Birkman is the winner of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® Award in 2014, 2015, and 2016, both at the local and national levels.

Our team hails from all across the US and the world, bringing many talents to Birkman headquarters, located in the Galleria-area of Houston, TX.

We have an enthusiasm for what we do, and all of us have taken The Birkman Method® personality assessment. Check our profiles to see each team member’s Birkman color symbols!

 

Sharon Birkman-Fink
President & CEO
As a second-generation “Birkman”, Sharon is quick to tell you she also has one of the best second-careers ever. Her first career, alongside raising her three daughters, was all about music following a Master’s degree from the Univ. of Texas...
In her first career she got to perform in and direct musical stage productions, but since 2002 she’s enjoyed leading the Birkman team. This year it will  be 29 years since she married Grammy-winning baritone, Richard Paul Fink whose opera career has taken both of them to some pretty exotic cities around the globe. She confesses to collecting “too many books” and likes to re-charge with long walks, NPR, and going to the theatre. She and Richard are super-proud to be photo-carrying members of the grandparent club with Morgan, Declan, and Emerson (whose nickname “Lulu” appears to be sticking).  
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Amy Shepley
Director of Product Innovations
Amy is a third generation University of Texas Longhorn. Since graduation, Amy has had a passion for all things Birkman as she works to continue her grandfather’s legacy. In 2011, Amy completed her MBA at Tulane University...
In her current position of Director of Product Innovations, Amy’s mission is to maintain the sophistication of the Birkman tool while expanding the use and application for the next generation. When not at work, Amy and her husband, Hatch, enjoy spending time with their daughter Lulu. Together, their favorite activities include eating brunch, lunch, and dinner.    
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Michael Wilk
Senior Vice President - Operations and Product
Michael is an experienced entrepreneurial executive bringing over 20 years of experience to the Birkman executive team. His diverse expertise in not only in Marketing and Business Development...
but his Operational mindset has become invaluable to the company as we embark on our goal of becoming the leading employee personality assessment within the next five years. What drives Michael is a sincere desire to do things the right way while constantly striving to make Birkman the best it can be.
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Diana Sheley
Vice President - Community Relations and Business Development
Diana is a natural communicator with high Birkman scores in persuasive, social service, and literary interests. A native Houstonian and proud Aggie, her background in sales, marketing, and public relations has placed her in many arenas...
but she loves her current role at Birkman because of her passion to help clients and co-workers achieve their goals. Her natural energy drives many projects both at work and at home, plus enables her to keep up with her daughter and three sons. Diana loves exploring new places, outdoor activities, volunteering, and – of course – chocolate.   
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Pauline Le
Vice President - Finance
Pauline has more passion for accounting and corporate finance than anyone we know – in addition to her many certifications, Pauline is an active member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)...
Texas and Virginia Societies of CPAs, and advocates for CPAs in Business & Industry through her various professional activities and associations. She keeps the company’s financial health in check and collaborates with management on growth strategies to carry out Dr. Birkman’s vision. A proud wife and mom, Pauline enjoys relaxing through meditation, gardening, yoga, reading, or reflecting on Buddhist psychology when away from the office.
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John Frank
Vice President - Information Technology
Trish Harris
Business Development Specialist
Trish, who interestingly has a degree in maritime administration and experience sailing between international ports, now works hard navigating our account management, product support webinars, business development, and more...
In addition to steering all of that, she works hard as mom and enjoys spending her spare time with her son, Connor. Together, they cheer on the Astros and Skeeters baseball teams, visit the Dixie Dude Ranch, and obsess over superhero movies (Captain America will always have a special place in Trish’s heart).
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Fabian Elizondo
Psychometrician
Fabian specializes in psychological measurement and test development – assessing reliability and trends to maintain the highest scientific standards for our products. He has over a decade of experience working as an industrial/organizational psychology practitioner...
and has dedicated his career to studying workplace behavior and improving human capital. When not diving into statistical analysis, Fabian can be found cooking, enjoying the outdoors, cycling, and traveling the world to exotic places.
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Joy Sorce
Human Resources Manager
Joy, who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communications and a membership to SHRM, has a real passion for helping the Birkman team be the best that it can be. Originally from The Motor City...
Joy traded in her snow boots for flip flops and now loves Texas weather (almost as much as she loves the color pink). On the weekends you’ll find Joy serving the community and her church, exploring Houston’s culinary scene, shopping, or relaxing at the spa.
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Carol Buckner
Director of Client Relations
With more than 20 years at Birkman and a master’s degree in psychology from TCU, Carol is deeply invested in supporting our mission – and a core pillar within our company. Carol has three wonderful daughters with her husband, Ross...
and you’ll always see her with a smile on her face. She especially lights up when talking about travelling, volunteering, trying new restaurants in Houston, and rooting for her favorite sports teams (Roll Tide!). The only thing Carol hates in life? Cooking.
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Kristina Norris
Projects and Events Manager
Kristina is Birkman’s conference guru and the queen of multitasking. If you ever need a question answered, she’s the one to ask. Kristina’s able to do it all, take her son strawberry picking, sweat at boot camp three days a week...
Watch every Texans football game and episode of Shark Tank. A huge proponent of a healthy lifestyle, Kristina also knows that life is always better with cupcakes in it.
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Morgan Combs
Client Relations Coordinator
When she’s not striking warrior pose doing vinyasa flow yoga, Morgan is a warrior for our Client Relations Group, taking great care to help our users get the most out of Birkman. Morgan enjoys 70s classic rock, “anything food related”...
watching sports, and fundraising for women’s charities – but her favorite pastime is reading (she’d definitely be in Gryffindor and can’t wait for the day Birkman does a Hogwarts-themed workshop).
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Jenn Dickey
Executive Assistant and Client Relations Support
A tried-and-true Red/Red/Green, Jennifer has excelled in multiple supportive roles at Birkman since the fall of 2012. Her high energy, methodical approaches, and lightheartedness help boost productivity and morale...
both in and out of the office. Jennifer is a writer, singer, outdoor adventurer, and photographer with an unabashed affinity for Torchy’s Tacos. She is currently pursuing her Master of Divinity through Unity Institute & Seminary.
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Alicia Vernon
Administrative Assisstant
Alicia grew up in Lewisville, Texas (just north of Dallas) and attributes her relocation to the four years spent earning her degree in Corporate Communications from the University of Houston. Her passion for helping others...
drew her to her current position here at Birkman. In her spare time she can be found either cooking, creating, or pinning about the two.
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Amelia Smith
Marketing Manager
Amelia is a born marketer, with high scores in persuasive, literary, and artistic interests. She has a degree in philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, and is a native Houstonian with a deep love of Texas culture...
In her spare time, Amelia enjoys creative projects, including cooking, baking, event planning, art, and interior design. She's passionate about business, mid-century modern architectural preservation, and her pit bull, Bela.
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Sharon Pruitt
Learning Systems Manager
Her passion for learning and making learning easier for others makes Sharon’s role at Birkman the perfect fit. Sharon graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University, and since then has spent the Majority of her career in Training, Development, and Human Resources. A native Houstonian, Sharon enjoys spending time giving back to the community...
Adrienne Captain
Senior Instructional Designer
Adrienne is an experienced Instructional Designer and Organizational Development Professional with more than 16 combined years in her field. Adrienne has a Master’s Degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, two Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology, and has taught 40+ subjects...
(Psychology, Critical Thinking, & Business) in more than 3 Universities across the United States. She loves gaming, writing, and has an extensive pen collection.
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Josh Luedicke
Product Manager
Josh considers himself first and foremost a devoted husband and a proud father to a beautiful baby girl. In his work, Josh is passionate about Agile software development, team collaboration, and building an awesome product experience...
In college, he studied political theory, ethics, and the polyphonic sound of Rush, believing wholeheartedly that you should rock the vote. Outside the office, Josh spends time with his family, plays Dungeons & Dragons with his buddies, and kayaks the local waterways.
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Beverly Martin
Director of Information Technology
A self-described “realistic optimist”, Beverly is the heart of the IT department and always helps other departments troubleshoot their issues. When away from the office, she enjoys any departure from her “yellow” work activities...
– whether it’s going to the movies (at least 30 a year), listening to country music, enjoying time at the beach, or getting home improvement tips from HGTV. Most of all, Beverly loves spending time with her family – her husband of 29 years, two children, and very polite miniature schnauzer, Daisy.
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David Steckbeck
Applications Architect
David Steckbeck is the Applications Architect at Birkman International, where his role is to design and maintain the IT structure of the organization. He has served in the IT field for 20 years...
across a broad range of industries in a broad range of roles. His most recent 14 year tenure at Birkman has allowed him to build many of the core systems the organization relies upon for their primary product, The Birkman Method. David enjoys the effeciencies IT technologies bring to business as well as keeping up with the evolutionary change that continuously occurs. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Information Technology.
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Roberto Stentella
Sr. Software Developer
With over two decades of IT experience, Roberto’s pretty much done it all – the hardware field, software field, computer assembly, building multimedia totems, web developing, e-commerce, and product architecture....
To Roberto, 3P isn’t computer code, it’s code for Pasta, Pizza, and Pastries, as he recently moved to Houston from Rome, Italy. Aside from continuing to live his Italian culture, in his free time Roberto enjoys cooking, photography, reading adventure books, and enjoying time with his wife and two beautiful daughters.
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Ya-Ni Huang
Software Developer
Yani, originally from Taipei, Taiwan, loves bringing beauty to her work – her favorite part of her job is making all of the Birkman reports look elegant and well-styled. She has the same aesthetics approach to her cooking...
"it doesn’t necessarily have to taste good, but is has to look good." Yani is proud to be a female programmer and the mother of three energetic boys (who sometimes drive her crazy).
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Seiko Imamura
Software Developer
Loving anything tech-related (especially sci-fi movies), Seiko is a natural fit for our IT department. With a degree in control engineering and a passion for writing code, she brings thoughtfulness to her work with “Blue” as her Usual Behavior...
Hailing from Japan, Seiko loves living in Houston with its wide-open spaces, ability to drive anywhere, and (of course) ample air conditioning. When away from the office, you’ll see her tending to her garden of antique roses or spending time with her daughter, Lana, and two small dogs, Pochi and Oreo.
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Erick Rivas
Software Developer
After joining the Birkman team in the middle of some exciting software changes, Erick has been helpful in keeping our IT team’s production on track. Erick has been all over the Americas ­– born in El Salvador, studied in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara...
, spent some time in Virginia, worked in New York, and recently moved to Texas. A man of mystery, Erick enjoys watching Columbo, contemplating physics, and avoiding cameras.
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Salman Khan
Software Quality Assurance Lead
Salman works with the IT team at Birkman to make sure that our software is living up to our company vision and reputation. Salman has two amazing boys and a wife of 10 years, Nadia. Originally from Karachi, Pakistan...
Salman has brought his enthusiasm for playing cricket stateside as a member of the Houston Cricket League. He loves anything sports and outdoors ¬– biking, running, working out, football, baseball – you name it.
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Christopher Hill
Front End Web Developer
Originally hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Christopher spent the bulk of his growing years as a musician in the diverse Chicago music scene of the nineties. While working at a local music label, he was pulled off of the stock room floor to manage the label’s website...
and has had a relationship with web design ever since, bringing more than 15 years of experience. When he isn’t coding or designing, he’s building worlds out of Lego®, raising an army of dachshunds, and riding his motorcycle through Texas Hill Country.
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Lori Gutierrez
AR/AP Manager
With over 15 years of knowledge surrounding U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and over 10 years of managerial experience related to accounts receivable and accounts payable, Lori...
brings a true dose of Yellow to the Birkman team. Outside of the office, Lori loves to read and watch anything sports-related. As a native Houstonian, her favorite teams are the Houston Texans and the Houston Rockets (of course), but she’ll watch just about any team on the field. When not keeping score in the world accounting and sports, Lori enjoys spending time with her my family and friends.
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Brandon Gerald
Senior Accountant
Brandon is a true yellow/red personality with high interests in organization, detail driven, and financially-minded exercises. He has both a master’s and bachelor’s in accounting from Sam Houston State University...
When not crunching numbers, Brandon enjoys exploring new music, spending time with family and friends, watching comedy shows, and spoiling his Boston terrier, Wynter Bella.
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