Leadership

The Education Market Association is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of member company and member individual employees within the educational industry who volunteer their time to guide the future of the Association.

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  • Have a seat at the table in planning your industry's future
  • Stay on top of issues and emerging trends within the marketplace
  • Build relationship with the key influencers and expand your professional network

EDmarket members play an important role in choosing the future leaders of the Association. Even if you have not served previously, your fresh perspective is valued. New ideas and approaches help maintain leadership balance as well as providing unique options for highly qualified candidates to contribute.

To become an EDmarket volunteer leader, you may nominate yourself or have another EDmarket member do so for you. If you are nominating someone else, please check with the individual first to be sure he or she is willing and able to serve.

Please note that your company's or your individual membership must be in good standing with the association to be eligible to serve.

How to Apply

  • 1. Submit the Leadership Nomination Ballot Form during next Call for Leadership Nominations (Summer of 2019). Submit the Leadership 2019 Nomination Ballot Form by August 31st. Those applying for Board seats are ask to attach a brief statement outlining their qualifications and also indicating three goals or changes they would like to see implemented by EDmarket.
  • 2. Check as many leadership groups in which you are interested in serving.
  • 3. Each nominee will receive a link to complete an online Leadership Questionnaire that provides information which assists the Nominating Committee and each Committee or Council in selecting the most qualified individual for the positions.

How the Leadership Nomination Works

With the change in bylaws adopted on May 1, 2018, only the nominations for the Board of Directors seats will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee and put up for an electronic vote by the membership. The Board of Directors is comprised of the Officers of the Association (Chair, Chair-Elect, 1st Vice Chair, 2nd Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer, two At-Large seats, and the Chair (or designee) all active Committees and Councils.

Each Committee or Council will review the nominations from the general call, and recommend and recruit new members who they believe can best contribute to their respective group. Each nominated member is given thoughtful consideration.

2019 Leadership Nomination Timeline

Meet the Nominating Committee

The Education Market Association’s Leadership Structure

  • Executive Committee
  • Board of Directors
  • Councils
  • Committees

Executive Committee

Decides on Association policies and give final approval for all recommendations from EDmarket leadership groups. To obtain full contact information on the Executive Committee, log in here.

Chair
Tom A. Brennan
School Outfitters

Chair-Elect
Greg Moore
MooreCo Contract/Vanerum North America

First Vice Chair
Angela Nelson
Stages Learning Materials

Second Vice Chair
Lee Stapp
OfficeScapes

Treasurer
Jim Connelly
Creative Teaching Press

Secretary
John MacGregor
The Education Station, Inc.

Past Chair
Laurie Uherek
Educate & Celebrate, Inc.


Kevin M. Casey
Essential Learning Products


James Johnson
Virco, Inc.


Michelle Johnson
Loudoun Learning, Inc.


Karen Volner
Staples Business Advantage

Board of Directors

The mission of the Board of Directors is to oversee the programs and activities of all EDmarket committees and councils and make recommendations to the Executive Committee for future guidance to committee and council activities. They shall keep a close watch on new trends and developments which may affect our industry and make suitable recommendations to the Executive Committee for future action.

To obtain full contact information for Board Members, log in here.

Chair
Tom A. Brennan
School Outfitters

Chair-Elect
Greg Moore
MooreCo Contract/Vanerum North America

First Vice Chair
Angela Nelson
Stages Learning Materials

Second Vice Chair
Lee Stapp
OfficeScapes

Treasurer
Jim Connelly
Creative Teaching Press

Secretary
John MacGregor
The Education Station, Inc.

Suppliers Council Seat
Kevin M. Casey
Essential Learning Products

IMR Seat
Daniel Glass
Midwest Resource Group, Inc.

Equipment Manufacturers Council Seat
Mark Hubbard
Paragon Furniture, Inc.

Supplier at-Large
James Johnson
Virco, Inc.

Retail Council Seat
Michelle Johnson
Loudoun Learning, Inc.

Dealer at-Large
Bobbie D. Lee
AGC Teacher Supply Store/Training Center, LLC.

IMR Seat
James McChesney
The McChesney Group, LLC

Supplier-at-Large
Julie Ryno
Diversified Woodcrafts, Inc.

Dealer-at-Large
Mike Sawyer
Nu-Idea School Supply Co.

Past Chair
Laurie Uherek
Educate & Celebrate, Inc.

Distribution Council Seat
Karen Volner
Staples Business Advantage

Councils

The mission of the Education Market Association Councils is to:
  • Generate ideas for possible implementation
  • Contribute content to information-based products and services
  • Analyze problems and propose solutions
  • Oversee program effectiveness to evaluate and sustain quality
  • Develop new products and services
  • Mentor new members and new tradeshow attendees
  • Share your view on issues affecting the industry

Distribution Council

Develops recommendations relating to the distribution, marketing, and control functions of the full-line distributor.
To obtain full contact information on the Distribution Council, log in here.
  • Chair
    Karen Volner

    Staples Business Advantage


  • Kenneth Bogart

    Health & Educational Equipment Corp.


  • Brad Jones

    Lone Star Furnishings, LLC


  • Mark C. Lewis

    Shiffler Equipment Sales Inc.


  • Eileen Reynolds

    Frank Cooney Co., Inc.


  • Hart Sernick

    Schoolhouse Products, Inc.


  • Brad Snoke

    School Outfitters


EDtech Council

Develops recommendations relating to the distribution, marketing, and control functions of the EDtech members.

  • Karen Billings

    BillingsConnects


  • Alvin Crawford

    Public Consulting Group


  • Rita Ferrandino

    Arc Capital Development


  • Mark Grovic

    New Markets Venture Partners


  • Kathy Hurley

    Girls Thinking Global (formerly Pearson Foundation)


  • Glen McCandless

    Focus Marketing


  • Angela Nelson

    Stages Learning Materials


  • John Richards

    Consulting Services for Education (cs4ed)


  • William Triant

    Pearson


  • Mitchell Weisburgh

    Academic Business Advisors


  • Randy Wilhelm

    Knovation


Equipment Manufacturers Council

Develops recommendations relating to the distribution, marketing, and control functions of the equipment member.
To obtain full contact information on the Equipment Manufacturers Council, log in here.
  • Chair
    Mark Hubbard

    Paragon Furniture, Inc.


  • Lori M. Donohue

    ECR4Kids


  • Tracy Jahnke

    Diversified Woodcrafts, Inc.


  • Rich Maas

    Screenflex Portable Partitions, Inc.


  • Duane Puckett

    Flagship Carpets


  • Steve Samikkannu

    AmTab Manufacturing Corporation


  • Scott Smith

    Virco, Inc.


  • Brian Vaillancourt

    Whitney Brothers


  • Isaac Wagner

    Academia Furniture Industries

  • IMR Seat
    Darlene Akers

    Akers Business Solutions


Retail Council

Develops programs and projects to address the needs of EDmarket members with retail stores.
To obtain full contact information on the Retail Council, log in here.
  • Chair
    Michelle Johnson

    Loudoun Learning, Inc.


  • Susan Degard

    Sharp School Services, Inc.


  • Bobbie D. Lee

    AGC Teacher Supply Store/Training Center, LLC.


  • John MacGregor

    The Education Station, Inc.


  • Edward Vogel

    GA School Supply


Supplier Council

Acts as a voice for member suppliers, provides the show planning committees with ideas and input, and identifies and promotes member services for the supplier segment of the membership.
To obtain full contact information on the Supplier Council, log in here.
  • Chair
    Kevin M. Casey

    Essential Learning Products


  • David Fierman

    Creative Teaching Press


  • Iris Villegas

    Roylco, Inc.


Committees

The mission of the Education Market Association Committees is to:
  • Generate ideas for possible implementation
  • Contribute content to information-based products and services
  • Analyze problems and propose solutions
  • Oversee program effectiveness to evaluate and sustain quality
  • Develop new products and services
  • Mentor new members and new tradeshow attendees
  • Share your view on issues affecting the industry

Chairman’s Advisory Committee

Advises Chair and selects the JLS Scholarship winners.
To obtain full contact information on the Chairman’s Advisory Committee, log in here.
  • Chair
    Gregory J. Cooney

    Frank Cooney Co., Inc.


  • Tom Green

    Green Group Enterprises, LLC dba: Harrison and Company


  • Doug Jehle

    Frost-Barber



Finance & Audit Committee

Submits the budget for Executive Committee approval and monitors EDmarket’s investment strategies.
To obtain full contact information on the Finance & Audit Committee, log in here.
  • Chair
    Jim Connelly

    Creative Teaching Press

  • Chair-Elect
    Greg Moore

    MooreCo Contract/Vanerum North America

  • First Vice Chair
    Angela Nelson

    Stages Learning Materials


Independent Manufacturers Representatives (IMR) Committee

Provides programs and services that enhance the effectiveness, profitability, and professional image of independent reps.
To obtain full contact information on the IMR Committee Login, log in here.
  • Co-Chair
    Daniel Glass

    Midwest Resource Group, Inc.

  • Co-Chair
    James McChesney

    The McChesney Group, LLC


  • Darlene Akers

    Akers Business Solutions


  • John Warner

    Midwest Resource Group, Inc.



Legislative Committee

Monitors and communicates to the membership government policies, legislative/regulatory issues, and funding opportunities that impact the education marketplace and tests member desire for advocacy.
To obtain full contact information on the Legislative Committee, log in here.

  • John MacGregor

    The Education Station, Inc.


  • James McChesney

    The McChesney Group, LLC


  • Angela Nelson

    Stages Learning Materials


  • Laurie Uherek

    Educate & Celebrate, Inc.


Nominating Committee

Reviews nominations selected by members for EDmarket leadership positions and recommends a slate of nominees.
To obtain full contact information on the Nominating Committee, log in here.


  • Tom Green

    Green Group Enterprises, LLC dba: Harrison and Company


  • Laurie Uherek

    Educate & Celebrate, Inc.


  • Tom A. Brennan

    School Outfitters


  • Kevin M. Casey

    Essential Learning Products


  • Jim Connelly

    Creative Teaching Press


  • Dan Dale

    MooreCo Inc.


  • Daniel Glass

    Midwest Resource Group, Inc.


  • Mark Hubbard

    Paragon Furniture, Inc.


  • Michelle Johnson

    Loudoun Learning, Inc.


  • John MacGregor

    The Education Station, Inc.


  • James McChesney

    The McChesney Group, LLC


  • Greg Moore

    MooreCo Contract/Vanerum North America


  • Angela Nelson

    Stages Learning Materials


  • Lee Stapp

    OfficeScapes


  • Karen Volner

    Staples Business Advantage


Event Planning Committees

The mission on the Event Planning Committees is to:
  • Develop the optimal tradeshow format
  • Plan the education component and networking activities
  • Make recommendations on location, dates, fees, etc. to the Executive Committee
To obtain full contact information on the EDspaces Planning Committee, login here.
  • Distribution Council Seat
    Eileen Reynolds

    Frank Cooney Co., Inc.

  • Distribution Council Seat
    Karen Volner

    Staples Business Advantage

  • Equipment Manufacturers Council Seat
    Tracy Jahnke

    Diversified Woodcrafts, Inc.

  • IMR Committee Seat
    John Warner

    Midwest Resource Group, Inc.

  • Supplier-at-Large
    Dan Dale

    MooreCo Inc.

  • Supplier-at-Large
    Nik Ditzler

    IPI by Bison

  • Supplier-at-Large
    Mark Hubbard

    Paragon Furniture, Inc.

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