John West


As Chairman of Hire Velocity, John West draws upon a distinguished career as an entrepreneur, global business executive and technology investor to provide strategic direction for Hire Velocity’s Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) and Talent Advisory Solutions. For the last 15 years, he has focused on providing performance mentoring to high-growth businesses, primarily in the Technology and Human Capital sectors. John has played an integral role in supporting Hire Velocity and offering insight into its business model since its inception.

Previously, John was the founder and CEO of System One Solutions, Inc., a technology staffing and consulting firm started in 1987. In early 2000, John sold System One to Monster Worldwide, and shortly after he decided to focus on his own investments in high-potential industries, which led John to found Lion Investments, where he continues to serve as Chairman. In John’s early career he spent nine years in leadership roles at Marathon Oil, a Fortune 50 Company. He earned a B.S. in Engineering from Penn State and an MBA from Bowling Green University.

John is very active serving on both corporate and non-profit boards. John has also served on the boards of Florida Funders, a venture capital fund and crowdsourcing platform focused on early-stage technology companies; Vector Solutions, an eLearning company acquired by Providence Equity Partners; Acclaris, a global HRO SaaS company acquired by Towers Watson; and Tribridge, a global technology consulting firm acquired by DXC Technology. John is the past National Board Chair for the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF) and was appointed as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees at the University of Tampa for his commitment and leadership to the school.