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
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 30 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
Vice President - Products & Innovation
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
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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Dan Perryman
Vice President - Training and Consultant Development
When he isn’t spearheading Birkman’s strides in training and consultant development, Dan can be found cheering on any team that is playing against the Dallas Cowboys or Manchester United...
He also loves spending time with his wife Donna, or watching his guilty pleasure in movies, Drop Dead Gorgeous. Dan loves a good meal of arrosticini from Italia (lamb on a stick) any day. In his own words, “That’s it. No vegetables to mess with.”
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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 Society 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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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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Jasmine Celeita
Business Development Manager
With over two decades of experience in sales, marketing, and leadership in managing a sales development team, Jasmine is a wizard in the business world...
When she isn’t working her magic as the Business Development Manager at Birkman, Jasmine spends all her free time with her husband Rick and daughter Giana playing video games, biking, and riding roller coasters – the more daunting, the better. As an avid Harry Potter fan, you might also find her wandering the alleys of Diagon Alley or scoring points out on the Quidditch field.
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Ryan Bailey
Account Manager
A born and raised Houstonian, Ryan comes to Birkman with a degree in Kinesiology from Abilene Christian University. With a high Persuasive score, a passion for people, and a competitive spirit, Ryan decided to pivot away from his degree to be an Account Manager at Birkman...
When he’s not out promoting all things Birkman, you will find him throwing down some pretty spiffy tunes—did you know he was on The Voice?! He also enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 year old son, gardening, playing disc golf, and watching sports.
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Susan Hoyle
Account Manager
With an impressive 20+ years in instructional design, selling training solutions, and facilitating training and development programs, Susan brings extensive experience and a unique skillset to the Birkman team...
She received her B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M, and has two kids, Audrey and Wyatt. When she isn’t busy managing accounts at Birkman, you can find Susan supporting her children’s music endeavors, participating in boy scouts, or baking with her family.
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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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Amanda Ocasio
Client Relations Coordinator
A Texan by adoption, Amanda brings her passion for helping others and experience in customer service all the way from Massachusetts to Houston...
Her love for forming meaningful relationships doesn’t just impact her work with Birkman Consultants—it flows over into her relationship with her daughter, Isabella. Amanda treasures her barn boots just as much on her heels and plans to bring both along as she travels the world.
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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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Michele Hargrove
Administrative Assistant
Michele has an impressive 21 years of experience in office management as an administrative assistant. Outside of making sure that the office is running smoothly,...
Michele's hobbies are anything but smooth. She loves skydiving, has owned a pet alligator and a miniature goat, and has a deep passion for football running through her veins. Most importantly, she treasures laughing her way through life, the good and the rough, with her three children.
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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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Taylor Chan
Marketing Specialist
Taylor hails from Boston, Massachusetts, with a deep passion for design and innovation. With over ten international creative publications, she brings a trained, artistic eye to Birkman’s marketing department.
When she isn’t consuming 17th century European literary works, you can find her dancing, running, or serving her church on the weekends.
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Christina Clark
Marketing Specialist
Christina has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and comes to Birkman with a wealth of creative talent. A true marketer at heart, she is passionate about the fine arts, music, and being creative...
Originally from Chicago, Christina moved to Texas a little under two years ago and has finally learned to adapt to the Texas heat – well, almost! In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, reading, cooking, and exploring new cities by way of eating.
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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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Christopher Hill
Manager, Information Technologies
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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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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Philip Ward
Systems Administrator
A native Houstonian, Philip brings over a decade of IT experience to Birkman. Philip entered the IT world during his time in the Marines and enjoys the structured and logical nature of this field...
Outside of work, you can find Philip spending time with his many pets (dogs, ferrets, horses, and a cat), or traveling back in time with his involvement in The Society for Creative Anachronism.
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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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Sonya Mendez
AR/AP Accountant
Born and raised a native Houstonian, Sonya thrives in the spicy Houston food scene with her love for the culinary arts...
Outside of working with numbers at Birkman, Sonya spends her free time cheering on her kids at sporting events or catching a local baseball game. Most of all, she loves to cozy up at home with a good book or movie, always in the company of family and friends.
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