About Our Team

Mike Stewart – Licensee

“I am a curious fellow. I was running a public company back in 1990 when we implemented Predictive Index® (PI®). I was instantly mesmerized by the PI® surveys ability to predict performance even though I regularly second guessed its accuracy in the early days. By 1993 I was a PI® guy – supporting PI® certified managers across the globe. I have observed thousands of PI® Trained Managers begin the transition to true leaders in their organizations by adjusting their performance behaviors. Tuning ones performance behaviors requires understanding those behaviors and having a clear perspective on the Fits and Gaps with one’s ambition. It is truly one of the great pleasures in my life to have watched personal careers accelerate as managers begin to have fun leading others by applying their PI® knowledge.”

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  • A graduate of the University of South Florida with a BA in Business and an Honorably Discharged Service Disabled Veteran from the United States Air Force, Mike began his career in the telephone and desktop software industries, quickly moving into leadership roles and navigating companies through acquisitions, mergers and product launches.
  • In 1992, Mike became the first investor and co-founder of the largest franchisor of TGIFriday’s restaurants, eventually owning 39 restaurants in the western United States. It was during this time that Mike first saw the impact the use of PI® can have in creating a successful human infrastructure.
  • After successfully serving as a Sales Associate for PI Worldwide® for 6 years, Mike purchased the PI® License for Arizona in 2000. As demand grew, the Predictive Group expanded their product line, adding cognitive assessments and leadership training modules, as well as acquiring licenses in Southern California and New Mexico.
  • In addition to personally serving many of Predictive Group’s clients, Mike has been appointed to serve on the PI Worldwide® Advisory Board for the 5th term.

Email : stuii@predictivegroup.com

Jeb Stewart – Chief Operating Officer

Jeb has held the position of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Predictive Group since 2007. A graduate of the University of San Diego with a BA in Finance and Management, Jeb began his career in the financial services industry. Working in Business to Business sales roles led Jeb to working in Commercial Real Estate as an agent for a large land development investor. Building upon his experiences in deal structure, capital formation and sales, Jeb moved to into the role of Chief Operating Officer of War Horse Leasing, a family owned heavy equipment leasing company. After joining Predictive Group, Jeb led the growth of the company by investing in new assessment and training products and expanding sales territory to California and New Mexico.

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Personal Work History Brief:

  • Jeb took the lead shortly after joining Predictive Group in the acquisition of several new products for the Predictive Group; the Professional Learning Indicator, Multi-Source Development Survey and the Leadership Transition Program.
  • Since taking the operational control of the Predictive Group, Jeb has expanded the group’s core footprint by acquisition of licensed territories in Southern California and New Mexico for the Predictive Index® Management System.
  • A significant portion of Jeb’s focus is the growth and development of the Predictive Group, which includes the addition of new Associates to the team.
  • In addition to his operational duties for the group, Jeb services a number of Predictive Group clients personally.

Email : Jstewart@predictivegroup.com

Michael K. Maynard – Senior Associate

“Mikey” joined The Predictive Group in 2002, following a 30-year career in sales and management in the computer industry. Thirty-six corporations with locations in 19 countries are PI® Clients of Mikey’s. Mikey deployed and utilized the Predictive Index™ System as a leader to devise, grow and manage teams, understand colleagues and create effective company cultures. His passion is helping company leaders use predictive analytics to lift employee performance in the areas of leadership, sales, production and safety. Industries as diverse as mining, healthcare, higher education, technology, manufacturing, banking, solar energy, heavy construction, law firms, advertising agencies and call centers all rely on Mikey and The Predictive Group for improved insight into employee performance.

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Personal Work History Brief:

  • Mikey co-founded VenServ Capital Corp, an equipment leasing firm which pioneered internet lease rate-negotiation for businesses seeking to acquire IT capital equipment. Mikey created an award-winning sales training curriculum, which he delivered to the sales teams within equipment vendor companies, helping increase their closing rates and revenues. VenServ was acquired by Warburg-Pincus in 2002.
  • At Insight Enterprises (NASDAQ: NSIT), Mike served in a variety of management roles, including Director of Government & Education Sales, where he created the infrastructure for large-scale supply contracts with major agencies and institutions.
  • Prior to that, he helped originate the national direct sales force for CompUSA, creating new sales and delivery channels to open up major account opportunities for a traditional retailer.
  • Mikey holds a Masters Degree in educational testing & measurement and research design from The Ohio State University. His research on consumer behavior has been published by the Ohio Academy of Sciences and several trade journals.

Email : mmaynard@predictivegroup.com

Dave O’Brien – Senior Associate

David is a Senior Associate at Predictive Group after joining the firm in 2004. David is a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago with a BS in Economics. After graduating David began his sales career in financial services and insurance – moving from top producer to team leader in short order. Those early sales experiences led David to the training world where he became a partner in a small company that was later acquired by Aon Consulting/Resource Group. While at Aon/Resource David learned consulting, project management, sales management and instructional design. David led Aon/Resource projects with large auto manufacturers, financial services clients and early internet retailers. While at Aon/Resource David became a committed PI® user and experienced the ability of PI® to impact business results. After big company life as Aon/Resource’s Vice President of Consulting, David started his own training/consulting firm from 2000-2004 serving clients in Arizona and Nevada – his firm was a consistent reference for PI. In 2004 David made the transition to spending all of his time with Predictive Group.

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Personal Work History Brief:

  • David quickly began adding large clients after joining Predictive Group – from Nissan North America to AutoNation to Massage Envy to Medicis Pharmaceuticals. David works with clients across the US, Canada, South Korea, China, Thailand, Singapore, Australia and Japan.
  • Since joining Predictive Group David has consistently been in the top ten out of 400 PI® Consultants worldwide and the number one PI® Consultant in North America in 2009 and 2010. In addition David has consistently been the top producing PI® Consultant in its Customer Focused Selling programs worldwide.
  • David’s primary focus is working with client companies to implement the predictive analytics from Predictive Group’s suite of assessments and then implementing data driven training solutions.
  • In addition to serving some of Predictive Group’s largest clients globally David is the father of three sons and married for 23+ years to his wife Kathi. David spends his spare time helping support Notre Dame Preparatory, St. Vincent DePaul and Andre House in Phoenix.

Email : dave@predictivegroup.com

Mardee Briscoe – Senior Associate

Mardee has been with the Predictive Group since 1999. Prior to becoming an Associate of the Predictive Index Management System (PI®), Mardee used the PI® for four years in a business setting, as the Executive Vice President of a publicly traded mineral exploration firm with offices in Canada, United States and Mexico. Largely responsible for corporate growth and ultimately responsible for maximizing and optimizing human capital, the PI® System enabled her to effectively model the jobs to be done within the organization, and then match the demands to the natural talents of the employees. Armed with the insight of each individual’s natural talents, she was able to utilize those human resources to maximize their effectiveness and productivity for the achievement of the company’s goals, while enhancing the job satisfaction of each individual. A graduate of Lasell College in Auburndale, MA, prior to her extensive experience with the Predictive Index®, she was an Interior Design consultant to several home builders in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona.

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Personal Work History Brief:

  • Mardee’s first PI® client was a retail furniture store, which has parlayed into corporately and privately owned outlets for this major retailer all over the United States and Canada.
  • Today her diverse list of clients includes two 5-Star destination spas, a utility company, a handful of retail businesses with in excess of 500 outlets around the United States, accounting and insurance firms, software companies, international logistic companies, and both medical clinic and medical educational clients, as well as internationally known sports teams.

Email : mbriscoe@predictivegroup.com

Lori Wieters, MBA, Ph.D. – Senior Associate

Dr. Lori Wieters is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist who specializes in human behavior in the workplace, organizational development and effectiveness, and all phases of employee training and development. She holds a Ph.D. in Organization and Management with a specialization in Human Resources. Lori’s research included an inbound call center validity study where she leveraged the Predictive Index system to show that there were a specific set of behaviors that left the organization 93% of the time. She assisted the call center with realigning all phases of the employee life cycle to fit to the behavioral profile that was required to enable employee retention. Lori’s study helped the organization reduce their attrition in this position from 44% to less than 14% in the first year of the change.

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Personal Work History Brief:

  • As Manager of Leadership Development for a healthcare organization, Lori was introduced to the Predictive Index® and implemented its use throughout the organization as the foundation of leadership development.
  • In June 2010, Lori joined the Predictive Group as a Senior Associate and consultant on complex projects for her clients.
  • Lori has more than 15 years of experience deploying change management and culture change initiatives, focusing on the human side of the change, for both small and large organizations which resulted in sustained productivity, a reduction in avoidable attrition, and an increase in leadership effectiveness during the change.
  • Lori also serves as a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
  • Lori teaches human resources, leadership and management as adjunct faculty at several colleges and universities in the Phoenix area.

Email : lwieters@predictivegroup.com

Senior Associate, The Predictive GroupCurt Feldtkeller

Curt has had a long career in technology and executive management. A resident of Arizona since 1977, Curt attended Arizona State University for degrees in Public Relations and Advertising. Curt began his career in technology sales and educational technology quickly rising to the level of Vice President, and since then has held many executive level positions from VP of Sales to President for large companies. Curt has been a long time practitioner of Predictive Index® and has successfully used PI® to accelerate performance and generate revenue. Curt brings over 30 years of business experience to the Predictive Group and their clients.

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Personal Work History Brief:

  • Curt began his career working for Data General in technology sales throughout South Carolina and Florida.
  • Returning to Arizona in 1986, Curt moved to working in the Public Sector promoting educational technology with Unisys and Josten’s Learning.
  • Curt has held many executive level positions for large companies as Insight, Electronic Data Systems, Bain Capital and Siemens Software.

Email : cfeldkeller@predictivegroup.com

Tom Esensten

Tom is located in Southern California in the city of Ojai. He is been an organizational consultant for over 35 years, having served over 300 clients nationwide. He provides his clients a broad range of services, including leadership development, team building, strategic planning, management audits, and facilitation of organizational change. Throughout his career he has personally trained over 15,000 managers and executives in leadership, strategic planning, productivity improvement strategies and organizational adaptation to a rapidly changing world. His broad client base includes law enforcement, fire services, aerospace, nonprofits, community development, law firms and national professional associations.   Tom is known for his humor, passion for work, focus on long-term consulting relationships, and his ability and willingness to address very difficult issues in his client organizations. Tom holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in public administration from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from UCLA.

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Personal Work History Brief:

  • Tom began his career at USC working on a grant from the US Department of Justice providing training in the areas of planning, crime analysis, program evaluation, program development and management skill building. At age 24 he was Director of his own federal grant providing technical assistance to a full range of criminal justice agencies.
  • Tom was with Hughes Aircraft corporate human resources, responsible for 200 days of training per year designed to enhance leadership skills of 12,000 engineering and business managers.
  • He served as director of organizational services for a consulting firm providing technology planning and implementation support services to the healthcare industry and the public sector. In this role he assisted in internal team development and provided direct services to the firm’s client base.
  • As a private consultant Tom has facilitated over 100 off-site team building retreats, lead over 30 strategic planning processes, conducted 25 organizational performance improvement audits, and personally provided training to over 15,000 managers and executives.
  • Tom is most proud of “Surviving Hell: Leadership Lessons for Tough Times”, a presentation sharing his father’s experience as a prisoner of war and the lessons that can be learned to help organizations survive and prosper in challenging times.

Email : tesensten@predictivegroup.com

Susan Stoll –Associate

Sue joined the Predictive Group following 30+years in leadership positions for large corporations. While the bulk of her time was spent in sales and business development, she also has deep experience in services management, strategic and market planning, call center operations and P&L management. Sue has demonstrated talent to lead small entrepreneurial initiatives as well as very large, cross-functional organizations. Her passion is building high performance teams and helping to grow the next generation of leaders; she feels that both the Predictive Index and the Leadership Transformation Program are excellent tools for doing so.

Sue has a BS in History from Bowling Green State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and a MBA from Regis University where she graduated With Honors. She has served on the Boards of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Technology Council.

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Personal Work History Brief:

  • As Sales Vice President for AT&T, Sue’s team grew revenue between 4-10% in an industry that was declining by double digits. Her focus on what is possible led the team to breakthrough results. This team became one of the top performing teams in AT&T for several years running, earning her the coveted Diamond Club honors.
  • As Services Vice President for Avaya, Sue led a team of 3500 employees, managing $1B in services revenue. Over the course of two years, this team improved expense: revenue ratio by 17 points, increased technician productivity by 34% and increased revenue per technician by 57% while retaining customer satisfaction levels in the high 90% very satisfied.
  • As Vice President of Strategy for Avaya, Sue led the development of the strategy for reinvigorating the SME worldwide market. She worked with a team to create a new approach to these customers, identified the worldwide market opportunity, defined product requirements and defined the go to market strategy. The result was improved market share, revenue and operating income in the SME space.
  • As Vice President of Program Sales for Revana (formerly Direct Alliance), Sue managed 14 separate sales programs, each with different clients, products, and goals. Under her leadership, overall revenue grew by over 60% and many client relationships were strengthened.

Email : sstoll@predictivegroup.com

Diane Stafford – Associate

Diane has had a long career in non profit executive management guiding companies in areas of planning, strategy and implementation. Making significant contributions to the non profit field in Arizona, Diane ensures that best practices and research are used to develop programs.  Diane also has experience using radio platforms to promote social issues with local and national experts.

Diane has always been fascinated with human behavior and obtained her Master’s in Counseling in her early career.  She focused on her counseling practice while leading the HR department quickly rising to the level of Vice President of Operations.

Her most recent work has been with corporate clients in the area of spanning operations, leadership development, HR, marketing and customer engagement.  Diane is passionate about coaching businesses to enhance performance.  She has a strong entrepreneurial drive and enjoys solving complex problems.

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Personal Work History Brief:

  • Diane holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Masters in Counseling.
  • Diane co-hosts a weekly radio show, “Outreach Today,” as a platform to spread awareness on social issues.
  • Diane is the Principal and executive member of two start up companies.

Email : dstafford@predictivegroup.com

Tom Riggs – Associate

Tom joined the Predictive Group in January of 2014.

“Having implemented these predictive tools in two different organizations as a client, I understood how profoundly they can impact performance and talent.  I felt so strongly about their power, that I decided to dedicate my efforts to helping other organizations transform their results, via these tools.”

Tom brings over 20 years of corporate leadership experience in large, complex organizations, across a variety of industries including aerospace, manufacturing, retail and for-profit education.  Tom has held a variety of high-level leadership roles including Chief Operating Officer, SVP of Marketing, SVP of Human Resources and is experienced leading sales and business-to-business teams.

Tom implemented the Predictive Index tools in two different organizations as a client, and has deep experience in strategically implementing workforce analytics and a talent focus to drive performance improvements and meaningful cultural change.

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Personal Work History Brief:

  • A graduate of Michigan State University, Tom earned is Masters in Human Resource Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management.
  • As a Senior VP of HR, Tom was tasked with revamping the Human Capital Management processes in a low performing team. Driving change in recruiting, talent management, executive coaching, performance evaluation, benefits and compensation resulted in reduced expense of $976K and lowered high performer turnover by 25%.
  • As a Senior VP of Operations and Marketing, Tom led major initiatives on continuous improvement, including upgrading executive leadership talent to improve morale and efficiency and increase revenues while reducing costs.

Email : triggs@predictivegroup.com

Faiyaz Farouk – Associate

Faiyaz Farouk is a seasoned Consultant and Business Development professional with a consistent track record for delivering high value changes to Fortune 1000 and multi-national clients. Faiyaz offers 15+ year track record of success in organizational development, strategy and change management with global industry leaders including Northtrop Grumman, Oracle, John Deer, AAA, Adidas, Boeing, Oakley and the US Federal Government.

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Personal Work History Brief:

  • Analytical project manager and consultant with experience in the telecommunications, manufacturing, technology and service sectors.
  • Seasoned in development, design and delivery of adult management learning and development
  • Licensed in the United States by the prestigious Drucker Institute
  • Holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management and Consumer Psychology, and Executive Master’s in Business and Management from Claremont Graduate University
  • Holds certificates in Leadership, Management and Strategy. Currently working to receive a certificate in Appreciative Inquiry from Case Western University.

Email : ffarouk@predictivegroup.com

Scott Young – Associate

Scott Young is a recognized industry expert in the use of incentives and behaviors modification to encourage healthy behaviors in employee populations. He has always been fascinated by the connection between the human personality and an individual’s health behavior specifically in relation to interpersonal relationships and stress. Scott has many years of experience teaching adults, facilitating teams and providing strategic planning services.

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Personal Work History Brief:

  • Scott is the owner and principal of Young & Associates, a health & wellness strategic consulting firm.
  • Over his 20-year career in health & wellness, Scott has filled a variety of corporate health and wellness leadership roles within a health plans, large organizations and start-i[ health management companies.
  • Prior to his career in corporate health and wellness, Scott served in the United States Navy as a Naval Flight Officer in P-3C Orion aircraft, finishing his career as an officer leadership instructor at Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island.
  • Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from University of New Haven.
  • Scott enjoys engaging in outdoor adventures, exercise of all kinds and the visual arts.

Email : syoung@predictivegroup.com

Jennifer Van Laar – Associate

Jennifer brings over 20 years of experience to Predictive Group as an Entrepreneur and a Marketing and Sales Executive.

As a business executive, Jennifer learned the importance of understanding the different behaviors that made up her workforce. By focusing on her team’s personalities and their individual driving factors, Jennifer was able to increase employee performance and longevity. Jennifer is experienced in utilizing workforce analytics in employee selection, executive team leadership development, and conflict resolution.

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Personal Work History Brief:

  • During the start-up of Heritage Makers, Jennifer participated in developing consultant incentive and compensation plans. These developments ensured company profitability while providing lucrative opportunity for the consultant force.
  • Jennifer worked at two different direct sales companies where she was consistently within the top 2 percent of consultants in sales and recruiting. Jennifer presented seminars on trade shows selling at several national conferences.
  • Jennifer provided Management Consulting for start-ups and mid-cycle entrepreneurial ventures in talent management, SaaS, and executive consulting areas.
  • Currently pursuing a Psychology Degree at Boston University

Email : jvanlaar@predictivegroup.com

John Inman – Associate

John Inman, Ed. M., MA., PHR, is the founder and principle of John Inman Dialogue, a Seattle based consultancy focused on designing containers for, convening, and hosting conversations for organizations and communities of all types. He does this work because of his passion for developing healthy and productive social systems where all individuals are treated with respect and are able to thrive and grow their potential.

As a long standing organization leader and developer of leaders in technology, financial, non-profit, government, education, scientific, and service firms, John provides his clients with the mindset shift necessary to lead in these challenging times.

John has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, a Master’s Degree in adult education and organization development, and a Master’s of Arts Degree in human organization systems. He is a doctoral candidate in education leadership and change.

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Personal Work History Brief:

  • John invested over 10 years in consultative sales in scientific distribution, critical care medicine, and biotechnology.
  • John founded his first consulting firm in Portland, Oregon in 1990 focused on quality improvement, sales and marketing development, and leadership development.
  • John joined a client;s software start-up as business development director and built the firm from 4 people and $400,000 to 60 people and $6,000,000 in the first 3 years.
  • John has invested the last 14 years as an internal consultant and manager in learning and leadership development in telecommunications, finance, and gaming.
  • John lives with his wife and daughter near Seattle, Washington and enjoys walking, toad biking, researching, and time with his family

Email : jinman@predictivegroup.com

Luke Stewart – Vice President, Client Services and Support

Luke is the Vice President of Client Solutions and an equity partner in the Predictive Group. Joining the Predictive Group in 2002, Luke is responsible for managing training venues around the world, executing workshops, upkeep of the Client Relationship Management system, and providing ongoing support for both clients and Associates. As a key leader, Luke participates in the on-boarding process of new Predictive Group Associates across the organization. Luke also leads the development, implementation and training of new Predictive Group applications

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Personal Work History Brief:

  • In 2009, Luke was responsible for the redevelopment of the Predictive Group’s office and training facility.
  • In 2010, Luke participated in the acquisition and positioning of the three new products added to the Predictive Group’s suite.
  • In 2011, Luke participated in growing the firm by acquiring new territories in Southern California and New Mexico.

Email : luke@predictivegroup.com

Tom Brunke – Controller

Tom finds his greatest satisfaction in providing the highest quality deliverables for every aspect of every project, solving complex problems, and helping Predictive Group grow to meet their true potential. Above all, Tom is driven to excel, and thrives in an environment where nothing less is acceptable.

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Personal Work History Brief:

  • Tom began his career at Yellow Front Stores in Arizona after graduating with an Accounting Degree from Ball State University.
  • During his career, Tom has worked in all aspects of the business world. This varied career has provided Tom accounting and operational experience in retail, wholesale, manufacturing and distribution environments.
  • Frederick’s of Hollywood and CSK Auto are two of the largest companies Tom has worked for.
  • Tom has owned a Payroll business the last 12 years, providing payroll outsourcing and HR assistance for many small businesses.

Email : tbrunke@predictivegroup.com

Klara Svobodova – Client Solutions Analyst

Klara is a young international trade professional who graduated from the University of Economics in Prague. Klara began her career working for U.S. Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Prague. As a Commercial Specialist, Klara was promoting US exports to Czech Republic and helped American companies enter the Czech market. Klara’ s main responsibilities included company matchmaking, market research, reporting and business negotiations. Her ability to connect to people made her very successful in networking in both business and government. Klara’s international focus and connections brought her to Predictive Group. Her current role is a Client Solutions Consultant where she is focusing on the analytical side of the business.

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  • Klara received a Master’s Degree in International Trade and minored in Logistics and Supply Chain
  • Soon after finishing her degree, Klara started as a Logistics Specialist handling deliveries of investment units for GE France
  • Later on, Klara decided to follow her passion for International Affairs and served as Commercial Specialist while working for U.S. Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Prague
  • After her move to the US, Klara found an opportunity as Client Solutions Analyst with Predictive Group
  • Klara speaks fluently five foreign languages (English, German, French, Czech and Slovak), and hopes to learn Spanish in the next few years
  • Devoted to continuously learn and grow, Klara looks forward to the opportunity that Predictive Group offers

Email : klara@predictivegroup.com

Lara Abt – Client Services Consultant

Lara graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA degree in Psychology. She spent the last two years living in Boston, where she worked as a clinic coordinator in the Neurology Department at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her experience working with an internationally diverse group combined with her background in psychology is what lead her to join the Predictive group. Lara’s current role is a Client Solutions Consultant where she will be assisting the associates and their clients.

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Eric Styrmoe – Client Services Specialist

Eric graduated from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management  with a degree in finance. Eric grew up in Tucson, Arizona playing and teaching tennis before moving to Scottsdale to work in the mortgage industry. Eric’s financial background and his drive to help others led him to a position at The Predictive Group. Eric’s current role is a Client Services Consultant, where he will serve a client-facing role assisting clients with Predictive Group products.

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