EXECUTIVE SEARCH | Executive Vice President, B2B Solutions | Penn Foster

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Penn Foster

Executive Vice President, B2B Solutions

Reports To: CEO
Location: Eastern Pennsylavania; Greater Boston
Website: Penn Foster Education


“Since I received my high school diploma from Penn Foster High School, I have received several job offers. Getting my diploma from Penn Foster was one of the best things that happened to me. I had a wonderful experience. I can finally go to college to work toward getting a degree. Now I will be able to provide a better life for my daughter.”

“My responsibilities at my current place of employment have been increased to include the auto repair knowledge that I gained from Penn Foster. My employer has offered to give me a raise, as well as an extra title, as soon as I bring in my diploma from my program. I would tell anyone who wants to enroll in Penn Foster that this was the best and most convenient way to learn a skill.”


Penn Foster Celebrates 125 Years and Record Breaking Growth

The evolving role of employers in employee education

VCA Expands Relationship with Penn Foster

Penn Foster Breaks High School Diploma Record


Penn Foster seeks a seasoned education executive to lead a double-digit growth business unit within the organization. Reporting to the CEO, the EVP, B2B Solutions will lead a B2B Solutions business and be responsible for new business development, sales, channel and target market development, partnerships, and oversight of the business unit growth.
Particular focus will be on selling the company’s workforce readiness solutions to Fortune 1,000 and other corporations who seek employees with specific skills— to be an employer of choice as they work to recruit and retain the best talent with Penn Foster’s portfolio of high school completion, career-specific certifications and degrees.

Does this sound like the opportunity for you? Read on… here!

Links to Leadership – September 2015

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Links to Recent Articles On Executive Leadership For Builder Leaders & their Investors
September 2015

BSG Team Ventures is dedicated to thought leadership on topics of interest and relevance to executives who are building their companies, and the investors who invest in them. We call these executives Builder Leaders – and this is the talent in which we specialize on behalf of our clients.

There is a tremendous amount of research being published on leadership, and our goal is to curate that material and share it within our community. For ease of browsing, we have provided a list of sources, and we have categorized the articles.

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EXECUTIVE SEARCH | Chief Financial Officer | Achieve3000

BSG Team Ventures Retained Search Opportunity



Chief Financial Officer

Reports To: CEO
Location: Lakewood, NJ


Achieve3000, Inc. Granted U.S. Patent for Online Differentiated Instruction Methodology

Achieve3000 Helps Florida Teacher Achieve Extraordinary Reading Growth

Achieve3000 Goes Global with Launch of Worldwide Reseller Program

New Tools for the Common Core, featuring Achieve3000

… and other press releases


With Achieve 3000’s recent acquisition by Insight Venture Partners, a leading private equity firm in the Education industry, company CEO Saki Dodelson and the investors have launched a national search for a CFO to be responsible for managing all finance, accounting and reporting functions for this rapidly growing company focused on online differentiated instruction in literacy and other K-12 course areas.

The CFO will (1) implement KPIs and drive alignment on financial metrics; (2) provide strategy, leadership and coordination of all company financial practices, including M&A, forecasting, budgeting, financial reports, accounting, taxes and audit functions; and (3) work with the leadership, board of directors and investors to assess and upgrade financial operations and processes as necessary for scalability in a rapidly growing company.

The CEO and IVP share the conviction that the room for future growth is substantial, and that the company’s growth objectives will come largely through the acquisition of new schools in the United States and globally, and in cross selling the current portfolio of products to the established customer base.


For more than a decade, Achieve3000® has supported the individuality and potential of every student by reaching them where they are to help them reach higher levels of reading and writing proficiency.

The company’s fundamental belief is that literacy unlocks achievement, and that the key to improving literacy is differentiated instruction. Today, Achieve3000 is the leader in differentiated online instruction, serving more than one million students across the United States. In 2011, Inc. magazine included Achieve3000 on its annual 500/5000 list for the fifth consecutive year, the exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest growing private companies.

Does this sound like the opportunity for you? Read on… here!

EXECUTIVE SEARCH | Chief Financial Officer | Johnny Rockets

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Chief Financial Officer


This Americana themed restaurant chain is a global success story operating and franchising its unique themed brand. Its unique niche offers customers world-wide an authentic Americana dining experience. Since its inception in 1986, Johnny Rockets has carved out a unique niche in the hospitality industry, providing all-American menu offerings in an exciting, energetic atmosphere. Customers can enjoy these offerings world-wide at sites ranging from over 340 stores, Royal Caribbean cruise ships and Six Flags amusement parks among others.


Reporting to the CEO and the investors, a leading global private equity firm, the challenge here is to capitalize on this company’s strengths and grow it both organically and through franchising.

Does this sound like the opportunity for you? Read on… here!

EXECUTIVE SEARCH | CFO | Evolution HCM Technology

BSG Team Ventures Retained Search Opportunity


Chief Financial Officer

The Company

An Industry Leader in Human Capital Management Technology


iSystems, LLC, branded as Evolution HCM, is a market-leading, end-to-end HR/Benefits/Time software suite. iSystems’ solutions are sold to payroll and HR services providers, banks, CPA firms, and insurance companies who in turn resell the software as a service to the end corporate customer in the small and medium-sized business market sector.

Developed by service bureau professionals, iSystems’ fully integrated Evolution® Payroll, HR, and Tax Management software offers service providers a path to growth and success with unparalleled accuracy, productivity, and financial control. Backed by over 14 years of ongoing research and development, Evolution provides its users the flexibility and best practices to handle clients of all size and complexity levels, as well as meet the ever evolving needs of the industry.

iSystems, LLC was founded in 1996 and is based in Colchester, Vermont.

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EXECUTIVE SEARCH|Vice President, North American Sales| Turnitin

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Vice President, North American Sales

Reports To: CEO, Turnitin
Location: Oakland, CA


Turnitin Makes Two Executive Appointments to Support Product Expansion and Global Growth

Turnitin Announces Availability of Turnitin Scoring Engine for Automated Writing Assessment

Turnitin Announces 2015 Winners of its National All Stars Award Program

Turnitin Acquires Lightside Labs

Turnitin Usage by California State University Campuses Reaches Record Levels


Turnitin, the world’s leading web-based SaaS solution for plagiarism prevention and online grading, is seeking a Vice President of North American Sales. This person will be a critical member of the executive management team reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Chris Caren, and responsible for directing the company’s transition from a transactional sales model to a value-based solution sale of a much broader adaptive student writing solution.

This person will also be responsible for rethinking the company’s sales organization to reflect (1) its growing market position and (2) the fact that such a complex, technology-based product line requires both a higher level sales organization and more professionalism in how this sales organization is structured and managed.

The CEO and IVP, the company’s lead investor, share the conviction that the room for future growth is substantial, and that the company’s growth objectives will come largely through the acquisition of new schools in the United States (primarily secondary and higher education), and in cross selling a growing portfolio of products to the established customer base in both K-12 and higher education.

Does this sound like the opportunity for you? Read on… here!

EXECUTIVE SEARCH | Chief Revenue Officer | Standard Publishing

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Standard Publishing

Chief Revenue Officer

Reports To: CEO at CFM Religion Publishing
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Website: Standard Publishing


Yancy Continues Partnership with Standard Publishing for 2016 Vacation Bible School Program

Standard Publishing Announces 2016 VBS Program

Expanded commentary line now features ESV® edition and new NIV® study Bible


Reporting to the CEO of CFM Publishing and Standard Publishing, the Executive VP & Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) is responsible for creating and maintaining a revenue generation process and a business development appliance that aligns with the strategic direction of the company. The CRO will be responsible for all aspects of Direct Sales management, Channel Sales management, Business Development and Marketing. Leading a cross functional team of ~30, the CRO will oversee the Marketing, Sales, Outbound Call Center and Customer Service functions of the Standard Publishing organization.

Does this sound like the opportunity for you? Read on… here!

EXECUTIVE SEARCH | Senior Vice President of Marketing | Bisk Education

BSG Team Ventures Retained Search Opportunity


Senior Vice President of Marketing

Reports To: President
Location: Tampa, FL
Website: Bisk Education


Bisk Education Attains Prestigious Industry Designation for Its State-of-the-Art Learning Management System

Bisk Education, Leader in Online Delivery of Higher Education, Announces Associate Vice President Promotions

Bisk Education Donates Nearly 13,000 Items to the Needy During 2014 Holiday Season


Based in corporate headquarters in Tampa FL, and reporting directly to the President, the new SVP of Marketing will take ownership of the strategic development, implementation, and tracking of marketing results for the company, focused on specific online programs from leading universities. These programs are created for and branded by private universities as extensions of their graduate and undergraduate online offerings. 

Does this sound like the opportunity for you? Read on… here!

BSG Team Ventures Hires Todd Hand as Managing Director of its Education Practice

BSG Team Ventures, a leader in executive search for the past 18 years, has announced the hiring of Todd Hand as Managing Director of its Education Practice. In this role he will work closely with company co-founder and Managing Partner Ralph Protsik.

Currently Todd manages TalentBench, the firm’s division that focuses on mid-level executive search. Previously he built management teams for Idealab, a creator and operator of technology companies. He moved there from the Yankee Group, the global technology market research firm, where he headed up talent acquisition. In his spare time he serves on the board of directors of the Coronado Ventures Forum, an organization focused on educating and connecting entrepreneurs with private equity financing, and is a guest writer for NetworkWorld. He is a graduate of Penn State and attended the Babson MBA program before leaving early to start his own company. He is also a two-time Ironman finisher.

Commented Ralph, “I’ve known Todd for more than 20 years (we started in recruiting together at MRI) and regard him as one of the best recruiters (and judges of talent) in our industry. Together we look forward to building on BSG’s reputation as the preeminent boutique firm in the Education arena.”

About BSG Team Ventures Education Practice

For almost two decades BSG Team Ventures has been an active participant in the growth of the Education industry, with a track record that includes more than 250 senior-level searches for companies big and small, public and private, for-profit and not-for-profit, at the VP level and above. Many have been with private equity partners.

Its industry expertise comprises the full spectrum of education markets–K-12, postsecondary, corporate, and consumer–and products and services that include distance learning, SES and EMO, administrative and curricular technology solutions, assessment, teacher professional development, for-profit college education, and corporate training. Clients have gone public, merged, been acquired, raised and invested capital, grown through acquisition, and, with most, thrived under strong leadership.

BSG’s commitment to the industry also goes beyond executive search. As sponsor and panelist for such industry events as the GSV Summit, Capital Roundtable’s Private Equity Investing in For-Profit Education Companies; APSCU’s Education Industry Finance and Investment Institute and Senior Executive Management Seminar; and the SIIA Ed Tech Industry Summit, BSG has remained persistent in its belief that competence as a service provider begins with knowledge of an industry’s people, companies, niches, and trends.




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