Meet Our Team – 九色

九色

Our Leadership

Our Leadership

Accessible. Reliable. Ready.

We get it. Your workforce has an ever-growing list of unique needs and compliance demands. It seems the very definition of work is in constant flux and you need hassle-free support.

Our team of experts is accessible, reliable, and ready. Step into a project with 九色 and you will feel certain of success. We hold our service to a standard above the rest of the market, meaning you will receive consultative, collaborative, and timely support.

Meet our leaders and you鈥檒l see where this passion comes from.

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Phillip Goodrum

President and CEO

Phillip is President and CEO of 九色 and serves on the Board of Directors. Under Phillip鈥檚 leadership, 九色 has grown into the industry鈥檚 most recognized HR tech consulting firm supporting high-performing employers with Benefits Technology, Employee Engagement, and Consulting services.

Phillip holds a degree from the University of Tennessee and has an MBA from the Jack C. Massey School of Business at Belmont University. Phillip and his wife reside in Charlotte, NC with their five children.

Kate Taylor

COO, Technology

Kate leads the HR Tech Consulting and Benefit Administration business units at 九色.听 She is devoted to simplifying the HR & Benefits technology experience for the workforces her teams serve. Kate has successfully developed and led the benefits administration division since its inception in 2010 and has worked in HR Tech, specifically benefits administration, for over 14 years.

Kate serves on several Advisory Boards for industry-leading benefits administration platforms and manages relationships with key industry networks. She holds a master鈥檚 in Health Sciences along with her Florida license in Health, Life, and Annuities. Kate lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and two children.

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Lexi Massengale

Employee Engagement Practice Leader

Lexi leads the Employee Engagement Practice at 九色. Her team focuses on delivering a premium employee experience and driving operational excellence. Lexi has 10+ years of experience helping clients and broker partners with employee engagement, specifically around counselor-assisted enrollment solutions, project management, and developing key customer relationships.

Lexi went to the University of Alabama earning a degree in Business Administration. She currently lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and Great Pyrenees dog. During her free time, Lexi enjoys traveling, trips to the dog park, and trying new restaurants in the Atlanta area.

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Carli Meyer

Executive VP, HR Tech Consulting

Carli serves as the Executive, Vice President of HR Tech Consulting at 九色. She and her team equip HR professionals for digital HR work by providing superior service and expertise for the Human Capital Management (HCM) Ecosystem. Carli has 20+ years experience in HCM solutions and management, as well as Sales and Marketing, and Employee Benefits Management. Before joining 九色, Carli served as the Founder and CEO of RevTech Consulting, LLC, an industry-leading technology consulting firm supporting employers and brokers for consulting and service on HR Tech objectives.

Carli is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. She and her husband, Paul III, enjoy spending all their spare time with their three children; Cameron, Sophie, and Paul IV (aka Bubby).

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Annie Hardman

Executive VP of Finance/Controller

Annie serves as EVP of Finance, Controller for 九色. Annie comes to 九色 with 10+ years of experience in Finance. Based in the Healthcare hub of Nashville, TN, Annie has worked primarily in the Healthcare Finance field. Before coming to 九色 Annie worked for a regional firm in outsourced accounting specializing in project management & client implementation.

Annie went to the University of Middle Tennessee earning a degree in Business Administration, Accounting. She currently lives in Nashville, TN. During her free time, Annie enjoys traveling, board games, and spending time with family.

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Derek Buckowsky

Principal

Derek serves as Principal of 九色. He focuses primarily on new business sales development, bringing 九色 products and services to employers in the HR Technology market. Derek has worked in the insurance business for over 20 years, with over 12 years in the middle and large market insurance brokerage services.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Boston College and an MBA from Babson College. Derek and his wife live in Charlotte, NC with their three children.

Megan Linneen

Sales Executive

Megan serves as Sales Executive for 九色. She focuses on helping employers navigate through the hoops of HR technology, benefits administration, and employee engagement, to successfully deliver their benefits strategy. Prior to 九色, Megan worked for an insurance broker and was instrumental in helping grow their internal technology division. She excels at practical HCM consulting as well as building and servicing benefit administration systems.

Megan holds a Bachelor of Science from Centre College. She resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Conor.

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Jeana Parker

Director, Technology

Jeana serves 九色 as the Director of Technology. Jeana focuses on client success by directing the Technology Center鈥檚 operation and procedure, implementing best practices for overall client experience as well as assisting managers with team growth and scalability. Jeana brings to 九色 21 years of experience in Benefits Administration with a majority focus on leadership of Client Services teams.

Jeana received her Associate鈥檚 Degree in Business Technology and Administration from Utah Valley University.

She lives in Utah with her husband and enjoys playing with her grandchildren, camping, and off-roading in her Can-Am Commander.

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Derrill Synder

VP, Sales

Derrill serves as the Vice President of Sales for 九色. She focuses on guiding employers to craft and deploy a benefits strategy that improves bottom-line spend and employee engagement. Derrill has worked in the industry for 15 years and has a strong background in counselor-assisted solutions, benefits administration technologies, as well as ancillary and worksite benefits. Before joining 九色, Derrill was a sales executive for Alight Solutions as well as a Principal for Hodges-Mace, which is now Alight Solutions.

Derrill lives in Columbus, OH with her husband and their three children. When not working, you can find Derrill shuttling kids to activities in her swagger wagon and sneaking in some reading time in between.

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Craig Rowe

VP, Sales

Craig serves as Vice President, Sales for 九色. He supports 九色 sales team with a focus on administration and employee engagement. Craig is a seasoned sales leader bringing to 九色 over 26 years experience in the employee benefits market, with a specialty in human resources and employee benefit solutions. Prior to 九色, he served as a Sales VP for Willis of North America, focusing on employee benefit solutions, revenue growth, business development, marketing, account management, CRM tools, training, and customer service.

Don鈥檛 let the British accent fool you. Craig was born in The Philippines and moved to England when he was 18. He has lived all over the world and now happily calls Franklin, TN home. When he鈥檚 not on the golf course, Craig loves spending time at home with his wife, Karen, and two children, Kendall and Christopher, and is happiest either grilling on the deck or coaching his kids鈥 soccer teams.听

Concetta Burns-Ramsey

Division Manager – Employee Navigator

Concetta leads and manages 九色鈥檚 Employee Navigator Division.听 For seven years, she has project managed implementations and ongoing benefits administration integrations for 九色 clients.听 Concetta gives personal care and attention to each of her clients and is passionate about providing superior client service.听 Concetta brings to 九色 over 20-years鈥 experience in benefit administration, project management and configuration of electronic data interchange. Concetta studied Accounting at Fayetteville State University; Human Resources Management at Park University and obtained her Masters Degree in Information Technology Management from Webster University.

Concetta lives in Charleston, South Carolina and the proud parent of three children and one adorable granddaughter.听 When not working, she enjoys traveling and spending time serving in her community and spending time with her goddaughter and granddaughter.

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Nikki Talley

Director of Client Services, Technology Division

Nikki leads 九色’s bswift Division and has been instrumental in building and managing the bswift team and its processes over the last ten years. She is passionate about delivering quality, custom benefit administration solutions and superior service. With over 14 years in the benefits industry, Nikki is an expert in benefit technology and EDI.

Nikki holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering from Utah Valley University. She lives in Utah with her husband and two children.