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Our Team

the difference makers

When you’re in the business of finding great people, you need to be staffed with – you guessed it – great people. Our executive team brings together passionate, individual thinkers and doers who possess unmatched experience in the hiring and technology worlds. The Accolo culture is one of understanding that people make the difference when businesses flourish. This permeates our entire staff and drives us to succeed and even more importantly, help you succeed.

Let’s meet the minds of Accolo…



John Younger

President, CEO and Founder

For over 23 years, John’s passion to dramatically improve how people and jobs find each other has drawn upon his deep understanding of technology, the recruitment process and a core belief that everyone deserves courtesy and respect. This idea is central to Accolo’s vision, methods, and communications which John founded in 2000. See More >

Accolo, Inc. provides a revolutionary SaaS Cloud Recruiting® Platform with layered on-demand professional services. Accolo is recognized as a pioneer in Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) – winning numerous awards including: 2010 HRO’s Bakers Dozen as a Top On-Demand RPO company and #1 On-Demand Recruitment Process Outsourcing company in 2009 and 2008, one of the fastest growing companies in the United States (#42 on the 2007 Inc 500), the fastest growing private company in the San Francisco Bay Area (2006), won the 2005 Recruitment Process Outsourcer of the Year Award and is a founding member of the Recruitment Process Outsourcing Association.

Accolo is deeply committed to sustainable, charitable and non-profit organizations, and has made the identification of key talent for these organizations a corporate priority. Examples of this commitment include: finding an Executive Director for a large mental health facility in upstate New York; an Executive Director for a halfway house for homeless women in Oakland, CA; and working closely with a global solar energy company to find talented individuals across all disciplines as it becomes one of the world’s largest producers of solar energy. John also participates on numerous boards, including being an advisory board member to Astia, a non profit to promote women led organizations.

John was Resumix user #2 in 1988 and established the first Vendor on Premises for both Bank of America and Olsten Corporation in 1992. He was an early adopter of Internet recruiting with the On-Line Career Center (to later become Monster) in 1993, and was user #4 while running his Venture Talent Recruitment Agency in 1998.

John’s vision for a completely outsourced staffing solution led him to found y/net in January 1996. After a successful launch of y/net, TriNet acquired John and his company in November 1996 where he remained until December 1999. TriNet was one of Inc. Magazine’s 500 fastest growing companies in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999.

Applauded for his ability to accurately predict trends in the industry and deliver engaging presentations, he has been asked to speak at events in the United States, Australia, Belgium and United Kingdom. Some of these venues and organizations include Kennedy Events, OnRec, Entrepreneurs Organization, Net Impact, Torchiana, Experience Unlimited and Northern California Human Resource Association. John is also a member of The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a global business network of 8,000+ business owners in 121 chapters and 40 countries.

From 1987 to 1994, John was the Vice President of Human Resources for Bank of America where he led technical recruitment for an organization of 16,000 people. John earned a degree from Notre Dame in Mathematics and Computer Science and is a former member of the Unites States National (Olympic) Rowing Team.

Ray Rike

Chief Operating Officer

Ray joined Accolo in 2009, and is the General Manager of the Accolo RPO Business. He continues to lead all Accolo Cloud Recruiting® operations including: Marketing, Sales, Delivery Services, Client Management, Job Performance Center and the Accolo Hiring Consultant Network. See More >

Ray brings 25 years of SaaS, software, and services leadership with significant experience in building and leading high growth global sales, marketing and service delivery teams. Previously Ray held senior executive and corporate officer roles at public, multi-national companies including GE GXS (GE), QRS (QRSI) and also has held senior leadership roles at emerging technology companies including Accruent, MarketFirst and Netscape at their joint venture (Actra) with GE.

Ray graduated from The Ohio State University with degrees in computer science and operations management. Ray is also a graduate of the GE Executive Management Development Program.

Cynthia Countouris of Accolo

Cynthia Countouris

Vice President, Marketing and Product Management

Cynthia joined Accolo in the fall of 2009 and brings over 19 years of experience in the development and marketing of software solutions. See More >

Prior to joining Accolo, Cynthia Countouris provided executive and product leadership to several Silicon Valley firms including Sawyer Media and MarketFirst, a founder of the marketing automation space, where she was VP of Product Management and Marketing. Before MarketFirst, Ms. Countouris led marketing technology and IT groups for such industry leaders as Autodesk, Inc. and Silicon Graphics, Inc. While at Autodesk, she provided industry expertise to SAP directing the development of their SAP:ISSW release, a specific layer supporting the contracts, marketing, product licensing and subscription tracking requirements of software manufacturers.

Ms. Countouris received her B.S. and Masters of Science in Industrial Administration (MBA) with concentrations in Marketing and Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University.