History & Leadership Team
NOVON Consulting was founded, and is still solely managed, by Sue Leistico. Starting her career in the insurance industry, Sue left corporate America in 1996 inspired by a motivation to be held personally accountable for her own actions. Beginning first as an independent contractor doing business analysis and project management for a broker dealer in Minneapolis, Sue soon began growing NOVON into a formidable competitor in the investment sector. Building practice focus areas in Compliance, Conversion Management and Strategic Assessments moved NOVON onto the national scene with relationships ranging from small introducing broker dealers to large firms affiliated with Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of NOVON, Sue consults at the program level and oversees all client engagements.
Through the natural ebb and flow of the small business world and to meet the demands of the current market, Sue recreated NOVON 20 years later, this time doing it with her son, Brett Leistico. After graduating from college with a degree in Finance and Financial Planning, Brett gained practical industry experience in both the insurance and broker dealer sectors before officially joining NOVON in early 2019. Brett is a hands-on consultant and NOVON manager in training.
Michael Benson joined NOVON in May of 2021 to lead the sales and recruiting efforts. When he moved to Minneapolis in 1999, Michael entered the IT staffing industry and has been there in various roles ever since.
For the first 13 years of his career, Michael was a Senior Technical Recruiter working the Twin Cities market, placing consultants in many different industries for both large Fortune 500 companies as well as small to mid-sized companies.
For the past 9 years, Michael has been more focused on the sales and relationship management side of things where he has been successful in new business development and partnering with his clients to help determine staff augmentation solutions and finding the right talent for their projects. Michael has always strived to have an open, honest relationship with his contractors and clients so everyone achieves a “win win” outcome.
As part of the NOVON team, Michael serves as VP of Sales and Recruiting.
With the need to round out the NOVON leadership team with the requisite infrastructure experience, Diane Turney, who joined NOVON in 2019, provides general technology as well as information security support to the Company and our clients. From chief technology officer of a regional self-clearing broker dealer to senior risk manager of Fortune 100 wealth management group, Diane brings a unique dimension of project and corporate experience to the table.
How We Work
Our Vision: To earn the right to be the preferred consulting partner of our clients by focusing on integrity and quality in every aspect of our business.
Our Creed: We do what we say we’re going to do. We do it very well. We do it 100% of the time.
We’re passionate about providing a positive consulting experience to our clients…every step of the way…every time.