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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Doug Pardo

Doug holds degrees in American History & Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

He has previously held a variety of senior management, strategy, and advisory roles at firms such as Bridgewater Associates and Booz & Company. His experience includes strategic advisory for Fortune 500 companies, international expansion, and serving as an advisor to global institutional investors. Throughout his career, Doug has served as a coach, mentor, and advisor to non-profits, business leaders, and veterans. Following West Point, Doug served as an officer and Apache pilot in the Army, where he held the rank of Capitan. He has held leadership roles during combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, in which he commanded dozens of combat missions.

In his spare time Doug spends as much time with his daughter, Clara, and wife, Janine, as humanly possible. People make him tick, and he cherishes the close relationships he's formed across numerous walks of life. He has developed a passion for running over the past few years, and has completed four (steady) marathons in that time. He has supported West Point and Columbia admissions. He regularly mentors current cadets, and plays a similar role in the lives of veterans running for political office, transitioning from the military, or progressing in their careers.