Mission, KS – August 2, 2017 – As the learning and development industry evolves, SkillPath is positioning its leadership team to capitalize on growth opportunities in training today’s multi-generational workforce.
This summer, SkillPath hired three new executives – Greg Furstner, Senior Vice President of Human Resources; Lee Harrison, Chief Information Officer; and Kara Cowie, Director of Corporate Communications.
The company also promoted Abby Sitzmann to Vice President of Corporate Finance, rounding out a leadership team focused on enhancing SkillPath’s longtime position as a worldwide leader in public seminars and conferences, customized corporate training programs and e-learning for business professionals.
“We are thrilled to add such experienced leaders to our team,” says Cameron Bishop, SkillPath President and CEO. Bishop was hired by the SkillPath Board of Directors in April. “We’re now ready to build upon SkillPath’s dominant position and brand recognition within the training industry, providing employees worldwide with the business skills and learning and development opportunities they need for success.”
Furstner joined SkillPath after serving as Human Resources Director at Ceva Santé Animale and Managing Partner at Salezworks. In his 30-plus years of experience, Furstner has held a variety of HR leadership roles at companies like Freightquote, Cummins, Lockton, Primedia Business, JM Huber Corporation and Hallmark. Furstner was a captain and pilot in the U.S. Army, earning the Bronze Star and Air Medal for heroic and meritorious achievement.
Harrison, a senior information technology executive with more than 25 years of experience, came to SkillPath from the Machine Learning startup Torch, where he was the Principal Consultant for the Machine Learning practice. He’s also served as Vice President of Technology and Chief Operating Officer at Silpada Designs, Chief Technology officer at StoreFinancial and Senior Director of Technology at Jack Henry and Associates.
Cowie began her career as a reporter for The Kansas City Star and later partnered with local advertising agencies Barkley and Kuhn & Wittenborn on clients such as Krispy Kreme, Dairy Queen and Time Warner Cable. Cowie most recently served as a Communications Consultant at Lockton Companies.
Sitzmann joined SkillPath in 2008 as a Senior Accountant and was promoted to Corporate Controller in 2013. Prior to her time at SkillPath, she served as an Accountant for Live Nation.
SkillPath is a leading international provider of professional development seminars, conferences, onsite training programs and e-learning opportunities for business professionals. A division of Graceland University, SkillPath has 210 employees in Mission, Kan., as well as Liberty and Chillicothe, Mo. SkillPath provides customized onsite training programs, content and curriculum for thousands of companies, including Fortune 500 firms, government agencies, medical centers and universities. The company’s e-learning tool, Star12, provides online learning programs and webinars for tens of thousands of business professionals. SkillPath was launched in 1989 in Mission and is proud to have helped the careers of more than 10 million professionals worldwide. The For more information, visit www.skillpath.com.