Meet the Team

We live our core values. See how we bring integrity, continuous improvement, partnership, and heart into everything we do.

Wendy Benning Swanson President/CEO

As the visionary and culture creator at Verum Technical, Wendy is at the helm of the ship.

Her mission statement is, “I am a visionary leader driven by empowering others to find their inner truth in order to align them with their most powerful self.”

Wendy’s vision goes beyond the office doors. She noticed that the staffing industry has a missing link – a heartfelt connection between candidates, clients, and staffing agency employees. By building this win-win-win connection, she plans to improve the image of staffing agencies.

Wendy graduated from Saint Catherine’s University in Saint Paul, MN with a BA in Biology in 1998 and a MAOL in Organizational Leadership in 2012. She loves to read leadership books and is constantly working on ways to improve Verum Technical.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She is crazy about her two cats, loves to travel, and enjoys camping. Not everyone knows she lived in Tasmania, Australia for one year during college and conducted rainforest research in Panama after graduating.

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Matt Wetherell Business Development Manager

As a Business Development Manager, Matt builds and maintains relationships with companies that hire individuals with science and engineering backgrounds in the Twin Cities. He collaborates with clients for their hiring and contracting needs.

Matt is a great communicator who is open and understanding. He cares about building long-lasting relationships with people and creating partnerships that continue long after the initial project.

He graduated in 2012 from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a B.A. in Communications. His background in recruiting and retail service management polished his customer service skills and healthy, competitive attitude. Matt enjoys being up to speed on the innovation and growth in the scientific and engineering industries he serves.

In his spare time, Matt volunteers at Richfield Young Life, and Feed my Starving Children, works with Somali refugees, and is a part of the IFT (Institute of Food Technologists) and the Manufacturers Alliance. He also grew up in Chicago and is a huge fan of the Chicago Cubs. He is thrilled they won the World Series in 2016. He also likes to play golf and travel.

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Michael Benning Technical Recruiter / Account Manager

As an Account Manager for Verum Technical, Michael works with larger clients to fill their staffing needs and with candidates to discover the best connections. Michael’s ability to listen and understand what clients want makes it easy to find the right candidate. His dedication to follow through smooths communication and keeps the process flowing.

He graduated from Hamline University with a B.A. in Management. After working in the construction industry, he traded in his tools for an office, attracted to an interesting and empowering team environment.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys following his nieces’ and nephews’ sporting events as the Professional Uncle. His favorite book is “Think and Grow Rich.”

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Pa Kou Thao Technical Recruiter

As a Technical Recruiter, Pa Kou networks with candidates to connect them with positions. She also works with clients to fill positions as soon as they are available. She connects with candidates and continues to support them with finding the best possible position and giving them the best start at their new role. She leverages social media tools to empower her networking ability and to stay in touch with candidates.

She is very active in the Monarch program. Pa Kou helped build the soccer program as well as helping female athletes in her community achieve higher education goals.

In her spare time, Pa Kou enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, and has friends all over the word! She enjoys participating in different Minnesota Soccer Leagues year-round.

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Ethan Hartgers Technical Recruiter

As a Technical Recruiter for Verum Technical, Ethan enjoys working with candidates, especially new graduates and other candidates starting at entry level. He provides information and insightful guidance to candidates as they progress through the hiring process. His background as a manager at a national car rental company honed his skills in empathy, navigating challenging conversation, and delivering exceptional customer service.

Ethan graduated from St. Cloud State with a Communications degree in 2013. In his spare time, he spends time outdoors camping at the Boundary Waters of Minnesota with his American Stanford Terrier adopted from a local shelter. Ask him for his famous beer can chicken recipe.

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