Meet the Leadership Team

James (JO) Johnson


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JO is a seasoned executive with strong results in challenging circumstances. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Postgraduate School, JO is a former enlisted Marine and Naval officer. With his wealth of experience in building and running multimillion dollar technical and professional staffing and recruiting businesses, JO provides leadership and direction to the company. JO’s extensive knowledge of national accounts, managed and shared services, federal services, business optimization, outsourced solutions, and M&A integration provide him a firm foundation for building the future of CognITek Group.

Brian Davis


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Brian is an entrepreneur with a track record of building and growing businesses. Brian is a former U.S. Marine officer and an active member of many local and national business and civic organizations. Brian has been a board member and held C-level positions on multiple companies in the business-to-business services sector. Throughout his career he has led successful acquisition and consolidation efforts in the staffing and recruiting, and fuel and oil industries. Brian authored the best selling book Top Notch Interviews and is regularly called upon by national media to discuss trends in the recruitment industry. A founder of CognITek Group, Brian leads the company’s recruitment, back office and operational teams.

Monica Frede

Manager of Talent Services

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Monica has worked for several Fortune 500 companies such as ManpowerGroup and Quad/Graphics as an HR strategic consultant and HR manager, and in several start-up ventures as a Recruiter and Consultant. Her areas of expertise include identifying and hiring top talent, change management and organizational design, leadership and management training, employee engagement initiatives, communications, project management, employee relations, employment policies, and reductions in force/outsource management. As the Manager of Talent Services for CognITek, she is focused on building an influential recruiting team that can meet the challenges companies face when it comes to hiring mission-critical talent. She is the co-author of The Way of the HR Warrior, a book designed to help companies and HR professionals align and achieve powerful business results. She attended Marquette University on a full basketball scholarship.