inc where he was an account lead in the southeast US in various accounting markets. Before Sageworks, Matt worked with the University of Tennessee while finishing his Masters. While at Tennessee, Matt worked within the $70 million athletic department from a video and data standpoint.  Previous to finishing his Masters, Matt worked with the Milwaukee Brewers AAA team in Nashville as an account lead on a sales team that more than doubled any previous revenue records. Matt holds a MS, BA and minor from The University of Tennessee and currently manages The Maven Group's Nashville, TN office.



George Teague Jr., Senior Partner                (view LinkedIn)


George is responsible for developing strategic relationships in the commercial and federal sectors within The Maven Group. George works in various areas of IT and Engineering and deals with both candidates and hiring managers across the nation. George honorably served in the US Navy for 5 years as an Aviation Electronic Technician. While on active duty he graduated, with honors, from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Since transitioning back into the private sector, George has been in sales for 9 years for a variety of organizations and recently achieved his MBA from Campbell University. Before The Maven Group, George worked in the IT professional services industry where he was responsible for developing and growing client base by marketing services for contract and contract-to-hire solutions in North Carolina. Before that he worked for RecruitMilitary as an Account Executive.  RecruitMilitary is the only full-service military-to-civilian recruiting firm in the United States. They use online and offline products to connect employers, franchisors, and educational institutions with men and women who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life.  George currently lives in Chapel Hill, NC.




Mike Lewis, Senior Partner  (view LinkedIn)        


Mike is a veteran in sales with 10 years’ experience in strategic account management and five years’ experience recruiting in technical and multi-disciplinary engineering fields. His prior recruiting experience comes from Management Recruiters International, Adecco Engineering and Technical, and NSTAR Global Services where he held the positions of Engineering Recruiter and National Accounts Manager. At The Maven Group, Mike works directly with hiring managers and candidates to simplify and streamline the hiring and job transition processes. Mike is a native of NC, and currently works out of the Apex, NC office. 



Clay Shoup, Account Executive                  (view LinkedIn) 


Clay graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a degree in Criminology.  While in school, he also enjoyed the philanthropic activities associated with his fraternity, Delta Tau Delta where he held several leadership roles.  Before joining The Maven Group, Clay worked at The Yellowbook doing new account research and later, he supported business accounts at the Curry-Rockefeller Group.  A life-long love for anything motorcycle related reflects his passion for facing problems head on with the speed and efficiency of a finely tuned machine.  When he's not cruising the country, Clay enjoys all things seafood; catching it, cooking it and of course eating it.  Clay currently lives in Chapel Hill, NC and works out of the Apex, NC office. 






Thomas Rickenbaker, Technical Recruiter             (view LinkedIn)               


Thomas is a North Carolina native and graduate of Appalachian State University. After college, Thomas served three years as an AmeriCorps VISTA and VISTA Leader in West Virginia working at a university and then for a small rural non-profit. Thomas moved to Raleigh in 2013 and was exposed to the staffing industry through working for Tradesmen International, recruiting skilled workers. Thomas lives in Raleigh and works out of the Apex, NC office.




Meghan Ensley, Technical Recruiter               (view LinkedIn)


Meghan started her career in recruiting as a corporate recruiter with Mohawk Industries for 9 years where she built the recruiting function from 1 person to a 5 person department handling all the recruiting for Mohawk’s manufacturing and corporate divisions. Meghan then transitioned into Engineering/IT recruiting. She started her career in direct hire recruiting with API Recruiting, LLC out of Chattanooga, TN.  Meghan has a BA from Berry College in Rome, GA.  She is a native of North GA. Meghan enjoys being with her family and riding horses. Meghan works out of our Georgia office.



James Starnes,  Account Executive               (view LinkedIn)


James Starnes is an East Carolina University Alumni, at school James spent most of his time with his Fraternity Chi Phi and was a pitcher on the East Carolina Baseball Team. James started out his recruitment career at Tradesmen International where he developed his knack for sales. After Tradesmen International ,James began working at Barrington James as a full desk recruiter in Healthcare and Lifesciences Staffing . James currently lives in Raleigh, NC and works out of the Apex, NC office.  



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