Let’s Connect! You can find us at these industry conferences and events.
Human Capital Management Excellence Conference 2018 – Brandon Hall Group
January 31- February 2, 2018, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
DevLearn Conference & Expo
October 25-27, Las Vegas, NV
[WEBINAR] The Neuroscience of Training Consistency
October 17, 2017 | 1PM EST
CLO Symposium+ PLus 2017
October 2-3, 2017; Huntington Beach, CA
2017 TICE Virtual Conference
September 21 | 11AM – 5PM
[WEBINAR] Leaders are Not About “I,” They’re Ab out “T”
June 22, 2017 | 2PM EST (click the image to watch it on demand)
[WEBINAR] From Dysfunction to Empowerment: A Case Study in Culture Change
June 8, 2017 | 1PM EST
ATD 2017 International Conference & Exposition
May 21-24, 2017; Atlanta, GA
April 24-26 2017; Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
Training Industry Conference & Expo
April 11-13 2017; Raleigh, NC
The Training Associates
287 Turnpike Rd.
Westborough, MA 01581
T: +1(800) 241-8868
Jasmine Martirossian is the Vice President of Marketing at The Training Associates, where she is responsible for all areas and aspects of marketing from strategy to implementation.
Jasmine has led digital transformation for many multinational corporations, such as PTC (Senior Director of Global Online Strategy and Web Development) and Intertek (Global Web Content Manager), helping recast and leverage their digital properties to help generate leads resulting in revenue growth. Her work in this area has been featured at many leading industry conferences, including Marketing Sherpa Summit and B-to-B Marketing Forum. Jasmine’s work on organizations’ online presence has consistently resulted in gaining top rankings and positioning on search engines.
Jasmine also has significant experience in the learning industry, having led digital marketing at Lesley University (Director of Online Strategy, Production, and Marketing Analysis) and, most recently, at Skillsoft (Digital Marketing Director). Additionally, Jasmine has focused in her work on other areas of marketing, including leading market research at CSA Group. Though if you ask Jasmine, all marketing is digital today, all marketing is about storytelling, and all marketing is about engaging people.
Jasmine’s leadership experience includes board governance work. She served as a Trustee of Community Associations Institute 2000-2006 in Alexandria, VA, and as a Director of the Foundation for Community Association Research in Alexandria, VA in 2000-2006. She has also served as an ex-officio Director of the Canadian Condominium Institute-Toronto, 2001-2008.
Jasmine Martirossian is a widely published author and a frequent keynote or featured speaker at conferences. Her work has been covered in publications, such as The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Toronto Star. Jasmine earned both her Ph.D. in Law, Policy, and Society, and her MA in International Relations from Northeastern University. She attended Wellesley College and Yerevan State University earning a BA in Linguistics.
Eric Curry is the Vice President of Sales Strategy at The Training Associates where he is responsible for creating successful strategies to aid the sales department in the development of new business opportunities and management and growth of existing business.
Prior to joining TTA, Eric worked at Impact Performance Group, Inc. where he held the position of Senior Vice President of Business Development. In this role, he was responsible for managing multiple current client relationships, acquiring new sales opportunities and presenting best consultative sales practices, service and coaching solutions to support ongoing client engagements. He also previously held business development, solution specialist, and sales positions at Xerox Corporation where he delivered outstanding results.
He holds a BA from Hobart College, Geneva, NY and an MBA from Babson College, Wellesley, MA.
We are pleased to present The Training Associates’ (TTA) elite group of learning and development professionals. These individuals possess our highest achievement level based on a number of key success factors. They have met or exceeded our stringent quality performance standards in hundreds of training days over multiple engagements, consistently demonstrate high levels of professionalism with customers and students, and strive to ensure complete customer satisfaction on every engagement.
Prior to working with TTA, each candidate must undergo a mandatory qualification process facilitated by one of our experienced recruiters, including:
Upon receipt of the required information, a TTA recruiter verifies certifications, reviews transcripts, and conducts a telephone screening with both the candidate and references.
Monitoring quality is an ongoing practice we perform to continually evaluate and develop our L&D professionals to their fullest potential.
Measures we employ to ensure the quality and effectiveness of our L&D professionals include:
The Training Associates’ Quality Assurance Program consists of both the Talent Qualification and Talent Quality Monitoring processes we’ve developed and refined since 1994. Our strict adherence to these processes, combined with our competitive compensation plans, marketing capabilities, and continual pipeline of interesting and challenging engagements, enables us to attract and retain the highest quality learning and development (L&D) professionals in the industry.
Individuals who embody our best practices are experienced L&D professionals with proven successes in adult learning methodologies and their fields of expertise.
Victor J. Melfa Jr. has been an active board member of The Training Associates and is also the managing partner of Melfa Wealth Management where his son, Victor Melfa III, is also a partner. He has over 30 years of experience in the IT industry, human capital management, investments, finance, and growth businesses. Victor is an inductee into New England Financials’ prestigious Hall of Fame. He was also a co-founder and President of Vitronix Corporation where he worked closely with Vic Melfa Sr. and Maria Melfa. Vitronix was a two-time “INC. 500″ Fastest Growing Company that was sold to a NYSE IT company, and of which he was a two-time recipient of The Ernst & Young/Merrill Lynch Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist Award. Vitronix was both the largest Northeast exclusive distributor and authorized training company for Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and other leading companies.
Victor was also a co-founder and Senior Vice President of a technology company that had a successful IPO on NASDAQ’s big board. Previous to that, he was an Executive Vice President for one of the largest direct marketing technology companies in the country. Mr. Melfa is an expert in channels of distribution, startup and growth companies and has developed many successful partner strategies in multiple industries.
As Treasurer and co-founder, Judy has contributed significantly in the areas of financial planning and budgeting, human resource recruiting and development, as well as long range business planning and strategy. As Corporate Treasurer, she works closely with company officers, overseeing TTA finances to optimize cash flow and enable the company to operate effectively, efficiently and in superior credit standing. Previously, Judy held various positions, including Accounting Manager, HR Manager, and Director of Administration.
Prior to TTA, Judy held top management positions with Vitronix, a systems integrator, and training organization, helping the company grow to $75 Million as the first and largest Regional Authorized Education Center to Microsoft, Sun, and Novell, and the first Authorized Oracle Training Center in the country. Judy has a B.A. in Languages from Regis College, has taught Spanish and Piano, and invests significant time in numerous philanthropic activities.
Vic Melfa is the Chairman of the Board and co-founder of The Training Associates (TTA). Since 1994, TTA has been recognized as the largest global provider of contract and direct-hire learning and development consultants. It is relied upon by most companies and all types of training organizations for a broad range of L&D staffing and consulting services. TTA specializes in the outsourcing of training personnel with instructional and subject matter expertise in all information technologies and professional business skills. TTA recruit select and deploy thousands of learning consultants each year to companies in all industries worldwide.
Vic has been active in the growth of the computer training industry from its beginning. He was a co-founder and CEO of one of the original and most successful training companies in America. With eight Authorized Education Centers, Vitronix was the dominant computer training company in the Northeast, operating one of the first and largest Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, and Novell Education Centers in the country. Vic sold Vitronix to a multibillion-dollar IT Service Company in 1993.
Previously, Vic founded several companies with exclusive rights to the major computer products, including Victor Associates, the first and largest computer manufacturers’ representative in New England; and Victor Electronics, the first and largest New England computer distributor. Earlier, Melfa was a management consultant specializing in emerging businesses and has founded over ten high-growth companies. He began his career marketing and managing the development of many of the original technologies at the early computer labs and companies.
Melfa was a founder of CompTIA (Computer Technology Industry Association), the largest IT trade association in the world. He also founded its predecessors: the ITTA (Information Technology Training Association), the largest IT training association in the world, and AMD (Association of Microcomputer Distributors), the largest computer distributor association in the United States, both of which he helped merge into CompTIA. Vic also founded TechServe Alliance, the premier IT & engineering staffing and solutions association. With these leading IT associations, he was active in the development of many industry standards and practices.
Vic has received many awards in his career, including the first recipient of CompTIA’s Lifetime Achievement award, CEO of an Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Company two times, and an Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist several times. Early in his career, Vic was awarded technical appointments at the Los Alamos and Naval Research Laboratories.
Vic has a B.S. in Physics from the College of the Holy Cross, an M.A. and ABD in Physics from Columbia University, and an MBA from Northeastern University. He taught technical and management courses as an adjunct professor at Boston College and Boston University where he developed their first entrepreneurial studies course. More recently, Vic was on the Board of the fast growing Ave Maria University in Naples, FL, and now sits on the Advisory Board of the Cardinal Newman Society — working with the leading Catholic Colleges. He is active in his community, church, and many charitable projects. As Chairman of the Board of The Training Associates, Vic happily serves with Judy Melfa, his wife of about 60 years, along with his son and daughter.
Kara Murphy is the Sales Operations Manager at The Training Associates (TTA) where she is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations for the Opportunity Development Team. Her team is responsible for initiating client relationships and expediting TTA’s value to the marketplace. Kara has over twenty years of experience in customer service and sales.
Kara joined TTA in 2007 and over her tenure has held many roles in the company including Human Resources Assistant, Executive Administrative Assistant to the CEO, and Senior Sales Coordinator.
John Laverdure is the Product Manager at The Training Associates (TTA) where he manages their product and services portfolio.
John has over fifteen years of experience in business development, sales management, and product management. He is currently responsible for new hire sales training, development and management of TTA’s products and services, and assists with complex solutions.
Prior to joining TTA in 2008, John held various business development and sales management roles primarily in the technology and automation industries.
Adam Hearnlaye is the Manager of Operations at The Training Associates (TTA) where he is responsible for the strategic planning, implementation, execution and quality assurance for the Operations Department. Adam has been an integral member of the TTA team for over 8 years and has been instrumental in the development of operational efficiencies.
Adam holds the CompTIA Project+ certification and his breadth of experience includes project and program management, human capital management, learning process transformation, business process outsourcing, and learning consulting where he most recently was responsible for working with key leaders to design and implement innovative learning solutions and programs for large-scale initiatives.
Prior to joining TTA in 2007, Adam held several key operations, quality management, and business management positions in the manufacturing, construction, and real estate industries where he directly supported independent business owners and oversaw several business divisions.
Marlene has been in the field of human capital management since 1999. Since joining TTA in 2004, she has served in a variety of roles – including Client Representative, Sales Representative, National Key Accounts Manager, Operations Manager, and Sales Manager.
While managing operations and overseeing recruiting, she was responsible for developing a number of innovative recruiting practices that enabled TTA to provide the highest quality candidates at an unprecedented scale. She also led a team of recruiters for a 500-trainer project – the largest in the history of financial services.
Today, Marlene is responsible for driving the strategic learning initiatives of the company’s largest accounts.
Melissa Nolan is the Senior Director of Enterprise Solutions at The Training Associates (TTA) where she is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations for the Sales Department. Melissa has over twenty years of experience in sales, operations, project and program management, and process improvement/change management.
Prior to joining TTA in 2011, Melissa served as the Manager of Operations, Premium Technical Support at Radialpoint where she was responsible for leading the internal Senior Technical Support team and external suppliers to provide premier customer service and technical support to contracted Internet Service Provider customers. Additionally, Melissa was instrumental in the creation of all business processes for a new company, HiWired Inc.
Melissa holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Framingham State University in Framingham, MA where she graduated as Class Treasurer and Vice President.
Lynne Wagner is the Senior Director of Marketing Programs at The Training Associates (TTA) where she coordinates and manages the organization’s market strategy, branding, and messaging.
With ten years of experience working in the learning and development industry, and over twenty-five years’ experience in marketing and management, Lynne is responsible for strengthening TTA’s brand and positioning through lead generation, collateral development, advertising programs, and sales enablement programs developed to support the sales division and the goals of the organization. Lynne has authored several articles which have been published in leading L&D industry trade publications.
Prior to joining TTA in 1997, Lynne was Vice President of Marketing at The Norseman Group Northeast, LLC, and Cleaner By Nature, LLC.
Lynne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Liz Malone is the Controller at The Training Associates (TTA) where she is responsible for the management of all financial data collection, reporting, analysis, forecasting, and planning. With more than thirteen years of experience in the accounting industry, Liz ensures that standard operating procedures are adhered to and enhanced as needed to report financial information efficiently and accurately for company leadership.
Prior to joining TTA in 2004, Liz was a Junior Accountant for AMI Leasing, a provider of rental vehicle fleets.
Liz will complete her BA studies, with a concentration in Finance, in 2015 (expected).
Justin Barrett is the Director of Contracts and Compliance at The Training Associates (TTA). Mr.Barrett is responsible for overseeing TTA’s compliance and regulatory affairs.
Justin joined TTA in 1998 and has held several positions within the company. In his prior role as the Director of Compliance and Learning, Mr. Barrett was also responsible for the implementation of corporate learning strategies. His leadership efforts in this area have created a competitive advantage for TTA, allowing the company to execute mission-critical business strategies while creating a culture of learning for employees.
Frank McNamara, Jr., of the firm McNamara & Associates, is the General Counsel at The Training Associates (TTA) where he oversees the legal department.
Frank has a distinguished career which spans over thirty six years of practice. Following law school, he was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in January of 1977. He worked as an associate of the Boston firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart before leaving that position to become the Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Boston Gas Company. In 1983 he co-founded the general practice Boston firm of Vena, McNamara, Truelove & Lahey. In 1986 he left private practice to accept an appointment from President Ronald W. Reagan to serve as The United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. He returned to private practice in 1989 and founded the Boston and Marlborough-based law firm of McNamara & Associates, specializing in civil and criminal trial practice. In 2008 he accepted a position as Of Counsel to the law firm of Bowditch & Dewey in Boston and Worcester where he practiced until February of 2012.
Frank attended Harvard College (A.B., cum laude, 1969) and The University of Virginia School of Law (J.D. 1976). Between college and law school, he served as an Officer in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, making two deployments to the theater of combat operations in the Western Pacific as the Intelligence Officer and First Lieutenant aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Lynde McCormick (DDG-8). He later served as an Intelligence Officer at the Pentagon and as a Naval Social Aid to the President of the United States.
Pietro joined TTA in 1998 and has elevated in various IT positions to his present role as Vice President of Information Systems. He is responsible for the company’s advanced IT infrastructure including system and application software, computers and servers, and communications. He is also the lead developer and designer of TTA’s extensive integrated ERP/CRM package.
Pietro is a Microsoft Certified Professional specializing in database design and he graduated first in his class from Worcester State College, receiving a BS in Computer Science.
Jim Moore is the Vice President of Finance at The Training Associates (TTA) where he is responsible for all financial programs and initiatives at TTA.
With more than twenty five years of experience as a creative financial leader for major corporations, Jim brings a strong background in corporate finance to The Training Associates. In Jim’s most recent position as Controller and Operations Manager for Cue Data Services in Norwell, MA, he assisted with their expansion into international markets and devised and implemented new revenue streams and cost saving initiatives that lead to greater efficiencies.
Jim graduated from Trinity University College in Dublin, Ireland as well as taking graduate courses at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.
Andrea Turner is the Vice President of Operations at The Training Associates (TTA). Ms. Turner is responsible for the management and development of operational business processes and corporate best practices to ensure quality control standards and customer satisfaction.
Andrea joined TTA in 1999 and over her tenure has held many roles in the company including Client Development Manager, Assistant Sales Manager, Sales Manager, and Director of Sales. As a customer service representative and client development manager she grew her sales territory over 200% within 2 years. Soon thereafter, Ms. Turner became a Key Account Manager where she was responsible for managing TTA’s largest clients. Additionally, Andrea managed strategic partnerships (Microsoft) and associations as TTA became Novell’s first Authorized Trainer Solutions Partner under her direction.
Andrea has been instrumental in TTA’s participation in CompTIA’s “Creating Futures” program. A program assisting U.S. veterans, individuals with disabilities, youths-at-risk, and dislocated workers by providing opportunities that build life-long, productive, and rewarding careers in IT.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of The Training Associates (TTA), Ms. Melfa is responsible for managing the company’s global business activities and driving expansion efforts to continue to provide the highest quality learning professionals and solutions in the industry.
Since co-founding the company in 1994, Ms. Melfa, has been an invaluable business partner to Vic Melfa, Chairman of the Board, leading the way to the company’s success of being the largest provider of high-quality trainers and instructional designers to businesses in all industries. Ms. Melfa was appointed company President in August 2007 to focus on development efforts and to capture a larger market share of the multi-billion dollar trainer market.
In her seven years as President, Ms. Melfa has been a both a leader and key contributor in the company’s exceptional sales growth of 103%. Her insights in developing value-added service lines and recognizing key global market opportunities have led to the company’s international expansion, including the addition of an EMEA Sales and Operations Division, Fortune 500 client account development, and a growing presence in the government services sector.
Prior to serving as President of TTA, Ms. Melfa held various roles within the company, including Executive Vice President and General Manager. As the General Manager, Ms. Melfa oversaw all company business divisions including marketing, sales, trainer development, accounting, and customer service.
Formerly, Ms. Melfa held high-level management positions at Vitronix, a $75 million systems integrator and training organization. Vitronix operated seven training centers including the first and largest Microsoft and Novell Authorized training centers in the Northeast. In addition, the company was one of the first Authorized IBM and Sun training providers and the first Authorized Oracle Education Center in the country.
Ms. Melfa is a strong advocate of the company’s culture and core belief in giving back to the community. TTA established a Charitable Division called TTA Charity and contributes company profits each year to those who are less fortunate.
Under Ms. Melfa’s leadership, TTA has received numerous accolades including: Staffing Industry Analysts’ Fastest Growing Staffing Firm list and Largest Diversity Firm list; Training Industry Inc.’s Top 20 Training Outsourcing Company and Top 20 IT Training Company lists; and the Top Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts list from The Commonwealth Institute and the Boston Globe. Ms. Melfa has also been named to the prestigious SIA Staffing 100 list that recognizes the 100 most influential executives in the staffing industry.
Ms. Melfa holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.B.A. certificate from the American Management Association.