Scott W. Absher

Chair, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Since June 2015, Mr. Absher has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and director of ShiftPixy, Inc., a publicly traded company on the Nasdaq and the corporate parent of our sponsor, ShiftPixy Investments, Inc. Mr. Absher brings 30 years of experience in organizational development, capital development and employment industry expertise to the company. Mr. Absher started his career in product development and support, serving large national retail chains before turning his focus to the employer services industry.  He has held several high-level executive, business development, sales and marketing and management positions with various companies, building and launching a number of successful product lines and companies focused on business-to-business products and services.

He is a graduate of The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago.

John A. Quelch


Since July 2017, Mr. Quelch has served as the Dean of the Miami Herbert Business School at the University of Miami. From 2013 to 2017, Mr. Quelch served as the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School (where he continues to hold the title of Professor Emeritus), and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to receiving this joint appointment, Mr. Quelch served as the Lincoln Filene Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for International Development at Harvard Business School from 2001 to 2011. He served as Dean, Vice-President and Distinguished Professor of International Management at CEIBS from 2011 to 2013. Mr. Quelch began his academic career at the University of Hawaii and the School of Business Administration of the University of Western Ontario. In 1979, he accepted a position as assistant professor at the Harvard Business School, where he later became the Sebastian S. Kresge Professor of Marketing and Co-Chair of the Marketing department in 1994. He left Harvard Business School in 1998 upon being appointed Dean of the London Business School, returning to Harvard Business School in 2001. Mr. Quelch has served as a non-executive director of several publicly traded companies both in the United States and the United Kingdom over the course of his career, including the following: WPP plc, a marketing and media services company, (from which he retired in 2013 after 25 years of service, including 7 years as chair of its audit committee); Alere, a global manufacturer of rapid point-of-care diagnostic tests; Aramark Corporation, a food services, facilities, and uniform services provider; easyJet plc, a British multi-national low-cost airline group; Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc., the primary bottler of Pepsi-Cola beverages; and Reebok International Ltd., a footwear and clothing company. Mr. Quelch also served as the chairman of the board of the Massachusetts Port Authority from 2002 to 2011, with oversight responsibility for three airports, waterfront real estate and the seaport of Boston. He is the author or co-author of 20 books and 17 Harvard Business Review articles, including a widely recognized paper on corporate governance entitled “Bringing Customers Into The Boardroom.”

Mr. Quelch holds a Doctor of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Master of Science from the Harvard School of Public Health, a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Exeter College, Oxford University.

Bennet Tchaikovsky


Since January 2020, Mr. Tchaikovsky has been a member of the board of directors for Oriental Culture Holding Group, Ltd., where he serves as a member of the audit committee, chair of the compensation committee and a member of the corporate governance and nominating committee. Since August 2014, Mr. Tchaikovsky has been a full-time professor at Irvine Valley College, and has been a part-time accounting instructor at Long Beach City College since September 2020. From August 2018 to May 2019, Mr. Tchaikovsky was a part-time instructor at Chapman University. From November 2013 to August 2019, Mr. Tchaikovsky served as a board member and chair of the audit committee of Ener- Core, Inc., an energy technology company located in Irvine, CA. Prior to 2013, Mr. Tchaikovsky served as chief financial officer and as a director of four public companies listed on Nasdaq. Mr. Tchaikovsky is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in California and is an active member of the California State Bar.

Mr. Tchaikovsky received his Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern Law School and his Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Heath Hawker


Since June 2002, Mr. Hawker has been Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO of Synaptix, Inc., a California based company engaged in the business of information technology and project management staffing and services consulting, serving clients ranging from $50 billion dollar healthcare companies to mid-size high growth financial services firms. Prior to joining Synaptix, Mr. Hawker served as President of supply chain software firm Elario, Inc., where he negotiated the sale of the company’s intellectual property to a Fortune 250 corporation. Mr. Hawker has extensive additional experience in the information technology industry, having previously served in senior management positions with AT&T Wireless Services, Inc., and Deloitte & Touche Management Consulting LLP, among others.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.