David McNasby is CEO and founding member of OptimalResume, Inc., d.b.a. ThinkOptimal, a privately held technology firm in Cary, NC, that develops award-winning career technologies primarily for the education sector. David joined the company as Chief Operating Officer in 2004 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in November 2013.
David brings laser beam focus to the organization and to its core mission to help students develop lifelong career skills. In his first year as CEO, ThinkOptimal saw a 145% increase in profitability, and the company is now well positioned for future growth and success. Major strategic initiatives in 2014 included rebranding the OptimalResume Career & Talent Suite, forging multiple new strategic and technology partnerships, release of the OptimalResume developer website and several APIs, and the announcement of InterviewUp™, the company’s new interview success platform coming in the summer of 2015.
David thinks challenges give life meaning. He’d rather be climbing a mountain than coasting downhill. Today, higher education faces a number of significant challenges, especially the need to engage stakeholders and prepare students for the world of competency-based hiring. David has ThinkOptimal squarely focused on addressing these challenges now. He is privileged to work with an incredible team of smart, dedicated and passionate people.
Prior to ThinkOptimal, David attended Tufts University Medical School and served as a General Medical Officer in the United States Navy. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is an avid hiker, bird lover, and member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.