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2017 Game Changer: Jeff Pieta

The Shiftgig co-founder's colleague says of him, “He’s a passionate disrupter, never satisfied with the status quo."
Jeff Pieta, Shiftgig

Jeff Pieta, co-founder, Shiftgig Inc., Chicago

When first meeting Jeff Pieta through a mentorship program seven years ago, Anthony Bonaguro, a partner at Grant Thornton LLP, saw that Pieta was an innovator. Pieta is dedicated to the development of people through technology, Bonaguro said, and Pieta achieved that with Shiftgig.

“He’s a passionate disrupter, never satisfied with the status quo and always looking for a better way to achieve the right answer through change,” Bonaguro wrote in the nomination for Pieta.

Shiftgig began as a social network for job seekers, but two years in, Pieta, 34, aided the company in shifting that model. He helped move the business to be an on-demand marketplace that connects businesses with short-term workers, said Tricia Cagua, director of marketing at Shiftgig.

This decision and Pieta’s other contributions have been instrumental to the company’s success, Cagua said. Pieta built a new sales and operations team, led geographic expansions and hired regional general managers, helping the company double in size in the past year and acquiring a logistics platform, BookedOut Inc.

[To read about our other 2017 Game Changers, click here.]