Howard P. Stevens, Chairman
Howard Stevens is Chairman of Chally Group Worldwide, Mr. Stevens specializes in leadership development, succession planning, customer and market analysis, and sales benchmarking. He is the creator of the original sales product lifecycle classifications and designed the major 5 year longitudinal study of leadership development for the U.S. Department of Defense and NASA. A licensed clinical psychologist, he is also known for his research and programs to develop a professional sales curriculum at the university level.
With diversified interests, he is the author of several books on sales and management including Achieve Sales Excellence, The Quadrant Solution (published in multiple languages) and Selling the Wheel. He has written many articles and is a frequent speaker and radio and television guest. His World Class sales benchmarks program has been presented over 500 times across 30 countries for corporations, trade associations, government agencies, and universities. He has been a guest on CNN, Bloomberg USA, National Public Radio, Radio Free America, and other business-based programs. Mr. Stevens also taught “World Class Sales” benchmarks at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and other universities, and serves on the Sales Advisory Board for Ohio University and the Foundation Board of Wright State University. Besides Chally, he also founded the Ohio Institute of Photography and is listed in Who’s Who and many professional references.
He has been professionally associated with several Washington-based groups where he has consulted for the Justice Department, the Defense Department, the Intergovernmental Personnel Agency, and the Atomic Energy Commission.
Kenneth W. Carroll, CEO
Mr. Carroll joined Chally as President and COO in April of 2008 and was appointed CEO in 2012. He has extensive industry experience in senior-level financial, information technology and general management assignments. A proven, performance-oriented executive, he has a history of success in defining strategic direction and leading organization change initiatives. In his most recent position as Principle in Management Consulting, he focused his practice on interim executive assignments with organizations undergoing merger and acquisition transitions or other significant transformation programs. He received his BBA from the University of Cincinnati, attended Chase College of Law and is a licensed CPA in the State of Ohio.
Sara (Sally) C. Stevens, Vice President
Sally Stevens is cofounder and Vice President of Research and Development. Her dual background in science and psychology has allowed her to work extensively in both professional and scientific management settings since 1965. Ms. Stevens supervises research and development activities that have produced both the instruments and measurement methods used by Chally. These efforts have produced effective profiles for a complete array of sales, management, and technical positions in a variety of industries. She has also developed and presented Selection Interviewing, Career Development, and Management Development workshops for present and potential managers and executives. As Vice President of Chally, she assists large and small companies in selecting sales and management personnel to fit the selling situation and maximize sales force efforts through extensive analyses of customer requirements. She also developed the career planning programs for Monsanto Chemical, Sun Oil Company, the United States Air Force, and other companies.
She initiated and directs the ISO level World Class Sales Benchmarking research which has created the largest six sigma level data base on sales in existence today. Sally also drives the research for the Best Companies for Leaders in cooperation with Chief Executive Magazine. This research is a collaboration of several global academic, corporate and consulting organizations.
Before joining Chally, she was a research chemist for the University of Dayton and The US Air Force. Most notably she created the original dye laser research dyes that are used in sophisticated weapons guidance systems, as well as medical applications such as the treatment of skin lesions or scars. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton in both chemistry and management and is on the Athletic Advisory Board of the University. She volunteers her support to many non-profit organizations such as Junior Achievement and is active in many charities. She has served on the boards of the Literacy Council and PALS for Life. She has been named one the “Outstanding Women Leaders” by the Dayton Daily News.
Dean Wright, Director of Sales Operations
Mr. Wright joined Chally in February 2006 as Director of Sales Operations. He has extensive experience at a senior level and specializes in operational design and implementation. In his most recent role as General Manager, Dean was responsible for a multimillion dollar business unit in the environmental supply market. Since joining Chally he has streamlined processes, designed and created reporting structures. He is also responsible for managing and directing inside client interfacing personnel, working on a daily basis to ensure a high quality client experience.
James Killian, Ph.D., Vice President of Research and Advisory Services
Dr. James Killian is Vice President of Research and Advisory Services. In this role, he is responsible for providing oversight and guidance on personnel selection system design, validation and implementation, professional development programs, new product development and strategic business growth.
Prior to his role at Chally, Dr. Killian was director of the selection practice at Hogan Assessment Systems, where he led a team of business psychologists focused on personnel selection system design and implementation. In addition to leading the selection practice, he was also responsible for client management, feedback and executive coaching, and delivering certification workshops. Before that, Dr. Killian was a research consultant with CWH Research, where he focused on job analysis, statistical analysis and the design of pre-employment and promotional tests and assessments, including situational judgment tests and high-volume, live-rater assessment centers for the public sector. Dr. Killian has conducted nearly 1000 feedbacks and coaching engagements and designed global and multi-national personnel selection systems for over 30 Fortune 500 clients. The author of over 30 articles, white papers, conference papers, technical reports and book chapters dealing with testing and assessment, psychometrics and the aging worker, Dr. Killian is passionate about using his background and expertise to serve as a true business partner for his clients.
Dr. Killian received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from the University of Tulsa and his B.S. degree from Texas A&M University. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).
Tracey Wik, Vice President of Development Solutions
Tracey is VP of Development Solutions at Chally Group Worldwide, a global workforce performance measurement firm that provides research-based Leadership and Customer analytics to ensure our clients minimize risk and drive their key business strategies associated with developing Future Leaders and Creating a World Class Workforce. She is an experienced consultant, author, educator, and sought-after public speaker specializing in global leadership, talent management, and executive coaching. Before joining Chally, Tracey held a variety of roles in leadership, learning, and organization development, including Vice President Leadership Development for a large, global organization.
Tracey holds a Master’s degree in Organization Development from Northwestern University. She has contributed to several publications including; The Keys to Building a Transformative Practice (October, 2009) and Investing in Women: Why It Is Critical in a Professional Services Firm (May, 2009).
Bob Schwab, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Bob Schwab joined Chally in February, 2013 as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing. Bob is a transformational leader with significant general management, sales, and financial transaction accomplishments and has a consistent record of improving, growing and developing businesses, primarily in several years with the Mead Corporation, as well as being the principal of his own supply chain services business, Custom Support Solutions. Recognized for strong leadership, people development and change management expertise, he also has extensive experience working in multiple distribution channels. Bob received his BS in Accounting from the University of Dayton and is a licensed CPA in the State of Ohio.