About Us

Margot Van Riper, Principal

Margot has over two decades of professional experience in retained executive search, human capital research, and the sales, marketing, and operational needs associated with business ownership.

As co-founder of several successful small businesses in the fields of high tech, environmental products, food service, and entertainment, she developed a keen sense of how to match the right person to the right role. Her passion for research allows her to consistently find top talent, and she has established invaluable relationships with executives in numerous industries.

Born and raised abroad, and fluent in English and Italian, she adds global perspective and communication to her team’s expertise. Margot earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, San Francisco.

When not working, she enjoys cycling, hiking, and outdoor adventures. She also plays piano, guitar, and has been a serious student of West African percussion for over twenty years.


Carla Morton, Principal, Coaching Practice

Carla is a Certified Professional Integral Coach through New Ventures West in San Francisco, CA. She was credentialed as a Facilitator through The MMS Worldwide Institute in The Netherlands and is an Associate Credentialed Coach through the International Coaching Federation. She has a BA in Psychology form Dominican University. She supports business leaders and professionals through critical changes, so they may thrive in their business and personal lives.

She has spent the last 18 years working as an Executive Recruiter with Fortune 500 and start-ups in the tech sector. Carla has launched several start-ups of her own: BrandHabit, a Silicon Valley angel-invested fashion internet directory, and ASPIRE, a corporate wellbeing company.

Carla’s coaching work is based on more than 25 years of business and entrepreneurial experience. She was the founder of Go Fish!, a successful executive search firm. As the CEO of Go Fish!, she hired and managed a staff of recruiters who staffed early stage startups such as eGain and Cetrus, as well as large organizations such as Visa, Schwab, and Wells Fargo. For many years Go Fish! has been placing executives in marketing, creative, technical, sales, and professional services roles at Autodesk.

As a serial entrepreneur and founder, Carla has conceptualized and written business plans for several companies. She has raised angel investment money, recruited advisory boards, had full P&L responsibility, hired teams, and managed day-to-day operations.

Carla enjoys the outdoors, and travel in developing countries. She is an avid hiker, practices yoga and meditation. She also volunteers for “Save the Waves”, a coastal conservation organization.


Scott Deppiesse, Sr. Consultant

Scott has over 23 years of recruiting experience.  As a pioneer of contingent consulting in the San Francisco Bay Area, he has developed a vast network of clients and relationships in the high tech industry.  He has also worked on several international assignments and is well versed in immigration and multi-national business relationships.  Most recently he consulted with Autodesk, working closely with the Marketing organization.  Scott holds a degree in Computer Science and enjoys keeping abreast of changes and advancements in technology.

Born in San Mateo, CA, Scott is an avid golfer and acting president of the AGC men’s club.  He is also the father of young twins, and enjoys non-fiction reading and all things outdoors.


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