The company 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
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.
Steve Chriest, Founder and CEO
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 organization dedicated to providing independent living facilities for adults with severe spinal cord injuries.
Kenny Nguyen, CTO
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.
Rebecca Kammer, O.D., Ph.D., Chief Learning Officer
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.
Conrad Hake, Database Architect
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
David Kuchar, Advisor
David Kuchar has a broad engineering background and experience in marketing and product design. David has founded four companies, including ASPNetMedia, which licenses software to web developers, and Lendfriend, a part of Angelpad, which was funded by Google Ventures and Science. He is currently a co-founder and CEO of Indisputable Labs, an R&D enterprise that builds projects and protocols using =blockchain technology.