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Company Leadership

Meet the VitalSmarts Leadership team

Joseph Grenny
Cochairman, Cofounder

Joseph is an acclaimed keynote speaker and business strategy expert. For the past twenty-five years, he has designed and implemented major corporate change initiatives. He has advised thousands of leaders on every major continent, from the board rooms of Fortune 500 companies to the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Joseph was formerly president of California Computer Corporation and an executive for the Covey Leadership Center. He is coauthor of the New York Times bestsellers Change AnythingCrucial ConversationsCrucial Accountability, and Influencer. Joseph cofounded Unitus, a nonprofit organization that helps third-world poor achieve economic self-reliance.

Andrew Shimberg
Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Shimberg is a respected consultant and adviser to some of the world’s most powerful executives. Working across the Global 1000, Shimberg has helped leaders in organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, Merck, ConocoPhillips, and Daimler drive complex behavior change to secure bottom-line results. Prior to his role as chief executive officer at VitalSmarts, Shimberg served as president of nGen Talent, a division of nGenera Corporation. Shimberg has also led dozens of large-scale research projects. His research on increasing influence to solve entrenched problems was named The Change Management Approach of the Year by MIT Sloan Management Review.

David Maxfield
Vice President of Research

David Maxfield is coauthor of the three New York Times bestsellers Crucial AccountabilityInfluencer, and Change Anything. David completed doctoral work in psychology at Stanford University and has since taught at Stanford University and the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University, where he received the Motorola University’s Distinguished Teaching Award and Stanford University’s Dean’s Award for Innovative Industrial Education. As vice president of research at VitalSmarts, David leads an ongoing series of research projects uncovering the negative impact of cultures of silence in organizations around the world. His research has been published widely, including in the MIT Sloan Management Review, where his article “How to Have Influence” was awarded the Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize for the most outstanding article on planned change and organizational development.

Brad Kendall
Chief Revenue Officer

Brad’s years of experience in sales management include senior leadership positions with Qualtrics, IBM, TMP Worldwide, and Fidelity Investments. For the past eighteen years, he has consulted with some of the world’s leading companies including The Walt Disney Company, Wells Fargo, VMware, and Wynn Resorts. In 2015, Brad became the first VitalSmarts chief revenue officer with responsibility over global and U.S. sales, business development, and account development. Brad helps drive revenue and gross margin for VitalSmarts by working closely with finance and marketing while also building strong sales and sales operations teams.

Troy Giles
Chief Financial Officer

Troy has more than twenty years of experience in finance with large, global, public companies as well as small startups. Before joining VitalSmarts in 2015, Troy was the CFO of Radiate Media, one of the fastest-growing companies in Utah in 2012 and 2013. Before that, he worked in senior finance positions at Boart Longyear and Tektronix. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Japanese and an MBA in finance from Brigham Young University as well as an accounting certificate from Linfield College.

Emily Hoffman
Vice President, Development & Delivery

As vice president of development and delivery, Emily is integral to the success of the company’s training products. Under her leadership, VitalSmarts creates and develops the company’s award-winning line of training products as well as supports a community of more than eight thousand certified training professionals with nationwide development opportunities, conferences, and training implementation tools. Emily also travels around the world speaking, training, and consulting to the VitalSmarts roster of Fortune 500 clients. She graduated from Emory University with a BA in English and received an MD from the University of Utah School of Medicine and an MBA from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.

Mary McChesney
Vice President, Marketing

Since joining VitalSmarts in 2004, Mary has led the company’s largest integrated marketing and publicity campaigns. As vice president of marketing, she oversees five main marketing functions: Product Management, Corporate Communications, Demand Generation, Channel Marketing, and Project Management. Specifically, Mary has been instrumental in launching and sustaining the company’s New York Times bestselling business books, multiple research studies, and all major product lines. In 2010, Mary’s team received a Stevie for “Marketing Department of the Year” from The American Business Awards.

John Minert
Vice President, Global

John has led global strategy and solutions at VitalSmarts since 2008. He spearheaded the VitalSmarts global sales framework as a means of accelerating global growth. John works to expand and improve the VitalSmarts network of global partners. He also sells VitalSmarts training solutions directly to local and multinational client organizations in countries where VitalSmarts has no local representative. Over the ten years preceding VitalSmarts, John was a top-producing sales executive in the telecommunications industry, with responsibility over direct client accounts as well as global channel resellers.