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, Jeff focused on providing permanent placement of IT professionals on a national level.  Prior to TMP/Hudson, he provided permanent placement professionals at Hall-Kinion, an IT specialty recruiting firm, based in San Francisco, CA.  Before staffing, Jeff 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,  Senior Account Executive / Senior 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.





Nick Walton, Senior Technical Recruiter/Staffing Sales Executive                          (view LinkedIn)                  


Nick is a North Carolina native and graduate of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.  After college, Nick began his career in the hospitality industry before moving to Charlotte, NC.  While in Charlotte, Nick was exposed to the staffing industry and began working as a recruiter.  Nick moved to Raleigh, NC in late of 2019 and started with The Maven Group as a Technical Recruiter.  In January of 2022, Nick transitioned into a Staffing Sales/Recruiting Consultant role and currently works out of the Apex, NC office.





Sam Schilis, Senior Staffing Consultant                                                     (view LinkedIn)                  


Sam is originally from Argentina and grew up in NYC. He studied History and Political Science at Hunter College at The City University of New York. Sam has managed and owned multiple successful businesses over the years. Most recently, Sam has more than a decade of managerial experience with Trader Joe’s, spending most of that time in the fast-paced NYC market, focusing heavily on hiring and recruiting and managing nearly 200 employees with yearly revenue exceeding 83 million dollars. In 2019 Sam and his family relocated to North Carolina where he was subsequently exposed to the staffing industry. Sam and his family live in Chapel Hill, and he works out of the Apex office.






Namrata (Nami) Kulkarni, Technical Recruiter                                                     (view LinkedIn)                  


Namrata originally hails from India but moved to Boston, MA 5years ago where she worked at Wholefoods. She relocated to Apex during the pandemic and now happily calls North Carolina her home. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree from India. During this time she worked in the staffing industry recruiting candidates and helping find the perfect fit for her clients.  Nami joined The Maven Group in 2022 as a Technical Recruiter and works out of the Apex, NC office . 






Cross Barker, Technical Recruiter                                                                               (view LinkedIn)                  


Cross is from North Carolina and pursued his studies at Campbell University. His academic focus centered on Business Administration and Social Entrepreneurship. In 2022, he ventured into the dynamic realm of sales, excelling in roles that involved selling roofs across NC while also demonstrating adeptness in managerial positions. Presently, having transitioned away from direct sales, Cross now lives in Raleigh with his wife and working out of the Apex office as a Technical Recruiter with the Maven Group. 






Nicki Traylor, Technical Recruiter                                                                           (view LinkedIn)                  


Nicki has been in North Carolina since 2001, but still considers herself from Iowa (go Hawkeyes!). She has done recruiting and career development for over 15 years. She was previously with Adecco and placed candidates with companies like Cisco, Corning and AWNC. Recently, she has been a Career Advisor and helped people in the healthcare industry get hired in a variety of positions. Nicki has an MBA and a Masters in Human Resources, and considers herself a lifetime learner. Nicki joined the Maven Group in 2024 as a Technical Recruiter and works out of the Apex, NC office. 





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