Rene Vriens

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Vriens, Rene 2066357Title: Director of Operations

Company: Drake & Farrell Solutions Delivered

Location: Bleiswijk, Netherlands

Rene Vriens has more than 26 years of experience, and has spent the last six years at Drake & Farrell. In this position, Mr. Vriens improves operational systems, processes and policies in the spirit of the organization’s mission. His knowledge and business ability allows him to play an integral role in creating the long-term plans for the company. Like his title of director of operations suggests, Mr. Vriens oversees all aspects of operations in the company, including specialized projects. He reviews all processes, manages teams, and helps create company culture on the floor. Read the rest of this entry »


Steve Carter

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Steve Carter 1651691Title: Instructor, Coordinator

Company: IUOE Local 115

Location: British Columbia, Canada

Steve Carter has 30 years experience in the asphalt paving industry and utilizes his skills and knowledge to teach paving equipment machine operation and best practice procedures. Mr. Carter is a well-established industry professional who is recognized for his extensive knowledge of the field and his willingness to pass his knowledge onto others. Aside from asphalt and paving techniques, he also teaches forklift class 4, 5, and 7 training. His career has taken him all over the world and Mr. Carter has gotten to work on numerous high-profile projects. The highlight of his career was working on a project in Malaysia in 1993, resurfacing of the Lions Gate Bridge, and working on the Vancouver International Airport Runway paving. Mr. Carter holds numerous certificates and qualifications, including a provincial instructor diploma from Vancouver Community College. He attributes all the success he has experienced throughout his career to his drive and passion. In the near future, Mr. Carter would like to expand his training base. Read the rest of this entry »

Benjamin Pean

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Title: Head of Operations

Company: APSYS (AIRBUS Group)

Location: Horfield, Bristol, United Kingdom

HORFIELD, BRISTOL, UK, February 5, 2015, Benjamin Pean specializes in internationasl strategic planning and management, sales and operations management, HR management, and P&L management, and he also possesses a strong background in new business development, team building and training, and key account management. Read the rest of this entry »

Derek Hollis

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LogoTitle: Founding Partner, Operations Director

Company: Interact

Location: London, United Kingdom

For the past 17 years, Derek Hollis has been running and leading Interact, a corporate training, development and communication company that uses drama-based training, management and communication skills training to improve business presentations and communication with employees. The company has a proven track record of success working with companies and individuals in the private and public sectors. Its theater-based training enables clients to tap into their creative side and develop engaging and interactive communication approaches and presentations.

Mr. Hollis started out as an actor, producer and director in the theater. He spent several years with repertory companies throughout the UK and with the National Theatre. Mr. Hollis also co-founded his own touring company, Notthe National Theatre and worked at the company for six years before leaving to found the Meridian Theatre Company, which is a charitable organization that supports other small theater companies. After gaining extensive experience in the industry, he decided to take the skills he learned through acting and performing and apply them to the business world.  Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Pat Hartwell

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Title: Principal Associate

Company: pH Acid Test Training

Location: Berkshire, United Kingdom

Ms. Hartwell set up her own company after teaching numerous academic and professional courses, including those to facilitate the attainment of MBAs, the DMS and first degrees, at higher education institutions. She is much in demand at conferences with a reputation for amusing and thought provoking presentations. She has designed and delivered training programs for clients such as NATO Deputy Secretary Generals, the ICC, Eurojust, the OSCE, EPO, Fedex and Hay Consulting Group. In total, she has gained almost 40 years of experience in the field of education and training. Read the rest of this entry »