Our Team

 

business Team

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Dick Judy
Founder and Chairman

Dick is the inventor of the algorithms that drive TORQ software.  

Late in the last century he was a Professor of Economics at The University of Toronto.  He later became a serial entrepreneur, first selling computer hardware (made a fortune) and later selling cattle and bull semen (lost it.)

More recently, Dick was a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute where he coauthored Workforce 2020, and the founder of Workforce Associates.

Currently, Dick manages TORQ's skunkworks, while continuing to impersonate Vladimir Lenin.

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Bill Johnston
President

Bill became President of TORQ in 2009, after four years hanging out with chimpanzees at the non-profit Jane Goodall Institute.    

Earlier in his career, he worked in President Jimmy Carter's White House, where he covered labor market issues.  After leaving that job in 1980, he studied the public workforce system more closely, by filing for unemployment insurance.  

In the intervening years, Bill held senior positions at the Hudson Institute, where he coauthored Workforce 2000, and at the public relations firm Burson Marsteller, where he was a managing director.   

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Brian Hartz
Vice President, Client Services

Brian keeps TORQ users delighted.

He joined TORQ (then Workforce Associates) in 2004, as a researcher and writer of economic development studies for clients in the US workforce system. With dual degrees from Indiana University in Economics and English, he had just the right skills for the job.

At TORQ Brian has become an expert in workforce skills gap analysis, use of labor market data, and training of workforce professionals. As TORQ became an online product, Brian stepped into the role of primary liaison with customers, delivering training and support nationwide.

Brian was a Herman B. Wells scholar at Indiana University.  He has also been a runner-up on Jeopardy!, a member of several Indiana theatre companies, and a certified wedding officiant. When he is not out and about, being mistaken for actor Seth Rogen, Brian can usually be found at home with his wife, caring for their baby daughter and three cats.


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Jeremy Mercer
Chief Technology Officer

Jeremy is the genius who makes TORQ run so fast and flawlessly. 

After graduating with a degree in computer science from Waterloo University, he won a job at Microsoft by demonstrating that he could simplify the interviewer's code for an absolute value function.

After 15 years at Microsoft, where his assignments included multi-player games for the Xbox, he became the CTO of the startup company Glympse.  He joined TORQ in 2010 with the assignment to rebuild the company's product, a job that he has now completed - twice.

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Kiley Dorton
Director of Product Development & Design

Kiley is the creative talent who has re-imagined the TORQ user experience.

After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Cognitive Science and New Media, he joined ACT Bridge, a startup where he directed the development of an enterprise talent management web application. 

Kiley joined TORQ in 2015 to be our lead designer and front-end engineer.  

When he’s not coding or designing elegant user interfaces, he likes to spend time with his wife and 4-year-old daughter watching HGTV and pretending he can flip houses.  You can also find him beatboxing in a cappella groups from time to time:  since 2004 he has spent thousands of hours making drum noises with his mouth.  Did we mention he’s a geek?

 

Career Opportunities

We are looking for passionate, smart and fun-loving people for all aspects of our business, including sales, marketing, HR, product design and development.  Send an email to teamtorq@torqworks.com.