Denise Shull, MA
Performance, Strategy, and Decision Advisor
Denise Shull, ReThink’s Founder and CEO, leverages her training in psychological science to solve the mental challenges of investing, trading, competing and leading teams. Denise is known for her uncanny effectiveness in strategic decision making and for bringing out the best in people who are performing under pressure. She is widely considered to be the real-life version of the character Wendy Rhoades on Showtime’s drama Billions.
After a successful stint at IBM and graduate school at The University of Chicago, Denise’s Wall Street career began in 1994 when she joined one of the first “upstairs” trading firms at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. She was trading at Schonfeld Securities when she was invited to move to New York and run her own equities desk at market maker Sharpe Capital.
In 2003, an academic journal asked to publish her pioneering master’s thesis The Neurobiology of Freud’s Repetition Compulsion. This led Denise to discover the then emerging research indicating how emotion is required for decision making which in turn became the motivation for creating her boutique consultancy The ReThink Group.
Her first article, Freud’s Path to Profits, was published in December 2004 in Stocks, Futures and Options Magazine and her 2012 book, Market Mind Games: A Radical Psychology of Investing, Trading and Risk has been reviewed as the “best of its genre” and a “veritable Rosetta Stone of trading psychology.” She is currently working on her second book tentatively titled Create Confidence, Discover Magic in your So-Called Negative Emotions. An engaging speaker, Denise has keynoted for UBS, Credit Suisse, MIT’s Sloan Fellows, Harvard Business School, CFA Societies worldwide, Essentia Analytics and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan among many others.
In 2015, Denise consulted on Showtime’s BILLIONS. In ‘16, Denise began consulting with the US Olympic Snowboard team and silver medal winner Lindsey Jacobellis. Bloomberg also released the intuition training game, Trader Brain Exercise, based on ReThink’s work. In ‘17, ReThink delivered HEADSx, a unique talent assessment tool which measures the illusive intangibles in X-factor performance. In ‘18, Denise headlined a LEADERS in SPORT conference and ReThink landed their second major professional sports client, Hendrick Motorsports.
The head of regional trading for a global bank said “the work I have done with her has enabled me to make more progress in my trading than my 15 years of experience did on their own.”
In 2019, Real Vision, NASDAQ’s Trade Talks and Yahoo Finance featured Denise. In the past, she has appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box, FOX Business with Liz Claman, Bloomberg, Cavuto, PBS, The Discovery Channel and CNBC’s Halftime Report. Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg Markets, and New York Times’ Dealbook have run profiles on her unique work.
EVP and Chief of Staff
Bill Long is EVP and Chief of Staff at ReThink. He is the brains behind our revolutionary HEADSx talent assessment tool and the intuition training game “trader brain exercise”. He brings his broad range of experience in trading, financial markets and economics to ReThink’s coaching of investors, traders and athletes.
Bill began his career at the Dallas Fed where he rose to the position of senior economist and director of economic information. In that role, he served as part of the team that prepared the Fed Beige Book. He next took on a leadership role at KPMG, and then transitioned to Bear Stearns to work with the chief institutional strategist, the trading desks and Bear’s top clients. When the crisis hit, he became a director of manager research and evaluated more than 250 hedge funds across a broad range of trading strategies and asset classes.
Throughout his career, Bill has been a well-respected mentor and coach. He has led numerous teams within the Federal Reserve and at KPMG on a project to develop sophisticated analytical software. He holds a license as a cycling coach from the United States Cycling Federation. Bill also brings an entrepreneurial side to ReThink, having founded NetEvolution Technologies, Inc. in the early days of the web.
Bill holds a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation. He received his Master of Arts and “ABD” in Economics from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Economics from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Bill is an avid cyclist and reader and enjoys golfing from time to time.
Senior Consultant and Performance Advisor
John Burns serves as ReThink’s Senior Consultant and Performance Advisor. His life passion is optimal human performance. John was one of the most consistently profitable options floor traders at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and has been ranked as a top-20 Illinois amateur golfer for more than 5 years. In addition to his role with ReThink, he trades several portfolios across multiple global markets with double-digit yearly returns.
Starting as a runner on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade upon graduation from Indiana University, John quickly learned to read market dynamics while building strong relationships with key traders. This opened the door for his position as an options clerk, which led to his position as an option market maker on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange from 1994 to 2014. John profitably traded his own account for the majority of his time spent on the floor.
In addition to trading, John also furthered his love for the game of golf that began in high school. At the height of his amateur career, John placed in the top 10 of the Illinois Mid-Amateur, top 20 in the Illinois State Amateur and was the second alternate in the US Mid-Amateur Championship qualifier. He reigned as his Club Champion 10 out of the 12 years he was a member. John recognizes that golf, like trading, is a nuanced endeavor where understanding shades of emotion can help one reach new levels of performance every single time.
Through the years, John also realized that optimal performance is not something that can be achieved independently. He sought out experts across multiple fields, creating and customizing his own Masters-level program. Some of his professional consultants include Denise Shull of ReThink; Dr. Michael Gervais, PhD High Performance Psychologist and Co-Founder of Compete to Create; Curt Cronin, Retired Navy Seal and founder of Kaizen International; Robin Mesch, Founder of Mesch Associates Technical Analysis; Dr. Donalee Marcus, Founder, Designs For Strong Minds; Bob Rotella, Sports Psychologist and Writer; Richard Weissman, CEO CNV Capital Management; and various consultants with the Corporate Athlete Program.
He is now studying at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, an institute who’s teaching align with ReThink’s unique angle on human performance and modern psychoanalysis.
John thrives on sharing his knowledge and experience with others. He knows how to connect high-achievers—and those that want to be—to the emotions that will embolden their achievements. When he is not reviewing technical analysis charts, evaluating multiple trading screens, driving for greater profits each day, or playing a round of golf, John sits on a bucket of baseballs near the dugout, coaching Little League for his two sons.
Consultant and Performance Advisor
Evan Marks is a Consultant and Performance Advisor at the ReThink Group. He is a 25-year Wall Street veteran and a trader and equity partner at an industry-leading hedge fund. From running trading floors in volatile markets to investing in start-up companies with driven entrepreneurs, he’s worked through many challenges to achieve his professional success. His years of experience serve his clients well and have helped shape his philosophy that pressure is a privilege and you should never be comfortable.
This belief is what drives him daily to reach new levels of personal and professional growth. He finds passion in uncovering his clients’ potential by implementing tailored coaching strategies, thoughtful planning and focused execution.
Evan holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played Division 1 Lacrosse. Having retired from triathlons, he remains committed to fitness to compensate for his love of food. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, time with his family and most importantly, coaching his daughters’ sports teams.