Bruce Raath

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Raath, Bruce 2028224.jpgTitle: Owner

Company: B A Raath and Associates

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

With more than 45 years of experience, Bruce Raath is lending his skills accumulated over the years to consult, train and educate engineers and concrete practitioners on all things related to concrete construction. He sees his firm as a conduit for him to pass on a lifetime of experience, and help young engineers solve problems they may encounter on a site. His expertise is called upon to provide diagnoses of failed mechanisms and recommendations for repair, as well as testing concrete and assessing results. Mr. Raath advises builders on how to conform specifications so that structures built with concrete are built appropriately. Read the rest of this entry »


Ashley E. Williams

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Title: Director

Company: Ashlen Maintenance Planning & Training Services

Location: Pinjarra, WA  Australia

Ashley Williams has more than 25 years of experience in the mining industry, with the last five spent at the helm of his own training and maintenance company. In this role, he provides clients with in-depth, one-on-one training, taking into account their unique strengths and skill sets for use in association with Microsoft and SAP software. He is also responsible for maintaining a vast amount of data for major companies, combining his managerial and technical expertise.

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David J. Armstrong

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David Armstrong 1946974Title: Vice President of Marketing

Company: Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd.

Location: Ontario, Canada

After receiving an MBA, David J. Armstrong began working in sales for Xerox, where he gained experience in business equipment. He enjoyed the field, which inspired him to continue working in sales and marketing. Mr. Armstrong has 35 years of professional experience and is recognized for his ability to generate and formulate dysfunctional teams and put them back together. In his role, Mr. Armstrong is responsible for overseeing the leading element of the company, growing relationships with leasing partners’ companies, identifying who needs training and coordinating training, maintaining pricing responsibility for all hardware products, liaising for third-party leasing companies, building third-party relationships which would benefit the company, holding strategic marketing responsibility, handling direct and dealer channel marketing, as well as marketing analytics, and sales training and development. Read the rest of this entry »

Leon J. van Vuuren

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Leon van VuurenTitle: Chief Executive Officer

Company: Power Delivery Industry Maintenance Consultants

Location: South Africa

Leon J. van Vuuren began his career at ESKOM Transmission, which lead to eight years in live work maintenance, two years in training and development, 13 years in training and development for distribution, and 14 years in training and maintenance contracting. Today, he utilizes the skills he learned from his previous work to serve as a live-work consultant, adviser, and maintenance contractor for a company that supports the implementation of on-the-job education and training for transmission, reticulation and distribution, to maintain medium voltages, high voltages, and extra-high voltages under live conditions. In his role, Mr. van Vuuren is responsible for ensuring the live work (C3M) duties are carried to compliance of the BSI PAS 99 certification to the common (integrated management system) specification requirements of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 standards and other ISO and IEC standards. He thoroughly enjoys his work and believes the most gratifying aspect of his career was working in lead safety, health, environment, construction, and quality risk with the workforce using (C3M) live work in conjunction with integrated management system of BS PAS 99 (common management system of ISO standards). Mr. van Vuuren has 37 years of experience and attributes his passion and success to SMART-Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Targets to (SHECQR) for the power industry to ensure customer satisfaction of power lines and substations up time during live work maintenance to “keep the light on.” Read the rest of this entry »

Deborah Spence, MCE, CEC

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Deborah Spence 1614140Title: Director, Learning and Development/Talent Management

Company: Canadian Pacific

Location: Alberta, Canada

Passionate about assisting companies and individuals in reaching their full potential, Deborah Spence pursued a career in talent management and development. She has 22 years of industry experience and currently utilizes her skills to assist Canadian Pacific in achieving its goals. An expert in succession management, Ms. Spence joined Canadian Pacific in 2012 as a specialist in talent management. The same year, she was promoted to her current role. As the director of learning, development and talent management, she is responsible overseeing the learning and development within talent management, including performance management and employee development, and handling succession talent components. Ms. Spence is a certified executive coach who attributes her success to her passion for learning, and helping people and organizations to be the best. Read the rest of this entry »

Shirley Fletcher

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Shirley Fletcher 1473926Title: Director

Company: Fletcher Consultancy

Location: Hampshire, United Kingdom

Shirley Fletcher’s interest in people and their development inspired her to pursue a career in training and consulting. She started Fletcher Consultancy Limited in 1993, working alone for the first year and developed to her current successful position through gradual expansion. Fletcher Consultancy is now a world-class company that has operations in various regions of Europe. It is composed of the most talented employees who help clients by providing training and consulting services. It caters to clients in the private and public sectors. Ms. Fletcher is floored by the company’s overall success, but is eager to continue growing Fletcher Consultancy. To ensure the company runs smoothly, Ms. Fletcher stays in constant contact with her clients. She works with government bodies on national development projects, manages project teams in the U.K. and Europe, acts as lead consultant with Health Education England (formerly Department of Health), to develop a complete apprenticeship development and qualification program for all support workers in health care science, and speaks at conferences. Read the rest of this entry »

Nina Nielsen

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Nina Nielsen 1750043Title: Vice Principal

Company: Horsens Ungdomsskole

Location: Horsens, Denmark

Nina Nielsen became involved in her profession because she truly enjoys teaching, and was delighted by this opportunity to work with disadvantaged youth. She started working for Horsens Ungdomsskole 11 years ago. The school is for “troubled” teens, and teens facing family hardship, suicide, day-to-day struggles. The school helps the students to find their purpose in life, to learn to overcome obstacles, and to set and meet their goals. The school’s goal is to help these youngsters succeed. Read the rest of this entry »

Steve Kettle

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Stephen Kettle 1508262Title: Chief Executive Officer, Principal Consultant

Company: Counter-Terrorist Training, Advice and Planning (C-TAP)

Location: Colchester, United Kingdom

Stephen Kettle is a highly regarded counter-terrorism professional who specializes in IED search team training, procedures for person-search, search of vehicles, all types of buildings and structures, venues, conferences, airports, hotels and public spaces, predictive behavior profiling, and security questioning. In his current capacity with Counter-Terrorist Training, Advice and Planning (C-TAP), he is in charge of designing procedure and planning reception for aircraft and hijackings, training people, and utilizing his multidiscipline counter-terrorism experience to further safety and security in the private sector around the world. Mr. Kettle is also contracted by high-end companies for anti-terrorism and security plans. Read the rest of this entry »

Syed Absar

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Absar, Syed 1616589Title: Director of Operations

Company: Sbarro, LLC

Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

Syed Farhan Absar is a talented and results driven professional with more than 10 years of experience in leadership positions. He always loved the restaurant business and wanted to work on larger level. He worked his way up the industry’s ranks and has garnered a reputation as a strong leader who has a global perspective due to extensive traveling in Asia and North America.

Mr. Absar started as the assistant manager and moved up quickly in the company to co-manager and to his current position. In his role, he serves as the training manager, and works to hire and mentor employees. Mr. Absar also ensures customer satisfaction, designs and implements business plans, handles budgeting and forecasting, conducts inventory reports, works on the opening of new storefronts from construction to setup, sets contracts with vendors, and manages $1.7 million in revenue, and profit and loss at his location. Read the rest of this entry »

Vaughan Daniels

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Vaunghan Daniels 1485364Title: Global HoLEP Training Manager

Company:  Lumenis LTD

Location: United Kingdom

Inspired by his manager at a pharmaceutical company, Vaughan Daniels established a lengthy career in the health care industry. Mr. Daniels has more than 20 years of professional experience and is recognized for his strong skill set and knowledge of marketing health care companies. He has worked in a variety of capacities throughout his career, and is now focusing his efforts on training surgeons and health care centers worldwide in using HoLEP. This Lumenis system uses Holmium VersaPulse PowerSuite, which incorporates the use of lasers to conduct minimally invasive medical procedures.

Mr. Daniels joined Lumenis LTD, the global leader in the field of minimally-invasive clinical solutions, in September 2013. Well versed in the company’s products, he is responsible for working with clients around the world in order to ensure they are properly trained on the devices. Mr. Daniels takes great pride in his work and feels privileged to work for an innovative company that is advancing the state of the medial industry. Read the rest of this entry »

Susan Melo

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LogoTitle: General Business Manager

Company: Andrew Shaul Psychology

Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

After working as an administrator for Madison MacArthur Executive Search, Susan Melo gained an opportunity to serve as the general business manager at Andrew Shaul Psychology, an association of registered psychologists, social workers, and psychotherapists that caters to a diverse client base. Ms. Melo joined the company in 2008 and has become a trusted and well-respected member of its staff. An expert in identifying problems, she is responsible for assisting 60 therapists, recruiting new therapists, training, developing new business aspects, handling bookkeeping and accounting, and performing human resource duties. Ms. Melo has 12 years of professional experience and attributes her success to her strong work ethic. She enjoys learning and contributing to the company’s reputation by staying organized and completing every task she is given. Ms. Melo intends to continue advancing professionally by obtaining an MBA and expanding her skill set.

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Ricardo Lillo

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LogoTitle: President & Chief Executive Officer

Company: DOOR Group S.A.

Location: Frankfurt, Germany

Ricardo Lillo is an internationally recognized professional who has worked in training, consulting and coaching for the past 33 years. For the past 11, he has served as the president and CEO of DOOR Group S.A., a results-based training and development solutions provider that offers a wide range of training, assessment, consulting, coaching, e-learning and mobile learning services. The company offers training in more than 93 countries and 23 languages.

An expert in management and leadership, Mr. Lillo prides himself on always putting his clients’ needs first and ensuring their satisfaction. In his positions, he is responsible for overseeing the staff and business, acquiring new clients, meeting with current clients, searching for new branches, and managing profit and loss. Mr. Lillo worked as a manager for the company for many years. When the company went up for sale, he and some fellow employees decided to buy it. He is very proud of the company’s progress since he purchased it. Read the rest of this entry »