Our Team


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Marc Effron 

Marc founded and leads The Talent Strategy Group and consults globally to the world’s largest and most successful corporations. He co-founded the Talent Management Institute and created and publishes Talent Quarterly magazine. He co-authored the Harvard Business Review Publishing best-seller One Page Talent Management and 8 Steps to High PerformanceHis prior corporate experience includes senior talent management roles at Bank of America and Avon Products. His prior consulting experience includes starting and leading the Global Leadership Consulting practice at Hewitt Associates.

He has an MBA from the Yale School of Management. For Marc's complete bio, click here.

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Beth Ann Mazzotta 
OPTM360 Director

Beth Ann Mazzotta is the OPTM360 Director for The Talent Strategy Group. Since it’s inception in 2010, Beth Ann has overseen the development and continuous improvement of our proprietary, web-based software program for 360° feedback – the OPTM360. Acutely client-focused, she builds and maintains strong customer relationships, going the extra mile in all aspects of sales, training and survey administration.

Beth Ann holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Bachelors of Arts in Human Resources from King’s College.


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Zac Upchurch 
Chief Operating Officer

Zac joined the Talent Strategy Group in 2016 and now directs the daily operations of the firm, including strategy, planning and finance, across all five lines of the TSG business. Zac also consults with select clients. Prior to this role, Zac managed strategy and growth for a global corporation and worked in the public sector as a speechwriter and political consultant for Congressional and State campaigns. Zac's work resulted in an award from the State of Arizona for outstanding service to the State. He is passionate about people, and what makes a person or company exceptional.

Zac graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Science in Economics.


Thomas Granado
Principal Consultant

As Principal Consultant at TSG, Tom Granado is a key leader in our Consulting, Education, and Executive Search practices. He brings 12 years of progressive experience in talent strategy and management consulting with tenures at some of the most unique and high-performing cultures in the world -- Bridgewater Associates, Talentism, Amdocs, and ExxonMobil.

Most recently he was Chief Talent Officer and Chief of Staff at CODA Markets, where he led the alignment of strategy and operations through org. design, talent strategy, and other capacity-building initiatives.

Tom has an interdisciplinary MA in strategic management and political economy from Tufts' Fletcher School, and a BA in History and Political Science from UNCW, where he was a scholar-athlete (soccer). New York City and Cary, North Carolina are his hometowns.  


Laura Martini
Director of Marketing

Laura joined the Talent Strategy Group in 2017 and leads the marketing efforts, including strategy, design and implementation, across all five lines of business. Prior to TSG, Laura has been a marketer across a variety of industries including experiential media, real estate, law and nonprofit. She is passionate about sustainable, ethical marketing and TSG’s mission to improve Talent globally through science-based simplicity.

Laura has Dual Master’s in Business Administration and Integrated Marketing Communications from Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago and a Bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Maryland.


Bill Phillips 
Managing Editor, Talent Quarterly

Bill guides the strategy and execution of Talent Quarterly magazine including design, article development, creative, circulation, editing and more. An expert in making scientific findings practical, interesting and easy-to-consume, Bill's extensive media and magazine experience include serving as Editor-in-Chief of Men's Health and Executive Editor of Popular Mechanics magazine.