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Kurt Phelps
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Creator, Phello
Business Description (One-Liner):

A new professional software platform which makes it easy to communicate with all of the contacts you’ve amassed over the course of your career. Because most opportunities come from within a person’s network, consistent communication is essential. Whether you’re actively looking for a new position, board, consulting, or advisory role, or simply interested in reaching out to us and the rest of your network so you’re on the radar when opportunities do arise, this platform makes doing so both easy and efficient.

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Career Snapshot:

Kurt Phelps is the creator of Phello and the founder and CEO of Global Network Recruiting (GNR), a leading hi-tech recruiting firm, that specializes in exclusivity and retained searches for professionals and executives across North America. With a background in engineering, Phelps built this company from the ground up and in 2017 GRN earned the title “America’s Best Professional Recruiting Firms” by Forbes Magazine. Phelps created Phello to offer professionals access to a personal branding platform that would allow them to more widely connect, and regularly communicate with an expanded network of contacts.

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What do you do best?:

The ability to help people with their careers. After 18 years as CEO of one of the leading recruiting firms in the country,  one of the reasons I created Phello was I wanted to teach professionals that they have the power to create opportunities by simply helping people in their network.

What makes you the best version of yourself?:

Passion. I am so fortunate that I get to do something I am truly passionate about every day. In today’s world, so many people are driven by the almighty dollar, instead of something that they are passionate about. You’re at your best when your life and career are rooted in something you’re passionate about

What are your aspirations? (Personal and Business):

To make Phello’s Professional Relationship Manager (PRM)—the 1st SaaS platform to bring CRM to the individual career—the future of how professionals organize and communicate with their network to create opportunities such as new positions, advisory and board roles, and consulting projects.

Inspire people that their true value is in their network.  Inspire people to take control of their careers by staying connected with their networks.

Biggest Success?:

My biggest career success has to be building GNR, which has given me the opportunity to work with some of the best companies in the world. I am proud that we have been around for 18 years—through 2 major job recessions—and are still going strong today.

Most Challenging Moment?:

I left a recruiting firm to start my own recruiting firm in 2000. I was scared out of my mind for so many reasons. For one, we were going into a recession, Secondly, reputation is everything, and I found myself having to address negative information that my former employer was spreading about me to my colleagues. Thankfully, my reputation was stronger than the rumors and we made it through the recession.


I very much believe in helping others. I am a big fan of asking, “How can I help you?”.  I emphasize that very heavily to our members at Phello. Don’t reach out to your network asking them to help you find a job. Instead, reach out asking, “How can I can help you?”

Favorite People/Role Models?:

My favorite people are my family. All the matters to me is making my family proud of what I do personally and professionally.

Favorite Places/Destinations?:

My wife and I always talk about how nice it would be to live in a small coastal town in Italy. The idea of a slower, less-hectic life, where we could walk to the market everyday and not have to rely on cars or technology is so appealing to us. Every day is stress free and our only focus is, “What are we eating today?”

Favorite Products/Objects?:

I love cars so one of my favorite things is my 1972 Stingray Corvette. It’s been in my family since my aunt bought it brand new, so it has a lot of special meaning. It’s sad to see how the look and feel of cars have changed over the years.  They clearly don’t look—and sound—like my Stingray anymore. I get way more looks driving down the road in my Corvette than I do with my late model Porsche.

Current Passions?:

My passion today is my family. My kids are growing up way too fast, so I try to enjoy every minute with them. As passionate as I am about GNR and Phello, I’d rather be coaching my son’s basketball team or watching my daughter perform in a musical on any given day

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