Team Members

HR, Finance & Operations Team Members
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John Pope – Vice President

John has more than 20 years of product management, marketing, strategy, and consulting experience in the banking, technology, and staffing industries at companies such as Fleet National Bank, Microsoft, Expedia, and Artech as well as three start-ups. John manages strategy, operations, sales, recruiting, M & A, marketing, and general office management for Vega which he helped sell to Artech Information Systems in 2014. Before joining Vega in 2008, John was the VP of Marketing at TripHub Inc., a travel start up, where he led business and product strategy, marketing execution, and business development. Prior to that, John led the business and product planning efforts for MSN’s content strategy helping capture $1BN in annual display advertising revenue. In prior roles, John held lead product management and marketing positions for My MSN, .Net Services, and Microsoft Passport. John was an early member of the Expedia business team where he co-developed and grew the vacation, cruise, and adventure travel businesses. John received his B.A in Psychology, from Bowdoin College. He lives in Kirkland, WA with his wife and two children. When he isn’t working, John enjoys spending time with his family, boating, doing photography, and skiing.

Amit Kumar – IT Systems Administrator

Amit Kumar joined Vega in 2016 as a System Administrator. He has a bachelor degree in Graphic Design and has more than three years of experience in the IT industry from odd jobs at his alma mater and for a company in Pittsburgh, PA. Kumar enjoys keeping up to date with new technology and in his spare time loves competitive play in the Battlefield video game franchise.

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Crystal Klise – Office Coordinator & Talent Management Specialist

Crystal joined Vega in 2015 as the Office Coordinator, directly supporting the former Controller and HR & Operations Lead with payroll, account management, onboarding, IT and benefits. In 2016, she gained an additional title as Talent Management Specialist (TMS), supporting the Recruiting and Account Management teams for all non-Microsoft consultants. As the TMS, she is the Human Resources Representative that assists the consultants with on-boarding, payroll, benefits and job remarketing. As Office Coordinator, Crystal continues to serve purpose as the office’s main point of contact and liaison for all departments. Her role also includes employee care, marketing/media support and event planning.

Crystal graduated from the University of Washington with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, with her focus on Law and Economics. She has over 15 years of customer service and administrative experience. Crystal lives east of Bellevue with her husband and young daughter. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new activities and places with her family, local bands, reading and hiking.

Mathew Hyldahl – Talent Management Specialist

Mathew joined Vega in 2016 as a Talent Management Specialist. He serves as the primary point of contact for Vega’s Microsoft Consultants and assists in areas of on-boarding, payroll, human resources, and customer service. Local to the Seattle area, Mathew graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and has had the opportunity to work for companies of great innovation and leadership such as AT&T and Amazon. In his last role, Mathew was a Recruiting Coordinator for the Senior Technical Talent Team at Amazon and assisted in hiring executive level engineers. With a background in sales and staffing, he brings with him a customer-centric mindset and a passion for helping people achieve their goals.

Outside of work, Mathew enjoys playing soccer, boating on Lake Washington, and traveling.

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Vicki Hedin – Business Operations Manager

Vicki joined Vega Consulting in 2015 as the Business Operations Manager to oversee operational compliance, manage critical business operations data, documents and information, and manage a variety of internal business, sales, and marketing initiatives: system and data integrations and migrations, process improvements, operational efficiencies, ad hoc analysis, client contracts. Vicki has over 9 years of experience in the IT consulting industry, both on the internal business side as well as on the consultant side with companies such as Allyis, Microsoft and Nayamode. Her prior roles have included release & readiness project management, contract compliance & AR, and Employee Experience coordination/event planning. Vicki has her Project Management certification through the University of Washington as well as her PMP (Project Management Professional) Certification through the Project Management Institute.

In her free time, Vicki enjoys international travel, baking, hiking, skiing and any other activities that keep her active or outdoors.

Account Management & Sales Team Members

John Cooke – Director – Regional Sales

John Cooke is an industry expert drawing on more than 20+ years of experience in Solution Sales and Contingent Resource Management. John started his sales career at the Xerox Corporation, where he held several progressively responsible sales roles over an eight-year span. In 2000 he entered the IT Consultancy business and has since continued developing in managing roles, earning awards in both Sales and Management. Just before joining Vega in 2016, John spent his seven-year tenure as Corporate Vice President with Wicresoft. With full P&L responsibility for the Integrated Services division, he helped Wicresoft Corporation establish their North American presence in three cities and develop their North America’s Sales and Operations Strategy to over three-hundred employees.

John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Minor in Economics from the University of Puget Sound. In his free time, he is an avid skier, outdoor enthusiast and loves spending time pursuing those activities with his wife, daughter and son.

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Chris Haven – Business Development Manager

Chris has 20 years of consulting experience with clients across software, biotechnology, networking, communications, e-commerce, and oil and gas industries. He is always eager to tackle new challenges and build teams, improve tools and processes, and develop more business insights. Chris’ projects and roles form a broad spectrum, ranging from digital marketing to data warehousing, and from Wall Street investment analysis to supply chain optimization.

For the past seven years, Chris has worked as a digital marketer and program manager within various Microsoft organizations. Currently, as a global campaign manager, he manages a portfolio of both commercial and consumer product priorities.

Chris graduated with a double major from Rice University and earned an MBA with honors from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Redmond with his wife and beautiful baby daughter.

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Jeremy Schroder – Engagement Manager

Jeremy joined Vega Consulting in the role of Engagement Manager in 2015. His primary responsibilities are overseeing Managed Service engagements, nurturing and expanding existing business relationships, and supporting our consultants. He has supported Microsoft for the past 13 years, initially as a consultant, and then in Account Management since 2008. Jeremy has supported a diverse group of customers within Microsoft, and enjoys learning about his customer’s business and establishing longstanding relationships.

Jeremy graduated with Honors from Central Washington University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with focuses in Computer Science and Management Information Systems. When Jeremy is not busy working he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, participating in competitive BBQ, golfing and boating in Chelan, and cheering on our Seattle Seahawks!

Lou Hazim – Business Development Manager

Lou joined Vega in September 2016 with over 20 years in IT & Management Consulting in the Greater Seattle Area. As former owner of BenchForce IT Consulting in Bellevue, he’s passionate about building honest relationships and delivering quality consulting services. Lou joined Vega to leverage his experience to help build our business here in the Pacific Northwest.

Lou Attended Manhattan College in New York City, where he was born and raised. He enjoys spending his free time coaching his three kids in sports, going to classic rock/DMB concerts with his wife, smoking meats, fishing and/or boating. In addition, Lou is an avid basketball player and a baseball player for the “Sugar Kings” in the PSSBL.

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Mary Meucci – Business Development Manager

Mary Meucci brings twenty-five years of knowledge in the high technology industry. She is a marketing and education specialists who has a passion to make an impact and driving change. The projects she has worked on ranges from educational programs strategy and implementation, to marketing, communications, and branding campaigns. For the past ten years, she has worked as the Program Manager for the Microsoft Innovative Schools Program. Other projects included Microsoft Corporation, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Collaborative Impact, Culminis, Chinook Group, Redmond Technology Group, ICRNetwork Worldwide, MedLink Europe, Performant and others.

Prior to Vega Consulting –

As a partner and vice president of marketing and sales for RainCity Technology Group in Seattle, a systems integration company specializing in content management, she was responsible for the marketing and growth of the business, consulting with clients on build strategic business plans and marketing campaigns.

As an employee at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, WA her responsibilities covered a range of projects:

  • Senior Marketing Manager – Responsible for defining the strategy and managing the content and development of a major vanguard web site within Microsoft.com. Responsibilities included: managing all cost, deliverables, and editorial content; created processes and procedures for developing and managing the site’s content; managed a team of people who developed several tools (applications) that ran on the web site.
  • Marketing Manager – Responsible for developing the strategy, goals and objectives for a new branding campaign for a division at Microsoft to include all the worldwide offices. Developed the marketing campaigns, direct mail campaign, seminars, and marketing tools.
  • Business Development Manager, Microsoft University – Responsible for selling training courses provided by Microsoft to Fortune 500 Corporation.

Formal Education – Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing, Gonzaga University, 1984

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Melissa Fikse – Business Development Manager

Melissa joined the Vega team in 2015 with a focus in Tech. Her career has been centered around software, hardware, R&D and IT. Melissa enjoys building relationships and delivering results. Outside of work, Melissa spends a lot of time with her parents, two younger brothers and teaches hot yoga a couple times a week. She is often outside doing some activity or traveling with girlfriends.

Recruiting Team Members
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Sarah Jiles – Recruiter

Sarah started in recruiting in 2013 and has focused on accounts mainly including Amazon and Microsoft. She joined Vega in 2015. Through her career, Sarah has been working on accounting, finance and PM opportunities. She has a degree from Central Washington University. Sarah enjoys building relationships and helping people find jobs they are passionate about. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys crafting, golfing, traveling and spending time with family/friends.

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Stephanie Jocom – Recruiter

Stephanie moved to Seattle after completing her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Portland State University. She has a background in counseling, customer service and HR. In Stephanie’s last role as a HR Generalist, she took on many tasks, including payroll, benefits administration, on-boarding and recruiting. Her interest in helping and working with others led her to pursue a career focused primarily in recruiting. She will always go the extra mile to know and learn everything about the task at hand to ensure that her consultants get the most out of their careers.

Outside of the office, Stephanie enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest. You can find her snowboarding in the winter and hiking the mountains in the summer.