People Power Our Business. And Yours.

We’re not a vendor. We’re a partner. One that puts a team of intelligent, dedicated, creative and collaborative thinkers and doers to work for you. Together, we’ll draw from decades of business experience, market knowledge and personal expertise to deliver the insights and solutions your business needs to succeed.

We’re led by thought leaders.

TECHNOLOGY & employee experience



Drew is single-minded about creating massive value for clients. He’s spent more than 20 years in senior advisory and executive roles, transforming some of the largest companies in the world. His patent for measuring and optimizing the effectiveness of marketing is an example of his focus on innovation. As President of Maritz Motivation, he is committed to leveraging science, technology and data to deliver actionable behavior insights – empowering our clients to lead change in their industries.

That’s why Incentive Magazine named him one of the most influential leaders in the incentive and recognition industry. He brings his passion and energy to the Board of Directors for Achievement Awards Group, Impact Dimensions and Quality Rewards Travel.

Drew has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Management from the University of Kansas. He also has a Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Connect with Drew directly at +1.636.827.2250



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Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Chris is responsible for leading a talented global team designing, building and delivering the services and technology that helps companies make the most of their most valuable asset – their people.

An entrepreneur, architect and executive, Chris has spent the past 20+ years applying his talents in strategy, technology and design to build collaborative teams and to solve complex problems. His background spans several start-up companies, global corporations, work in higher education and government as the CIO for the City of St. Louis. This background gives Chris a unique vantage point on engagement, culture, technology and our changing work experience. Chris frequently contributes to industry publications and speaks around the country on the employee experience, people analytics and building entrepreneurial organizations.

Connect with Chris directly at +1.636.827.1335



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Chief Data Officer

As the Chief Data Officer, Jesse Wolfersberger leads the Data Sciences team for Maritz Motivation. He is a data scientist who specializes in merging the fields of behavioral science and artificial intelligence. His work informs the programs and processes that Maritz Motivation offers clients, ensuring sound strategy and thoughtful execution.

Jesse has extensive expertise in machine learning, econometric modeling, simulation and research. In his free time, Jesse enjoys using his data skills in the baseball world, where he has written for The Hardball Times and, and consults for a Major League Baseball team.

Connect with Jesse directly at +1.636.827.3745



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Vice President of loyalty strategy

Barry Kirk is a 15-year practitioner of the art of loyalty marketing who specializes in customer retention, the application of behavioral science to loyalty strategies, and consumer analytics. He is passionate about designing compelling human experiences that drive engagement, loyalty and strong business results.

Barry is the originator of The Multi-Loyalty Framework for customer engagement and an evangelizer of the notion that consumers are human beings first. Barry’s specialties include evaluating emerging trends, leading teams of strategic thinkers, and the application of gamification to loyalty program design.

Connect with Barry directly at +1.636.827.1872



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Nick Foppe has spent the past 20+ years in a variety of marketing and sales roles within the industry. He’s worked with clients to ensure successful product launches, drive national branding efforts, and foster community-building campaigns that drive loyalty and business growth. In addition to working within corporate frameworks, Nick has spent half of his career in agency leadership roles where he’s implemented a variety of processes and adapted to new trends and services.

As the Managing Director of Cartwheel, Nick has led consumer strategy that is informed by his trade knowledge and market expertise.  He taps into behavior and data science to serve clients with campaigns built from an informed – and innovative – perspective.

Connect with Nick directly at +1.636.827.1161



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We’re a 125-year-old startup.

Maritz Motivation has been in business for more than a century, developing market knowledge and program experience that informs our work. But, instead of doing what’s always been done, we do what’s right for you and your customers. We combine science, art, data, heart and hustle to face each new challenge, working nimbly to deliver innovative solutions.

It all starts with science.

Understanding why people do what they do – and how to influence their behavior – is a foundation for everything we do. In fact, as a pioneer in the study of behavioral science, we don’t just apply behavioral science principles, we uncover them. Alongside top academic partners, Maritz Field Research Collaborative, led by Maritz Chief Behavioral Officer Charlotte Blank, bridges the gap between academic theory and how it applies to business. As a result, Maritz Motivation and our sister companies are able to deliver the very latest actionable insights to our clients.

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