Michael Clegg

– Managing Partner  –

Michael became the Managing Partner of Q Works in 2018.  He began his career in the staffing industry in the late 90’s starting out as a Recruiter then moving into Sales and Sales Leadership. Over the past decade, Michael has worked in the industry as a Regional Executive successfully building teams and managing dozens of associates throughout the United States. Specializing in contract staffing, Michael is able to leverage his experience to offer clients a personal, customized partnership. He and his staff have successfully filled hundreds of mid-level to senior management positions in sales, marketing, engineering, operations, technology, healthcare and finance. He also coaches professionals on Sales and Professional Development.

At Q Works, his management philosophy is based on developing high-energy associates that prioritize their work with integrity. “Our clients and candidates are the heartbeat of our professional existence. Our relationship with them starts through the building of a strong internal team that cares about people.  I strive to be a great leader that influences through trust that has been built by being an example of positive behaviors.”

Michael is a graduate of Radford University and proudly coaches high school football.

Please feel free to connect with Michael on LinkedIn.

Contact:mclegg@qworksgroup.com Phone: (803) 830-6514



Bertina Brase

– International Account Executive, Machinery & Equipment and Industrial Automation Industries –


After earning a Master’s degree in Germany, Bertina worked in Corporate Human Resources with both German and US companies.

With 20+ years in the U.S. and having lived in various regions of the country, Bertina understands the nuances of cultural diversity. She leverages these skills when working with European subsidiaries in the U.S. Her strong organizational and analytical skills allow Bertina to identify top recruits for middle and upper management positions. Bertina has been on the agency and the client side, as an Executive Recruiter and HR Manager. This has allowed her to think with a 360 perspective. Clients appreciate her ability to zero in on company fit and market knowledge and appreciate her knowledgeable, realistic, and practical management recruiting support.

Bertina’s main focus at Q Works lies on industrial product industries, with clients in the Capital Equipment, Material Handling, Machinery and Automation Industry, and other technical products including the Renewable Energy sector.  Her client base consists of small to medium-sized companies, as including many that are subsidiaries of European companies.

Bilingual: English – German; Executive Recruiting Professional; Career Guidance; Successfully placed Managing Director’s, CFO’s, VP’s; Experience in global and national talent/recruitment strategies; Several years’ business experience successfully handling diverse challenges in HR & Labor Law issues; Hands-on management style that capitalizes on interpersonal skills and leadership-by-example; Knowledge and experience of European and US Culture in broad variety of backgrounds.

Please feel free to connect with Bertina on LinkedIn

Contact: bbb@qworksgroup.com Phone: (803) 493-0914



Katie Trippe

– General Manager,  Engineering Services and Manufacturing Industries-


Katie joined Q Works in 2014 as an Account Executive to support our clients in the plastics and chemical manufacturing industries. Her tenacity in pursuit of highly desirable professionals provides a competitive edge to clients seeking top talent. Also, her tenure as a VP and Operations Manager gives her key insight into the manufacturing industry specifically in the areas of lean initiatives and process improvement. Because of her passion for recruiting and the manufacturing industry, Katie stays on top of industry trends.

Her unique, consultative approach to recruiting has enabled her to assist clients in meeting strategic business objectives. She has an extensive network of contacts within the engineering and manufacturing communities and contributes in many forums and industry groups.

Katie earned her BBA in Marketing from Marshall University.

Please feel free to connect with Katie on LinkedIn.

Contact: kpt@qworksgroup.com Phone: (803) 650-3013


Silvia Gray

– International Account Executive, Automotive Industry-

Silvia joined Q Works in August 2016 as an Account Executive. She has always worked in an international environment, spending the past 13+ years in automotive project management and human resources. Fast paced demands have prepared her for understanding the urgency as well as expectations of the automotive industry. Her vast network within the automotive world offers a competitive edge. Recruitment has become a passion for her.

As a native German living in the US for over 20 years, Silvia can relate to the cultural differences that the automotive industry often brings. In her recent position as Human Resources Manager, she was responsible for recruitment of unique skills on many different levels. She is well versed with immigration laws and can offer insight and support when a visa is required.

Building strong relationships with her clients and candidates allows Silvia to better focus on the best interests of both parties.

Please feel free to connect with Silvia on LinkedIn.

Contact: sgray@qworksgroup.com Phone:(864) 313-2305



Iris Winkelbauer-Hoelzl

– International Account Executive, European companies doing business in the US –

Iris joined the Q Works Group in 2016. She is a native of Austria, fluent in German, English and Hungarian and has lived in the US since 2012. Iris brings with her 14 years of international sales and business development experience. Her background and understanding of different cultures has proved useful in developing business opportunities such as opening a US branch of a European based company.

Iris’s main focus is to work with European companies with subsidiaries in the US as well as US clients with business overseas. In doing so, she will be able to provide valuable recruiting solutions based on an extensive knowledge of cultural differences and international business experience, as well as being able to connect within a large international network.

Please feel free to connect with Iris on LinkedIn.

Contact: imw@qworksgroup.com Phone: (803) 650-3338


Sarah Riska

– Client Success Manager –

After earning an Accounting Degree from North Carolina State University, Sarah spent fifteen years developing her management and leadership skills by leading a team of 150 employees, followed by building and leading a MM product distribution company.

In 2019, Sarah joined Q Works Group with the intention to follow her passion of partnering with business leaders to help them find the most qualified talent to evolve their business.  Sarah’s experience in the business world has shown her that the most valued assets of a company are the employees. Who you choose to be part of your team is one of the largest determinations of a company’s success.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys playing tennis, traveling and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Please feel free to connect with Sarah on LinkedIn.

Contact: sriska@qworksgroup.com Phone: (704) 506-7925


Lori Carver

– Client Success Associate, Building Products Industry –

Lori joined Q Works in 2019 as a Candidate Success Associate.  Lori earned her BA in Political Science from Methodist University and brings over 20 years of successful Sales Management experience as an Account Executive, Sales Director, Regional Sales Director and as a Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  Her background in managing multiple projects in multiple locations with small to large teams of people, gives her a strong understanding of assisting clients meet key business objectives in their hiring needs.

Lori’s main focus at Q Works is in the Building Products Industry, particularly in glass and lighting, recruiting mid-level to Executive level positions for both permanent and contract roles.

Please feel free to connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

Contact: lcarver@qworksgroup.com Phone: (803) 650-3346


Michelle Griffin

– Internet Researcher –

Michelle joined The Q Works Group as the an Internet Researcher in January 2020. She brings with her a passion for international business and languages. She is tri-lingual with the ability to conduct business in English, Spanish and German languages. She has been able to combine her passion for exploring new cultures and languages with business to launch her career with the Q Works team.

Michelle is in her final semester at the University of NC – Charlotte.

Please feel free to connect with Michelle on LinkedIn.

Contact: mgriffin@qworksgroup.com