Scott AbsherCo-Founder and chief executive officer
As co-founder and chief executive officer of ShiftPixy, Scott Absher brings 30 years of experience in organizational development, capital development and employment industry expertise to the company. Absher started his career in product development and support, serving large national retail chains before turning his focus to the employer services industry.
Mr. Absher has held a number of high-level executive, business development, sales and marketing and management positions with various companies, building and launching a number of successful product lines and companies focused on business-to-business products and services.
Since 1994 Mr. Absher has enjoyed significant involvement in the business services and employer service industries. He has built and trained many national sales organizations and independent agent forces to deliver predictable growth in the business service industry. His work in the development and launch of captive insurance programs and platforms brings a unique and rare insurance competence to ShiftPixy.
Mr. Absher has advised firms in technology and business service-related ventures in matters of capital formation, liquidity, and growth strategy. He has been actively involved in the early stage fundraising, business strategy and development efforts of many startup ventures throughout his career. He is a graduate of The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago majoring in Theology.
Steve Holmes, a seasoned human capital management (HCM) executive and accomplished entrepreneur, is co-founder of ShiftPixy. With nearly 30 years of experience in human resources services, Holmes has established a track record for helping small and midmarket businesses (SMBs) through Fortune 500 companies drive efficiency in HCM initiatives and has successfully founded and sold five human resources services businesses, all of which are still operating today.
Most recently, Holmes founded workforce management services and solutions provider XccelerateHR and served as the chief operating officer and vice president of sales. Prior to that, he founded and held executive and strategy-driven roles with Atlas Resources Inc. (formerly U.S. National Employee Leasing), Consolidated Personnel and Professional Employee Solutions.
Throughout his career, Holmes has remained steadfast in his desire to build client-focused workforce management businesses that help companies offload administrative duties, navigate compliance requirements and gain greater operational efficiency. Holmes attended the University of New Mexico on a full-ride football scholarship and majored in business administration and management.
Patrice H. LaunayChief Financial Officer
Patrice Launay joined ShiftPixy in 2018 as Chief Financial Officer, bringing with him an extensive accounting background spanning nearly 20 years at various regional and multinational accounting firms. He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he spent six years. Launay then spent two years at Groupe Roullier as Corporate Controller, and the following two years as an audit Manager for the City Auditor Office of the City of Long Beach, California, where he led several audits to help prevent and deter fraud within the city’s programs.
From 2011 to 2016 Mr. Launay worked for BDO USA and was involved in the audits of several listed and non-listed companies in the US and Australia. Immediately before joining ShiftPixy, Launay served as a financial and accounting manager for RxSight, Inc., providing month-end close assistance, designing and implementing effective controls, and drafting accounting procedures.
Mr. Launay holds a master’s degree from the Business School of Tours (ESCEM) France with a major in Finance and Accounting, is a Certified Public Accountant (Active) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (Inactive), and holds a Series 65 securities license.
Doug MossChief Technology Officer
Doug Moss serves as the Chief Technology Officer for ShiftPixy, overseeing platform development and product teams as they work to deliver a world-class, customer-focused solution. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience, Doug has applied his expertise in various roles at companies such as Levy Restaurants, Pacific Life, The Los Angeles Galaxy and his own consulting firm, Evergreen Experience, always focusing on delivering the very best customer experience. Doug’s extensive knowledge spans both the web and mobile customer arenas, and traces back to the early days of the mobile industry.
Before joining ShiftPixy, Mr. Moss worked for a short time at Salesforce, learning how their product teams built and managed their extensive platform and sales process. Prior to Salesforce, Mr. Moss spent 18 years at Pacific Life developing and managing their CRM and Mobile application platforms, focusing on enhancing the interactive customer experience. Mr. Moss is using his experience to lead a team of talented architects and product owners to develop a world-class, test-driven, innovative, and automated platform to support the ShiftPixy client base. With his leadership and direction, ShiftPixy’s dedication to development continues to grow.
Kirk FlaggChief Compliance Officer
Kirk M. Flagg is ShiftPixy’s Chief Compliance Officer and serves as Secretary for the Board of Directors. He oversees all matters concerning compliance including contracts, strategic responses to federal, state and city laws, and litigation.
With 22 years of experience in the Professional Employer Organization industry, Flagg has used his knowledge of employment law to protect and support businesses through a variety of key positions such as General Counsel, and Vice President of HR and Compliance. During his time as Chief of Operations for Kelly Staff Leasing, he helped his division become profitable after it had lost money for 10 years.
Flagg’s background in law provided him with necessary insight and expertise for his role at ShiftPixy. Mr. Flagg spent over a decade with the U.S. Department of Justice with the Office of Special Counsel and the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Right Division where he served as Senior Trial Attorney. Flagg holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre School of Law, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Alma College. Flagg holds a license to practice law in Indiana.