Thomas Capone has been providing telecom and technology services to Fortune 1000 clients (and technology startups) since 1983. 46% of the global $1.3 Trillion digital education and remote training markets are serviced by NYDLA sponsors.
Mitch is a chemist with specific expertise in environmental science. He is a strong advocate of distance learning for academic, occupational, avocational, and recreational learners.
Mitch has held multiple volunteering positions for his alma mater, Grinnell College, and received their Alumni Award in 2007. He has held numerous volunteer positions for the Boy Scouts of America. He is a passionate proponent of STEM, notably for BSA.
Dr. Erickson is a Science Advisor (Senior Executive) for DHS Science and Technology. He establishes trusted partnerships with other agencies so that we can leverage each other’s resources and investments. The Partnership is his currency; cost-savings is the result.
Dr. Erickson has had various technical and management positions. Notably, he was the Director of DHS’ National Urban Security Technology Laboratory in New York City for over a decade. Dr. Erickson’s research career was in environmental science and analytical chemistry. He earned his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Iowa. Dr. Erickson holds one patent and is the author of over 150 technical publications, including two books–Analytical Chemistry of PCBs and Remediation of PCB Spills.
Peter Weedfald is very proud and honored to join SHARP Home Electronics Company of America as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing in Montvale, New Jersey, effective June 1, 2015.
From January 2010, he consulted for GE as President of Gen One Ventures. He worked directly for the GE Ventures & Licensing group, providing support in sales, marketing, internet, distribution channels, and P&L assignments across various industries.
In 2008 He was President of a GE joint venture created, developed, and matured between GE, GE Capital, and Tatung. GE | General Displays & Technologies was formed to architect, sell, market, and support GE HDTVs globally. As president, his responsibilities included all P&L operational business areas globally, including sales, marketing, advertising, and corporate communications.
Peter’s role at Circuit City in 2006 was as a section 16 Officer, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer reporting directly to the CEO. Lead and managed a team of 260 overseeing brand management, advertising, creative, marketing, communications, in-store environment, research, PR, all digital assets, and Circuit City.com.
He was honored to serve as EVP Sales, Marketing, and Operations for Samsung Electronics while also CMO for Samsung North America from 2001 through 2006. His team lead all functional areas for consumer electronics and home appliance products in an organization of 5,500 incredible members. He was honored to be promoted to EVP, Corporate Officer in Seoul, Korea in 2006.
Before joining Samsung in 2001, Peter held executive positions with ViewSonic Corporation, a global provider of advanced display technology from 1998 to 2000 including SVP of global marketing & EVP, GMM of Internet Appliances.
He served ten years in executive positions at Ziff-Davis Publishing including VP, Publisher, Network Director across ZD magazines and websites: PC Magazine, Computer Shopper, Windows Sources, and MacUser. Ziff Davis Publishing is a leading media company.
Frank Sonnenberg is an award-winning author and a well-known advocate for moral character, personal values, and personal responsibility. He has written eight books and has been named one of “America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders” and one of “America’s Most Influential Small Business Experts.” Frank has served on several boards and has consulted to some of the largest and most respected companies in the world. Frank’s newest book, Listen to Your Conscience: That’s Why You Have One, was released in November 2020.
Additionally, his blog — FrankSonnenbergOnline— has attracted millions of readers on the Internet. It was recently named one of the “Top Self-Improvement and Personal Development Blogs” in the world, and it continues to be named among the “Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs,” the “Top 100 Socially-Shared Leadership Blogs,” and the “Best Inspirational Blogs On the Planet.”
John Spence is an author, international executive coach, professional development educator, virtual trainer, strategic planning facilitator, keynote speaker and developer of online learning programs. John is recognized as one of the top business thought leaders and leadership development experts in the world and was named by the American Management Association as one of America’s Top 50 Leaders to Watch along with Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google and Jeff Bezos of Amazon. As a consultant and coach to organizations worldwide, from startups to the Fortune 10, John is dedicated to helping people and businesses be more successful by “Making the Very Complex… Awesomely Simple.”
Hubery Joly is the former Chairman and CEO of Best Buy.
He has been recognized as one of the one hundred “Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review, one of the top thirty CEOs in the world by Barron’s, and one of the top ten CEOs in the United States in Glassdoor’s annual Employees’ Choice Awards. Joly is now a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School and serves on the boards of Johnson & Johnson and Ralph Lauren.
During Hubert’s time at Best Buy, he and his team rebuilt the company into one of the nation’s favorite employers, a sustainable leader, and an innovator, dramatically increasing customer satisfaction and growing the company’s stock price 10-fold. His greatest achievement, however, may have been to make himself dispensable: he decided to step down as CEO in 2019 and as executive chairman in 2020, and pass the baton to a new generation of leaders.
Hubert’s purpose in life is to make a positive difference on people around him and use the platform he has to make a positive difference in the world. Besides serving on the boards of Johnson & Johnson and Ralph Lauren, he now spends most of his time as a lecturer at Harvard Business School and supporting other leaders seeking to become the best versions of themselves and to lead with purpose and humanity. He is also actively invested in efforts to advance meaningful diversity and inclusion.
David Fitzgerald, VP Global Alliances at Barco has been with Barco for 8+ years and has had responsibility for building the ClickShare and Pro AV/IT/UC Channel business. He has a background that comprises a wide range of technology sales, business development and marketing roles for manufacturers, distributors and System Integrators over his career. His current role is VP of Global Alliances for Barco working with industry leaders in collaboration and visualization technologies.
Tsedal Neeley is the Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Her work focuses on how leaders can scale their organizations by developing and implementing global and digital strategies. She regularly advises top leaders who are embarking on virtual work and large scale-change that involves global expansion, digital transformation, and becoming more agile.
Tsedal heads and teaches in the first-year required Leadership and Organizational Behavior course in the MBA program that focuses on how to lead effectively; the curriculum addresses group behavior and performance, organization design, change and how to align people behind a common vision. With Bill George and Krishna Palepu she co-chairs the executive offering, Leading Global Businesses, which helps top leaders develop emerging and mature market strategies in a global and increasingly digital economy. She also teaches extensively in executive programs such as Harvard Business Analytics Program. Tsedal is a recipient of the prestigious Charles M. Williams Award for Outstanding Teaching in Executive Education and the Greenhill Award for outstanding contributions to Harvard Business School.
She serves on the Board of Directors of Brightcove, Brown Capital Management, Harvard Business Publishing and the Partnership Inc.
Her forthcoming book, Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere (2021, Harper Collins Business), provides remote workers and leaders with the best practices necessary to perform at the highest levels in their organizations. Her award-winning book, The Language of Global Success: How a Common Tongue Transforms Multinational Organizations chronicles the behind-the-scenes globalization process of a company over the course of five years. She has also published extensively in leading scholarly and practitioner-oriented outlets such as Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Management Science, Journal of International Business, Strategic Management Journal and Harvard Business Review, and her work has been widely covered in media outlets such as BBC, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist. Her HBS case, Managing a Global Team: Greg James at Sun Microsystems, is one of the most used cases worldwide on the subject of virtual work.
Prior to her academic career, Tsedal spent ten years working for companies like Lucent Technologies and The Forum Corporation in various roles, including strategies for global customer experience, 360-degree performance software management systems, sales force/sales management development, and business flow analysis for telecommunication infrastructures. A sought-after speaker with extensive international experience, she is fluent in four languages. She holds a patent for her software simulation on global collaboration and is a member of Rakuten’s Advisory Board.
Tsedal received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering, specializing in Work, Technology and Organizations. Tsedal was named to Thinkers50 2018 On the Radar list for making lasting contributions to management, honored as a Stanford Distinguished Alumnus Scholar and was a Stanford University School of Engineering Lieberman award recipient for excellence in teaching and research.
Bob Weinhold has spent his career helping individuals, teams, and organizations accomplish what they did not think possible. At his core, he connects deeply to help businesses and individuals achieve results that they could not imagine (but knew were necessary) while engaging employees to drive innovation, growth and sustainability. Bob has humbly served as CEO and COO for hospitals as well as Health Care organizations, and for the last 6 years he has been the growth business advisor for many executives/organizations.
Bob’s current Business Advisory/Leadership Coaching includes executives/teams in large publicly traded companies, private equity-based businesses, and family businesses. During his career, he has had the opportunity to work with Academic Institutions, state/local governmental agencies, many organizations in the nonprofit sector, licensing/accrediting organizations, and high-level athletes including time at the Olympics. Bob has presented nationally to groups including Supreme Court Justices, Executive Leadership Panels, and at a group of 250 CEO’s addressing Organizational Transformation. He remains active on multiple Boards and when not spending time with his family, Church, or professional interests, he is consistently preparing for his next 100 mile ultra-marathon.
Like his older siblings, Steve Olenski began his professional career in the supermarket industry where he learned the value of rolling up his sleeves and getting one’s hands dirty. Eventually migrating to the white-collar world, Steve never forgot his blue-collar roots and “getting dirty” and putting in a hard day’s work.
Having never graduated college, Steve fought his way to working in marketing departments of the biggest brands in the world including Oracle as well creative director on the agency side. Moreover Steve earned a place among the world’s most influential journalists and writers having written for many leading publications for over 10 years including Advertising Age, Adweek, Business Insider and Forbes. Over that time he has amassed a close network of executives and thought leaders that are second to none. He has been referred to as “The Distiller of Truth” and “The CMO Whisperer” by the former CMO of Walmart and Prudential. The CMO of the Grammys calls him “…one of marketing’s definitive authorities” while the CMO of PayPal says of him “I value his partnership, skillset, and experience.
From CMOs and business leaders from the world’s biggest brands to celebrities and athletes, Steve’s innate ability to instantly put people at ease while dispensing his unparalleled level of real-world experience and knowledge make him, as one business leader called him: A unicorn. No one is more attuned to the state of marketing than Steve.
Jonathan (Jon) Horovitz is a successful sales executive and leader, specializing in building strong teams, revenue attainment, consultative selling, distribution development, operations and contract negotiations in the mobile industry. He is the principal consultant at Atrium Unlimited, LLC which he founded in 2006 after successful careers as Vice President and General Manager at AT&T Wireless (McCaw Communications) and Area Vice President for the New York Area for Nextel Communications.
Jon was recently Director of Prepaid Sales for Boost Mobile in the Northeast, growing the sales, revenue and branded Boost retail locations for Sprint. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Channel Partners for Unwired Nation (Austin, Texas), a financial services mobile applications provider, where he built a financially focused national sales team to secure mobile banking applications in community banks and credit unions.
Under his direction as Area Vice President for the New York Area at Nextel Communications, Jon and his team of Sales Directors, Managers and sales representatives grew the net consumer base from 200K subscribers to over 900K subscribers in less than three years and delivered almost $1 billion in revenue. Along with introducing the first prepaid wireless service for the company (Boost Mobile with over 300K new customers in year one), he reduced fraud, churn and bad debt in the very challenging New York wireless market.
Atrium Unlimited has consulted to many companies both in and outside of the wireless space including carriers, MVNOs, handset manufacturers, construction firms and master dealers. Clients have included all of the Top Tier Mobile Virtual Network Operators, Deloitte, Bain, Univision, pdvWireless, Sprint and AT&T.
Mr. Horovitz holds a BBA from The College of William & Mary Mason School of Business. He is a Scholar Member of the Gerson Lehrman Consulting Group and has published one book.
Tom leverages his 18+ years experience in enterprise sales & consulting in EdTech to focus on making technology and programming education accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds by establishing strategic corporate, academic and government partnerships. Tom assists the CEO and Advisory Board in identifying, securing and growing partnerships that bring value to NYDLA’s membership of 5 million+ and portfolio of strategic partners.
He believes that there is an intrinsic and inescapable connection between education and opportunity, but more so that there are right kinds of education for the opportunities of the 21st century – and that everyone should have that chance to seize them. The tools & languages that power the digital economy are essential – regardless of one’s academic and professional background – to meet the demands of employers and society today as well as tomorrow. Employers, Universities, Governments, and Students are all essential parts of the equation to ensure the growth of our society, economy, competitive advantage and opportunity stream.
Tom studied Rutgers & Cornell universities and currently lives in Wall, NJ where he enjoys taking advantage of all that the Jersey Shore has to offer, volunteering, playing tennis & golf and spending time with his family and friends. An avid world traveler, Tom has been to over 60 countries which have helped shape his worldview on education and he is fluent in English, Arabic, and French (and looking to add Spanish to his brain server).
Dave is best defined as a Communications and Engagement Expert because his coaching sessions create results in record times. His speaking style quickly engages audiences and individuals to change and think differently. His presentations are thought provoking, entertaining, insightful and straight to the point. Participants on his events are always left with a strong urge to take action.
He is a master in the art of entertainment. He can immediately create engagement and infuse focus, energy and a learning environment with audiences of all nationalities and languages. Even when working with 13 simultaneous translators.
Dave has been professionally engaging audiences of all ages since he was 3 and has hosted events to over 15 million individuals from over 117 countries on 5 different continents. His TV footprint is closer to 2 billion viewers. Simply, Google his name and you’ll find among the many 1,000s of results, he is listed as winning ‘Blind Date’, one of the UKTV’s first reality TV shows, working with stars like James Brown, Bruce Willis and Sting and hosting global events like emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens for over20 years.
Conor is a sought-after keynote speaker on Leadership. He teaches Leadership Communications at IESE Business School and is the President of Vistage in Spain, part of the world’s leading CEO organization. As an entrepreneur, he has founded 5 companies, selling 16 private jets and building the 3rd largest fleet of private jets in Spain. He is a visiting professor at University College Dublin, the University of Montevideo and Permanent Faculty on Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Leadership Academy.
Conor is the President of Vistage in Spain. Vistage is the World’s Leading CEO organization with over 24,000 members, operating since 1957.
Conor has been teaching Leadership Communications courses at IESE for over 16 years on MBA, Executive MBA and Senior Executive Programs. And his YouTube channel on Leadership and Influence has over 230K Subscribers and over 21 million views.
As a longtime presentation evangelist and a true believer in the power of a well-designed presentation, it only makes sense that Marsh initiated the concept that would become eSlide. While the business world was on the “Death by PowerPoint” bandwagon, Marshall felt strongly enough about well-designed presentations that he decided that it was time a company specialized in PowerPoint design and production. Marshall believes that presentations are a critical corporate communication tool, and promotes the idea that effective PowerPoint can actually bring LIFE to ideas and organizations. In his 20+ years in the industry, he has seen many examples of the influence a good presentation can have on a company. He has seen great presentations motivate firms to survive tough challenges, and has witnessed stock prices soar after a strong presentation by company leadership teams. Along with a B.S. degree in Organizational Communication, Marshall brings a unique combination of creative, technical, and managerial talent that provides clients with effective and efficiently produced visual media. When not in front of a computer screen, Marshall can be found fishing or just floating around the Navesink River on the Jersey Shore with his wife and two daughters. In the winter he hibernates and dreams about warmer weather.
Allen Falcon is a technologist and entrepreneur with more than 20 years in the industry. Allen’s background includes a unique history of software development and marketing, CIO-level consulting, and entrepreneurship. Early in his career, Allen served as a Sr. Software Engineer and Project Leader at the former Data General. In this role, he managed a strategic technical partnership with Novell, bringing Novell’s Portable NetWare to DG/UX and the new AViiON hardware platform. Allen left development in 1991 to join Onset International, a boutique consulting firm located outside Boston, MA. At Onset, Allen consulted to the Office of the Chief Technology Officer at Citibank. Allen was instrumental in developing the strategy and methods for formalizing PC, LAN, and Client-Server support and assisted Citibank in selecting a management system for its global networks. In 1993, Allen and a partner launched Horizon Information Group, a strategic technology management consulting firm focused on information technology and services. As managing partner, Allen worked with CIOs of numerous large financial institutions and corporations, including John Hancock, State Street Bank, Bankers Trust, Harvard Medical School, Times Mirror Corporation, and the WGBH Educational Foundation. Allen’s services focused on helping clients improve the management and support of local area networks and client-server systems.
In 1998, Allen helped spin off and manage IST Development, Inc., a software company focused on tools for helping businesses mitigate desktop application Year 2000 risks. From startup to January 2001, IST Development sold approximately $2.5 million in software. From 1999 through 2009, Allen continued to manage and run Horizon Information Group, focusing on the needs of small and midsize businesses and non-profits. Often serving as a part-time CIO, his experience spans industries including financial services; publishing; manufacturing and distribution; architecture, design, and construction; and professional services.
In September 2006, Allen launched Horizon Info Services, LLC, recognizing the need among small businesses for better managed IT services. Rather than focusing on traditional “break/fix” issues, Allen has led Horizon on a path that provides value-add services not normally available or affordable to the SMB market.
Re-branded as Cumulus Global in 2012, Allen leads a team of cloud computing experts helping businesses, non-profits, schools, and local governments move to Google Apps and related cloud services. As a Google Apps Premier SMB Reseller, Cumulus Global offers a range of integrated services, including Google Apps Vault and Chromebooks for Education and Business.
Allen is a recognized thought leader on technology issues for small and mid-size businesses. His work and entrepreneurial spirit won him recognition from the Boston Business Journal as one of the “40 under 40”. Allen served two terms as a director and officer of the Smaller Business Association of New England and has served a term on the board of the Institute of Management Consultants New England Chapter.
Allen holds a Bachelor of Science Honors degree in Computer and Communication Sciences from the University of Michigan.
Linda Prudhomme is a project manager, training professional, and distance learning consultant. Previous positions include; Systems Engineer, Advisory Instructor Developer, Education Analyst at the New York City Department of Education, and Instructional Design Consultant at Skill Dynamics and Citicorp.
As an Advisory Instructor Developer, Ms. Prudhomme was a pioneer in the implementation of a distance learning center at IBM’s Advanced Education Center in NYC. She designed the learning environment, sold management on its benefits, interfaced with vendors and guided developers and instructors in developing best practices.
As the instructional designer, Ms. Prudhomme wrote the Training Development Series, a Skill Dynamics publication now out of print. This Train the Trainer series included A Guide to Distance Education Development.
At the New York City Department of Education, Division of Instructional and Information Technology, Ms. Prudhomme served as the liaison between school users and the network engineers and was the project manager for a major rollout impacting all desktop computers in 1100 schools. She also worked in change management and quality assurance and designed and implemented an in-house change management system. Whenever she interfaced with management in other divisions Ms. Prudhomme always made a pitch for the benefits of distance education. She recently retired prior to seeing her dream fulfilled of distance learning in many more NYC public schools.
Ms. Prudhomme was instrumental in the formation of The New York Distance Learning Association (NYDLA). She is a member of the American Society for Curriculum Development (ASCD).
Ms. Prudhomme holds a BA in Math Education from the State University of New York as well as certificates from IBM’s Marketing Institute and Systems Research Institute.
Richard Russell is the CEO of Russell Organics, a globally distributed premium natural beauty lifestyle brand. He is primarily responsible for the continued growth of the company into new international markets, new product development, and representing the company at various trade shows and media events. Under Richard’s leadership, Russell Organics has launched numerous top-selling beauty products that are sold at the finest luxury retail locations. True to the company’s core belief of being a mindful and eco-friendly brand of products, the company has established a leadership position in the rapidly growing premium natural segment of the beauty market.
Richard has made numerous television appearances where he promotes the Russell Organics brand, as well as the organic and toxin-free lifestyle that many consumers seek. The range has also been featured in many publications in the U.S., Canada, and Hong Kong.
Richard to this day is the chief product designer for the company, using forward thinking formulations and the purest natural ingredients to create a set of products designed to intoxicate the senses, from smell to touch.
Richard also serves as Managing Director of Liberty Holdings, a technology investment company. With 20+ years of executive level technology experience, Richard has successfully conducted business in the technology markets of North America, Europe, and Asia. He has a strong skill set from being involved in numerous technology start up organizations including among them; several telecom companies, a national wireless company, and a Hong Kong based telecom project. Richard has personally closed over $500M in revenue during his technology career.
Previous executive level experience includes roles within; Telecom*USA, MCI, RTI, iaxis, The Carlyle Group, and New World Telecom
Richard has spoken at numerous trade shows in the beauty and technology markets, speaking on a variety of subject matter, relevant to current issues. These appearances, such as SuperCom, have allowed Richard to establish subject matter expertise in his fields of endeavor.
Bruce White is a Senior Lecturer in the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas-Austin; and Professor Emeritus of Computer Information Systems from Quinnipiac University.
Dr. White is teaching part-time at the University of Texas-Austin in the Management Information Systems Department in the McCombs School of Business.
In March 2015, Dr. White was selected to the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award program as a program evaluator. This program is run by the National Institute for Standards and Technology in the Department of Commerce of the US Government. (The two organizations in the Austin area that have received the Baldrige award are K&M Management – who run Rudy’s BBQ; and St. David’s Healthcare).
He received the Quinnipiac University Center of Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009 and the Association of Information Technology Professionals Educator of the Year award in 2008. He received the “Professor of the Year” award in 2011 from the Quinnipiac University Student Association. He served as Computer Information Systems department chair at Quinnipiac University for eight years, and five years as Dean of the College of Business and Information Systems at Dakota State University.
He has served as conference chair for the ISECON conference four times and is a Fellow of AITP-EDSIG. He is on the certification council of the Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals and is working on a new computer science assessment test. He has served on the Computer Accreditation Commission of ABET and is also an ABET program evaluator. He has taught distance courses since 1995. He is a blogger about distance education on the NYDLA (New York Distance Learning Association) and the USDLA (United States Distance Learning Association) and is on the Board of Directors for the NYDLA.
His research areas are in assessment, accreditation, curriculum development, distance learning, soft skills for computing students, case studies, and learning theories. He has numerous academic papers and is the author of “Web 2.0 For Business: Learning the New Tools”.
Dr. White has been involved in campus activities since his days as an undergraduate. He has been a faculty advisor for student professional organizations, pep band, a social fraternity, and residence halls.
Dr. White earned his Ph.D in Management Information Systems from the University of Nebraska; his undergraduate and master’s degrees in mathematics from Winona State University in Winona Minnesota. In his spare time, Professor White is involved with music – and is now serving as the President of the Band of the Hills in the Austin Texas area. He has been married for 41 years to Connie and they have two grown children (and the five grandchildren under the age of three – twins and triplets).