Open Advance was founded in 2003. We are a consulting, training and learning technology company dedicated to helping employees learn more efficiently, retain knowledge longer and improve their reasoning and problem-solving skills.
Our team includes business leaders with over 30 years of experience in a variety of industries. Experts in education science, marketing, multimedia production and software development work closely with clients to develop and implement sustainable training and communications solutions that increase productivity, save time and reduce training costs.
In 2003, Steve founded a sales and management consulting firm serving Fortune 1000 companies in a variety of industries. Steve managed transition of the business to Nxell, focusing on learning technology for a mobile world.Steve’s prior experience includes serving as CEO of a national finance organization for fifteen years and CEO of a business consulting and software database development company.Steve received a BA degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara.Since 1990, he has been President of Adults Toward Independent Living, a San Jose, California 501 (c) nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing independent living facilities for adults with severe spinal cord injuries.
Bob joined Open Advance as CMO in September 2012. He brings over 30 years of management and marketing experience, primarily in the finance and banking sectors. Bob directs Open Advance marketing initiatives for programs that support consultants, trainers and coaches, providing a branded mobile e-learning platform for their content.He is also leading the development of effective, affordable training and communication programs for non-profit organizations.Bob has been a “lead volunteer” for a number of San Francisco Bay Area non-profit organizations that include YMCA, Rotary International, Big Brothers & Sisters and Little League Baseball. Bob’s passion for training and learning design goes back to his days as a teacher and coach. Bob earned a degree in education from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Dr. Kammer has been a faculty member of optometry colleges for 14 years. She recently completed a doctorate in higher education. Her research focuses on student engagement and active learning aimed at critical thinking development in doctoral health professions education.She has re-designed her own teaching with significant learning experiences that have led to deep learning, retention of concepts and knowledge, and improved problem-solving skills in optometry students. Dr. Kammer consults for colleges on curriculum design using Active learning toward development of students’ critical thinking and reasoning skills.Dr. Kammer earned her doctor of optometry degree from Ketchum University and her PhD from Azusa Pacific University. In a humanitarian role, she serves as the Director of Vision Services at Under The Same Sun, an organization aimed at ending discrimination of persons with albinism in Tanzania, Africa.
As an educator, Conrad started his career as a public school science teacher, later becoming a counselor working with special needs children. He then entered the computer industry as a software educator. As a software manager, he led the technical support team at DocuPro Corporation that computerized Consumer Reports Magazine. Conrad, as a software engineer, oversees our database architecture design and education planning of our mobile e-learning software programs.He received BA degrees in Education from Kansas State University and Computer Science from California State University, Hayward.
Kenny is a service visionary with more than 14 years’ experience managing back end environments for traditional and mobile applications. Kenny oversees platform development strategies for Open Advance. He ensures that our solutions are scalable and keep pace with security.Kenny also has strong development experience in the gaming industry, which will be a critical differentiator for the company’s future products.
Gary Tarolli has been a sales professional for more than twenty-five years. He has been a leader in business development, acquiring net-new business for previous companies in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, manufacturing, software and sales training.His experience also includes territory management and Strategic Account Management for ERP applications. Gary’s customers and clients have ranged from start-up enterprises to multi-billion dollar organizations. Gary earned his BA degree in speech communications from The Ohio State University.