2012 Top Young Trainer Award Winners

Training magazine’s Top Young Trainer awards recognize the top 40 training professionals age 40 and under.

Training magazine named the winners of its 2012 Top Young Trainer awards, recognizing the top 40 training professionals age 40 and under. These executives will be profiled in the May/June 2012 issue of Trainingmagazine and online at www.trainingmag.com, and they will be honored at an awards ceremony in February 2013 at the Training 2013 Conference & Expo, World Disney World Resort, FL.

Now in its fifth year, the Top Young Trainerawards program highlights emerging young leaders in the training industry and gives them the well-deserved opportunity to be recognized. All Top Young Trainer candidates had to be nominated by co-workers or industry peers. All nominators had to submit a nomination form and a resumé for their candidate.

TrainingEditorial Advisory Board members and the editor-in-chief judged the 125 nominations and chose the Top 40 Young Trainers based on:

  • demonstrated leadership skills
  • technical competence
  • career progression in an accelerated time frame
  • the solution to a learning and development challenge and the business results it achieved
  • the development of an innovative training solution/program
  • ability to consistently produce training results
  • demonstrated ability to design training programs that are strategically aligned with the business

The judges included: Brent Bloom, Senior Director, Global Talent & Development, KLA-Tencor Corporation; Cyndi Bruce, Executive Director, Center for Learning and Development, KPMG LLP; Jim Federico, Sr. Director in SMSG Readiness, Microsoft Corporation; Daniel J. Goepp, Managing Director, Learning & Development, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP; Vicente Gonzalez, Learning and Development, Booz Allen Hamilton; Raymond D. Green, CEO, Paradigm Learning, Inc.; Michael S. Hamilton, Chief Learning & Development Officer, Ernst & Young; Bruce I. Jones, Programming Director, Disney Institute; Donald Keller, Chief Learning Officer and Vice President, Global Education & Development, SCC Soft Computer; Nancy J. Lewis, former CLO and VP, ITT and former VP, Learning, IBM; Diana Oreck, VP, Global Learning & Leadership Center, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company; Bill Pelster, National Director, Talent Development, Deloitte Services LP; Kevin Wilde, VP, Organization Effectiveness and Chief Learning Officer, General Mills, Inc.; and Lorri Freifeld, Editor-in-Chief, Trainingmagazine.

“The Top Young Trainer nominations we received this year were impressive,” says Lorri Freifeld, editor-in-chief, Trainingmagazine. “The 2012 winners are strong, results-oriented performers who have excellent teambuilding and change management skills and the ability to inspire those around them. Congratulations to the 2012 Top Young Trainers, and thanks to all the nominators for their time and effort in recognizing emerging leaders in the training industry.”

About Trainingmagazine

Trainingis a 48-year-old professional development magazine written for training, human resources and business management professionals in all industries that advocate training and workforce development as a business tool. Trainingalso produces world-class conferences, expositions, and digital products that focus on job-related, employer-sponsored training and education in the working world. Trainingis published by Lakewood Media Group.

Trainingmagazine 2012 Top Young Trainers

Meredith Armstrong

Director, Sales & Marketing Training

Marriott International


Holly Battelle

Brand Advocate, Senior Manager, Global Brand Management

Marriott International


Bruce Baumgarten

Learning and Development Executive

AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah (NCNU) Insurance Exchange


Josh Bodiford

Manager, Catalyst Learning Development

Cerner Corporation


Kami Bond

Director, Leadership Development

GE Healthcare


Denise Broderick

Assistant VP, Education and Training

Hy-Vee, Inc.


Andi Campbell

Assistant VP, Learning and Development

LPL Financial


Minette Chan

Training and Partner Enablement Manager

eMeter Corporation


Lauro Cruz


Pacific Air Forces Transportation Training Center, Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan


Jon Dimalanta

Director of Administration, Human Resources, Training, and Organizational Development

U.S. Security Associates, Inc.


Christopher Draven

Senior Training and Instructional Design



Kate Eames

Corporate Director, Training

The Kessler Collection


Lora Edwards

Lead Associate

Booz Allen Hamilton


Stephen D. Evans

Training Manager

URS Federal Services, EG&G Defense Materials, Inc.


D’Anna Flowers

IT Training Manager

Accretive Health, Inc.


Jason Forrest

Chief Sales Officer

J Forrest Group


Jake Gold

Director of Education

Community Associations Institute


Kristen Grenzebach

Ethics & Compliance Manager

WellPoint, Inc.


Patricia Harrold

Courseware Development Manager

Crew Training International


Katherine Harrop

SVP, Global Training Officer

Citi, Global Transaction Services


Deidra Jones

Training Coordinator

Department of Financial Services, Division of Risk Management


Jill Little Bear

HR Development Specialist III



Darren Louie

Senior Program Manager



Erin Lyle

Director, Store Training

Toys “R” Us, Inc.


Katie Mulka

Director, Training

Quicken Loans


Jill Palazzo

Executive Professional Development Trainer



Tanya Pang

Manager, Instructional Design

Lockheed Martin Corporation


Rebecca Pluth

VP, Training and Development

The Bob Pike Group


Karen Price

Director, Management Development

Nuance Communications


Anil Santhapuri

Assistant Manager, Human Resources

CGI Information Systems and Management Consultant Private Limited


James Sokolowski

Director, Global Learning and Leadership Development

Savvis, a Century Link Company


Kathryn Tague

Assistant VP



Julyn Terry

Manager, Corporate Training & Development

CHG Healthcare Services


Danielle Tomlinson

Senior Director, Red Hat Training

Red Hat


Jodie Udell

Director, Training & Development

Globe Education Network


Shane Verheyen

AAA University Administration & Technology Manager

AAA NCNU Insurance Exchange


Shaun Walsh

Senior Manager, Sales Training

Dex One Corporation


Calvin Whiteagle

Director, Training and Development

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells


Amber Wood

Senior Learning Consultant

Cash America International


Crystal Zunker

Organization Development Manager

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

Lorri Freifeld
Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training APEX Awards and Emerging Training Leaders. A writer/editor for the last 30 years, she has held editing positions at a variety of publications and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.