peggy2016_053b Peggy Thompson, Founder

Peggy Thompson has 20+ years’ experience as an executive recruiter producing outstanding results for technology companies across the country.

After graduating from Baylor University with a business degree in finance and computer information systems, Peggy began her career as a COBOL programmer.  From there, Peggy transitioned into a top producing sales executive delivering big-ticket, complex software solutions to the Fortune 500.  She joined her first technology startup in the 1990’s where she helped define the go-to-market and sales models and recruit the company’s first VP Sales and Marketing.

Peggy then co-founded Tricom Group, building it into a multi-million dollar executive search firm before founding Summative in 2002.  Today, Summative is a leading small boutique retained executive recruiting firm specializing in C-level, VP, and Board searches for technology companies.  Leveraging herself with other smart recruiters and contractors she’s personally trained, Summative consistently delivers exceptional results to a select group of distinguished clients.

Peggy enjoys working with investors and CEOs  – from small venture-backed companies to large public companies – to increase shareholder value for her clients and the executives she places.  Clients have included Instructure (IPO, November 2015), The Planet (merged with SoftLayer to create largest hosting services provider in the world at the time), Tradex (acquired by Ariba for $1.86 billion), EqualLogic (acquired by Dell for $1.4 billion), and Aprimo (acquired by Teradata for $525 million)..

Peggy is married and enjoys a robust family life.  She loves music and is involved in her community and church.  In her spare time, she coaches entrepreneurs and mentors recent college grads.


George Hotter, Advisor

George Hotter is a strategic and operationally-focused human resource technology executive with over 20 years of experience. He has built, led, and developed global teams responsible for people management, talent acquisition, executive coaching, and operations.

As a hands-on advisor, George delivers to Summative an operator’s real-world perspective.  Summative’s clients leverage George’s distinguished track record of recruiting and successfully integrating top executives from around the world to technology companies of all sizes.

George graduated from Le Moyne College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management. He is married with two active boys that keep home life fun and engaging. George currently resides in the greater Boston area.


Ron Thompson, Advisor

Ron Thompson is global practice management and business development executive for business strategy, management consulting, and technology solutions companies. He has built and led practices for both start-up organizations and mature global services companies, hiring and leading hundreds of business professionals across multiple verticals, geographies, and domains.

Summative leverages Ron’s expertise and extensive professional network when managing professional services, managed services, customer success, and management consulting executive searches.

Ron graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering degree.  He is married and is an avid runner.

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