She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

Hey guys—a pretty short column this week but important scoops all the same. Be sure you check them out right now!

New hires....

Terry Gilligan has joined the management team of Conceptua® Math as Vice President of Sales. In this role, he will direct Conceptua Math's sales efforts as the company prepares for large growth from its digital math curriculum. Terry has two decades of success in creating and executing sales strategies in K-12 education. Prior to Conceptua Math, he led large-scale adoptions of curriculum and intervention programs with Scholastic's enterprise technology solutions. Prior to his role in Scholastic, Terry was Vice President of Sales at Tom Snyder Productions, where he built and led all sales programs for school districts nationwide and sold leading math technologies like FASTT Math® and Fraction Nation®. Join me in congratulating Terry on his new role!

Randy Merriman recently joined A Pass Educational Group LLC, a leading developer of educational content and curriculum for the K-12, Higher Education, and learning industries as their Vice President of Business Development. He will assist customers with assessing market opportunities and requirements for print and digital content and product development including textbooks, supplements, online courses, assessments, and standards alignments. Randy is responsible for working with the company's development team and clients to ensure high quality content, service, and customer' satisfaction. A 25-year veteran of educational publishing and media, he brings extensive knowledge of publishing processes, content and curriculum, and product development for the PreK-12, college, professional, and corporate training markets. As a publisher, developer, and consultant Randy has been involved in the planning and execution of hundreds of educational and eLearning products for companies that include Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Young Digital Planet, Follett Digital Resources, and National Geographic Digital Media. His work with educational publishers and content providers has helped produce learning products that are used by millions of learners worldwide and that have received more than thirty national and international awards. A nationally recognized leader in educational technology, Randy has served on the American Association of Publishers Technology Committee, the Executive Board for the Center for Applied Special Technologies, the U.S. Department of Education's Technology Leadership Group, and the Texas Technology Advisory Board. He is the former National President of the Interactive Multimedia Industry Association and has been a featured speaker at several publishing, technology, and training conferences. Join me in congratulating him on this new position at

Woo hoo!

Charlene Gaynor, CEO of The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) since 2006 and Executive Director since 1997, has been named a finalist for the Female Executive of the Year Stevie Award in the Government or Non-Profit-Up to 2,500 Employees category. She will be named a Gold, Silver, or Bronze winner at the awards dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Friday, November 9th. Check out the full list of finalists!  The Stevie Awards were created to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and business people worldwide. Beginning with The American Business Awards in 2002, The International Business Awards in 2003, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business in 2004, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service in 2006, the mission of the awards program is to raise the profile of exemplary organizations and individuals among the press, the business community, and the general public. What a wonderful recognition! Let Charlene know we are rooting for her and applaud all she has done at

I closed out my column early this week—per tradition, my long-time and best girlfriend and I are spending Thursday and Friday in Galveston to celebrate our birthdays. Yes, I know mine was in September, but you also know I believe in e-x-t-e-n-d-i-n-g the celebration. As you read this, think of me with martinis, shopping, and lots of laughter! I plan a visit to the Pumpkin Patch with the local grandchildren this weekend, and that makes all very happy here. Have a happy weekend with family and friends where you are. I will see you back here next Friday. Till then....Vicki, the Snoop

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