Purpose

WE UNLEASH HUMAN ECONOMIC POTENTIAL

Talentists believe that conventional thinking about people and business prevents the identification and solving of our most important problems, inhibiting the innovation and agility needed to succeed. We envision a world where businesses consistently design for people, enabling individuals to identify their big three: Purpose, Talent & Opportunity. We create and deliver insightful, practical and constantly evolving solutions that accelerate human and business performance. By unleashing human economic potential, we bend the productivity curve upward, fundamentally changing the economic landscape. Talentists are passionate about creating meaningful solutions to this most fundamental of all problems: hidden potential.

Leadership

Jeff Hunter

Founder & C.E.O.

Jeff has been obsessed with reducing the waste of human economic potential for over 35 years. He believes that businesses are simply people and the things people produce, and he has spent his career trying to figure out why more people don't find their best selves through their work.

Jeff started DataMain Technologies, where as CEO he focused on ways to increase his company’s performance through innovating approaches to culture and people. He concluded that his passion and talents were uniquely suited to helping companies build advantage through people. This lead him to leadership positions at Electronic Arts, Dolby Laboratories and Bridgewater Associates.

Jeff has studied and spoken to great thinkers in a diverse range of disciplines, including psychology, economics, the arts and business. He has spent the last decade writing and speaking globally about what he learns. He has connected with thousands of C-Suite leaders, investors and talent professionals from all over the world and started to develop a fundamental picture of why organizations and people succeed and fail.

Talentism is the result of his journey as a high-tech entrepreneur, big business manager and restless innovator with a passion for people finding and capitalizing on their unique talents and purpose.

Jeff lives in Westport, CT with his wife. His three children are either in college or paying off their college loans. When he is forced to rest he enjoys cooking, historical literature, bothering his daughters with his weird sense of humor, rockin' to his son's soul band and listening to his wife's beautiful singing.

Greg Hudson

Head of Marketing

Greg sees a huge opportunity in applying a better understanding of human nature to business design and strategy. A student of people, Greg has interviewed senior executives nearly every day for the better part of the past dozen years. Prior to Talentism, he worked as an executive recruiter at Egon Zehnder (one of the largest global search firms) and Bridgewater Associates (the world’s largest hedge fund), and he’s served as an executive himself in a recruiting SaaS startup.

At Talentism, Greg helps companies use insight into people to create better business outcomes. His engagements include business design, executive search, recruiting consulting, and management assessment.

Greg has a Bachelor’s in Religion from Harvard University and an MBA from UCLA. His father is a nuclear physicist, his mother is a psychologist, and he was raised Tibetan Buddhist. In his spare time he enjoys taking pretty pictures of trees, obsessively running Excel optimizations on portfolio allocations, and appreciating good food and wine with his wife (who happens to be a trained chef and certified sommelier).

Sabrina Sidl

Head of Operations and Client Success

Prior to joining Talentism, Sabrina Sidl built a long and successful career in providing operational and strategic advisory services to senior leaders and investors across multiple industry sectors including single family office, real estate development and asset management. She worked on an international level for many years and has a deep passion for all aspects of relationship management, and making an impact by creating critical and meaningful connections between people.

For more than a decade, Sabrina owned and operated International Properties LLC, a Greenwich, Conn.-based real estate consulting firm representing real estate developers and investors in an advisory and deal negotiation function.

A native of Vienna, Austria, Sabrina came to the U.S. with nothing but her desire to achieve the American Dream, and make an impact by creating critical and meaningful connections between people. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Hotel Management Psychology HBLA College in Salzburg, and completed post-graduate work in shipboard operations, situational leadership and client relationship management at the Institute of Maritime Hotel Management. Early in her career, she held officer positions aboard the prestigious Cunard line and other international cruise lines trading globally.

Sabrina has been a member of the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Forum, the Foreign Policy Association, the International Trade Council of the Stamford (Conn.) Chamber of Commerce, and the Connecticut Maritime Association. Sabrina resides in Santa Monica, Calif.

Jake Bornstein

Head of Diagnostics

Jake has spent his career combining insight into systems with practical ways to unlock human potential within organizations. As the co-founder of Mandala Consulting, he worked with C-suite executives of some of the world’s most innovative companies and non-profits (Zappos, Mosaic Solar, Wikimedia, CHOICE Humanitarian) to understand their talents and challenges, and bring greater clarity to the way they lead, manage and create solutions.

As an Investment Associate at the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, he taught, researched and built trading systems based on a systemic understanding of macroeconomics, and delivered strategic advice to clients including governments and national social security funds.

Jake developed executive experience and an understanding of network management as part of the leadership of the international non-profit Slow Money, focused on creating and nurturing a network of decentralized investment vehicles to support local economies, overseeing the deployment of $30 million across 36 cities.

Jake graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in public policy and a minor in philosophy. He lives with his wife in Boulder Colorado, where he enjoys wandering the mountains, meditating, and hanging out with fellow leadership development nerds.

Trevor Hunter

Head of IP and Research

Trevor holds degrees in music composition from Santa Clara University and biochemistry from California State University, Chico. He previously worked as Associate Editor for NewMusicBox, an online magazine covering contemporary American music, where he published over 50 interviews and articles. His biochemical research involved microRNA binding site prediction, mass spectrometry and protein expression. His current interests with Talentism involve how human psychology and behavior drive business and affect decision-making.

In his spare time, Trevor enjoys melodramatic karaoke, writing lengthy background stories for his D&D characters, and running a spreadsheet-heavy craft beer tasting group. Before joining Talentism, business was the only topic of conversation in which Trevor was uninterested.

Pat Durner

Executive Assistant

Pat joined Talentism after serving in the non-profit world for two decades. Most recently, she was Executive Director at Connecticut Alliance for Music, an organization dedicated to championing exceptional musicians and the live performance of fine music. Pat’s responsibilities at CAM were wide-ranging, from creating and managing setback schedules and budgets to coordinating and organizing all details of CAM-presented activities (quarterly chamber music concerts and annual International Music Competition), among others.

At the same time, she was also involved with Common Ground Committee as their Board Administrator. Pat coordinated all aspects of CGC-presented events (the forum, Finding Common Ground on Taxes, was held on Nantucket in July 2016 with panelists Former Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) and Senior CNBC Correspondent Larry Kudlow), along with website updates and recording board meeting minutes.

Prior to that, for 16+ years, Pat was with AMS Planning & Research, an international arts management consulting firm, as Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the President and his staff.

At Talentism, Pat provides administrative, scheduling and travel support to the Founding Talentist and his staff.

Pat is a native “Nutmegger” and currently resides in a coastal Connecticut town with her partner of 25 years and tribe of four-legged fur-kids.

Jennifer Kim

Chief Operating Officer

Jenny has spent the majority of her career working in environments of rapid change or ambiguity. She spent a great deal of time consulting for Private Equity owned mid-market companies on the verge of distress at Alvarez & Marsal. She had a memorable 2-year stint working in the family office of the founder at Bridgewater Associates, which would eventually lead her to Talentism. Most recently before joining Talentism, she held a COO role at a young private jet company.

Now at Talentism, her primary job is to help Talentism scale its business so that it can accomplish its vision, which she believes in deeply after her journey witnessing the many Sisyphean human experiences in her various distressed or entrepreneurial escapades.

Jenny’s hobbies are around things where she can shut off her brain and use her hands to create. She plays the piano horribly, paints atrociously, and dreams of having been a brain surgeon or fashion designer in another life. She lives in Manhattan Beach, CA with her husband and two beautiful little boys.

Also, she often forgets to tell people this, but in her twenties Jenny founded and owned a bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn, called Patio Lounge.

Jacob Procuniar

Senior Associate

Jacob’s background is in strategic planning and finance. After earning a BA in Economics at Brigham Young University, he spent 6 years at Oakley headquarters in Southern California. Much of Jacob’s time there was spent working closely with Oakley’s executive team to manage its processes for long-term strategic decision making and annual planning. As part of his role, Jacob was regularly trusted with the development and synthesis of data-based insights that would guide critical business decisions. The experience provided constant reminders of the role of human behavior and group dynamics in business decision making.

At Talentism, Jacob enjoys a variety of responsibilities scaling Talentism’s project management, finance, and diagnostics areas. He also shares an abundant interest in how people make decisions, and how to help management teams by guiding them toward the contexts in which they are most likely to succeed.

In his free time, Jacob enjoys activities that require endurance and a state of calm in the presence of calculated risk. His favorites are mountain biking, freediving, and motorcycle riding. Jacob also has an unrelated passion for baking and especially eating delicious bread.