We’ve chosen the best of the best to lead you in your training. With their years’ of experience in the industry, they have all the tips, tricks, and expert advice you will need to excel.
Andy Crowe is the CEO and founder of Velociteach, as well as the author of Alpha Project Managers: What the Top 2% Know that Everyone Else Does Not, and the most recently published PMI-ACP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try. His textbook The PMP® Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try is the top-selling textbook worldwide to prepare for the PMP exam.
In 2004, Andy served on the Project Management Institute’s team for the 3rd edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)® and the Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3). Andy’s vision for Velociteach led to the creation of InSite, our premiere e-learning portal which is now used by Project Managers on six continents and his licensed training tools are being used in over thirty countries across the globe.
Favorite Quote: “All models are wrong, but some are useful.”
Bill Yates is the Executive Vice President of Velociteach. His organization is responsible for the development and delivery of both online and live classes, and for the development of customized PM training materials as well. He is one if the key architects of InSite, Velociteach’s revolutionary e-learning system.
Bill holds the Project Management Professional, Program Management Professional, and Agile Certified Practitioner credentials from the Project Management Institute.
In 2011, Bill was asked to join the Advisory Group for the PMI Registered Education Provider program. This group of eight advisors represents over 1,500 R.E.P.s, using their professional knowledge and expertise to counsel and guide PMI’s R.E.P. program administration. Current members of this volunteer MAG include representatives from the Netherlands, India, China, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Brazil, the UAE, and the USA.
Favorite Quote: “Craft is what we’re expected to know; art is the unexpected use of our craft.”
Louis Alderman manages the instructional design process at Velociteach, responsible for curriculum development of Velociteach’s live class offerings as well as the development of courses delivered on InSite, Velociteach’s proprietary eLearning facility. Louis authors Velociteach’s licensed ProQuip and InAct course materials.
He is a Project Management Professional, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston. Louis came to Velociteach after retiring with almost 29 years of experience at Hewlett Packard Company. Originally a member of HP’s Computer Systems field hardware support force, he developed and delivered training courses to increase troubleshooting productivity. He experienced successful tours of duty in HP technical computer sales as well as the computer peripheral OEM marketplace, where he was instrumental in the development and management of a peripheral distribution program for HP’s regional and national distributors.
Louis holds certifications from the Scrum Alliance as a Certified Scrum Master and from Project Management Institute as an Agile Certified Practitioner.
Favorite Quote: “If you aim at nothing, you’ll probably hit it!”
Neal Whitten is a popular speaker, trainer, consultant, mentor and best-selling author in the areas of leadership and soft skills, project management and employee development. He has over 35 years of front-line leadership, project management and human resource experience.
He has authored seven books and written over 150 articles for professional magazines and had been a contributing editor of PMI’s PM Network® magazine for over 15 years.
In his 23 years at IBM, Neal held both project leader and management positions. He managed the development of numerous software products, including operating systems, business and telecommunications applications, and special-purpose programs and tools. For three years, he also managed and was responsible for providing independent assessments on dozens of projects for an Assurance group. Neal is president of The Neal Whitten Group, created shortly after leaving IBM in 1993.
Favorite Quote: “Make careful decisions. Your day, month and life end predominantly based on the decisions you make day-to-day.”
Bob Mahler brings over 20 years of project management experience to his dual Velociteach roles as Director of Business Development and Instructor. Mahler teaches Velociteach’s live as well as virtual courses, including PMP® exam preparation, in both private business and public class settings.
His project management roles began as “military operations” while in the U. S. Army. Bob became a communications expert as a Green Beret, fulfilling many roles during training and combat missions in Egypt, Kenya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. After 12 years of service, he left the military in 1998 as a service-connected disabled veteran.
Bob’s technical skills led him to Nextel, Nextel Partners, and Sprint-Nextel in a variety of roles. While in the telecommunications field, he managed a range of infrastructure projects for regional markets as well as strategic national projects including disaster recovery projects in support of hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. Bob also supported responses to California wild fires, the Virginia Tech shooting, and a wide range of federal law enforcement training needs. He has also managed and supported project teams for the Department of Homeland Security.
Bob holds a B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Wheeling Jesuit University, and an M.B.A. in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.
Favorite Quote: “There can be no achievement without pain.”
Harold Samson brings to Velociteach more than 25 years’ experience in Application Systems Development, 20 of these involved in all aspects of Project Management. As Senior Principal and co-founder of C.W. Costello and Associates, a national provider of business systems consulting services to Fortune 500 companies, Harold gained hands-on experience managing project teams in all phases of the system development life cycle within many different industries, including telecom, insurance, banking, manufacturing, public utilities, retail, publishing, and government.
Harold has been an active investor for almost 30 years, and as an entrepreneur has provided venture capital and leadership skills to three different start-up companies.
Harold graduated with honors from the University of Florida, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Science. He also holds a master’s degree in Economics from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Harold and his wife live just outside Orlando, Florida.
Favorite Quote: “There are no contradictions in life. If you feel like you’re faced with what appears to be a contradiction, then re-examine all of your premises – you’ll find that at least one of them is wrong.”
Margo Love has been managing projects and project managers in information technology for the life insurance and utility industries for over 25 years. She says, “Project management is my favorite process, project managers are my favorite people, and there is not much I’d rather do than talk with project managers about project management!”
Ruth Middleton House specializes in troubleshooting high risk, high visibility, high conflict projects from small business ventures to multi-billion dollar partnerships and joint ventures. She is author of It’s Time to Change the Way You Change and The Human Side of Project Management. She is co-author with Martin Broadwell of Supervising Technical and Professional People. She is a frequent contributor to The Georgia Engineer magazine and has been interviewed by Engineering Georgia.
Ruth was awarded the Associate Member of the Year award by the American Council of Engineering Companies in Georgia for her role in the Emerging Trends Task Force. The Task Force researched trends in a politically and economically turbulent environment and developed guidance to help engineering firms flourish in spite of the turbulence. She is an honorary member of the 325th Tactical Training Squadron of the U.S. Air Force.
She is President and Lead Consultant of Middleton-House & Company and has consulted to and trained project teams across the US and Canada, in the U.K., and in Germany.
Dr. House serves on the faculty of the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding Graduate University. She facilitates classes in Leadership, Strategies for Complex Change, Managing Organizational Change, Managing Resistance to Change, and Group Process.
Favorite Quote: “If nothing changes, then nothing changes.”
Eric Norman is a PMI Fellow and a skilled management consultant and business transformation leader with extensive process design experience supporting a broad array of industries. Over the past twenty-five years, Mr. Norman specialized in the process of project and program management – mentoring, consulting and leading project, program and business improvement initiatives at AT&T, Sprint, Delta Air Lines, Norfolk Southern and CSX Railroads, Cox Communications and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. He has expertise in program management, change management, strategy alignment, decision support systems development as well as software systems development and implementation using waterfall and iterative methodologies.
He is a frequent presenter at trade conferences at the Local, Regional, National and International level, and is a recognized authority on the use of Work Breakdown Structures and application of Program Management.in organizations.
Mr. Norman is the recipient of several awards including PMI Fellow, Shingo Prize – International Engineering Award in Operational Excellence and PMI Linn Stuckenbruck Person of the Year Award.
Favorite Quote: “You can’t cut a path through the jungle with a pair of pruning shears…, but don’t discard them in haste, you’ll need them to keep the path trimmed for those who follow.”
From Accountant to improv comedian, to IT Consultant and back to improv comedian, Kupe’s goal in life is to make you more awesome. Onstage, Onsite, and Online Kupe helps individuals and organizations achieve business value focusing on professional skills, business analysis, project management and leadership skills.
With his 20 plus years of experience, he serves as a coach and trainer and keeps his skills fresh by getting his hands dirty in the work. Kupe is the co-author of Business Analysis for Dummies and is an industry requested keynote speaker. Being an improvisational comedian, Kupe is sure to make you laugh while you’re learning. Kupe is a connector and has a goal in life to meet everyone!
Favorite Quote: “Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give…It’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” – Rocky
Dave Po-Chedley has been actively involved in project management and organization effectiveness for over 25 years. During this time, he has worked on and managed projects, and helped others to manage projects effectively through consulting and training. He is currently serving as a Principal at Cambridge Consulting, a firm dedicated to enhancing project and organization effectiveness for clients around the world.
Dave has taught at the graduate level and has written several resource guides that have been used to support client workshops and consulting services. Topics include project management, stakeholder relationship management, coaching, customer service, managing problems/ decisions, process improvement and leadership. His book, Client Relationship Management, is used by professionals around the world to create a competitive advantage for them and their organizations.
Dave serves on the Board of Directors for Pioneer Aerospace, a supplier of deceleration equipment to the U.S. military, NASA and foreign governments. He is also a member of PMI (Project Management Institute), and is certified as a PMP. Dave has served as a faculty member for the PMI SeminarsWorld program since 2002; he has delivered presentations and workshops at numerous international, regional and local project management conferences.
Favorite Quote: “When it comes to making projects successful, it’s not what you know that counts; it’s what you think of in time.”
David Barrett is a professional speaker, regular blogger, podcast host, author of 5 books and education adviser. He specializes in helping people and organizations Manage the Uncertainty by creating healthy projects and strategies.
David’s career includes the creation and directing of a conference business, training company, software development firm, speaker bureau, and most recently a TED-style event series for project professionals across North America and he has been a member of the PMI since 1995.
Favorite Quote: “Look beyond today, find your place and go for it”
An acclaimed speaker and author, Tricia Molloy is an expert on developing content so employees can achieve goals and improve in their career. For more than a decade, Tricia has presented customized, interactive programs on achieving goals and improving work-life balance for organizations like Marriott, Kellogg, The Home Depot, Deloitte and the Network of Executive Women.
Through conference keynotes and breakout sessions, and employee development talks, workshops, webinars and vision board facilitation, Tricia inspires people to achieve their professional goals faster and easier by capitalizing on life-changing principles—like Visualization, Affirmations and Gratitude.
Favorite Quote: “What lies behind and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
Jennifer B. Kahnweiler is a bestselling author and one of the leading speakers on introverts in the workplace. Her pioneering books, The Introverted Leader, Quiet Influence, The Genius of Opposites, and Creating Introvert-Friendly Workplaces have been translated into 18 languages. The Introverted Leader was named one of the top 5 business books by The Shanghai Daily and a 2020 top 5 leadership book by Blinklist.
Jennifer has partnered with leading organizations like Amazon, Merck, Kimberly Clark, NASA, Bosch, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. She holds the Certified Speaking Professional designation, awarded to a small percentage of speakers.
Favorite Quote: “When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.” – Winston Churchill
Alan Zucker has over 25-years of experience leading project management organizations in Fortune 100 companies. Over the course of his career, he delivered thousands of successful projects and built high-performing teams.
Alan’s experience with Agile practices precedes the Manifesto by nearly a decade.
In 2016, Alan founded Project Management Essentials to share his experience and passion. He delivers project management, leadership and agile training. He also provides advisory services to his clients. He has developed several Agile and DevOps training programs and has delivered training around the country.
Alan received his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland. He holds a master’s certificate in IT Project Management from the George Washington University among other PMI and Agile certifications.
Favorite Quote: “You don’t seem to learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and falling over.” – Richard Branson
Forbes Contributor Bruce Weinstein, The Ethics Guy®, shows organizations around the world how ethical leadership is the key to sustained success.
“It’s time to put ethics front and center in all that we do,” Bruce says. “The most successful leaders aren’t merely knowledgeable and skilled. They’re also people of high character who are committed to doing the right thing every time, everywhere.”
Bruce writes a leadership column for Forbes.com and has discussed ethical leadership over 200 times on national and international broadcast and cable television news programs. His books include “Ethical Intelligence: Five Principles for Untangling Your Toughest Problems at Work and Beyond,” “The Good Ones: Ten Crucial Qualities of High-Character Employees,” and for tweens and teens, “Is It Still Cheating If I Don’t Get Caught?”
As an ethics and leadership speaker and trainer, Bruce’s many clients include Société Générale, Dublin-based construction company CRH, Northrop Grumman, the National Football League, RS&H, the Association of College and University Auditors, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Investment Management Consultants Association, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Allstate Insurance, Astellas Pharma, the Western Australian Local Government Association and The Home Depot.
Bruce received his B.A. in philosophy from Swarthmore College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy with a concentration in bioethics from Georgetown University and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. The W. K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan awarded Bruce a National Fellowship in Leadership Development.
He lives in New York with his wife, Kristen Bancroft, a senior compliance officer.
Favorite Quotation: “Appreciate those you admire but forge your own path.” – Fortune cookie message from 2000
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Don supports leadership teams who seek to increase their effectiveness in selecting, developing and advancing leadership talent to enhance organizational performance and growth. He leverages his background in human resources management, line operations and account management, as well as P&L responsibility, to bring practical solutions that fit the context, culture, and resources of the organization.
Don has worked with such client organizations as Ascension Health, Bank of America, Chase, Citibank, Doosan, GE, Greenway, ihealth Technologies, intellinet, Lanier (Ricoh), LSG Sky Chefs, Solvay, Southwire, Tempur+Sealy, Westrock, and Vantiv.
Don holds an MBA from Georgia State University and a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Lafayette College. He has completed an Executive Coaching program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Currently, Don lectures on Human Capital Management in the Executive MBA Program at Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University.
“Be passionate and bold. Always keep learning. You stop doing useful things if you don’t learn. So the last part to me is the key, especially if you have had some initial success. It becomes even more critical that you have the learning ‘bit’ always switched on.” – Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO
As an organization and leadership development consultant, Laura combines strong business acumen with expertise in talent management, change leadership and human resources effectiveness to serve organizations as they plan strategy, build leadership capability and execute change. She has a broad range of experience working with clients in sales, service, operations and staff organizations in the US as well as countries throughout Asia and Europe.
Laura launched her consulting practice in 2003 after 15 years of corporate human resources experience with General Electric, Bank of America, and Delta Air Lines.
Her major projects have focused in the areas of learning strategy and curriculum design, leadership development, executive assessment and coaching, succession planning and cross-border post merger HR integration.
Her clients include: Ascension Health, Bank of America, Cotiviti, Doosan Group, General Electric, Greenway Health, JP Morgan Chase and LSG SkyChefs among others. Additionally, she has coached executives in industry-leading organizations such as Exelon, Fidelity Investments, Flowers Foods, IPG and KPMG.
Laura received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University. She is a graduate of the Executive Program at the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
“Your mind is like a parachute. If it isn’t open, it doesn’t work.”
Crystal is a two-time TEDx speaker, international keynoter, and best selling author, known for transforming the toughest workplace changes into exciting possibilities for our digital world. As an organization development consultant, she brings organizations into the digital age, leveling up people strategies in areas such as career development, learning culture, inclusion, leadership development, and employee engagement.
Past clients include General Mills, Southern Company, Monster.com, Wells Fargo, and other organizations. She also brings deep training expertise as the co-creator of the Owens-Kadakia Learning Cluster Design model, that upskills the training industry to design modern learning, supported by ATD.
Crystal is honored to be a Power 30 Under 30, CLO Learning in Practice, and ATD One to Watch award recipient. Her academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a master’s in Organization Development. Originally from Austin, TX, she is now based in Atlanta, GA with her husband Jeremy, where they love immersing in nature’s way of life and cultural experiences.
“When we reveal to people our belief in them, their hidden beauty rises to the surface where it may be more clearly seen by all.” – Jean Vanier
Jeff is the founder of LikeAbilities.com & ITCareerHacking.com, an IT hiring manager, a certified body language trainer, a certified trainer in the Big 5 Personalities, keynote speaker, and career coach.
Jeff Baird has been in IT and data analytics for almost 20 years. He’s been a recruiter, hiring manager, and managed teams of up to 30 data engineers. But over the years he has found that data isn’t enough if we want to be able to persuade and influence. HOW we present ourselves and our message matters. In fact, 90% of decision-makers will go with their gut feelings over data. Jeff studies and teaches the art & science of influence.
Jeff has worked with recruiting companies such as Apex Systems, Teksystems, Software Technology Group and Dash2group. You may have heard him speak at various SHRM events, the ERE Talent Acquisition Conference, or a number of Universities.
Jeff lives in Lehi Utah with his family, where they enjoy anything outdoors including ice climbing, canyoneering, caving & kayaking.
“Not all who wander are lost” – JRR Tolkien
Ren Love brings 10 years of unique management experiences, having started her career working in zoos, science centers and Disney’s Animal Kingdom before joining one of the Big Four accounting firms. During her time with the Greenville Zoo as an Education Programs Coordinator, Ren created and delivered educational content, led training for staff and volunteers, and managed various small scale departmental projects. Ren earned the PMP certification and is a Certified SAFe Agilist as well as a Certified Scrum Master.Read More
Ren joined the staff of PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) as a Project Manager where she worked on large scale data migrations & data warehousing projects.
Ren’s educational background is just as diverse as her professional one; she holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Brevard College, a M.S. in Biology from Arizona State University, and a M.S. in Instructional Design and Learning Technologies from Anderson University.
Ren lives on a mountain in Greenville, SC, and when she isn’t working or collecting college degrees, she likes getting crafty, spending time outdoors, and making conversation with strangers.
“So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune.” – Ruth Bader Ginsberg