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Introducing The Select International Leadership Team

Helping your company realize its maximum return on investment in employee hiring and retention is a task for only the most accomplished HR consulting team.

With more than two decades of experience in research-driven hiring assessments, employment screening tools and interview techniques training, Select International is the perfect fit for your business.

Browse through the bios of our leadership team to learn more about our extensive experience in human resources consulting.


Kevin Klinvex, Executive Vice President & Co-Founder +

KLINVEX_K_-_0358SMKevin Klinvex, founding partner, is a thought leader in organization-wide hiring and retention programs. His work focuses on combining powerful testing and assessment tools with the best in web-based delivery and data tracking. Kevin co-authored the best-selling book Hiring Great People and has been interviewed by leading publications, including Human Resource Executive, Business Week, Industry Week, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Self Magazine, Kiplinger’s, Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.

More than one million candidates have participated in staffing programs designed by Kevin. He has worked with companies around the globe in a variety of industries, including retail, telecommunications, manufacturing, chemical, customer service and process control. Kevin is currently doing extensive work with healthcare organizations, helping them to utilize organization-wide tools to reduce turnover and accidents rates. His work extends to both physicians and senior leadership with groundbreaking approaches for assessing “fit” during the recruiting process. His latest book, Hiring and Retention in Healthcare, is due out in 2015.

Organizations that Kevin has worked with include AT&T, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Citibank, Coca-Cola, Deere & Company, Dick’s Sporting Goods, General Electric, Merck, Mercy Behavioral Health, Nissan, Office Depot, Siemens, Sony Electronics, Subaru-Isuzu, Toyota and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Kevin received his M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron and his B.A. in Psychology from Southeastern University. He is a frequent presenter at national conferences and is a member of the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychologists (SIOP), the American Compensation Association (ACA) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).


Matthew S. O'Connell, Ph.D., Executive Vice President & Co-Founder +

OCONNELL_-_3011SMDr. Matthew O’Connell, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, is a leader in the field of psychometric testing and selection system design. For more than 20 years, he has been a driving force when it comes to designing, evaluating and integrating assessment tools into systems that meet the specific needs of Global 2000 organizations. He is the co-author of the best-selling business book, Hiring Great People.

Matthew has designed selection and assessment systems for more than 400 organizations worldwide and has worked with clients from a wide range of industries, including AT&T, British Telecom, Goodyear, Merck, GM, GE, John Deere, Medtronic, PPG, Sony, Toyota, the United Nations, Verizon Wireless and hundreds more.

Matthew is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University and is actively involved in applied research. He is a frequent presenter at professional conferences and is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles or book chapters on employee selection and assessment, leadership and work teams in such periodicals as Human Performance, Group and Organization Management, International Journal of Organizational Analysis and The Journal of Business and Psychology. Matthew is a national Best Paper award winner for the Academy of Management. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychologists (SIOP).

Matthew is fluent in Japanese and Spanish and has lived, worked and studied extensively in both Japan and Mexico. Prior to co-founding Select International, he was a Senior Consultant at Development Dimensions International (DDI). He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron and his B.A. in Psychology from Earlham College.


Christopher Klinvex, Executive Vice President & Co-Founder +

KLINVEX_C_-_0376SMChris Klinvex, founding partner, is responsible for Select International’s Safety Division and International Operations. As a global human resources safety consulting firm specializing in helping clients attract, hire and develop safe employees through online assessment systems and development programs, Select International provides the strategy for successfully taking these innovative solutions around the world. Chris has spent 25 years providing human resources/safety consulting solutions for multinational corporations globally, overseeing large-scale international projects with clients such as American Axle & Mfg., BHP Billiton, British Telecom, Coke, Corning, Daimler, ExxonMobil, Fluor, Jacobs Engineering, Navistar, Orica Mining, Texaco, Weyerhaeuser and many more.

Chris’ experience includes the recent development of Select International’s new SafetyMirror and SafetyMirror for Leaders safety programs. This is the safety industry’s first suite of safety tools that takes safety beyond the traditional compliance training approach. Rather, this innovative methodology first assesses the individual’s Safety DNA or innate psychological safety traits. The result is to predict the likelihood that, even with all of the training and support, the employee will behave safely vs. being involved in a safety incident. The results have been impressive to say the least. Using Select International’s background in psychological testing, with over 50 million individuals assessed, Chris and his team were able to develop and empirically validate a new breed of safety solutions that take safety through to the final frontier, that being each employee’s unique Safety DNA. This data now provides organizations with key data that is used in hiring decisions, as well as employee development and job placement decisions.

In addition to safety, Chris’ work in triangulating test data based on the three P’s (employee Potential-Performance-Perception) has significantly improved Select International's clients' ability to accurately identify talent gaps and develop their people where needed. Many of his ideas are the basis for the best-selling business book he co-authored, Hiring Great People.

Chris often speaks at business conferences in both the U.S. and overseas on issues regarding organizational and employee safety, employee attraction, selection, development and retention. Chris is fluent in Spanish and spent part of his graduate and undergraduate studies in Europe. Prior to his work with Select International, he worked at Development Dimensions International (DDI). Christopher received his M.A. in International Business Management from Point Park University and his B.A. in Education from Southern Adventist University.


Douglas E. Wolf, Chief Executive Officer +

1WOLFDouglas Wolf is Chief Executive Officer at Select International. For more than two decades, Select International has been dedicated to developing employee selection and hiring assessment solutions that help companies identify, select and retain top talent throughout and across all levels of their organizations. Doug works extensively with organizations that have large-scale, national and global staffing needs. His expertise includes competency-based job analysis, selection system design, validation, applicant sourcing, automated testing, virtual job auditions, structured interview techniques, applicant tracking, reducing risk in the selection process, OFCCP and EEOC compliance reporting and turnover analyses.

Doug is adept at creating, managing and implementing comprehensive project management strategies, designed with two objectives in mind: meeting project milestones and exceeding client expectations. Doug has worked on some of the largest start-ups in North America, and has designed, implemented and managed staffing systems for hundreds of clients. He has worked with organizations in a wide variety of industries, including chemical, pharmaceutical, high-tech, metals, process manufacturing packaging, distribution, utility, automotive, retail, call center, service and sales. Doug has significant experience in meeting facilitation and working on projects that have multiple stakeholders. Doug has designed, implemented and managed staffing systems for over 50 start-up projects.

Organizations that Doug has worked with include Toyota, Merck, Sears, Sony, PPG, FedEx, Goodyear, Nissan, Penske, British Telecom, Boston Generation, GENCO, Deere & Company, Highmark, AK Steel, Fluor, American Axle & Manufacturing, Navistar, GlobalFoundries, Detroit Diesel, Dick’s Sporting Goods, UPMC, Verizon, and the United Nations.

Doug received his graduate degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron and his B.A. in Psychology from Wittenberg University.


John Roppo, Chief Financial Officer +

1ROPPOJohn is the Chief Financial Officer at Select International, based in Pittsburgh, PA. In his role, he is responsible for finance and accounting, tax, banking, and providing decision support across the entire organization.

Prior to joining Select International, John held Chief Financial Officer positions with Tangent Rail, Tegrant Corporation, and Roadside Telematics. He began his career with Ford Motor Company as a financial analyst, ultimately serving as the senior financial executive for the Lincoln Mercury business group and Jaguar Cars North America. His background includes international assignments with Ford in Argentina and Brazil.

John received his MBA in Finance and Economics from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, where he also earned a B.S. degree in Administration & Management Science and Economics. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, and is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP). He is passionate about educating young people in financial literacy, volunteering with Junior Achievement, the CFA Society of Pittsburgh’s Financial Literacy committee, and consulting at Quaker Valley High School.


Brian Shivler, Chief Operating Officer +

Brian ShivlerBrian Shivler is the Chief Operating Officer at Select International, based in Pittsburgh, PA. In his current position, Brian supports the sales & marketing teams and helps to lead and grow Select’s channel partner network. His chief responsibility is to ensure that each of those respective areas has viable plans and the resources to support the Select International business development engine.

Prior to joining Select, Brian launched the Resolution Hope Project – a non-profit organization created to bring relief and safety to children in the United States who suffer under sexual exploitation. Brian was also the Director of Ministries at Orchard Hill Church, where he led a $4 million building expansion campaign and provided oversight for all business operations including finance, staff and ministry leadership development, pastoral care and communications.

Brian also formed Sales Management Systems – a marketing consulting company that launched the Human Motion Institute (HMI) Corporation, where he served as Managing Partner & President of HMI, which grew to be a recognized international leader in Healthcare Service Line Development. In 2005, Zimmer International acquired HMI and Mr. Shivler accepted the position of Sr. Vice President of Zimmer’s newly formed Healthcare Economics consulting division. He began his career in the consumer products industry, working with both Proctor & Gamble and Bausch and Lomb’s sales and sales management divisions.

Brian graduated with a B.A. degree in Telecommunications and a minor in Business Management from The Pennsylvania State University. Brian has chaired hundreds of key business strategy implementations with leadership teams nationally and has lead several startup corporate divisions and international consumer product launches. He is a nominated member of the National Registry of Who’s Who Among American Business Entrepreneurs and holds Telly Awards as Executive Producer in two national television advertising campaigns.


David P. Juristy, Vice President of Sales +

1juristyDavid Juristy joined the Select International team in October of 2002. Prior to his position as Vice President of Sales, David managed client relationships throughout North America for Select International with some of today’s top companies such as Goodyear, Merck, MetLife, Verizon Wireless and FedEx.

Prior to coming to Select International, David held the position of General Manager at Search Engine in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Under David’s direction, Search Engine grew to become one of the largest technology staff augmentation and RPO providers in the region, serving clients such as WorldCom, Hilti, Williams Energy and TV Guide Satellite Group.

David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Operations Management from Northeastern State University and is a decorated veteran serving in the United States Air Force during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.


Tracey Tafero, Ph.D., Director of Consulting Services +

1TAFEROTracey Tafero is the Director of Consulting Services and is based in South Carolina. Tracey oversees the consulting department at Select International, which is comprised of a team of consulting professionals with backgrounds in the field of Industrial/Organizational psychology. The consulting department is engaged with clients on employee selection and development projects spanning all industries and all levels within organizations. Tracey has extensive experience in designing, validating and implementing selection processes specific to clients’ needs. She has a proven record of successful selection and development project implementations from entry-level through professional and executive level processes, across a number of different industries. Her work includes selection and development system design, recruitment process outsourcing, applicant recruitment and screening, applicant tracking, behavioral interviewing, automated testing, high volume entry-level hiring, person-job fit assessment and assessment content development. She has worked with clients across a range of industries, such as Toyota, Georgia-Pacific, PPG Industries, the Federal Aviation Administration, Hyundai, Fujitsu, Nestle, Fluor, Yamaha, General Electric, Southwire and Procter & Gamble, just to name a few. 

Prior to joining Select International, Tracey worked for PNC Financial Services and Spherion Assessment Group. She offered her expertise to the Human Resource Research Organization, where she worked on a project for the O*NET, a comprehensive database of worker attributes and job characteristics. 

Tracey completed her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Clemson University, where she received her M.S. in the same field. She received her B.S. in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. Tracey is also a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Association. Tracey remains active in her research, focusing primarily on personality testing and leadership. In addition, Tracey is an adjunct faculty member at Clemson University.


Ted Kinney, Ph.D., Director of Research & Development +

Tedshot-resized-600Ted Kinney, Ph.D., is Director of Research and Development for Select International. An Industrial/Organizational psychologist, Dr. Kinney leads a team of selection experts and developers in the creation and ongoing research into the most efficient and effective selection methodologies and assessment tools. He is a trusted advisor to companies across industries including Toyota, the United Nations, Verizon Wireless and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has particular expertise in behavioral interview techniques, turnover reduction, effective selection strategy and executive assessment.

Dr. Kinney completed his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University. Ted is also an adjunct faculty member in the Psychology Department at St. Vincent College.

He is a member of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP), American Psychological Association, and Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington D.C. He has published research articles in the Journal of Applied Psychology and the Irish Journal of Management. He has presented at numerous academic conferences around the world.


Kristin Paxton, Director of Marketing +

PaxtonKristin Paxton is the Director of Marketing for Select International and is based at the company’s headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA. She has extensive experience in the areas of marketing communications, marketing automation, lead generation, search engine marketing, and marketing operations management. Kristin’s strengths include creating brand consistency and awareness, the development and execution of effective lead generation campaigns, event promotion and comprehensive online strategies. As the Director of Marketing, she manages all facets of marketing operations at Select International and monitors ROI for marketing campaigns and programs to drive continuous improvement

Kristin graduated Summa Cum Laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with degrees in  Journalism and Marketing Communications.


Chris Policicchio, Director of Technology & Development +

PolicicchioChris Policicchio is the Director of Technology & Development and is based in our Pittsburgh, PA headquarters. By making strategic suggestions to keep our software and hardware current with best practices and standards, as well as staying informed of emerging technologies and trends, Chris focuses on leading the process teams that implement the technology behind Select International’s employee selection and development systems. This includes working with Select Consulting, Research & Development, Sales and Marketing, as well as our integration and strategic partners.

Prior to joining Select, Chris worked for Vocollect, Trustwave, and Bentley Systems in a variety of expanding, leadership roles. Chris has extensive experience working with customers and internal teams deploying hosted and on-premise enterprise software solutions.

Chris received his M.S. in Information Technology specializing in Information Technology Management from Carnegie Mellon University. He graduated from Saint Vincent College with a B.A. in Mathematics and The Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.


Catherine Purdy, Director of Support Services +

1purdyCatherine Purdy was introduced to Select International in 2003 while working as a Systems Engineer for a local consulting firm that was engaged to help the company upgrade its IT infrastructure and provide a more robust environment for its client-facing solutions.  After a successful upgrade, Catherine turned her attention to Select International’s internal IT resources, and as the relationship grew, she became interested not only in the HR consulting services that Select International offered to its clients, but also the environment and culture that existing for its employees.

In 2005, Catherine joined Select International as Systems Manager and is responsible for the daily operation of Select International’s IT infrastructure, which supports corporate, development and client-facing resources. Catherine’s role has expanded from being solely IT focused to include application support and project implementation services for the company’s software offerings, as well as providing a liaison between the consulting and technology departments.

Currently, Catherine’s role is Director of Support Services. In her current role, Catherine oversees the day-to-day operations of the Help Desk and SelecTrak® Support Services queue. She also contributes to the creation of plans and policies pertaining to data integrity, security, and technology asset usage. Additionally, Catherine facilitates the relationship between Support Services and Development to resolve issues and explore solutions that are beyond the scope of the Support Services staff.

Catherine graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management and an M.E.P.C. in Environmental Pollution Control.


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