S. Ann Earon is President of Telemanagement Resources International Inc. (TRI), a
35 year-old consulting practice specializing in marketing, communications, and training with an emphasis on market research, assessment, design, implementation, and project management of videoconferencing and unified communications & collaboration systems.
Prior to forming TRI, 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 to AT&T's Picturephone Meeting Service rooms. In 1981, Dr. Earon was the only female participant in the U.S. State Department Trade Commission to Japan when the Japanese telecommunications market was being opened to United States vendors. She was responsible for strategic planning and market management in the Asia/Pacific region while employed by AT&T.
Ann has worked on the strategic planning, needs assessment, design, and implementation of videoconferencing systems for many organizations including:
Air Products and Chemicals, California State University, General Electric, General Motors, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Merrill Lynch, Oklahoma State University, and the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy.
Ann is the Founding Chairperson of the Interactive Multimedia & Collaborative Communications Alliance (IMCCA), the non-profit industry association for unified collaboration and conferencing, a member of the teleconferencing Hall of Fame, and is the former chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee, the Teletraining Special Interest Group, the Program Committee, and the Operations Directorate of the International Teleconferencing Association (ITCA). Ann is also the former Editor of IT AV Report, a publication associated with Sound & Communications magazine. 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 masters degree in Instructional Technology and Educational Administration from Northeastern University, and an interdisciplinary 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.