Our team

Board of directors

Echo Swinford

President

Echo started her PowerPoint career working in the MedEd industry in 1997 and was awarded Microsoft MVP status three years later. Fast forward nearly 20 years and she’s self-employed, specializing in developing PowerPoint templates, presentation creation, and training for large and small corporate clients. Echo holds a Master’s degree in New Media from Indiana University School of Informatics. She’s written a number of PowerPoint books and has been a featured speaker for the Presentation Summit user conference since its inception. Visit Echo’s website.

Sandy Johnson

Vice president

She helps presenters PowerPoint. Responsibly. A certified Woman Owned Business Enterprise, Sandra has been creating presentations for corporations and individuals around the globe since 2001. She’s been a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP since 2008. Visit her website at www.presentationwiz.biz.

Steve Rindsberg

Treasurer

Microsoft PowerPoint MVP Steve Rindsberg is the Lord of All He Surveys at PPTools, where he develops popular add-ins for PowerPoint. There he presides over a vast staff (himself) and reports to the cats and any of the many foreign students that he and his wife have serially adopted. Visit Steve’s website.

Charles Cranford

Secretary

Cranford has over 30 years of experience in data and telecommunications consulting, sales-support, management, engineering/ technical-support, and professional “Platform” and “eLearning” education.

Rick Altman

Director

Rick Altman has been hired by hundreds of companies, listened to by tens of thousands of professionals, and read by millions of people, all of whom seek better results with their presentation content and delivery. He covers the whole of the industry, from message crafting, through presentation design, slide creation, software technique, and delivery. He is the host of the Presentation Summit, the preeminent learning event for the community, attended by an international audience of 200 since 2003. Visit Rick’s website.

Geetesh Bajaj

Director

Geetesh Bajaj is an awarded Microsoft PowerPoint MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for over 15 now, and has been designing and training with PowerPoint for 20 years. He heads Indezine, a presentation design studio and content development organization based out of Hyderabad, India. Visit Geetesh’s website.

Ric Bretschneider

Director

Most people know Ric Bretschneider because he spent 17 years at Microsoft helping make PowerPoint into the business communications juggernaut it is today. He’s a technologist, trouble maker, and problem solver whose interests outstretch his available time by a significant magnitude. Professionally he splits his time between attempting to raise the quality of business communications, particularly presenting, and a love of software design and development. Visit Ric’s website.

Stephy Hogan

Director and web developer

From chemist to artist to designer, Stephy used to be a total Adobe snob until she was thrust into the world of presentation design. Ever since, she’s been passionately evangelizing the field in an attempt to elevate our industry as high as its other design counterparts. Stephy is also a web designer and believes that “user experience” isn’t limited to the internet and its principles apply just as strongly to a presentation. She loves PowerPoint almost as much as her kids. Visit Stephy’s website.

Marshall Makstein

Director

Marsh believes that presentations are a critical corporate communication tool, and promotes the idea that effective PowerPoint can actually bring LIFE to ideas and organizations. In his 20+ years in the industry, he has seen many examples of the influence a good presentation can have on a company. He has seen great presentations motivate firms to survive tough challenges, and has witnessed stock prices soar after a strong presentation by company leadership teams. Visit Marsh’s website.

Jen Parkinson

Director

Jen Parkinson, a graphic designer and copywriter, worked for several in-house marketing departments until she dove into the PowerPoint pool 18 years ago while working a government proposal. Since then she started a training and graphics company, Billion Dollar Graphics, with her husband. They focus on teaching better presentation design and creating graphics in PowerPoint. Visit Jen’s website.

Tony Ramos

Director

Tony Ramos has been marrying words and images since 1986 as an admin, editor, writer, journalist, graphic designer, illustrator, and presentationist. For four years, he was awarded the Most Valuable Professional designation for Microsoft Office PowerPoint. He was once told, “Thanks, Tony. Your graphics helped us win a $17B contract.” He was the internet’s first blogger focusing on PowerPoint presentations and first to tweet about it (almost) exclusively.

Tony is currently self-employed, overcaffeinated, and covered in dog hair. Visit Tony’s website.

Glenna Shaw

Director

Microsoft PowerPoint MVP Glenna Shaw has over two decades of experience creating visual communications in the form of presentations, data visualizations, dashboards, demos, prototypes and system user interfaces. Glenna is frequently sought out for her innovative information management solutions using SharePoint and Microsoft Office as well as her creative visual communications designs. Visit Glenna’s website.

Julie Terberg

Art director

Julie is the creative force behind Design to Present and Terberg Design. As a designer, consultant, writer, and teacher, she is passionate about visual presentations and encourages designers to open their minds to the possibilities of the medium.

Since 2005, Microsoft has awarded Julie as a PowerPoint MVP, one of only 14 in North America. Visit Julie’s website.

Bethany Auck

Director

For over a decade, Bethany has been helping clients communicate clearly and visually. Initially in the courtroom and later in boardrooms, training facilities and international conferences, Bethany works with her clients and their content to create narrative and visual interest where there were once only bullet points. Bethany Auck co-owns and operates SlideRabbit, a presentation design boutique. Visit Bethany’s website.

Advisory board

Cliff Atkinson

Advisor

Cliff Atkinson helps organizations when they absolutely have to win a pitch or presentation. He crafted the presentations that helped persuade a jury to award a $253 million verdict to the plaintiff in the nation’s first Vioxx trial in 2005, which Fortune magazine called “frighteningly powerful.”

Cliff’s bestselling book Beyond Bullet Points (published by Microsoft Press) was named a Best Book of 2007 by the editors of Amazon.com, and has been published in three editions and translated into a dozen languages including Chinese, Korean, and Russian.

Cliff’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and Fox News. Visit Cliff’s website.

Nancy Duarte

Advisor

Nancy Duarte is a communication expert who has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Wired, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Huffington Post, LA Times and on CNN. Her firm, Duarte, Inc., is the global leader behind some of the most influential visual messages in business and culture, and has created more than a quarter of a million presentations. As a persuasion expert, she cracked the code for effectively incorporating story patterns into business communications. Resonate, her second book, spent nearly a year on Amazon’s top 100 business book bestsellers list.

Duarte, Inc., is the largest design firm in Silicon Valley, as well as one of the top woman-owned businesses in the area. Nancy has won several prestigious awards for communications, entrepreneurship, and her success as a female executive . She has been a speaker at a number of Fortune 500 companies, and counts many more among her firm’s clientele. Nancy has spoken at numerous conferences and her TEDx talk has had over a million views. She speaks at business schools and lectures at Stanford University a few times per year.

Nancy has over 25 years of experience working with global companies and thought leaders, and she has influenced how the world perceives some of the most important brands and entities, including Apple, Cisco, Facebook, GE, Google, TED, and the World Bank. She is the author of five books. Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences identifies the hidden story structures inherent in great communication, and it spent more than 300 days on Amazon’s top 100 business book bestsellers list. Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations teaches readers to think visually, and has been translated into eight languages. Harvard Business Review published The HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations. Her self-published eBook, Slidedocs: Spread Ideas with Effective Visual Documents, has been downloaded more than 40,000 times. Nancy co-authored her latest book, Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols, with Patti Sanchez.

Nancy has three grown children who walk in their destiny, a husband who has loved her for over 35 years, and her grandson is the cutest baby on the internet! Visit Nancy’s website.

Garr Reynolds

Advisor

Garr Reynolds is an internationally acclaimed communications consultant and the author of best-selling books including the award-winning Presentation ZenPresentation Zen Design, and The Naked Presenter. Garr’s approach to communication takes the principles and lessons from the Zen arts in Japan to reveal simple, concrete tips for communicating — and living — better. His fresh approach has inspired millions to communicate more clearly, creatively, and visually.

A sought-after speaker and consultant worldwide, his clients include many in the Fortune 500. An award-winning designer, writer, and musician, he currently holds the position of Professor of Management and Design at Kansai Gaidai University. Garr is a former corporate trainer for Sumitomo Electric Industries in Osaka, and the former Manager for Worldwide User Group Relations at Apple, Inc.

SAY Media out of New York City said in 2011 that Garr is one of the “100 most-influential people on the Internet.” A longtime student of the Zen arts and resident of Japan, he lives in the beautiful countryside of Nara with his wife, two children, and two Siamese cats. Visit Garr’s website.

Jerry Weissman

Advisor

Jerry Weissman is the world’s number one corporate presentations coach. His private client list reads like a who’s who of the world’s best companies, including the top brass at Yahoo!, Intel, Intuit, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Dolby Labs and many others. Visit Jerry’s website.

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