We turn potential into success.
Our Founder & CEO, Emmanuel Toutain, came up with the idea of online job references when he tried unsuccessfully to get a performance bonus for an unpaid international intern at his company. After receiving a definite no, Emmanuel felt compelled to find something else to show gratitude to the intern for his good work. He offered to serve as a reference. However, he knew that the chances that a prospective employer would call from overseas to speak with him were very slim. The internet was the solution.
In the community
We are strong believers that everyone deserves a chance at finding employment. Everyone matters. Each person is valuable, capable, and worthy. We need every talent to grow a strong community. Terefic is respectful of all differences. Some people have disadvantaging conditions such as physical and mental disabilities, lack of education, advanced age, chronic homelessness or criminal backgrounds. We believe that life has more in store for them. We volunteer, serve and participate in programs that help people maximize their potentials.
Emmanuel founded Terefic in June 2011. He oversees the growth strategy of the company and plays a key role in its philanthropic efforts and corporate culture. Emmanuel also serves as co-VP at the Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA), a not for profit association of 800+ human resource professionals in the greater Austin area. AHRMA is a top chapter of the national Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He leads a Committee whose mission is to create partnerships and programs to bridge workforce readiness gaps. Emmanuel holds an MBA degree from the Wharton Business School.
Balsa oversees the technical strategy of the company, and is dedicated to building a team of world-class engineers to keep Terefic at the forefront of the industry. Balsa has over 15 years of hands-on experience developing large scalable websites and mobile applications using major technology platforms. He excels at managing technology teams and building client relationships. Balsa also founded a technology services company that deploys innovative technology solutions for the world's biggest brands, leading creative agencies and technology startups. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the Florida International University.
Gilles brings more than 10 years of financial experience to the Terefic team. As Director of Finance and Business Development, Gilles is involved with Terefic’s financial operations, strategic and marketing development. Gilles holds a an MBA degree in Finance from the Wharton Business School.
Mina leads the Customer Success team in exceeding our customer's expectations by continually fostering a customer-centric culture throughout the entire organization and building true customer advocates that speak to the business value achieved through Terefic. Mina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology.