eighteen years, Dr. S.
Ann Earon has consulted in marketing, communications, and training with an
emphasis on videoconferencing systems market research, assessment, design,
implementation, and project management.
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 of AT&T's Picturephone Meeting Service rooms.
Ann has worked on the strategic
planning, needs assessment, design, and implementation of videoconferencing
systems for many organizations, including:
Air Products and Chemicals; General Electric; IBM; Johnson & Johnson;
and the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy. From 1990 to 1994, she was responsible for project
management, promotions, and training for the implementation of a worldwide
videoconferencing network for Johnson & Johnson. For this assignment, she interfaced with executives, PTT's,
and integrators in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the
Asia/Pacific regions. She also
traveled to these locations to ensure successful implementation.
Ann was a nine-year member of
the board of directors of the International Teleconferencing Association (ITCA),
and is the former chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee, the
Teletraining Special Interest Group, the Program Committee, and the Operations
Directorate. 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 Masterís degree in Instructional Technology and
Educational Administration from Northeastern University, and received a 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.