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 TalentQ 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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Ashley Keating
Associate Consultant

Ashley Keating is an Associate Consultant at The Talent Strategy Group. She brings diverse expertise in human resources to her consulting through her background in talent management, organizational development and analytics at NBCUniversal Media, Pepsico and Unum.

Ashley earned a Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a Bachelor's degree in Writing, Rhetoric and Communications from Transylvania University. 


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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.


Bill Phillips 
Managing Editor, TalentQ

Bill guides the strategy and execution of TalentQ magazine including design, article development, creative, 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.


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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 of TSG businesses. Zac also leads the firm's relationships with premier clients globally and consults with select clients worldwide. 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.