Jeff Walter, CEO of Latitude Consulting Group
Latitude consists of a senior technology consultancy and Latitude Learning, a learning-management software company that helps organizations of all sizes cost-effectively manage training, compliance, and certification programs. Latitude Learning has been accessed by more than 3 million people from 3,000 organizations. For more than 20 years, Walter has leveraged information technology to solve strategic business problems for organizations.
He has significant experience planning, building, and implementing solutions in the manufacturing and healthcare industries, with clients including Chrysler, BP, Ford, and the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Under his leadership, Latitude has been recognized as one of the top 20 learning management systems by two industry groups, Tagoras and Capterra. The firm received the bronze medal for Best Use of Web 2.0 Tools for eLearning at the eLearning Guild's annual DemoFest and Excellence in Learning, and the Ektron All-Star Award for best extranet site. Walter is expanding Latitude's efforts by helping the extended enterprise improve operational performance in business intelligence, business portals, online communities, and learning-management systems.
Prior to Latitude, he worked at Commerce One, AppNet, and AMS, growing consulting, software, and outsourcing practices to improve operations for financial services, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, energy, and automotive firms. Walter received his bachelor's degree in computer science from Binghamton University at the State University of New York and his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
WHERE BORN: “Mineola, NY.”
MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “Hal Johnson, an entrepreneur, headed me down the entrepreneurial innovative path and he was my mentor in this industry.”
LAST BOOK READ: “The Ultimate Question 2.0 by Fred Reichheld.”
WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Engaging, father, husband, talkative, outgoing, analytical, thinker, athletic.”
WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “We're in the software field and its continued growth is changing the face of the world we live in, as anyone with an iPhone, iPad, or Android can attest. As the hardware continues to get faster and better, it makes more things possible on the software side. In the last 50 years in the computer industry, people have insatiable appetites for information of all manner. I see more and more information being available to people in ways we hadn't even dreamed of before. Humans have an insatiable appetite to know.”
FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “My iPhone, to have all of that computing capability and instant access to information anywhere....”
FAVORITE PLACE: “I love Bay Harbor and the whole Little Traverse Bay area.”
FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Running, and I also like playing with technology, getting online and playing with different web-development tools from the power-user perspective.”
FAVORITE FOOD: “Filet mignon.”
MY HIDDEN TALENT: “I can juggle and make balloon animals. A clown-for-hire is my backup profession.”
HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As a good father and a good husband and everything else really doesn't matter.”
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