John Kaplan Joins Shift Group as Strategic Advisor

John Kaplan Joins Shift Group as Strategic Advisor

John Kaplan Joins Shift Group as Strategic Advisor

Shift Group is proud to welcome John Kaplan to our team as a Strategic Advisor and Consultant. His background includes over 20 years of executive experience in sales leadership and execution, specializing in performance management and sales training & development. Prior to co-founding Force Management, John served as Senior VP of International Operations at PTC and spent 9 years at Xerox in sales management and development.

“I met John when I was a VP of Sales at Turbonomic and we invested in Force Management.  I had always been a MEDDICC focused seller, but sitting through those sessions, ran by John, injected new life into my sales and leadership career.  He’s been a mentor and a friend ever since, and I couldn’t think of a better person to name as  our first official strategic advisor.  Accountability, Coachability, and Authenticity – our core values – directly align with John as a leader and a person” – JR Butler, CEO & Founder | Shift Group

I have known JR since his days in technology sales and have always respected his leadership and performance. When he started Shift Group, I knew it would be an instant success. I believe in the mission of focusing on athletes and military veterans and have seen Shift Group create incredible results for both candidates and companies.” John Kaplan, President & Co-Founder | Force Management

Enhancing Candidate Experience and Customer Value 

John’s proven track record of driving results through the development of elite sellers and teams will play a pivotal role in taking our program to new heights. With his strategic approach and expertise in coaching, Shift Group’s already rich curriculum and partnership with Ascender and Force Management will be further optimized to produce elite candidates who make immediate impacts on the teams and organizations they join.

John’s commitment to excellence and proven ability to build winning teams align perfectly with our mission to deliver unparalleled value to our clients. We look forward to leveraging his experience to further develop the talented candidates our hiring partners have grown to expect from Shift Group.

“I am incredibly excited to work with the team at Shift Group and bring my years of experience in sales development and training to the table.” said Kaplan “I look forward to collaborating with individuals who are passionate about achieving excellence. Together, we will elevate our coaching and development strategies to drive growth and success for both the candidate and hiring partner.” – Said Kaplan

Be sure to check out last week’s announcement of RJ Irving as SVP of Product & Technology and stay tuned for more updates as Shift Group continues to push the boundaries on becoming the de facto platform for transitioning athletes & military veterans!

About Shift Group:

Shift Group bridges the gap between military veterans, former athletes, and the business world through coaching and career upskilling.  Our mission is to help these individuals unlock their unique skills and experiences and match them with top-tier companies in need of resilient, coachable, and team-oriented professionals. 

The Shift Connect platform, accelerates learning and streamlines the hiring process by connecting employers with pre-vetted candidates who are ready to excel. Customers reduce hiring time, lower costs, increase growth rates and improve retention. Shift Group is committed to helping businesses build high-performing teams and supporting veterans and athletes in their career development.

Discover how Shift Group can transform your hiring process and unlock the potential of exceptional talent by booking a demo through the contact us page today!

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Shift Group Welcomes RJ Irving as New SVP of Product & Technology

Shift Group Welcomes RJ Irving as SVP of Product & Technology

RJ Irving Joins as SVP of Product & Technology

In an exciting move to strengthen our leadership team, we are thrilled to announce the addition of RJ Irving as SVP of Product & Technology at Shift Group. With over 14 years of experience in product development & management at Mass Mutual and Melius, RJ brings a wealth of experience that will allow us to drive Shift Group’s mission to become the de facto platform for all transitioning athletes and military veterans.

“I’ve sold Software my whole career but have never been in the room during the build process. It’s too important for the mission and purpose of our company to not have an expert at the helm leading the platform strategy. RJ exemplifies our core values of accountability, coachability, and authenticity and brings the expertise needed to build a disruptive SaaS company.” JR Butler, CEO & Founder | Shift Group

“JR and his team have begun addressing one of the biggest, yet seldom discussed issues in sports and service: the transition through identity loss. What initially drew me to JR was his remarkable ability to illuminate and articulate this problem and assist individuals at every stage of the journey. From self-discovery to skill set and industry exploration, and finally, to effectively communicating how past successes can lead to future wins.” RJ Irving, SVP of Product & Technology | Shift Group

Taking Our Product to the Next Level

With the addition of RJ to the Shift Group team and the recent addition of Dana Sharry as Chief Operating Officer we are poised to further enhance our platform capabilities and deliver more value to our athletes, veterans, and hiring partners.

“When JR brought on a highly skilled operator like Dana, joining Shift Group became an obvious choice. The desire to win is palpable when speaking with any Shift Group team member.” Said Irving “I am beyond excited to join this team.” 

RJ will spearhead the growth and improvement of our platform Shift Connect, with a deep understanding of the strategic approach necessary to enhance our platform features, capabilities, and performance. Combined with Dana’s operational efficiency, we will be equipped to bring a superior product to market that meets the demands of our candidates and companies.

Leadership & Strategic Growth

At Shift Group, we believe that strong leadership is the cornerstone of our success. The addition of RJ to our executive team represents our commitment to our candidates and hiring partners to become the service every athlete or servicemember relies on to successfully transition into their next career.

Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to innovate and push the boundaries of career transition. For more information about our latest developments and product launches, visit our website or follow us on social @shiftgroup_hq on all platforms! 

About Shift Group:

Shift Group bridges the gap between military veterans, former athletes, and the business world through coaching and career upskilling.  Our mission is to help these individuals unlock their unique skills and experiences and match them with top-tier companies in need of resilient, coachable, and team-oriented professionals. 

 The Shift Connect platform, accelerates learning and streamlines the hiring process by connecting employers with pre-vetted candidates who are ready to excel. Customers reduce hiring time, lower costs, increase growth rates and improve retention. Shift Group is committed to helping businesses build high-performing teams and supporting veterans and athletes in their career transitions.

Discover how Shift Group can transform your hiring process and unlock the potential of exceptional talent by booking a demo through the contact us page today!

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