Leadership Bios

Don Peed, CEO and Founder

Don Peed founded Techworkers in 1998 and has grown the company over the past 14 years, weathering the business reliably through two recessions.

His success is perhaps due to the way in which he has aspired to live by the quote from Robert Louis Stevensen – “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” In relation to business, Don realizes it’s always best to do the right thing regardless of the short-term financial consequences as it’ll always produce better results in the long-term.

Before founding Techworkers, Don started, managed and grew two companies for other business leaders before he acknowledged it was about time he did it for himself.

Following three decades of experience in finance, IT, production development and sales, Don founded Techworkers because he noticed a gap in the market for high-value staffing solutions in the technology industry.

His colleagues would describe him as competitive, persistent and fair. Don says he knows that you’re only as good as the people who work for you, which is why he places business integrity amongst his staff above all else.

A self-confessed sports junkie, when he’s not playing golf – something he does all year round – Don can be found hanging out with his friends.

Don holds degrees in both accounting and computer science from San Jose State University.

Don Peed

CEO & Founder

Steve Powers, Vice President Resource Solutions

Steve Powers joined Techworkers as Vice President in 2011, leading the Resource Solutions Organization, which supports the company’s largest Fortune 500 customers.

He has three decades of experience in IT, global programs and project management, change management, learning and development, HR and sales operations.

Steve says the most rewarding aspect to his job is providing opportunities for college grads looking to get into the business world, while supporting them as they learn corporate business acumen and operational excellence.

When not building top talent teams, Steve spends his spare time boating, fishing and hiking. Always up for a challenge, Steve has climbed Yosemite’s Half Dome seven times.

Prior to joining Techworkers, Steve worked for more than a decade at Cisco Systems where he led key initiatives including the first Salesforce.com enterprise-level global implementation. During his time at Cisco, Steve won the IT Manager of the Year Award and the Worldwide Field Process and Technical Operations Operational Excellence Award.

Steve Powers

VP Resource Solutions

H.B. Drake, Vice President Managed Services

H.B. amassed 20 years of experience leading highly successful service and product teams prior to his role at Techworkers. He ran programs and projects with $100M+ capital budgets, before taking two companies public and selling them at premium for investors at $50M and $300M.

H.B. has brought this expertise with him to Techworkers where he manages multiple product and project streams. He is responsible for pricing, marketing, methodology, delivery and measurement services.

H.B. says the most important skills he’s learned over the years are to listen and to develop awareness for feedback. He also believes it is ‘important to hire people who are smarter than you are, set their goals, give them room to achieve and then hold them accountable for their results, both positive and negative’.

H.B.’s inspiration over the years has been his former rugby coach at UC Berkeley, Jack Clark, who he says taught him team work, sportsmanship and competitive drive.

When he’s not in the office, H.B. likes to spend time with his wife of 21 years and their two teenage children, eating dinner round the table the ‘old-fashioned’ way.

H.B. Drake

VP Managed Services

Rob Olsen, Vice President Marketing & Development

Rob has been with Techworkers since 2002 and is responsible for business development, marketing and sales support.

With extensive experience supporting a Global 100 client base, Rob has had repeated success in aligning client vision with business systems and people-based solutions.

Prior to joining Techworkers, Rob worked for 30 years in business leadership roles with prominent Silicon Valley companies. He has been active in the Human Capital Management (HCM) market for more than 15 years developing products and implementing client solutions and has been both a guest speaker and writer in the space.

During his downtime, Rob enjoys a good game of tennis, golf and bowling. Along with being an avid hockey fan, Rob loves a good political debate among friends.

Rob Olsen

VP Marketing & Development
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