Fred Holt is the founder and CEO of Summit HR Solutions, a provider of strategic HR services and products for early stage companies. Fred has more than twenty-five years of human resources experience with fast-paced, hi-growth technology companies. He has held the top senior HR positions at Photobucket (Vice President and Corporate Secretary), Rally Software (VP Human Resources), Vallent (Senior VP Human Resources), as well as serving in senior roles with several HR consulting firms (The Summit Group and Aim Executive). Fred’s passion and expertise is in facilitating effective growth, building capacity, and maximizing the contribution of people in organizations. He has extensive experience in growing human resource infrastructure from start up or early-stage to mid-size, mid-stage organizations. Fred has decades of successful experience aligning human capital with critical business objectives, assisting with the creation of intentional, values driven organizations. He has a track record of working effectively with executive teams and boards of directors to ensure that his efforts and results are aligned with corporate values and organizational objectives. His personal passion lies in HR consulting for high-growth tech startups in Boulder and Denver and looks forward to working with you.
Fred holds a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology, from Lake Superior State University and a M.A. in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Western Michigan University. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Rocky Mountain Strategy and People (RMHRPS) and is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management. He is also a ski freak, avid cyclist, sailor and loves all Colorado has to offer.
Melissa Grandchamp is a collaborative, employee-focused human resources and organizational development professional, recognized for establishing and managing innovative HR infrastructures, propelling high-tech startups into rapid and sustainable growth. Recognized as a visionary human resources leader, she effectively partners with executive management to ensure all HR strategies, programs and initiatives are tightly aligned with the company mission, culture and goals.
Prior to joining Summit HR Solutions, Ms. Grandchamp most recently served as the head of Human Resources for Ping Identity Corporation where she functioned as a trusted advisor to the executive team, and served as the first HR professional on deck to a fast-growing technology startup. She spearheaded the development and implementation of all HR strategies, processes, policies, and initiatives to a 300+ globally diverse workforce resulting in numerous corporate accolades including the Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and the Denver Post’s Top Places to Work lists.
Melissa has achieved the highest-degree of confidence and respect amongst colleagues and peers due to her proven success in building employee morale while successfully aligning human and capital resources with corporate objectives.
Prior to joining Ping, Ms. Grandchamp served in other human resources roles including P3, American Fundware (now Intuit), and Continental Imaging Products. She holds her B.S. in Mass Communications and Advertising from the University of Southern Colorado and has a Six Sigma Green Belt certification.
Ms. Grandchamp lives and works in the Denver-Metro area where she actively participates in numerous HR organizations, serves on a number of boards and enjoys traveling and the Colorado outdoors.
Robin Kane has held human resources leadership positions in major companies in the private and public sector for over 25 years. She has used her broad experience across CPG, technology, hospitality, and manufacturing to support executives in their mission to build outstanding workplaces. She was instrumental in designing and implementing people practices for several companies that resulted in successful growth and expansion across the country and globally. Robin has passion for showing leaders how to create companies that bring the “head” and the “heart” together to leverage employees’ purpose and engagement at work.
She was the VP of People and Training at the 8th largest restaurant holding company in the nation (American Blue Ribbon Holdings), as well as holding HR leadership roles at WhiteWave Foods, JD Edwards and Gateway Computers. While with WhiteWave, she had HR responsibility to help drive growth and synergy between Silk, Horizon Organic and International Delight, leading to a successful IPO in 2012.
In addition to being part of Summit HR Solutions, Robin is on the board of Rocky Mountain HR People + Strategy where she helped launch an initiative to recognize leading human capital initiatives developed by Colorado HR practitioners and consultants, with the goal of bringing more talent and recognition to the Front Range. She has been featured in the national HR Magazine, and recognized twice by the Employer’s Council for innovative people practices.
Robin holds a B.A. in French from the University of Pennsylvania, a M.S. in Adult Education from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the University of Colorado- Denver. She has SPHR and SHRM- SCP designation and is also is certified in Prosci change management tools.
Julie Pahl is an employee-focused, human resources and organizational development professional with over 20 years’ experience establishing and maintaining innovative HR infrastructures. Julie is a trusted leader and effectively partners with executive management to ensure all HR strategies, programs and initiatives are properly aligned with the company goals and objectives.
In addition to being part of Summit HR Solutions, Julie serves as an HR Advisor to Capstone Restaurant Group (a 300+ franchisee of Hardee’s, Carl’s Jr., Dunkin Donuts, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Restaurants). She joined the team during a time of rapid growth where she guided and developed the HR function as the company grew organically and through acquisition from 40 stores to over 300 today.
Prior to joining Summit HR Solutions, Julie served 7 years as the Vice President of Human Resources for Recondo Technology where she functioned as a trusted advisor to the executive team and staff. She developed and implemented all HR strategies, processes, policies and initiatives to a workforce that grew to over 300 employees during her tenure. Julie achieved the highest-degree of confidence and respect amongst her colleagues, peers and board members due to her success in rolling up her sleeves to successfully build teams and infrastructure that allowed rapid and sustainable growth.
Prior to her work in this early stage technology start-up, Julie spent over 15 years with larger technology consulting firms (EDS and AMS) in various HR roles specializing in recruiting, staffing and training. Julie holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies, from California State University, Sacramento and a SPHR designation. She lives and works in the Denver-Metro area where she remains an HR Advisor to Capstone Restaurant Group and is active in several HR organizations and volunteer opportunities.
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“I have run HR in Fortune 500 companies and now I run HR in a 100 person diagnostic start-up in Boulder. I knew what we needed to build but as a small HR shop we had limited capabilities and resources. I reached out to Summit HR Solutions to see if they could become my partner and become the extended HR functional team that I needed but could not justify having full time to tackle some big HR initiatives that needed attention.
Fred Holt understood my issues and introduced me to one of his top consultants, Melissa Grandchamp to come in on a project based engagement. Melissa worked with our entire team to build out and implement a performance system and a talent management infrastructure with approaches and tools appropriate to our size and complexity.
Melissa came on with us in August 2015 for 2-days a week working with our HR team to build a robust Talent Management system. We now have a cloud-based performance management application in place, our employees have goals with direct line of sight to our corporate key results, and we are rolling out ongoing training programs to facilitate continued employee and leadership development and ensure engagement. With Melissa’s involvement we are now accomplishing a number of key initiatives that has added value to our corporate structure but more importantly meeting the expectations of our employees. Additionally, Melissa has become a recognized member of our HR team and has become part of the Biodesix culture.
Their deep knowledge of the HR tech space was spot on and are making a difference in our performance. Working with Summit HR and Melissa in particular has really helped us move forward during a time of significant change providing strategic HR services from day one.”