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Kevin Kinkor

Co-Founder and CEO

Kevin has more than 19 years of experience as a recruiting/HR professional in the Silicon Valley. He started his career on the agency side of recruiting through the Dot Com boom and subsequent bust, managed workforces through the Great Recession and has played a key role with startups during this most recent surge of hiring. His experiences prior to starting Kinkor Consulting includes building out recruiting for Facebook when they were a midsize company, establishing Pandora’s (Internet Radio) recruiting function to scale growth, and starting from blueprint on BrightEdge’s hiring plan to hiring over 275 employees.

Since the inception of Kinkor Consulting, he’s worked with executive teams of company as small as 15 (Round-A funded) to 300 (Round-C funded) to scale their organizations. His belief is that a company sells two things: Their core product and their employee brand. Following his guidance, clients have planned their workforces effectively, hired to the highest optimization and positioned their companies for long term retention/success.

On occasion, he’s been known to compete in Ironman length triathlons and to be a pretty cool dad.


Michelle Gysin

Executive Human Resources Professional

Michelle brings 18 years of human resource leadership to Silicon Valley based startup companies. She has a strong track record of creating HR departments from the ground up as well as transforming and scaling existing HR departments.

Throughout her career as an employee and contractor, Michelle has been responsible for all human resource functions within a variety of market leading industries and companies. Michelle has created or scaled HR departments at such leading companies as Guardian Insurance, Robert Half International, Ephox, Threatstream, Brands of Brittan, Google, Liquid Robotics and Electric Cloud. 

Her areas of responsibility include but are not limited to benefits classification and compensation, learning and development, HR audits, employee relations, HR compliance, payroll, revamping company culture, work/life balance and workplace flexibility, recruitment and staffing, HRIS implementation, and leadership development.

Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree in human services in business administration from Notre Dame de Namur. She also is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the Society for Human Resource Management. 

When Michelle was asked how she feels about HR and why she feels she has been so successful she replied: “My success stems from self-motivation, enthusiasm, flexibility and the ability to communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds and industries. I strive to ensure that the company mission, vision, values, metrics, and factors that guide the company and the employee’s success are optimized. I’m fortunate to remain passionate about my work and enjoy every minute of it!” 

By always maintaining a professional and positive working environment for employees and executives, Michelle will no doubt leave a mark on your company no matter how big or small the project! 

Joyce Collins, Senior Recruiting advisor

Brigette lavelle, senior recruiting advisor

katie mcsweeney kinkor, co-founder 

Damon Pappo, Business Development