Chief Executive Officer
Tim Foster has successfully led several different proprietary secondary education systems in the past 14 years, including serving as Chairman and CEO for Ross University as well as Chairman and CEO of YTI Career Institute. In addition to his duties with Concorde, Foster serves as Chairman at Ogle School of Cosmetology. He also serves as CEO of Liberty Higher Education, LLC, a private equity fund, where he oversees their investments in post-secondary education companies, one of which is Concorde. Prior to his work in higher education, Foster’s career included ten years with GE and 16 years in the managed health care services business, 13 of which were with NovaCare, Inc. (NYSE), a leading rehabilitation and employment services company that he co-founded.
Chief Financial Officer
Juli Fisher serves as the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for all financial aspects of the college as well as collections, purchasing and facilities. Juli joined Concorde in February 2014 with over 20 years of finance and accounting experience in a broad range of industries including healthcare. She started her career in public accounting specializing in financial institutions before moving into the private industry in roles ranging from Director of Accounting, Controller and CFO. She has experience working within both large and medium sized organizations including H&R Block, Lab One, Rehab Designs of America, NextMedia, BankLine Holding Company and, most recently, Netsmart Technologies. Juli is a CPA and has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Kansas State University.
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.
Senior Vice President of Operations
Jami Frazier serves as the Vice President of Operations for all Concorde campuses. Prior to her current role, Jami served as Kansas City Campus President and 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. 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.
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 Academic Affairs
Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D. is the Vice President of Academic Affairs for Concorde Career Colleges, Inc. She joined Concorde in June 2013 as the Dean of Academic Affairs – Online. Jennifer’s prior experience includes more than five years with DeVry University where she served in a variety of academic and operations roles, including Dean of Academic Affairs – Kansas City, Campus Dean (President) – St. Louis and National Associate Dean for Academic Operations. Before working in the private sector of higher education, she spent 12 years working in academic leadership positions in the Illinois public community college system. Jennifer holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also earned a Master of Science degree in Business Education, a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from Illinois State University and a Master of Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management. In addition to her responsibilities at Concorde Career Colleges, Inc., Jennifer currently serves as a Board Member on the Missouri Association of Private Career Colleges and Schools.
Vice President of Information Technology
As the Vice President of Information Technology, Derek McCallum is responsible for developing a collaborative, integrated operating and strategic plan for the deployment and support of both academic and administrative technology across all Concorde campuses and administrative offices. This plan includes providing the vision, leadership, management and customer service necessary to develop and support leading edge instructional technologies, enterprise information systems, network services and telecommunication resources. Derek is known for his ability to create lean and talented customer service oriented teams who work smart and foster a culture of continuous improvement. Prior to joining Concorde, Derek worked with Murray State University and Grantham University in multiple positions of increasing responsibility such as Information Security Instructor, IT Coordinator, IT Project Manager, Director of Information Security and Senior Director of IT. Derek holds a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Systems Management from Murray State University and an MBA from Western Governors University.
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 of Operatons - 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.