For Immediate Release
Contact: Branden Stewart, COO
Carmel, Ind. — Phired Up & TechniPhi named RJ Taylor Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on April 7th, 2022. RJ received this promotion after serving the company as Vice President (and previously, Assistant Vice President of Education & Strategy).
RJ will lead the company, which is in its 20th year, alongside Chief Operating Officer Branden Stewart. The company has aggressively accelerated its work focused on holistic fraternity/sorority growth systems. The company is doubling down on its mission to create the future of fraternity and sorority life by transforming the way people join. Read more about Phired Up & TechniPhi’s mission and vision below.
“RJ exudes the values and spirit of our company,” said Phired Up & TechniPhi’s Co-Founder Josh Orendi. “He has been a part of our ‘phamily’ for more than a decade — since he was a student recruiter and then a staff member at ATO — and today, he’s deeply committed to serving 100% of the sorority and fraternity world.”
“RJ led our education and training team through the pandemic,” added Matt Mattson, Phired Up’s President & Co-Founder. “His first day was in March of 2020, and he was the brains behind our efforts to not just ‘make it through’ the last couple of years. Because of his leadership, we found fresh and effective ways to contribute generously to the industry and innovate our business in the process.” RJ will continue to lead partner development and product innovation as CEO.
Taylor joined the Phired Up team after leading operations and business development for Wanderlust Outfitters in Southwest Michigan and brought over five years of recruitment and new chapter start-up experience as part of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity senior management team. Between his time at ATO and Wanderlust, RJ led an 11-month, 11-country service trip around the world with his wife, Kayla. His family (which includes his daughter Ada and a newborn son named Amos) is on a mission to visit every country in the world. As of this release, they have visited 39 of 196ish. You can follow RJ at @rjexcited on Instagram and connect with him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Branden Stewart, COO, will serve alongside RJ in the daily leadership of Phired Up and TechniPhi. Stewart has served on the company leadership team for more than six years and as a leader within the industry for more than a decade. “Branden makes us better”, said Taylor. “He helps make our products better for members, our processes better for partners, and our systems better for team members.” Stewart’s specific responsibilities focus on internal process improvements, team culture, and overall business operations.
ADDITIONAL STAFFING CHANGES
In addition to Taylor’s promotion into the CEO seat, several other staffing changes have taken place to set up Phired Up & TechniPhi for the next 20+ years.
Woody Woodcock, one of Phired Up’s longest-tenured members (and someone who has contributed to the recruitment of more fraternity/sorority members than anyone in history), remains a Vice President for the company and will lead a new team focused entirely on Customer Success and partner growth results.
Colleen Blevins has been named Senior Director of Training. With this promotion, she will lead a team of educators charged with delivering the industry’s most transformational fraternity/sorority growth training and strategy services.
Chris Buck has been named Senior Director of Technology. Buck leads a team of internal and external engineers who are building the future of fraternity/sorority growth technology every day.
Megan Moffett, another of Phired Up’s long-time team members, now serves as Senior Director of Operations.
Co-Founders Matt Mattson and Josh Orendi are focusing their daily energies and attention on a new brand to serve additional verticals related to organizational growth. More on that announcement to come in the coming months.
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ABOUT PHIRED UP & TECHNIPHI
We are on a mission to create the future of fraternity and sorority life by transforming the way people join. We provide Education, Technology, and Strategy Solutions to help fraternities and sororities with marketing, recruitment, pre-intake, and retention. We believe the best way to create healthier, safer, and more inclusive fraternities and sororities is to transform the joining process. Phired Up serves all councils, chapters, and umbrella organizations. We are committed to serving 100% of fraternities and sororities.
Our team is made up of about 25 professionals who believe in fraternity and sorority members. Our technology and education work together to help headquarters, campuses, councils, and chapters implement a holistic growth system that drives results. Watch our videos on YouTube, follow us on Instagram at @phired.up, and visit our website at http://www.phiredup.com.