CareerPlug Announces New President and New CEO Role

PRESS RELEASE — CareerPlug today announced that Jenny Leman, CareerPlug’s Senior Director of Client Operations, will be stepping into her new role as the company’s second President. CareerPlug’s first President and its Founder, Clint Smith, will be taking on a new role as the company’s first CEO. Smith’s new title will be Founder and CEO. 

The change in roles comes as CareerPlug implements a new approach to leadership within the organization based on the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) method. This new framework has allowed CareerPlug to identify opportunities to evolve its top leadership roles, solidify the core responsibilities and focus of each role, and better leverage the talents of Smith and Leman as the company gears up for a year of growth in 2021. 

Smith founded CareerPlug in 2007 with the simple idea that there was a better way to help employers connect with quality applicants. Since then, the company has partnered with more than 12,000 clients to help them make the right hires for their business. In his new role as CEO, Smith looks forward to returning to the entrepreneurial skillset that allowed him to grow CareerPlug into the trusted hiring partner it is today.

Smith says, “I’ve learned that oftentimes, as a company grows, founders and entrepreneurs get pulled away from the things they excel at – big picture strategy and building relationships outside the business – and instead find themselves tending to the operational aspects of running a business. But I knew there was someone else on my team who excelled at those things: my Senior Director of Client Operations, Jenny Leman. By elevating her to the role of President, I can focus on setting the vision and direction for CareerPlug’s future. We have big plans for new product features that will deliver more value to our clients in 2021, and I’m very excited about that.” 

Before joining CareerPlug in 2017, Leman led operations for a multi-unit franchisee and later for a software company. Her unique blend of franchise and software expertise brought a valuable perspective to CareerPlug in helping to build a people operating software for franchises.

Leman says, “I find myself deeply connected to the problem CareerPlug solves because I’ve worked for small businesses and franchisees. I know how important it is for small business owners to make the right hires because they have so much on their plates. I understand the concerns of our clients, and I feel proud to contribute to CareerPlug’s mission of helping connect the right people with the right jobs.”

About CareerPlug: CareerPlug is a software company on a mission to solve the #1 challenge of running a business: attracting and hiring the right people. More than 12,000 clients love working with us because we give them a proven playbook to make the right hires. Our software is easy enough for anyone to use, so you don’t need to be an HR professional to succeed. We’re so committed to making hiring easier that we require every one of our employees to become a certified Hiring Expert so that they can contribute to our mission.

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Originally from small town in central Texas, Ashley Johnson graduated from Texas State University in 2013 with a degree in Business Administration. She was hired by CareerPlug as a Talent Specialist in 2014, and moved up to ultimately lead the Recruitment Services team. From there, she pivoted to Implementation, and is now the Implementation Manager.

As the Implementation Manager, Ashley and 3 direct reports function as a transition between Sales and Partner Success in helping our clients get set up and established in our software. She spends her free time raising her 2 dogs, playing cornhole, and perfecting the art of charcuterie.

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Chris accidentally started a 20-year career in franchising when he was 18 years old and took a job painting houses for College Pro Painters. That job turned into the ownership of his first franchise (a house painting franchise). While at Monmouth College in IL, he operated his business, played on the varsity football team, and studied to become a teacher.

The taste of entrepreneurship and desire to coach others led Chris deeper into franchising, working with a few franchise brands helping them grow their businesses. He lived in the Chicagoland area his entire life until recently moving his family to Austin, TX.

In his free time Chris coaches youth sports, especially youth football, and spends as much time as he can with his wife and 2 children.

Jenny Leman


Native to Texas, Jenny graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 and joined CareerPlug in 2017. She retired her first career path as a Registered Dietitian after 10 years, and has found her true belonging in business operations.

As CareerPlug’s President, Jenny leads all teams to an aligned effort toward achieving our vision. She works to build healthy and scalable internal systems to equip and empower the CareerPlug teams to bring their best for our clients. She loves contributing new ideas and rethinking the status quo. Jenny really connects with the company’s core values, but especially with our intent to “Keep Growing.”

In her non-work life, Jenny enjoys time with her family, playing drums and performing with the Austin Samba School, and finding excuses to be on the lake.

Clint Smith

Founder & CEO

Clint founded CareerPlug in 2007 with the simple idea that there was a better way to help employers connect with quality applicants. Today Clint works every day to fulfill CareerPlug’s mission: Make Hiring Easier. Leading by example, Clint loves spending his time developing new ideas and teaching others.

After graduating from the University of Florida, Clint worked in investment banking and strategic marketing; both experiences influenced the development of CareerPlug. He also spent a year away from the business world teaching 5th grade in Boulder.

Clint is passionate about helping others succeed and is involved in numerous mentoring programs. He and his wife, Sarah, are also foster parents. Clint enjoys family time, beach volleyball, and outdoor adventures.