A business is only as strong as the people in it, and Shaker is one of the largest employers of PhD-level selection scientists dedicated to talent analytics in the world. For almost two decades, some of the world’s more respected brands have chosen Shaker to help solve complex talent acquisition challenges and better engage and evaluate their candidates.
Shaker’s scientific approach deploys proven methods to help recruiters quickly, accurately, and objectively analyze talent for job fit. Recruiters enabled with Virtual Job Tryout technology are able to make precision hiring decisions. The majority of Shaker’s team are PhD-level psychologists and data scientists, bringing an expertise and enthusiasm for data that helps your business make the right decisions.
Shaker began life as a consulting firm, and this cultural characteristic remains extremely strong. Creating close partnerships with our clients in a hallmark of the service we provide. We know that for our clients to be maximally successful, our consultants must provide ongoing support in the use of our technology. And we genuinely relish the opportunity to collaborate with client teams to bring to life vibrant, engaging, and leading-edge solutions to their talent acquisition dilemmas.
Shaker’s team of PhD-level psychologists and data scientists are engaged in not only creating novel assessment techniques but conducting scientific research studies on those techniques and sharing them as conference presentations, whitepapers, journal articles, and more.
For its entire history, Shaker has been committed to innovative assessment technology. And we are innovating like never before with the use of cutting-edge artificial-intelligence-based data science techniques such as deep learning. Deep learning is a powerful type of neural network that can be applied to unstructured, free-form candidate responses to generate exciting insights into who a person is and how likely they will be to succeed on the job.
Brian Stern, PhD
As CEO, Brian is responsible for setting the course and fostering the culture that supports Shaker’s continued growth and success. He established Shaker around a new way of measuring talent. His deep and broad experience in selection science, large-scale talent analytics, client relations, and organizational consulting are part of Shaker’s essential knowledge base. His influence and insistence on innovation have compelled the creation of new standards in the talent acquisition market and raised the bar for creating assessment solutions that engage and win over both clients and candidates.
Brian is a founder of Shaker. His prior experience includes positions as Vice President of Americas Consulting for CEB/SHL; Vice President and co-founder of Olsen, Stern, Murphy & Hogan; Research Associate for the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO); and a graduate research fellow for the US Army Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. His trusted and authoritative work has been cited in various influential publications, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Bloomberg Business, Yahoo Finance, and Fortune.
Dennis Deuberry, MBA
Dennis brings more than 17 years of finance executive leadership to Shaker. As CFO, he leads all financial processes, accounting, financial planning and analysis, contracting, reporting, banking, financial controls, acquisitions, and decision support while driving business strategy and profitable growth. He enjoys steering process improvements and partnering with clients to maximize collective value.
Dennis is a successful finance veteran of the B2B SaaS/software space. Prior to Shaker, he was Vice President of Finance and Senior Director of Finance for two of Wolters Kluwer’s B2B SaaS businesses. Dennis also served as Director of Finance at Covance, Inc.’s custom software business. He has experience as a management and strategy consultant with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and World Class International.
Bringing more than 15 years of experience in talent assessment, Stephens has expertise in building and leading the growth of technology operations and is key to Shaker’s expansion of products and into new markets. He is responsible for all of Shaker’s technology operations, including product development, data center operation, and corporate infrastructure. He also oversees the team behind the development of Shaker’s award-winning Virtual Job Tryout technology and its supporting platform that delivers assessments to more than three million candidates each year.
As former Global CTO of SHL, Stephens led the development of the world’s largest assessment platform and was responsible for customer-facing and corporate infrastructure along with quality assurance and technical support. He also previously served as CTO at Vanco Payments and Focus Pointe Global, operating partner at Fortium Partners, and was a co-founder of Xceleration Partners, a firm assisting companies in M&A readiness, execution, and integration. He also has held senior technology roles at multiple large-scale communications companies.
With more than 15 years of experience in talent assessment and over 20 years of sales and business development expertise, Anello is an accomplished executive leader with a successful record of growing business, building customer-centric and profitable teams, and developing comprehensive go-to-market strategy. Responsible for Shaker’s business development, account management, marketing, and partner programs, Anello is focused on accelerating Shaker’s growth into new markets and further commercializing the firm’s award-winning Virtual Job Tryout technology and other intellectual property.
Anello had held executive sales and business development positions at Thomsons, CEB, and SHL. He also previously served as Director of Sales at ePredix/Previsor (acquired by CEB), Senior Business Development Manager at LexisNexis, Regional Manager at Techies.com, and Business Development Manager at Thomson Reuters.
Scott Goodman, PhD
With more than 25 years of selection science experience, Scott leads the teams of skilled professionals behind the design, build, and delivery of Shaker’s Virtual Job Tryout systems. He provides the technical expertise, direction, and foresight to ensure the highest level of service and client engagement. His commitment to client satisfaction and sincere interest in client success are vital to Shaker’s reputation for customer loyalty. Scott takes a broad view of client partnerships, attuned to how to deepen those relationships and capitalize on new opportunities for clients and Shaker alike.
Scott is one of the founders of Shaker. His prior experience includes positions as Managing Director of North American Consulting for CEB/SHL; Senior Consultant at Olsen, Stern, Murphy & Hogan; and Consultant at IBM.
Michael J. Hudy, PhD
Mike is an industry expert in predictive modeling using human capital data. More than two decades of experience in experiment design and talent analytics power his leadership of selection science at Shaker. His broad experience developing assessment tools for a wide range of industries has provided him a close view of what is effective—and what is not—when implementing candidate evaluation systems. In groundbreaking work with a Fortune 50 client, he has applied the practice of synthetic validity for establishing job relevance and predictive estimates for small-population jobs. Mike is skilled in deciphering the complexities and ambiguities of talent acquisition to create the practical, effective, and satisfying solutions clients and candidates deserve.
Mike is one of the founders of Shaker. His prior experience includes positions as Senior Consultant at CEB/SHL and Training Evaluation Analyst at Nationwide Insurance.
Eric J. Sydell, PhD
Eric directs Shaker’s research and product innovation initiatives. A valuable project leader for a long list of high-profile clients, Eric has expertise in extracting insights from large data sets and developing talent acquisition strategies that align with business objectives. Driving growth through ingenuity, Eric has pioneered the transformation and adaptation of the assessment experience from desktop workstations to mobile devices. Over the last 20 years he has developed new ways to leverage technology not only to improve the assessment and selection process, but elevate the candidate experience.
Eric is one of the founders of Shaker. He previously served as a Consultant at CEB/SHL.
Cindy directs all administrative processes at Shaker. She supervises the quality of Shaker’s accounting and financial operations and delivery of human resource services for all employees. Cindy implements operational processes to maximize the efficiency of Shaker’s business routines, saving time and reducing expenses. Client-focused and flexible, Cindy works side by side with Shaker’s professional staff to enable the steady delivery of high-quality service to clients and partners.
Cindy is a founder of Shaker. She previously served as Office Manager for CEB/SHL.
Marc Wenzel, PhD
VP, Business Development
Marc partnered with Shaker first as a client, then a consultant, before ultimately taking on leadership of the company’s business development and growth strategy. Marc supports sales efforts by fostering client development, advantageous partnerships, and a growing sales team. His chief responsibility is to ensure Shaker’s continued growth with thoughtful enhancements to its processes. With a focus on scalability and increasing market penetration, Marc’s organizational strategies emphasize broader market presence and capitalizing on Shaker’s deep knowledge of and strong client relationships in retail, technology, financial, and manufacturing sectors.
Marc’s prior experience includes business development roles at two fast-growth assessment providers, Performance Assessment Network (PAN) and ThinkWise, Inc. He also served as Managing Director at Talent Solutions Group and Senior Vice President of Leadership and Organizational Development at KeyCorp.
Dusty leads client-facing product management efforts that bring Shaker’s award-winning Virtual Job Tryout systems to life. He ensures reliability of access to Shaker’s assessment systems by assisting prospects and clients with accurate information, project planning, and integration support. Dusty and his team employ robust technical and design expertise to create an online environment that optimizes the candidate experience and provides the elegant tools clients use to capture, report, and interpret candidate data. He draws on his 25 years of experience in information technology, operations, and business development to meet the needs of current clients and anticipate the demands of future ones.Dusty’s prior experience includes serving Centurion Systems, Inc. as VP of Business Development and Operations and as a Consultant at IBM.