Topgrading, Inc., helps companies Topgrade by assessing candidates for top positions, where a mis-hire is extremely costly. We also assess and coach management teams, conduct Topgrading workshops, and provide books, handbooks, and videos to help clients Topgrade on their own.
Because of increased demand, we are expanding our team of Topgrading Professionals, serving clients all over the world. Team members have all been carefully selected using Topgrading methods (of course!). And all have extensive Topgrading experience before joining our team. The resulting improvements in our clients’ company performance have been featured on the cover of The Wall Street Journal, in many Fortune articles, and on CNN.
“Brad and three of his team have all conducted Topgrading workshops for our managers, and all four received top ratings.”
– Dr. Kevin Silva, SVP Human Resources, Argo Group
Bradford D. Smart, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO, Topgrading, Inc.
Brad completed his doctorate in Industrial Psychology at Purdue University, entered consulting, and since the 1970s has been in private practice as President and CEO of his own company, now called Topgrading, Inc., based in the Chicago area. Brad is frequently acknowledged to be the world’s foremost expert on hiring. The company consults with many leading companies and hundreds of small and growth companies. Brad has conducted in-depth interviews with over 6,500 executives. He is author of seven books and videos, including Topgrading 3rd Edition: The Proven Hiring And Promoting Method That Turbocharges Company Performance; The Smart Interviewer: Tools and Techniques for Hiring the Best; and the training series Topgrading Toolkit, featuring the 12 Topgrading hiring steps and demos of all the interviews. In addition, he has co-authored the following books: Topgrading for Sales: World-Class Methods to Interview, Hire, and Coach Top Sales Representatives, with Greg Alexander; and Smart Parenting: How to Raise Happy, Can-Do Kids, with Dr. Kate Mursau.
Vice President, Topgrading, Inc.
Chris serves as Vice President of Topgrading, Inc., and has been practicing, consulting on, and teaching companies and individual managers how to pack their teams with A Players since 2001. He has conducted over 2,500 in-depth Topgrading assessments for internal and external candidates, helped hundreds of people achieve their A potential, and trained thousands of people in all things Topgrading. His client list is broad and diverse, including some Fortune 500 companies, small to medium-sized businesses, and non-profit organizations. Chris completed an undergraduate degree in psychology at The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and earned an MBA at The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He currently lives in the suburbs of Chicago and is married with two daughters.
Chris Freiburger, Ph.D.
Human Capital Management
Since 1985 Chris has consulted with organizations ranging from small, family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies across a wide range of industries. He specializes in executive selection and development/coaching, talent valuation and management, leadership development, team building, and aligning talent management systems and company cultures with business strategy and targets. He has conducted more than 2,000 Topgrading assessments and coached hundreds of executives across numerous industries. Chris completed his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan and received his doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Kevin R. Hummel, Ph.D.
Lighthouse Consulting Group
Since 1985 Kevin has helped companies Topgrade by assessing and developing talent. He has worked with CEOs of companies in all industries including healthcare, life sciences, technology, publishing, communications, hospitality, and consumer goods. Kevin holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from University of Georgia. Prior to founding Lighthouse Consulting Group, Kevin held senior roles in two international consulting firms. Kevin is a frequent speaker and workshop leader.
Michelle LaVallee has been a Topgrading Champion since 2006 and has supported dozens of international companies to achieve at least 85% A Players in the midst of rapid growth. She has conducted thousands of Topgrading Interviews across multiple industries in China, Hong Kong, Canada, Dubai, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Michelle’s Topgrading workshops and interviews help organizations save hundreds of thousands of dollars when avoiding the cost of “mis-hires” and improving internal abilities to recognize talent. As a Certified Topgrading & International Business Coach, Michelle advises global executives on high performance people planning and organizational design. Her ability to rapidly evaluate and assimilate the current state enables her to assess what is required for growth, scale, or improvement. With 20 years experience in China and Asia, across both large organizations and start-ups, Michelle is a cross-cultural operational expert with a proven track record for actualizing strategy.