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Think-X Leadership

Our team of Human Potential Activators is made up of successful executives bringing both wide and deep expertise  – in technology, coaching, and science. They have led organizations of varying sizes within verticals including health care, human resources, employee benefits, and retail.

Leadership Team
Ted Malley, CEO

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Ted Malley, CEO

With over 27 years of experience as a senior executive in the Human Capital Management Software industry, Ted brings his passion for helping others combined with his enthusiasm for technology to lead the team of Human Potential Activators at Think-X. Prior to Think-X, Ted served as Chief Customer and Chief Revenue Officer at Ceridian (NYSE:CDAY), after Ceridian acquired TeamRelate, a mobile app combining the DISC communication model with pulse engagements. Ted also co-authored RelateAbility: Working Together to Make Work Life Better, a book explaining TeamRelate’s behavioral model.

Prior to that, Ted served for over 17 years at Ultimate Software holding a variety of leadership positions ranging from VP Customer Success, VP Product Strategy, and CIO. During his time at Ultimate Software, Ted was introduced to Think-X as a coaching tool and hiring tool for his team and leveraged Think-X to create the highest performing teams in the country.

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Chris McSwain, President/COO/Co-Founder

In May 2019, Chris moved from active investor to a leadership role in the company that would become known as Think-X. Now as President, he plays a key role in leading an experienced executive team in the re-launch of this ground-breaking technology. Over his career, Chris and his teams have successfully delivered financial savings, breakthrough levels of employee engagement and positive impact to operational and business performance. He has led human resource transformation at employers such as Walmart, Whirlpool, General Dynamics, Syngenta, and SCANA.

Chris and his teams have received numerous awards, press and accolades from a variety of industry and media publications. For more than 10 years, he served as a member of the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) Board of Directors, as IBI Board Chair, and as President. In 2013, as a global leader, he co-founded WorldWideWellbeing.org. As an innovator and thought leader, he has also served as a board member for multiple organizations as well as currently serving as a board advisor for a variety of technology start-ups.

Alyssa Dver, Marketing Officer

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Alyssa Dver, Chief Activation Officer

With deep marketing, HR, coaching and tech expertise, Alyssa is credited with turning several companies into market leaders and investor gold.

She is the founder and Chief Confidence Officer for the American Confidence Institute, which is accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). ACI’s clients include Spotify, Staples, Wayfair, TJX Corp, PepsiCo, Bank of America, Liberty Mutual, State Street, Zoom, and IBM. 

Recognized as the confidence science expert, Alyssa is a TEDx and Boston Best Speaker. Her 7th book “Confidence is a Choice: Real Science. Superhero Impact.” was endorsed by MIT, Wharton, Yale, Harvard, UC Berkeley among other academic and business leaders. 

Alyssa is an active advisor at MIT’s Entrepreneurial Center, serves on several tech company boards, and founded and chairs the ERG Leadership Alliance which enables employee groups to create and share best practices across organizations.

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Ken Poletti, CTO/Co-Founder

In August 2018, Ken Poletti joined the executive team of entrepreneurs working on the products and services offered by ThinkX. Ken created his own practice, Poletti Group, LLC, to assist with startup organizations. Leveraging his 30+ years experience as a revenue-generating partnership development and technology executive to help clients deliver consistent results within their organizations.

In 2000, Ken joined the startup, Benefitfocus.com, which grew to be the largest provider of online benefits management software in the industry. He held several leadership roles in his 17 years at the company, such as the SVP of Ecosystem and Partner Solutions, SVP Integrations and Partner Solutions, VP Integration and Data Services and VP of Professional Services. Prior to Benefitfocus, Ken was Director of Software Engineering at PDA Dimensions, Inc. and Director of Application Development for Hill-Rom Company, Inc.

His charity work includes Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as the Peer Health Exchange.

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Gene Guhne, CRO/Sales

Gene joins ThinkX as our Chief Revenue Officer after more than 26 years in the Human Capital Management industry. Gene began his career at ADP, the world’s largest HCM provider and has held various sales management positions. Subsequent to ADP, Gene joined Ultimate Software. His teams had an integral role in obtaining Ultimate’s marquis and largest clients. In his twenty years at Ultimate as Vice President of Sales, Gene helped drive the revenue growth that took Ultimate’s market cap from $10 million to $8 billion dollars.

After Ultimate, Gene joined Ceridian, a NYSE company, to build out their large market teams. His team was successful in acquiring Ceridian’s largest client with more than 150,000 employees. Thru his career, Gene and his teams have been responsible for generating hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue.

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Bruce Sherman, MD, FCCP, FACOEM, Analytics

Chief Medical Officer for the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, Bruce Sherman provides guidance for clinically-related organizational activities. He is responsible for implementing integrated, data-driven approaches for the health and well-being strategy. He also serves as Medical Director, Population Health Management for the RightOpt private exchange offering at Conduent HR Services. Previously, Bruce has also served as the consulting corporate medical director for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Whirlpool Corporation, as well as The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.

As a frequent speaker, Bruce has presented on a wide range of population health management and human resources practice-related topics. He has published numerous articles and is a member of the clinical faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Bruce received his MD from NYU School of Medicine, his MA from Harvard, and his ScB from Brown.

Wade McNair

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Wade A. McNair, Psy.D., Org. Psychologist

Dr. McNair is an organizational psychologist and human capital strategist. He is a dynamic coach, consultant, and communicator with more than 20-years’ experience in talent management, corporate learning, leadership development, team dynamics, human resources, and organizational effectiveness. He is actively engaged in coaching and consulting, non-profit, and faith-based organizations around the world.

He is a gifted communicator and the creator of The Ability Series™, the Insight-Based Learning Method™, the Authenticity Equations™, and the Total Engagement Model™. In addition to his professional practice, Wade is an Adjunct Professor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Board of Directors
Dennis Cagan, Chairman

Shadow CEO®, Board Chairman/Director, 50+ yr Tech Entrepreneur, Governance Expert, and Author

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Gary Morais, Vice Chairman

Founder, Bottom Line Results

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Carol H. Kruse

Former Chief Marketing Officer at ESPN and Cambia Health Solutions, former head of Global Digital for The Coca-Cola Company, active Corporate Director.

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Eric Eilertsen, Treasurer

President and Chief Executive Officer, Liquidmetal Coatings, LLC

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Mike Preston

Former Chief Talent Officer, Deloitte US

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Lisa Sterling

Founder and CEO of R3-Engage

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Chris McSwain

President and Co-Founder of Think-X

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Ted Malley

CEO of Think-X

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The Think-X Board members are career innovators, executives and entrepreneurs each with a successful track records leading high growth technology start-ups through all stages of growth.

Dennis Cagan, Chairman  LinkedIn Icon

Shadow CEO®, Board Chairman/Director, 50+ yr Tech Entrepreneur, Governance Expert, and Author

 

Gary Morais, Vice Chairman LinkedIn Icon

Founder, Bottom Line Results

 

Carol H. Kruse  LinkedIn Icon

Former Chief Marketing Officer at ESPN and Cambia Health Solutions, former head of Global Digital for The Coca-Cola Company, active Corporate Director.

 

Eric Eilertsen, Treasurer LinkedIn Icon

President and Chief Executive Officer, Liquidmetal Coatings, LLC

Mike Preston  LinkedIn Icon

Former Chief Talent Officer, Deloitte US

Lisa Sterling LinkedIn Icon

Founder and CEO of R3-Engage

Chris McSwain LinkedIn Icon

President and Co-Founder of Think-X

Ted Malley  LinkedIn Icon

CEO of Think-X

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