Board of Directors
Founder & Executive Director of OMPT
Matt graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Communications (TV and Film) and English in 1978. In 1986, he founded Videomaker Inc., a leading publisher on video production. With a magazine readership of over 64,000 and 400,000 monthly visitors to its website, it is Videomaker Inc.’s mission is to empower individuals to make video through its monthly magazine, website, DVDs, books and hands-on workshops and conferences.
Branching out of Videomaker Inc. in 2008, Matt founded OMPT because of his genuine passion to make a difference in the developing world by bringing change through video. Since then, Matt has been able to harness over two decades of expertise in the video consumer electronics industry to grow OMPT from an idea to a thriving nonprofit organization.
Through the development of his own patent for a consumer electronics device as well as his travels to research and development labs in Japan, he is experienced in the details of electronics equipment development. Matt's inside knowledge about consumer electronics gear, his tracking of up and coming technologies and his seasoned relationships with many top decision makers from major consumer electronics manufacturing firms contribute to his ability to fulfill the mission of OMPT. His professional contacts will vouch for his honesty and integrity as he is a well-respected colleague in both the publishing and consumer electronics industry.
Claire was the OMPT Program Manager from 2013 to 2017 as she worked with our project partners to develop and design custom programs in new locations. Claire also served as an education volunteer in Peace Corps from 2010 to 2012 in the Philippines. Her projects at public high schools heavily incorporated ICT4D, facilitating professional development training for teachers and further incorporating presentations and visual media into the classroom. She also co-piloted a multi-school, HIV/AIDS peer education program with support from the Department of Health and Department of Education.
Rik Kranenburg is an information services executive with a unique leadership track record in the digital and global transformation of educational publishing and financial information. A 30-year veteran of McGraw-Hill, Rik now applies his organizational leadership and analytical skills in the positioning, sale, and integration of new information services companies as vehicles to transform traditional publishing business models. He operates as an Industry Partner at DeSilva + Phillips, an investment bank focused on the media and information industry. He is also an active investor in and advisor to a range of education technology companies.
From 1999 to 2005, Rik was the Executive Vice President of Investment Services at Standard & Poor’s, directing a strategic business repositioning to focus on the delivery of proprietary data and investment research. Over the 1990’s, Rik managed the international expansion of the Standard & Poor’s Ratings franchise, driving the ten-fold expansion of the company’s international business through a series of acquisitions, joint ventures, affiliations and new product/service entries across Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Rik holds an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a BA from University of California, Berkeley.
As the SVP of Strategic Channel, Bob is responsible for driving adoption of OwnerIQ’s advertising solutions among key industry leaders at leading manufacturers, retailers and buying groups.
Prior to OwnerIQ, Bob Scaglione served as the CMO at Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America where he was responsible for the management and communications of the Sharp brand across all of its consumer and business-to-business product lines. Prior to that he served as SVP of Marketing for Sharp’s lineup of consumer display, audio, video and appliance products.
Scaglione was ranked #14 in the 2012 ExecRank listing of worldwide marketing executives and he earned Advertising Age’s Top 50 Marketers award in 2004 based on his work on the AQUOS brand of LCD TV’s. He serves on the board for the non-profit Clean the World foundation. Additionally, he was a member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers and was on the Board of Industry Leaders for the Consumer Electronics Association.
Prior to joining Sharp, Bob was a Buyer for Abraham & Straus in Brooklyn, NY. Scaglione holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Scranton.
Mr. Straus is currently the Faculty Advisor for the Collegiate Entrepreneurial Association, the Director of Califorina State University Chico Center for Entrepreneurship and the executive vice president of AVL Looms Inc., a global manufacturer and marketer of looms, software, and weaving accessories located in Chico, California. Mr. Straus joined AVL in 1982 and oversaw a sales effort that resulted in placing product in all 50 states as well as over 83 countries. As its president and CEO from 1990 to 2005, he was responsible for the establishment of AVL outlets in the UK, Japan and Taiwan and traveled extensively on behalf of the company. Mr. Straus has delivered lectures on the use of technology in the textile industry at a variety of venues, including Fashion Institute of Design in New York City, North Carolina State University, Philadelphia University (formerly Philadelphia College of Textiles), the Royal College of Art in London, England, and the Taiwan Textile Federation in Taipei.
J. Lee Thompson
J. Lee Thompson has over fifteen years experience of leading integrated marketing communications across large, multi-faceted B2B and B2C organizations – netting market share growth in each product category.
Paying strict attention to the budget and deadlines for each project, J. Lee is an expert at developing PR and marketing plans with internal stakeholders and research teams within a complex corporate environment. She has a record of achieving optimum value, ROI, and market visibility.
With an MA in Corporate and Organizational Communication, extensive experience managing high-profile marketing campaigns, and a video production background, J. Lee has thorough competencies in:
B2B and B2C market messaging: broadcast, film & TV, photography, security, government, simulation, education, medical, home theater, luxury, travel, consumer electronics, corporate, and agricultural;
Simultaneous mentorship of internal staff and management of dozens of external partners; and
Global brand & product launches – delivering effective brand messaging & doing what it takes to be Top-of-Mind.
Kevin brings over 20 years of product development, product management and marketing experience with technology products for brands including Samsung, Bose, Panasonic and PNY Technologies. He has also led marketing and product teams for two investor-funded high tech startups in the fields of Internet of Things and Cloud Infrastructure. While the Vice President of Product Management at IoT startup Bug Labs, Inc., Kevin led the organization from concept through design, build and market introduction of their flagship product, a mobile computing development platform that included audio, video, projection, communication and sensor capabilities. Bug Labs was awarded the Best of CES, Emerging Technologies during Kevin’s tenure.
Kevin is on the Board of Advisors at cloud infrastructure company Liqid, Inc. and has been on the Advisory Boards at OwnerIQ and pureSilicon, Inc.. He holds a B.S. in Marketing from Seton Hall University.
Barbara brings 30+ years of experience overseeing primary education in 23 countries for international organizations increasing literacy and teaching and learning with technology. She has led technical and operations teams to align teacher training, organizational development and institutional strengthening to improve both teacher and student performance from start-up to design, development to production, training to implementation, assessment and scale-up to policy change with wind-up radios, audio, video, tablets, mobiles, and solar panels. Environments ranging from stick schools on the Tanzania Savannah, mud huts in South Sudan, one room schools at the foot of K2, to ultra-modern schools in the Canadian Arctic record success in the approach and delivery of reading in a variety of Mother Tongue and second languages. Recently she supported the Ministry of Education in Haiti to revise Grades 1-2 Creole and French Language Curriculum, National Partner to deliver Teacher Training, and University Partner to research Bilingual-Bicultural education.
Barbara served as an editor for the International Journal of Childhood Studies and is presently Reading Ambassador for Read Pakistan. She holds a MA from Dalhousie University and BA/B.Ed. from University of Saskatchewan.
After spending four decades as a publication executive in the consumer technology sector, Eric Schwartz launched his own company in 2018, Catapult Communications, offering brand awareness and sales strategies to strengthen clients' go-to-market offerings. Previously, he served as managing director and executive producer at NAPCO Media, president and founder of CarSound and AutoMedia magazines, and publisher of Video magazine.