President and Chief Executive Officer
Patrick Albert joined Concorde in February 2011 as CFO, and was appointed president in July 2012. Patrick has held positions on the boards of several non-profit and for-profit educational institutions, and is a strong advocate of expanding access to higher education for all - particularly for those with the greatest need. Patrick brings with him 24 years of corporate management and finance experience, leading companies with strong, participative leadership and building a culture of professionalism while executing financially responsible growth. Prior to joining Concorde, Patrick was the CFO and COO of an International University System that expanded access to education in Latin America to over 80,000 students - both online and presential. His experience also includes almost two decades with General Electric, holding senior roles in financial services, medical equipment manufacturing, and the manufacturing of advanced materials. Patrick obtained his undergraduate degree in Economics from Union College, and a cross-border Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management and the Wharton School.
Chief Financial Officer
Ryan Snyder serves as the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for all financial aspects of the company as well as student financial aid and facilities. Ryan joined Concorde in April 2011. Ryan has over 16 years of finance experience working for large, multinational companies including Hostess Brands, KPMG, and Arthur Andersen. Prior to joining Concorde, Ryan was vice president and controller of Hostess Brands. During his time at KPMG and Arthur Andersen, Ryan served primarily manufacturing, real estate, and pharmaceutical clients. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders, a school and day habilitation facility for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Ryan has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Missouri–Columbia.
Chief Academic Officer
As Chief Academic Officer, Ron Kern works with National Program Directors and campus academic leaders to develop world-class academic programs that help assure student success, graduation, licensure and employment in the health care industry. Prior to Concorde, Dr. Kern served as Dean of Academic Affairs for the Fischler School of Education at Nova Southeastern University and Kaplan University's Dean of the Graduate School and Dean of the School of Higher Education Studies. In addition, Ron served in various leadership roles including Regional Coordinator and Liaison for Texas Tech University's Academy 2000 Technology Development Centers in Dallas, Texas and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Western Oklahoma State College. With his academic career firmly grounded in the classroom, he has also received the Master Teacher and Teaching Excellence Awards from the National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development. He has been a member of the Editorial Review Board for McGraw Hill, as well as the ACM's journal, Computing Reviews, and has published numerous articles and reviews covering a wide range of instructional, administrative, and computer science topics. Ron earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Central Oklahoma, the Master of Arts degree in Educational Curriculum Design and Instruction from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the PhD degree in Higher Education Administration and Computer Education and Cognitive Systems at the University of North Texas and holds several industry credentials, including the A+ and Wideband Gigabit Network Engineer certifications.
Chief Marketing Officer
Tom Garrett serves as Chief Marketing Officer for Concorde. He is responsible for Concorde’s brand positioning and inquiry generation, as well as corporate communications and local marketing. Tom joined Concorde in December 2013. Prior to Concorde, Tom served as Vice President, Inquiry Generation & Optimization with Universal Technical Institute. During his tenure, he transformed UTI’s go to market strategies from one dependent on third party inquiries to one where all inquiries are generated through UTI’s own media placements using data driven insights. Most recently he developed and implemented a media attribution and optimization model that allowed him to reduce the cost of inquiry generation year over year while delivering both an increased volume of responses as well as a substantial improvement in quality. Tom is a marketer known for his innovation and foresight. He is recognized for his expertise in digital advertising, direct response TV, database marketing and research. Tom’s marketing experience ranges from tourism to real estate to politics, health care and education. In addition to his time managing agencies on the client side, he has 10 years of advertising agency experience. Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, with a minor in Drama Performance, from St. Mary’s College in California.
Vice President of Regulatory Compliance and Quality Assurance
Harry Dotson is the Vice President Regulatory Compliance and Quality Assurance for Concorde. His specific responsibilities include corporate-wide compliance with all applicable federal and state regulations and institutional accreditation standards, oversight of institutional accreditation activities, and federal and state regulatory and political actions that affect operations of the company. He is also responsible for the company's Internal Controls processes and Quality Assurance initiatives. Harry has worked at the campus and corporate level in a variety of for-profit career school settings that include various types of ownership like sole proprietorship, publicly traded corporations, and private equity firms. He has experience overseeing degree and diploma programs ranging from allied health, business and technology, to the allied trades. Harry is a retired U.S. Army Officer. He served in multiple assignments in positions of increasing responsibilities. His primary specialization was in the area of multifunctional logistics. He successfully led organizations with complex missions in support of U.S. and NATO forces. Harry has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington, a Master of Science degree in Adult Education from Kansas State University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Vice President of Human Resources
Janice Pinson leads the team responsible for developing and implementing Concorde's human resources strategy to support building a culture based on core values, growth, and development. This includes the areas of human resources, compensation and benefits, payroll, and training. Before joining Concorde in July 2011, Janice served as Vice President of Human Investment for Searles Valley Minerals, a mining and mineral manufacturing company, where she was responsible for Human Resources, Training, Safety, Security, and Environmental. Over the past 25 years she has held progressive leadership roles in Human Resources, Training, Organization Development, Staffing, Marketing, and Strategic Planning. Janice has experience inside Fortune 500 companies and in management consulting as well as a few years as a freelance consultant. She has led major organizational change through extensive leadership development programs and strategy implementation. Janice has an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and a Master's degree from the University of Illinois.
Vice President of Admissions
Mike Wimer joined Concorde as the Vice President of Admissions in April 2011. In his role, Mike is responsible for student admissions at all Concorde campus locations. He works with Corporate Senior Management, Campus Presidents, Admissions Directors, and other campus personnel in an effort to assist Concorde in achieving all campuses' growth goals. Prior to Concorde, Mike worked for Career Education Corporation and DeVry University for a total of 17 years. During his tenure at DeVry, Mike worked as an Admissions Representative, Director of Admissions, Director of Development for New Schools, Regional Director of Admissions, and Vice President of Admissions for the Eastern Region. In addition to his 14 years at DeVry University, he was Vice President of Admissions for Career Education Corporation from 2008 to 2011. Mike has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Indianapolis.
Vice President of Operations - Central Region, Campus President - Kansas City
Jami Frazier serves as the Vice President of Operations - Central Region, as well as the Kansas City Campus President. Prior to her current roles, Jami served as Vice President of Student Affairs, where she was responsible for all programs related to student retention and graduate employment. Jami joined Concorde Career Colleges, Inc. in November 2007 as the National Director of Student Services. I Prior to joining Concorde Career Colleges, Inc., Jami spent 8 years serving in the higher education division of Kaplan, Inc. During her tenure, Jami's roles included Director of Finance, Director of Operations, and Campus President. Prior to her time in proprietary post secondary education, she worked in secondary education for ACCESS, a non-profit organization. As an ACCESS Advisor, Jami facilitated after school mentoring programs, college visits and advising sessions for college admittance. Jami holds a degree from the University of Nebraska in Human Resources with an emphasis in Family and Consumer Sciences.
Regional Vice President of Operations - Florida Region, Campus President - Orlando
Jorge Gutierrez serves as the Regional Vice President of Operations for the Florida Region. In his role, he is responsible for the daily operations for four Florida campuses. Prior to joining Concorde Career Colleges, Jorge spent 3 years serving as the campus president for WyoTech - a large motorcycle and marine technical school in Daytona, Florida. Prior to WyoTech, Jorge spent 3 years as campus President for Universal Technical Institute in Norwood, Massachusetts. Subsequent to his post-secondary education, Jorge serves as general manager for Latin America for several Fortune 500 multinational organization’s such Tyco International, Vanity Fair Corporation, Warner-Lambert, and Nabisco. Jorge holds an MBA from Northwestern’ s J.L.Kellogg School of Management, A Master’s of Science in Applied Management & Industry from Lesley University, and Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University.
Regional Vice President - West Region, Campus President - San Diego
Mike Couling is Campus President of Concorde- San Diego and Vice President of Operations- West Region. Mike has been with Concorde since April 2012. Prior to that he was the President of Redstone College since 2004. He was awarded Alta Colleges Person of Distinction Award in 2011. Mike has 20 years plus experience in multi-unit capacities and regional vice president roles. His responsibilities included: fiscal management, including profit and loss accountability; budgeting and strategic planning; regulatory compliance; staff oversight and direction, for up to 650 employees and 51 managers; and customer service and development. Mike holds a BA from Texas A&I University.