Associate Consultant

For over eighteen years, Dr. S. Ann Earon has consulted in marketing, communications, and training with an emphasis on videoconferencing systems market research, assessment, design, implementation, and project management.

Ann was employed in sales and marketing positions within the Bell system specializing in international market management, training, and advertising and promotions.  She began working in teleconferencing in 1974, with the introduction of the portable conference telephone.  In 1978, she was on a special assignment, as part of her doctoral program, to study the Bell System Executive Communications Centers throughout the United States.  These centers were the forerunners of AT&T's Picturephone Meeting Service rooms.

Ann has worked on the strategic planning, needs assessment, design, and implementation of videoconferencing systems for many organizations, including:  Air Products and Chemicals; General Electric; IBM; Johnson & Johnson; and the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy.  From 1990 to 1994, she was responsible for project management, promotions, and training for the implementation of a worldwide videoconferencing network for Johnson & Johnson.  For this assignment, she interfaced with executives, PTT's, and integrators in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the Asia/Pacific regions.  She also traveled to these locations to ensure successful implementation.

Ann was a nine-year member of the board of directors of the International Teleconferencing Association (ITCA), and is the former chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee, the Teletraining Special Interest Group, the Program Committee, and the Operations Directorate.  She holds numerous debating and public speaking awards, and is frequently cited in, or contributes to, many publications.

Dr. Earon is a graduate of Colby College, holds a Masterís degree in Instructional Technology and Educational Administration from Northeastern University, and received a Ph.D. from Boston College with majors in business, speech & communications, and education.  As part of her dissertation, Adoption of Videoconferencing in Education and Business, she surveyed colleges, universities, and Fortune 500 companies and reported on their video applications and the networks supporting them.

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