Frank A. Russell

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Frank A. Russell was formerly the president, CEO and founder of GeoLearning, a managed learning services company offering on-demand software as a service (SaaS) learning management system (LMS) solutions for corporate internal training, talent management and external initiatives, headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa.[1] [2]


Russell has worked for more than 25 years in the training and learning technology industries. Prior to founding GeoLearning, he was president and co-founder of Excellence in Training Corporation, a producer of video-based training. Russell's extensive experience in the computer-based training field also includes research at the Center for Advanced Computation at the University of Illinois where one of the first Internet browsers was invented. He worked for Control Data Corporation in the late 1970s with the PLATO System, one of the first commercially viable CBT authoring systems. He has also worked as the director of training for a Fortune 500 company, Massey Ferguson, and as the head of training for the State of Iowa.[3][4]

Russell received his master's degree from the University of Illinois and his bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University.

Russell was named CEO of the Year at the 2009 Prometheus Awards sponsored by the Technology Association of Iowa.[5] He was voted to Training Industry's 2007 list of the "Most Influential Training Professionals" by his peers in the industry and was the 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Des Moines Business Record. In 2005, Russell received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Business Services category for the Central Midwest Region[6] and was named Small Business Person of the Year for the State of Iowa by the U.S. Small Business Administration.[7][8]


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