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The UpTeam Difference

Our

  History

The UpTeam Consultants officially opened for business on January 1, 2022, and is formed by a group of consultants bringing a combined 50 years of staffing experience in a wide variety of industries. We are eager to put that experience to work for you!

Our

  Vision

At The UpTeam, we are on a mission to provide an efficient, effective, and enjoyable staffing experience for employers and job seekers. We strive to understand the needs of employers and job seekers and to bring together the perfect match of experience, skill, and cultural fit.

Our

 Commitment

Our clients receive top candidate resumes for their review following our recruiting and screening process. We take over these time-consuming tasks and allow you to get back to your business needs. Let us become a trusted and valued part of your human resource team!

Meet Our Consultants

Jaque Hopson

Specialization(s)

People Connections, Development

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Jaque Hopson

Co-Founder

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Jaque brings his creative and entrepreneurial spirit, passion for service, and a gift for motivating others to reach their full potential to The UpTeam. His strong work ethic was developed very early in life. At age 10, Jaque was employed on a dairy farm for 12-15 hours per day, 7 days a week. He is a first-generation college graduate who completed his studies in Economics as head of his class at Jackson State University while concurrently serving as a cadet in the Army ROTC Program.

Jaque served as a Healthcare Officer in the US Army Medical Service Command, leaving active duty in April of 2017. He experienced a broader understanding of the global community after serving for 4 years in Seoul, South Korea. His leadership skills have continued to develop over the years through his diverse experiences and exposure to coaches, leaders, peers, subordinates, mentors, family, friends, strangers, pastors and, most importantly, his parents.

Jaque started his first business, Hopson Economy Solution, LLC, in Texas in May of 2010, with the dream to connect people to opportunities and provide a better life for his family. He is an active member of his community, serving on several non-profit boards, and has earned the Paul Harris Fellow Plus Three designation from The Rotary. Jaque loves to learn and is in the process of earning his MBA from Texas A&M University Central Texas.

Shay Hopson

Specialization(s)

Administrative Office, HR, Sales

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Shay Hopson

Co-Founder & Senior Hiring Consultant

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Along with being a business woman on a mission, Shay is a wife, mother, sister, grandma, and a Co-Founder of The UpTeam! Originally from Lubbock and then raised in the Central Texas area, Shay and her family reside in the small town of Taylor right outside of Austin. She attended Austin Community College, Kaplan University, and Central Texas College.

With more than 20 years of Human Resources and Staffing experience, Shay says that one of her most rewarding accomplishments is to successfully place a candidate into a position, giving them a life tool. That position can mean different things to different people wherever they are in their life’s journey. It can be a career in which the employee prospers. It can be a means to feed their family. Or it can serve as a way to support their child’s education.

“My ‘why’ is that I believe in simply sharing what I have learned during the last 20 years with others so they can have the same opportunities to build their careers and life,” says Shay. “This way we can continue to bless thousands of people into ‘positions’ globally.”

Meredith Perry

Specialization(s)

Game Industry, Bicycle Industry, Cyber Security

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Meredith Perry

Senior Hiring Consultant

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As Senior Hiring Consultant for The UpTeam Consultants, Meredith has been with the company since its inception and serves as a part of the leadership team. She has been and continues to be involved in the strategy and growth of the company. Meredith is largely responsible for the training and development of our internal recruiters as well as managing the recruitment for a variety of industries, including bicycle industry, cyber security, game industry, and more. Meredith is a native Austinite, a singer-songwriter, and mother to two wonderful kiddos!

Paula Baczewski

Specialization(s)

Legal, Nonprofit, DE&I initiatives

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Paula Baczewski

Operations and Hiring Consultant

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With experience in nonprofit management, recruiting, client relations, development, process improvement, and marketing and communications, Paula joined the team to help develop processes, training, and initiatives to support The UpTeam in their growth. While she loves working with a collaborative team to produce solutions, staffing holds a special place in her heart, and she enjoys working with clients and candidates to make that perfect match. Paula has lived in Austin for more than 30 years, is the proud mom of three adult children, and loves college football (mostly if her team is winning).

Nic Bagherpour

Specialization(s)

Action Sports, Beverage Industry

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Nic Bagherpour

Hiring Consultant

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Nic brings a broad spectrum of experience to The UpTeam, including over 20 years in sales and customer service. He has over a dozen years of experience in the bicycle industry and has worked in multiple positions on both sides (retail and wholesale). Most recently, Nic served as the Vice President of Sales/Customer Experience at Bunch Bikes–a manufacturer of electric family cargo trikes that was featured on “Shark Tank.” If you’d like to hear a funny and interesting story, ask Nic about his “appearance” on the show.

In his spare time, Nic is an avid barbecue aficionado (he occasionally teaches barbecue classes professionally), home coffee roaster, and (very) amateur musician. He co-founded a music and arts nonprofit and serves as its president. He and his wife, Brenda, live in Denton with their three dogs, Annie, Digby, and Hank.

Maeve Davidson

Specialization(s)

Accounting, Land Development, Retail

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Maeve Davidson

Hiring Consultant

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Maeve is a former educator and has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a Master’s in Education. She is passionate about helping people and building relationships, which makes her a fantastic recruiter! Since she has started with The UpTeam, Maeve has excelled at making placements and building client partnerships, and most notably recruited a CFO for one of our clients. Maeve has three pets and likes to bake!

Lara MacGonigle

Specialization(s)

Accounting, IT

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Lara MacGonigle

Hiring Consultant

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As a Hiring Consultant with The UpTeam Consultants, Lara is responsible for managing client development and interaction, recruiting, and mentoring others. She works hard to make strong connections with people looking for roles that suit their skills and make the most positive impact on their lives. Lara has worked at two Top 25 Fortune companies and for a nonprofit where she helped people with long term disabilities to gain professional experience. She takes pride in her accomplishments, mastering several recruiting industries, most recently Hardware Engineering. Outside of work, Lara loves nature, gardening, reading while relaxing by a pool, and absolutely loves the beach which she tries to visit monthly if possible. At home you can find Lara cooking, organizing and walking her dog.

Priscilla Ritchie

Specialization(s)

Healthcare, Hospitality, Legal

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Priscilla Ritchie

Hiring Consultant

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Priscilla is dedicated to helping people better their lives with good opportunities. A former owner of a staffing company for 18 years, Priscilla brings over 25 years of experience in recruiting and talent acquisition. She has also been a nurse for 35 years, allowing her to bring that knowledge to The UpTeam in healthcare staffing. Priscilla has excellent communication skills, a dedication to client relationships, and a strong work ethic. Her hobbies include cooking/eating to heal your body and researching studies for wellness.

Cynthia Sears

Specialization(s)

Healthcare

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Cynthia Sears

Hiring Consultant

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Cynthia joined The UpTeam Consultants with over 20 years of healthcare knowledge, and has experience in providing administrative support in employee recruitment and retention, marketing, staff development, HR, hospice, home health, front desk, surgery scheduling, business office management, CPAP and BIPAP, and insurance verification. She recently took a deep dive into public health, specializing in vaccine management.

Cynthia grew up here in Central Texas and remembers the times when Austin was “weird.” She enjoys lake days, but especially loves to head to the coast for the tantalizing fragrance of the ocean air. She is married and has two fur babies. She and her spouse love to get out to the Austin-area parks and lakes to walk and do some people-watching.

Zach Welborn

Specialization(s)

Cycling

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Zach Welborn

Hiring Consultant

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Zach is a long time bicycle industry veteran with a solid track record as a mechanic and customer service professional. Having worked on both sides of the counter, including time with the largest E Bike manufacturer in America, Zach is excited to apply his industry knowledge to your business to help find the best people with the most experience.

Adrian LaGuette

Specialization(s)

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Adrian LaGuette

Recruiting Coordinator and Content Consultant

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A Radio-Television-Film grad from The University of Texas at Austin, Adrian brings his expertise in content creation to amplify The UpTeam’s outreach. He joined the company after spending a decade building his tenure in sales at a Fortune 5 company, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him on board. As a proud advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, Adrian leads weekend events designed to bolster diversity, belonging, and the potential impact members make on their lives!

Nastascia Robinson

Specialization(s)

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Nastascia Robinson

Back Office Consultant

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Nastascia has been with The UpTeam since April of 2022. She has an extensive background in healthcare and corporate administration, and thrives on supporting and collaborating with her team. Nastascia was born, raised, and attended college in Texas and, in her free time, she enjoys traveling and listening to music.

Savanna Johnson

Specialization(s)

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Savanna Johnson

Sourcing Consultant

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Jayvin Murphy

Specialization(s)

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Jayvin Murphy

Sourcing Consultant

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Joe Ritchie

Specialization(s)

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Joe Ritchie

Sourcing Consultant

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We bring over 50 years of combined staffing experience, giving us important insight into the needs of employers and the challenges of today’s job market.

The foundation of every great team is a direction that energizes and engages its team members. Jaque and Shay Hopson have proven to be motivators that have turned the idea of The UpTeam Consultants into a business with strong ideals and proven success. Combining Shay’s years of experience in staffing and recruiting with Jaque’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for service, they have assembled a team of top notch professionals who are motivated to do their best work for clients and candidates alike. Jaque and Shay are proud to have developed a Veteran-owned, Minority-owned business that supports communities across the United States.

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