About Us

FirstString is the leading career technology company for nurturing the next generation of leaders in the workforce to find fulfillment and success. Our story begins with an a US Army veteran with a professional recruiting background and a former University of Georgia athlete who are relentlessly determined to modernize the recruiting process. 



We reimagined the job recruitment and career development process for the digital age. We are on a mission to be the career technology company known for creating great employment connections and enhancing the skills of America’s business leaders.



Our vision is to provide tools that empower the rich diversity of our nation through education and technology to create an authentic and genuine human connection between the individual and the business world.

MEET The firststring TEAM

Our best-in-class team consists of business leaders, former athletes, and seasoned HR professionals who are driving innovation across our business.

Barry Jones Founder & CEO

The difference between making a living and making a difference is what drives Barry. He started his career as a military officer and then transitioned into the pharmaceutical industry to work for Johnson & Johnson.

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TYLER JONES Co-Founder & VP of Business Development

Tyler is a former Division 1 student athlete who competed for the University of Georgia on both the track team and served as a team captain for the cross-country team. As an athlete he found success through hard work, consistency, and leadership.

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MARK BATTAGLIA Vice President, Operations & Technology

Mark is a technologist with 15 years experience working with data, systems and operations. He is passionate about leveraging emerging technology, data and AI to improve every day life and business operations.

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Francisco Maciel Chief Financial Officer

Francisco has over 40 years in finance, with many spent as a CFO. He has an MBA from the University of California – Berkely, along with a masters in Economics from the Universidad Ahanhuac where he has also taught Finance for over 30 years.

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Jeremy Sutton
Dr. Jeremy Sutton VP of Research and Development

Jeremy is a psychologist, writer, educator, and behavioral change consultant. He has a Ph.D. in performance and sports psychology, having spent six years researching endurance athletes’ mental toughness, motivation, personalities, and physiology.

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Saima Latif, PhD Scientific Advisory Board consultant

Dr. Latif’s career has spanned 20+ years. She is a licensed psychologist, coach, therapist, researcher and writer. Love for learning and a thirst to know more has remained throughout her life. Most of all she enjoys enabling others to benefit from her wealth of psychological knowledge and expertise.

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Anthony “Bo” Casella Vice President, Sales

A proven sales leader with 36+ years in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry. Competitive, Innovative, Inspiring, and Successful have been used to describe his leadership style.

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Partner With Us

Whether you are an employer seeking to hire your next great employee or just looking for help to enhance your employee’s performance, FirstString is here to help.

Our staff of well-seasoned and successful personnel combined with our unique technology make working with us both easy and effective.