Our Team

Scott Kelsey

Scott Kelsey | Founder & CEO

Scott grew up in Clark Mills, NY where he found a love for the game of hockey. After graduating from Hamilton College in 1993, he played professional hockey for 5 plus years. Over the course of his career, Scott competed in more than 350 games in the ECHL and CHL.

Life after hockey has been both satisfying and successful. Scott transitioned into the business world quickly and has spent the last 23 years in the mortgage industry, working with some of the nations’ top mortgage companies.

In 2018, Scott suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling down the stairs in his home. In the aftermath, he realized the importance of choosing to use each day as a positive step toward growth and healing. Subsequently he has become an advocate for mental health, with a focus on self-discovery. Combined with objective understanding he believes leveraging experiences, both good and bad, enables people to achieve greater meaning and happiness out of life.

As a health and wellness activist, Scott is dedicated to making a positive impact on as many people as possible.

“By sharing our life experiences, we learn to grow together, forging lasting connections and contributing to society in meaningful and impactful ways.”

“I help people define and attain levels of personal and professional success in more efficient, meaningful, and impactful ways.”

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Scott currently lives in Pennington, New Jersey with his wife Larissa and their two children, Greta (age 6) and Alex (age 3).

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Jason Todd

Jason Todd | COO

For over 20 years, Jason has helped businesses see the bigger picture and use that vision to eliminate the constraints that clutter the path to success. His experience ranges from business ownership, marketing & consulting to software application development for small to large and multinational corporations.

Jason knows firsthand the triumphs and struggles that exist for entrepreneurs, and believes the answer to success is within each company. To unleash its greatest strength, he thinks a company needs to know its story. He spends time learning the unique strengths and challenges of a company, and presents a fresh approach from his proven experience that matches a company’s needs to propel its growth. In short, Jason helps companies find their stories.

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Tim Hawkes

Tim Hawkes | CMO

For over 20 years, Tim has been managing the marketing and development of digital products and programs for clients, including Ford, IBM, Avaya, Dove, SiriusXM, J&J, Nestle, MetLife, Kraft. Tim’s expertise is in leading digital innovation grounded in effective and efficient marketing strategy. His creative and innovative approach to digital has been recognized by various industry awards and notables, including Cannes, Clios, One Show, IAB Mixx Awards, Webbys, FWA, and Awwwards.

Tim currently lives in Ridgefield CT with his wife Holly and their two sons Zack and Matthew.

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Robert Showers

Robert Showers | Chief Commercial Officer

Rob has a 25 plus year background in the sales, management, and relationship management throughout the financial services industry.He currently is involved in all aspects of business strategy development, new client targeting, and strategic collaborative efforts.Rob leverages his extensive network of Asset Manager, Private Equity and Hedge Fund relationships to introduce and win new business opportunities for BNP’s Fund Servicing platform both in the US and globally.

Rob currently lives in Larchmont NY with his wife Abby and 4 children  Robbie, Amelia, Sophia and Louisa.

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Glen Thornborough

Glen Thornborough | Strategic Advisor

For the past decade Glen’s experiences have been honed, as an executive, in both the private and public sectors. Revenue generation, brand marketing, employee engagement and fiscal management are the key pillars and competencies that lead his journey. Glen is a proud father of two wonderful children and exercises personal values and humility in everyday decision making as an senior manager. A proven executive that has excelled at all levels of business.

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Robin Schafer

Robin Schafer | Strategic Advisor

Robin Schafer DNP, CPNP, PMHNP-BC, has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for over twenty years specializing in pediatric and adolescent health. For the past 7 years Robin has also specialized in pediatric, adolescent and young adult mental health issues especially medication management. She was previously the director of health services at Iona College, managing all the medications for the students at the counseling center, and currently works per diem to assist them. During the school year, Robin manages a private practice specializing in medication management for young adults and adolescents with mental health issues.  Robin recently completed a quality improvement project for her doctoral degree at NYU designing an educational intervention to teach counselors and camp nurses about the mental health issues experienced by children, adolescents, and young adults in a summer camp setting.  Robin focuses on mental health management and individualized treatment of all her patients.

Robin currently lives in Scarsdale NY with her husband Andrew and 9-year old daughter Mia.

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Richard Sperry

Richard Sperry | Strategic Advisor

In March 2021, Richard joined EverythingALS an innovative non-profit organization bringing together patients, research and technology to drive meaningful change in ALS treatment and care. He also serves as commercial advisor to AdheaRx, a company focused on improving patient care by providing a customized phone interview service for physicians to stay connected to patients between visits.

Richard enjoyed an impactful 18-year career at Novo Nordisk, Inc. where he most recently served as Vice President, Executive Office/Chief of Staff and Managing Director of Novo Nordisk Pharma Inc., Novo Nordisk’s U.S. affiliate for the commercialization of follow-on brands.

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Susanna Madden

Susanna Madden | Strategic Advisor

Founded in 2009, Thrive Resources exclusively serves private equity firms and their portfolio companies. The entire Thrive team hails from industry, leveraging our own industry experience on behalf of clients.

Our firm understands that a company’s success is deeply rooted in the talent of its people. Through our services, we connect our clients with top talent and solutions. These solutions include search, assessments, onboarding, executive coaching, interim executives and backable CEO introductions.

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Katie Winn Boyer

Katie Winn Boyer | Strategic Advisor

Katie is a lifelong education professional who has worked at both the secondary school and university levels as a fundraiser, admissions professional, and college counselor. She currently works in the advancement field, finding meaningful engagement opportunities for both alumni and families. Katie also is a freelance writer and editor, having published magazine and website articles on topics ranging from car enthusiast activities to the college admissions process. A volunteer EMT in her community, she supports various local not-for-profits helping write their fundraising appeals.

Katie currently lives in Morristown, NJ with her husband, Charlie. They have two adult children, Maddie and David.

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Anthony Kelsey

Anthony Kelsey | Armed Forces Liaison

Anthony is a retired US ARMY Major (Airborne-Ranger) dedicating 16 plus years of service. He currently works in the capacity of Operations Manager, responsible for the training, supervision, and performance of 50 direct reports. Having held various leadership positions both inside and outside of his military position, Anthony brings years of organization, planning, and strategic planning implementation. Most recently, Anthony served as an Officer in a US Army Civil Affairs unit in Grafenwhor, Germany providing oversight to the planning, execution, and assessment of operations as part of an international military training exercise involving more than 23 European countries.

He currently lives in Saratoga, NY with his wife Betsy and two children, Sean and Emily.

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Chuck Thuss

Chuck Thuss | Certified Shareapy Coach

Chuck is a former professional ice hockey goaltender that played eight years pro in the old International Hockey League, American Hockey League, and East Coast Hockey League. After his playing days came to an end, Chuck spent the following two years as an assistant coach for the ECHL’s Mississippi Sea Wolves. While playing and coaching, Chuck was also busy building his business, Southern Sports Supply, which he sold in 2011.
Before turning pro, Chuck attended Miami University (Ohio) graduating with a double major in Health and Sports Studies with a minor in Coaching. As a walk-on, Chuck worked his way up the depth chart and earned a scholarship his senior year, along with several league (CCHA) and team awards including CCHA goalie of the year, CCHA All-League, Miami University Athlete of The Year, team most valuable player and being named 1st Team All American. He was also the recipient of the Terry Flanagan Award honoring a player for perseverance, dedication, and courage while overcoming severe adversity.
Chuck has also coached on the International hockey stage, serving as the head coach and co-head coach for Team USA at The World
Championships of Inline Hockey and The World Games. He has
helped guide Team USA to a bronze medal and five gold medal
victories. He was also awarded the United States Olympic Committee Volunteer Coach of The Year award.
Chuck is the Founder and CEO of Compassionate Connection. As a
professional speaker as well as a Certified Life, Relationship, and
Spiritual Coach, Chuck works with active and retired elite athletes to show up as the best version of themselves they can be, whatever that means for them, with a special emphasis on mental health. Chuck can talk the talk because he’s walked the walk. He combines his personal experience with his passion to help those that are trying to navigate the daily challenges of life. His message comes from the heart and he’ll leave you feeling inspired, fulfilled and empowered!

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