SeeWriteHear has established a strong, diverse executive team with experience in entrepreneurship, corporate management, mergers and acquisitions, direct sales, call centers, business development, technology, and accessibility.
Gene Storz – Chief Executive Officer
Expertise: Entrepreneur, Corporate Management, Growth, and Acquisitions
Entrepreneur – developed Education 2020, a Virtual Education Company, from a startup with 1 employee and 30 students to 25 employees and 50,000 students achieving 3 million in revenue over 5 years
Management – expanded Education 2020 from 5 states to 48 states, 25 employees to 250 employees, and 50,000 students to 800,000 students
Growth – managed expansion of Education 2020 from 3 million to nearly 30 million in revenue over 4 year period
Mergers and Acquisitions - In 2011, Education 2020 was sold to Weld North, a partnership between KKR and Jonathon Grayer. E2020 was the first acquisition of Weld North, the keystone allowing Weld North to execute its plan as a Virtual Education Services consolidator http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/07/11/venture-with-k-k-r-makes-education-deal/). Post-acquisition, led the direct acquisition of another Virtual School and supported several other acquisition efforts
Dave Schleppenbach - Vice President of Research and Development
Founder and Owner of VISIONS Lab Inc. and VISIONS Products Inc., Purdue Research Foundation-sponsored companies involved in high-tech research and development of products relating to persons with disabilities
Founder of gh LLC. providing services for the print disabled – including visually impaired, learning disabled, and mobility impaired users
Founding Board member for the startup Assistive Technology Industry Organization
Served on dozens of technical and advisory committees to develop specifications for legal and technical disabilities-related issues including Section 508 standards, National File Format, National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS), ANSI/NISO Z39.86 Digital Talking Book (DTB) standard, DAISY specification, MathML Specification, W3C-related specifications, and emerging digital specifications such as ePub
Served or serves on Braille-in-DAISY working group, Unified Braille Code committee, Committee to revise the Nemeth Braille Code, GS Braille/DotsPlus testing committee, Braille Authority of North America Chemistry Notation Committee, Braille Authority of North America Tactile Graphics Committee, and Braille Authority of North America Mathematics Committee
Worked with Federal and State Government Agencies, foreign governments, Fortune 1000 companies, non-profit and advocacy groups, and other large organizations to develop accessibility policies and resolve difficult technical issues surrounding accessibility
Worked to develop legislation for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) providing testimony for the U.S. Government and as a technical expert/consultant in numerous legal or disability-related issues
SWH is continuing to expand into broader areas, promoting accessibility into consumer base products. We are looking to add more executive experience to our talent pool - for those interested, please send us a resume.