We help companies succeed by engaging and developing their employees, managers, and leaders.
CustomInsight started in 1998 as a spin-off from a Silicon Valley consultancy that was later acquired by Accenture. The technology behind CustomInsight was developed to help companies align leadership and culture with their strategic goals. We recognized that these tools could have a much broader impact, so CustomInsight was created in order to offer these tools to other consulting firms and directly to companies.
Since that time, CustomInsight has grown into a leading provider of online HR assessment and development tools. Our flagship 360 Degree Feedback and Employee Engagement products have been used by over half of the Fortune 100 as well as hundreds of smaller companies, some with as few as ten employees.
Our focus remains on helping individuals and organizations to grow and develop. We believe there is a tension between development and performance appraisal. Combining both under one roof creates a conflict that tends to erode the quality of developmental feedback and can lead to resistance among stakeholders. We also just like the idea of providing tools that have a positive impact on people.
Headquartered in Carson City, Nevada, CustomInsight has offices in California's Silicon Valley and Sydney, Australia.
Dave Gutzman, founder and ceo
Dave discovered his passion for computer programming when his dad came home with a Commodore Vic 20. The year was 1981 and Dave was just nine years old, but he was hooked. After graduating from Stanford amid the dot com boom in the mid 90's, Dave discovered another passion - psychometrics. (Yeah, it does sound a bit strange...) Fifteen years later, Dave loves that he still gets to spend his days developing assessments, analyzing data, and creating software that helps make life a little better for people all over the world every day. It hardly feels like work - most days, at least.
Bill Freund, vp of marketing & business development
Bill is passionate about gathering feedback and driving it through the organization for continuous improvement. He started his career doing focus groups at a top software company (acquired by IBM). That led him to invent and launch a unique feedback system, which he then sold to a wide range of leading companies around the world. After graduating from Harvard Business School and working for Microsoft, he helped grow several VC-backed (and subsequently acquired) Internet start-ups which offered innovative survey platforms.
Christine Ipolyi, director of client services
Christine is a teacher, trainer, and client services expert with extensive international and stateside experience. She has focused on providing world-class client support at CustomInsight since 2007. Native New Yorker, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill graduate, loves her life in Boulder, Colorado. When not behind her desk, she's exploring trails, hitting a tennis ball, drumming, or dancing to her own beat.
David Gerard, Ph.D., consultant
David has a lifetime of relevant experience. During most of the past 35 years, he has been helping companies with leadership and organizational development, primarily as a coach and assessment consultant. His assistance often starts at the C-suite, and then expands to additional levels in the organization. Applying his deep expertise, David has contributed to the success of a wide range of organizations, from small not-for-profits to industry leaders, including Google. He has also lectured at the University of California, Berkeley, and received both his Ph.D. and M.A. in Psychology at the Wright Institute, Berkeley. His insights and advice are incorporated into our software and offered to clients who need consulting.
Peg Hartmann, engagement manager
Peg has spent most of her career in HR, as a contributor and leader, so she fully understands the needs of our clients. Having filled over 1,000 positions for Fortune 500 companies, she knows the importance of employee engagement and retention, as well as the cost of employee turnover. She helps us engage prospects who are a strong fit for our solutions, and ensure our clients are getting maximum value for their continued success.
Tessa Hechter, director of client services - Australia and Asia/Pacific
Tessa could teach pigs how to fly. She's that good. When it comes to designing HR programs and training people how to use them, Tessa is a natural. She has worked for and with many of Australia's leading organisations, including Qantas, CBA, Australia Post, and Railcorp. Tessa grew up in South Africa and spent several years in the US before settling down in Sydney.
Peter Yates, lead developer
Peter makes our world go round. He can do database back flips on demand, at 3am, and make it look easy. SQL is his second language (after English). Peter has been developing software since 1981 (with a couple of side excursions along the way). He has designed and developed custom business applications, HR and financial systems, e-commerce implementations, and more for companies like Coldwater Creek, Lane Byant and Peet's. He spends his free time playing golf, sailing, and lazing on the water.