Our Team2018-10-31T11:08:18+00:00

Our Team

Going strong for more than 12 years

Becker Wright Consultants is headquartered in Austin, although we have team members located in multiple cities that serve our clients nationwide. Read more about each of our recruiters and their industry specialties below.

Jennifer Wright
Jennifer WrightFounder
Jennifer Wright is the founder of Becker Wright Consultants. Jennifer’s background in business began immediately upon graduation from Texas A&M University. Jennifer joined her first executive recruiting firm while completing her master’s degree in business from St. Thomas University. Several years later, Jennifer developed a successful business plan that would launch Becker Wright Consultants shortly after her move to Austin, Texas. Becker Wright Consultants has enjoyed a string of success in bringing qualified associates to some of the top companies in the US and has had a hand in hiring more than 500 associates nationwide and assisting more than 100 corporations, many of which are Fortune 500 companies. Jennifer resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and three children.
Tommy Wright
Tommy WrightChief Operating Officer
Tommy is from San Antonio originally and graduated Texas A&M in College Station with a degree in Sports Management. Immediately upon graduating he started a career with Automatic Data Processing (ADP) in Houston before moving to Austin. With ADP Tommy spent time in sales and sales management and eventually moved into National Sales Operations supporting a business unit of over 2,000 sales associates before ending his tenure as a Divisional Vice President. The experience from outside sales and sales leadership to sales operations for a Fortune 500 company helped provide a vast array of experience that he brought with him to Becker Wright Consultants at the beginning of 2016. Aside from work Tommy is an avid hunter and enjoys spending time following his kids sporting endeavors alongside his wife, Jennifer.
Billy Wright
Billy WrightVP of Business Development
Billy Wright has over 12 years of experience in the recruiting industry starting out as a recruiter before moving into a Sales Manager role. Billy was tasked with growing a division of the Austin, TX office where he led Business Development efforts, as well as the hiring and development of the internal staff of recruiters. Prior to joining our team, Billy spent the majority of his career with a nationwide recruiting firm, where he received numerous honors and awards, including Ambassador’s Club and President’s Club recognition. Billy was counted on as a Subject Matter Expert in his role with the company and was responsible for not only running a division of the local branch in Austin, but was responsible for mentoring and training sales reps and recruiters across various regions of the country. He joined Becker Wright Consultants in 2014 as our Managing Director. Billy is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin. He continues to live in Austin with his wife and two children.
Diane Ausley
Diane AusleyVP of HR and Operations
Diane joined BWC in 2014 and is a versatile professional with an IT industry background. The majority of her career prior to joining Becker Wright was with IBM where she worked as a Programmer Analyst, IT Auditor, and Project Manager. She holds Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and certified Project Management Professional (PMP) designations and is a Baylor University alum. In her prominent role with our company, Diane oversees our HR processes, operations, tools, and technologies. She currently lives in Austin, Texas, and has two children. When she isn’t working, Diane is spending time with her daughter and cheering on her son’s collegiate baseball career.
Jamie Mineart
Jamie MineartMarketing Manager
Jamie joined the team at Becker Wright Consultants in July of 2016 after earning an M.S. in Sport Management at Texas A&M University. She is responsible for maintaining our website and social media presence, assisting in business development efforts, organizing activities for our team, and being an overall point of contact for the company. During her time at Texas A&M, Jamie worked as Graduate Assistant for Intramural Sports, where she hired, trained, and managed 200 student officials and supervisors across various sports. Prior to moving to Texas, Jamie lived in Florida for ten years and attended the University of Central Florida for her undergraduate degree in marketing. In her free time, Jamie is always seeking out live music, spending time in the sun with family and friends, reading, and staying active with Austin’s many parks and trails. Born and raised in northern Virginia, Jamie is also a (sometimes reluctant) fan of all D.C. sports teams.
Jennifer Tarver
Jennifer TarverDirector of Recruiting/Talent Management
Jennifer started with Becker Wright Consultants in 2016 and brings 20 years of recruiting experience with her in areas such as talent acquisition, brand management, full-cycle recruiting, client development, salary negotiations, talent mapping, recruitment strategies, interviewing, relationship building, training, diversity recruitment, social media recruitment. With such a deep background Jennifer is a valued partner to both her clients and her candidates, making the perfect blend of a recruiter. Jennifer has focused in areas such as: engineering, IT, global supply chain, EHS, construction, HR, land acquisition and many more. She has a passion for recruiting, which is why she has stayed in the industry since graduating from Sam Houston State. She enjoys working with people and thrives on the challenge of finding the perfect candidate for her clients, no matter the difficulty. When Jennifer is not recruiting, she enjoys such things as cooking, DIY decorating, refinishing furniture and is a master at organizing and even does so for others.
Bill Cooke
Bill CookeRecruiting Manager
Bill Cooke comes to Becker Wright Consultants with more than 10 years of combined experience in sales, recruiting, and customer service. Bill grew up in El Paso, Texas, and graduated from Texas Tech University. While at Texas Tech, Bill was actively involved in the Student Government Association and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. After graduation, Bill moved to Austin and began a career in hotels prior to joining a large recruiting firm. He began his recruiting career specializing in difficult – to – fill positions for life sciences and medical device companies. In less than one year, he was promoted to Account Manager and became responsible for developing business within the architecture, engineering, and construction segments. This position also provided Bill with the opportunity to manage and mentor a team of recruiters. Bill’s passions outside of work include playing music, sports, spending quality time with friends, and enjoying all that Austin has to offer.
Meghan Blankenship
Meghan BlankenshipExecutive Recruiter
Meghan Blankenship has partnered with Becker Wright Consultants as an executive recruiter focusing on multi-industry staffing including Retail Development and Construction. Prior to this, Meghan spent eight years at Dell Computer Corporation in Sales and Sales Management in the Healthcare Division. She was responsible for staffing and managing both account executives and sales managers. Having worked on the clients’, side she brings a unique perspective to her recruiting, which allows her to deliver timely, qualified candidates consistently. She graduated with a BS in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin, and resides in Lakeway, Texas, with her husband and three children.
Danika Melia
Danika MeliaExecutive Recruiter
Danika Melia has 15 years of staffing and recruiting experience. She graduated from Trinity University in the spring of 1996 with a BS in Marketing. She spent 8 years in corporate recruiting at Dell, Inc. During her tenure at Dell, Danika had the opportunity to work across many different business units; recruiting for a variety of roles in Marketing, Sales, and Engineering. She joined forces with Becker Wright Consultants as a contract recruiter in 2004 and has enjoyed specializing in Retail Development. Danika resides in Lakeway with her husband and 3 children.
Ed Harrington
Ed HarringtonExecutive Recruiter
Ed joins Becker Wright Consultants with an extensive background in Human Resources, including more than 15 years of management-level experience in large, mid-size and small organizations. He has supported Board-level and C-suite executives in firms specializing in Retail Development (Starbucks) and Engineering & Construction (Fluor, Saulsbury Industries). He also developed and managed his own HR consulting practice, focused on recruiting, compensation and HR services, previously in his career. Ed’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Business & Human Resources Management, both from the University of South Carolina, and he holds the SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications. Ed’s passions are college football, business, exploring and learning.
Amy Tucker
Amy TuckerExecutive Recruiter
Amy Tucker partnered with the Becker Wright Consultants team in 2011 with a specialty in the telecommunications industry. Prior to BWC, Amy managed a team of account managers and formerly served as a carrier account manager at Broadwing Communications. Amy also has a strong background in executive customer service where she represented the CEO’s office for both Sprint PCS and American Airlines, handling a variety of legal and regulatory issues. Amy earned her undergraduate degree at Baylor University and has a master’s of business administration from the University of Dallas. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two children.
Missy Peterson
Missy PetersonExecutive Recruiter
Missy Peterson has contracted with Becker Wright Consultants since 2006 where she specializes in the placement of business intelligence and information technology professionals. Prior to BWC, Missy worked in various areas of human resources for Holland America Line in Seattle, Wash., and Farm Credit Bank of Texas in Austin. Missy graduated with a BBA from Baylor University and resides in Lakeway, Texas, with her husband and two boys.
Jeanne Ferguson
Jeanne FergusonExecutive Recruiter
Jeanne Ferguson joined the Becker Wright Consultants team in 2012, bringing with her 10 years of experience in various roles of Human Resources with Dr Pepper/Seven Up. Jeanne has a strong background in customer service, employee benefits, recruiting and employment law. She is focused on providing targeted talent acquisition services across a broad range of functional disciplines in various industries including telecommunications, commercial and residential real estate, technology, sales, and management. Jeanne earned her BBA in accounting with a concentration in information systems at Baylor University. She lives in Dallas with her husband and two children.
Alyce Hood
Alyce HoodExecutive Recruiter
Alyce Hood joins the Becker Wright Consultants team as an executive recruiter specializing in different industries from accounting, finance, construction, real estate to sales. She also spent three years at Dell Computer Corporation as a corporate recruiter responsible for staffing sales, university relations program, and marketing, and she received the Bronze Award for Dell’s sales hiring process, the on-deck program. She graduated from the University of Alabama in December of 1996 with a BS degree in business as well as an MBA in finance from University of St. Thomas at Houston in 1998. Alyce lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two children.
Amy Purcell
Amy PurcellExecutive Recruiter
Amy Purcell started with Becker Wright in 2017 and brings 18 years of experience in Executive Search. She enjoys partnering with clients to understand their structure, culture, strengths & weaknesses to clarify areas of growth in order to develop a plan for success. Experience in the following areas: Commercial Real Estate and Construction, Accounting & Finance, Legal, Healthcare, Human Resources, Non-Profit, and Higher Education. Amy lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband and daughter.
Laura Meyer
Laura MeyerProfessional Recruiter
Laura Meyer is a Houston native who joined the team at Becker Wright Consultants in 2015, where she focuses in the accounting and finance industries. Laura graduated from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Management and was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, a business honors organization. Prior to joining our firm, she was a marketing and business development intern for several years with a large credit union in Houston. Laura spends her time outside of work enjoying all that Austin has to offer, from trying new restaurants to spending time outdoors with her dog, Chief. You can also find her hanging out with friends and family, traveling, and cooking new recipes.
Caitlin Reiss
Caitlin ReissProfessional Recruiter
Caitlin Reiss joined the Becker Wright Consultants team in 2015 and specializes in sales and operations roles in Technology, Manufacturing, and Oil & Gas. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. Human Resource Development and Business Administration. Caitlin spent one year of her studies in Oahu, Hawaii before returning to Texas A&M where she was a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and an intern with a major hospital system in the Bryan/College Station area. Caitlin spends her time outside of work with her husband and their two dogs and enjoys reading, shopping, trying out new recipes, and exploring Bryan/College Station.
Kristen McNiel
Kristen McNielSearch Consultant
Kristen is originally from Houston but has called College Station, Texas, home for more than 20 years. She joined Becker Wright Consultants in 2015 after spending 12 years in sales and marketing in the statistical software industry. During that time, she held roles in sales, marketing, and trade-show logistics. She was recognized for her ability to effectively navigate critical communication between her internal team and external clients. Much of her current work at BWC centers around the sales and technology industries. When Kristen isn’t busy helping people in their careers at Becker Wright Consultants, she is spending time with her husband and their two dogs. She enjoys spending time outside, shopping, and cooking. Kristen also loves to travel whenever she can with her family and friends.
John Martin
John MartinSearch Consultant
John is a Paterson, New Jersey native and U.S. Army veteran. Upon receiving an honorable discharge after 8 years of service, John chose Texas as his adopted home. He has been working in the recruiting and staffing industry since 2013 in multiple roles and most recently has been directly recruiting since 2016. John joined Becker Wright Consultants as a Search Consultant in 2017, focusing on manufacturing staffing roles. Outside of work, John has a wonderful family with 3 children and a wife of 15 years.
Ty Ritz
Ty RitzSearch Consultant
Ty was born and raised in sunny San Diego, California, and has a beautiful wife and three kids. He spent 12 years in the Army and has served in multiple theaters across the world. After his last assignment, Ty and his wife decided to settle in Texas and honorably separate from the military. Ty joined the Becker Wright Consultants team in April 2018 as a Search Consultant focusing on contract staffing roles in manufacturing and a variety of industries. In his free time, Ty enjoys spending time with his family and home-brewing beer.
James Seay
James SeaySearch Consultant
James joined Becker Wright Consultants as a search consultant in August of 2018, focusing on staffing in the manufacturing and semiconductor industries. He was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where he lived before moving to Austin. James graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Management from Tarleton State University. After graduation, he worked in the Oil and Gas industry for nearly 7 years working with Subsea Tree Refurbishment Projects. In his free time, James enjoys cooking and playing guitar.