LearnSomething Management Team
Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them. -Paul Hawken
Steve Roden, Chief Executive Officer
Steve has more than two decades of entrepreneurial experience including managing recessions, technology melt downs and major shifts in customer behavior. During Steve’s tenure at LearnSomething, the company has been recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing small businesses in America, and was selected by the State of Florida for the 2012 Governor's Innovation & Entrepreneurship Award for a company in a major market. Steve has twice been recognized by the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at Florida State University as entrepreneur of the year.
Prior to joining LearnSomething, Steve spent four years as a partner at Arthur Andersen, managing the company’s world-wide eLearning consulting practice. His earlier professional experience included launching two successful start-up companies: first a successful technology incubation company, which he sold to Rupert Murdoch’s Newscorp; and then Comsell Training, Inc., one of the highest rated learning technology companies for customer satisfaction, which he successfully sold to a publicly traded firm. Steve holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. in from Florida State University.
Rick Fuelling, Chief Operating Officer
A graduate of the University of Kentucky in Business Administration, Rick is a seasoned business professional with more than 20 years of consulting and sales management experience. Rick's background includes extensive experience in the Pharmaceutical and Health Care Industry, including business development, mergers and acquisitions, technology planning, and financial business analysis. Rick served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Coastal Physician Group. He has a strong and successful background in technology and software start-ups, building sales and marketing organizations, and revitalizing corporations through turn-around strategies.
Rick has worked in both public and private sector corporations and has successfully owned several consulting businesses and a community pharmacy business. Representing LearnSomething in our industries, Rick is an Associate Member of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) and a member of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Pharmacy Conference Planning Committee, the National Council of Prescription Drug Plans (NCPDP), the American Pharmacist Association (APhA), and the National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA).
Dennis Thorp, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Product Development & Client Services
Dennis has over 20 years of experience developing, producing, and deploying eLearning training products for major training and development organizations, winning numerous national and international awards for best multimedia products during this time. One of his products was called the “...most inspired piece of instructional software ever produced...” by Wired magazine.
Dennis has directed many large and small product development teams including staffs of over 140 (Florida State University, Center for Instructional Development) and 120 (Viacom/Paramount Pictures, Computer Curriculum Corporation) with annual budgets in the millions. He has also been an eLearning consultant working with the Navy communication intelligence community and Army Apache combat helicopter unit, with a Top Secret/Special Intelligence classification. His teams have developed instructional products for some of the largest corporate, government and educational organizations and associations here and abroad. Dennis holds a Ph.D. in Education from Florida State University, M.Ed. in Education from Oregon State University, and a B.S. degree in Business from the University of North Dakota.
Dave Hecker, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
Dave’s experience includes 20+ years in designing, developing and managing IT projects. Proficient in more than 19 software languages or programs, Dave has developed programs for Microsoft Windows 2000, NT, 98, 95, 3.1 DOS; and the Apple Macintosh System 7. He has experience in Computer Telephony, PBX Systems, and TCP/IP Networking (hardware and software); AIX, UNIX, S/390 UNIX Services, Apple Macintosh OS8 and beyond. He is a Certified Lotus Professional-Principal Notes Application Developer and has certifications in Project Management, Data Modeling, and Relational Data Design.
Brian Vann, Vice President, Business Development
A graduate from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Finance where he also earned two varsity letters, Brian is a seasoned business professional with more than 15 years of business development, sales, and consulting experience. He is an experienced team leader with a specialty in creating new revenue opportunities and new client acquisitions.
Currently, Brian is responsible for the Product Advisor Information Network unit of LearnSomething where he works directly with manufacturers. Over the past two years, the Product Advisor Information Network customer base has grown to over 20 manufacturer relationships. For the past 11 years, he has been a key player in growing LearnSomething’s retail customer base and provided leadership and direction to the corporate sales team. During his tenure, he has also served on industry advisory boards.
Sandy Calhoun, Vice President, Product Development
Sandy has over 25 years of experience in administrative, operational, production, and project management with public- and private-sector organizations. She has managed, designed, developed, and produced technical, training, educational, and public information materials in print, audiovisual, and interactive formats in multiple media, including Internet-based materials.
Prior to joining LearnSomething, Sandy served as the Associate Director of Florida State University’s Office for Distributed and Distance Learning, where she was responsible for operational oversight of the development and maintenance of the University’s numerous online degree-earning programs in fields ranging from undergraduate Computer Science and Information Studies to graduate programs in Education and Business.
Tracy Pitt, Vice President, Client Services
Tracy has over 20 years in addressing the needs of a wide-range of software customers. She has managed software-as-a-service programs for federal, state, and local law enforcement, and worked within high-visibility technical support groups responsible for over 500,000 users worldwide. She is familiar with development tools, languages, and SEP (Software Enhancement Program), and has extensive experience in assisting project managers in converting customers to maintenance mode.
Prior to joining LearnSomething, Tracy worked for the leading provider of communications and application software solutions, and criminal justice, public safety and homeland security agencies. She also served as a program manager who assisted and supported projects designed to help the Federal Air Marshal Service test current and future capabilities to improve situational awareness and intelligence sharing. She is passionate about team synergy and believes a clear organizational strategy is essential to building a strong team.
Robert Burroughs, Vice President, Business Development
Robert has extensive experience helping senior executives of large public and private organizations define, measure, and improve their ability to execute key organizational initiatives. Having designed and implemented studies involving dozens of large organizations and hundreds of thousands of leaders and employees, Robert is uniquely qualified to understand the challenges senior executives face in translating strategic intent into executed reality. He has facilitated work at every stage and level of the change management process, from working with senior executives and managers to define and communicate key initiatives to measuring capability across all levels of an organization and working with managers and employees to implement changes required to improve organizational effectiveness.
Robert has worked with many of the nation's largest and most successful organizations, both public and private, including the Department of Defense, the United States Navy, the United State Marine Corps, Raytheon, Lexus, Toyota, Ford Motor Company, HP, McKinsey & Company, King Pharmaceuticals, J Walter Thompson, Merrill Lynch, and US Trust. At LearnSomething, Robert will primarily manage and support the company's association division.