Dennis Mankin is the founder and Managing Partner of Platinum Performance Partners www.platinumperformancepartners.com. Mr. Mankin has an extensive professional background, including 25 years in senior management and consultative positions working in business consulting, executive coaching, sales, and Human Performance Improvement (HPI). He was certified by ISPI and Dr. Joe Harless as a CPT in August 2003 and he is a project manager and facilitator of HPI processes worldwide. He has demonstrated skills and expertise in assisting organizations in exceeding competitive organizational goals and improving overall business results using HPI processes. He is a co-author and co-publisher of Performance DNATM (analysis tools), used for the analysis of human performance and the “tools of choice” by over 6,000 HPI analysts worldwide. Mr. Mankin has been a member of ASTD for over 20 years and was an adjunct professor at the University of Tulsa, Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore Management University, and a guest lecturer to other colleges and universities in performance improvement technologies. He has been a licensed Merchant Marine Captain since 1985.
Donald J. Ford is a training and performance improvement consultant specializing in instructional design and process improvement. He has worked in the field of human resource development for twenty years, including training management positions at Southern California Gas Company, Magnavox, Allied-Signal, and Texas Instruments. His consulting clients include Toyota, Nissan, Rockwell International, Samsung Electronics, Orange County Transportation Authority, Glendale Memorial Hospital, and others. For these and other clients, he has developed custom classroom, self-study and web-based training, conducted performance and needs analyses, facilitated groups, managed improvement projects, taught courses, and evaluated results.
He teaches graduate courses in human resource development for Antioch University, Los Angeles, and Cal State University Northridge. He has published 35 articles and three books on topics in training, education, and management, including Bottom-Line Training: How to Design and Implement Training Programs that Boost Profits (Gulf Publishing, 1999), In Action: Designing Training Programs (Editor, ASTD, 1996), and The Twain Shall Meet: The Current Study of English in China (McFarland, 1988).
Don holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree in history and a doctorate in education, all from UCLA.
Ethan S. Sanders is president and CEO of Sundial Learning Systems. Before founding this company, Sanders was manager of instructional design for ASTD. Before joining ASTD, Ethan worked as an internal consultant in the publishing and banking industry, and was a training manager in the transportation industry. Ethan is a co-author of ASTD Models for Learning Technologies, ASTD Models for Workplace Learning and Performance, HPI Essentials, and the ASTD course "Human Performance Improvement in the Workplace." Ethan's articles have appeared in numerous professional publications throughout the world. Ethan also teaches several of ASTD's courses offered through public and corporate seminars. He holds a master's degree in applied behavior science from Johns Hopkins University.
Geri is president and principal consultant of Geri Lopker & Associates. Her international client list includes corporations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and Fortune 100 companies. Geri has been a performance consultant both as an internal area director of operations for a large healthcare agency, and as an external consultant with clients big and small. Geri has over 20 years of experience working in the areas of systems, finance, change management, leadership, communication, strategic planning, team building, and customer relations.
Geri earned a master's degree in human resources and organization development from the University of San Francisco. She earned the Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) certification in 2003. She is an adjunct professor for Chapman University teaching the nationally acclaimed Human Performance Improvement in the Workplace certificate series. She has also earned this HPI certificate. She has received the Total Trainer Certificate from OC-ASTD and is currently part of the faculty for the Total Trainer program.
Geri is past president of the International Society for Performance Improvement, Orange County Chapter. She is past president of ASTD, Orange County chapter.
Mason Holloway has an extensive professional background, including 15 years in senior management and consultative positions working in business consulting, business operations, sales, and human performance improvement (HPI). He is a senior analyst, performance technologist, and experienced practitioner of the HPI processes. He has demonstrated skills and expertise in assisting companies in meeting and exceeding aggressive and competitive organizational goals and improving overall business results through HPI processes.
Holloway's clients have included The U.S. Navy, National Technical Information Service, L.L. Bean, Social Security Administration, Accelera Corporation, ServiceMaster, and Microsoft. Early in Mr. Holloway's career he focused his skills in the development of marketing and sales programs working with Cellular One (now Cingular). Holloway went on to found and develop a nationally recognized publishing company, serve as digital content delivery consultant to a major content provider, and work with a team developing a contextual learning management system for the United States Government, among other achievements. As a respected consultant in the areas of training delivery and performance, Holloway applies the combination of his extensive real world business experience and acumen with a deep understanding of the fundamental principals of performance in the service of accomplishing business goals.
Spanning the disciplines of performance, learning, and development, Holloway's work has included performance-based information taxonomies, performer-centric call center interface design, the development of a contextual learning engine, extensive front-end analysis, online content development and delivery, and performance-based curriculum development.
Most recently, working with partner Dennis Mankin, Holloway led the design and development team in the creation of Performance DNA, the most comprehensive and effective tool set for analyzing human performance. Performance DNA has been co-copyrighted by Platinum Performance Group and ASTD and is the only methodology taught in the prestigious HPI certificate program.
He graduated with from University of Maryland with B.A. in English and business and continued his graduate studies in management at James Madison University.
Tom LaBonte is the managing director of Workplace Performance specializing in improving performance through an integrated process to learning and workplace actions for breakthrough results. As the director of consulting services at Ulysses Learning, Tom was responsible for implementing e-learning solutions and supporting client business results. He held the title of Human Resources Executive with Centura Bank and transformed HR into a strategic business partner. As the SVP of performance improvement and training at PNC Bank, Tom was responsible for developing a performance improvement process that supported 30,000 employees. He served as the retail training manager for Barnett Bank and implemented a corporate-wide sales and service management process.
Tom published Building a New Performance Vision in May 2001 through ASTD Press. He also published a chapter, "E-Learning and Performance," in The AMA Book of E-Learning published in 2002. He co-authored an article for the August 1999 edition of T+D entitled "Performance Consulting, One Process, One Team" and wrote a chapter for the book Moving From Training to Performance: A Practical Guidebook. Tom earned a doctorate in education. Tom is a frequent speaker at international conferences on performance improvement and e-learning. Tom served on the ASTD Global Board of Directors from 1998 to 2000 and currently serves as the Chair of the ASTD Global Nominating Committee.