In 2010 Blake Frye started Core Leadership, a program designed to mentor and develop c-level business leaders. As he listened to the various challenges his participants were facing at their companies a reoccurring theme bubbled to the service. The most prominent pain point for each of them was an inability to source, vet, and retain talent.

With a background in headhunting, Blake offered to help these leaders by building a non-contingent recruiting model. His innovative approach to recruiting played a major role in the growth of the clients he was servicing. Thus, the recruiting arm of Core Leadership was born.

With the leadership development work blossoming and the recruiting arm continuing to produce Blake decided it was time to separate the two businesses. In 2015 he approached Matt Thomas about taking the reigns on the recruiting side. In 2016 Core Ventures spun off of Core Leadership to focus primarily on staffing and recruiting.

Today Core Ventures serves companies across industries and across the country. We believe that our flat fee recruiting model is a necessary disruption to an industry that has long gouged clients with exorbitant fees. Our service and performance are second to none. We love our clients and are privileged to come alongside them in finding great people to grow their business.




Our Mission

Core Ventures is dedicated to providing personal and professional leadership development and recruiting services that empower leaders to establish successful organizations comprised of team members who share the same company culture and vision.

Matt Thomas


Matt Thomas works directly with clients to uncover core culture markers in flourishing business teams. Through this process he is able to put businesses on the path to success while establishing business teams that share the same passions, goals, and visions.

In addition, Matt leads Core Venture’s recruiting base, and is an expert in equipping his team to find candidates that have character, are competent, and whom fit the culture of the company that is pursuing placement.

Blake Frye

Founder / Board Member

Blake Frye helps Core Ventures stick to it’s original vision of helping business owners grow their companies by finding great people while providing on going recruiting services.

His expertise lies in meeting with people that want to grow their business. A key component in Blake’s strategy is helping business leaders find opportunities for Kingdom impact both personally and professionally.

Katie Martin

Lead Recruiter

Kate runs point in on-boarding new accounts and recruiters. A former talent scout, she has an uncanny ability to surface top talent and interface effectively with our largest accounts. She joined the Core team in April, 2016 and has become a integral part of our growth and success.

Peggy Manning

Human Resources Manager

Helping individuals make the most of their strengths has been the primary focus of Peggy’s career. With personnel experience hewed as a public school administrator, she became Director of Human Resources in 2000 for the first of three nationwide wireless retailers based in TX & FL. In 2009, Peggy brought her skills to the CORE team, where she serves as HR Manager and assists our recruiter team.