John Robert Hall, Ed.D / CEO & Co-Founder
Dr. Hall has been integrally involved in the education management, direct response, and customer relationship management industries since 1992. At G2 Direct Response Services, Dr. Hall developed and oversaw a professional sales organization that transformed G2 into a leading provider of high-end direct response marketing and corporate outsourcing solutions to high-profile call center clients, including Gemstar-TV Guide, Time Warner Cable, the Walt Disney Company, and Sony Pictures.
In 1998, John co-founded Greenwood Hall. With locations across the country and over 150 employees, the Company has become a market leader in supporting universities throughout the United States in all areas of the student life cycle including recruitment, student experience, retention, learning outcomes, and financial aid advising. As Greenwood Hall’s CEO, John is a sought-after leader in the education management space. He possesses an unparalleled knowledge of the marketplace coupled with an ability to innovate, extensive industry relationships, and a substantial educational background.
John is also a respected business leader, successfully incubating and spinning off other well-known education, high value companies including enCircle Media (now US Interactive Media).
John is a trusted advisor to university presidents across the country in the areas of sustainability, the future of higher education, enrollment management, new markets, overcoming institutional resistance to change, and school turnarounds. He has also been a distinguished speaker for groups including the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, United States Distance Learning Association, and The Education Alliance. Industry financial analysts, as well as leading authors who write about the higher education marketplace, have also relied upon his unique knowledge of the space. Further, John has published work in the area of higher education oversight as it relates to accreditation, federal, and market regulation.
Education is not only a profession for John, but also a lifelong passion. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Roosevelt University in Chicago and has mentored college-ready high school students at the Roybal Education Center in Downtown Los Angeles since 2010. John, a dedicated lifelong learner holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, as well as a Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California.
In addition to his work and education, John is a published author and inspirational speaker about Autism and the education of children with special needs. He has been prominently featured on radio and television appearances on ABC, CBS, and FOX. John has spoken nationally to thousands of parents, educators, therapists, and kids/young adults recovering from Autism. Speaking engagements have included major fundraisers, community support groups, therapeutic service providers, school district administrators, universities, service organizations, and a major Ted event.
Brett M. Johnson / President
Mr. Johnson brings Greenwood Hall more than 16 years of executive leadership in the high-tech and financial industries, both important components of the continued success of the company.
Most recently, Mr. Johnson was CEO and President of Forward Industries (NASDAQ: FORD) a firm that designs, sources, markets and distributes accessories for the handheld consumer electronic product industry, including smartphones, tablets, notebook computers and medical monitoring and diagnostic equipment.
In 2005, Mr. Johnson founded Benevolent Capital, a private equity and consulting company with investments in real estate, manufacturing and consumer brands. Prior to that he served in numerous capacities at Targus, the leading global provider of mobile computing solutions (sales of $545 million), including serving as president from 2001 to 2004 and executive director of their board of directors from 1998 to 2009.
Mr. Johnson is a member of the Board of Directors of Blyth Inc. (NYSE: BTH), a $1 billion consumer sales company and leading designer and marketer of accessories for the home and health & wellness products.
As a result of his lifelong commitment to education, he is a member of the Board of Trustees for Choate Rosemary Hall and is a Senior Fellow in Entrepreneurship and a member of the Board of Visitors for the Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine University.
He earned his B.S. at Brown University and an Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) from Pepperdine University and is a graduate of the President’s Program in Leadership at Harvard Business School.
Tina J. Gentile / Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Gentile has more than 17 years of experience in senior financial management and strategic advisory roles working with companies ranging from start-ups to mid to large size private and public companies.
She has hands on experience in implementing strategic initiatives involving financial and operational management, business development, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and capital markets issues.
At Greenwood Hall, Ms. Gentile is responsible for overseeing the company’s financial and accounting functions, investor relations, and legal compliance programs.
Prior to joining Greenwood Hall, Ms. Gentile served as vice president of business development – program services for State National Insurance Companies. Earlier, she served as CFO of Univessence Digital Studios, a multinational company producing and distributing multimedia products, where she was involved in equity raising and M&A activities. Ms. Gentile also previously served as a senior financial advisory consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Goldman Sachs and Insieme Consulting, specializing in credit, corporate planning, equity, restructuring and debt finance issues.
Ms. Gentile is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government.
In addition, she earned an MBA degree in finance and accounting from the Anderson School of Business at University of California, Los Angeles.
David Ruderman / Executive Vice President, Sales & Chief Strategy Officer
Mr. Ruderman has more than 25 years of direct marketing experience, particularly in education marketing, including 10 years as Chief Marketing Officer at Chapman University