Built on Knowledge

When know-how grows,
so does business.

Learners who prefer to advance and study in a self-paced program. BlueVolt Voice of the eLearner Survey 2016

Meet our Leaders

Douglas Gastich

President & General Manager

Coming up on 20 years’ experience in educational technology, Douglas has held key roles in creating educational media and developing new business programs and relationships. A graduate of Boston College, Douglas and his family have since moved to the West Coast and love it here. After hours, he loves playing chess with his son, Go Fish with his daughters and planning the next leg of his Pan-America motorcycle ride: Baja to Argentina.

Gary Brashear

Vice President of Sales and Customer Success

Gary considers it a privilege to lead and serve a dedicated team of sales, service and customer success professionals. A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with his degree in Applied Mathematics, he enjoys hiking with his wife and putting together events for their five children. On his bucket list, he includes traveling to the Island of Sicily, the home of his ancestors, and a Lopez Island bike tour.

Chris Kiggins

Director of Creative Development

Chris oversees custom course development and professional services for BlueVolt. She was most recently in charge of the internal creative team at Knowledge Learning Corp., and has also worked for Via Training, Waggener Edstrom, and Medicalogic on clients such as HP and Microsoft. She attended IVY School of Professional Art, where she majored in Advertising Art and Design, and has taken additional courses at Carnegie Mellon University. A self-described news junkie, she would love, one day, to leave her media devices behind and camp under the Northern Lights.

Keith Gerr

Director of Marketing

What gets Keith up in the morning? Authenticity. Using customer insights, behavioral data and pure gut feelings to create meaningful experiences that attract people to the BlueVolt brand. And when he gets home in the evening? Spending time with his family. Or ducking away to sculpt sound utilizing tube amps, germanium flavored fuzz and strange-sounding stompboxes. A lover of fine whiskey, he’d like one day to be able to make his own.

Pam Armistead


Pam is responsible for all aspects of the financial and accounting reporting, processes, and procedures. A graduate of UC Berkeley with an MBA in finance from University of Portland, she enjoys skiing, hiking and camping with her family. She hopes to one day make the trek to the Mt. Everest base camp.

We’re looking for know-how too.

Do you like to build knowledge? For yourself? In others? If so, then you might be a good fit. Take a look at our openings. Or just drop us a line. If we like what we see, we’ll find a place for you.

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Voice of the eLearner

June 21 - 23. Portland, OR

Learn. Educate. Accelerate. Profit.

LEAP: Learn. Educate. Accelerate. Profit.

LEAP Ahead is an eLearning conference led by industry experts on content development and training program management. BlueVolt hosts this conference in Portland, Oregon, to further our mission of knowledge powering growth.

Who should attend?

Anyone who has a stake in turning learning into a strategic asset for their company.

  • Training content designers and developers
  • Training program managers
  • LMS/training administrators
  • HR, Sales and Marketing decision-makers


$595 Ticket Price Includes:
Keynotes with Industry Leaders, two days of Sessions, User Groups Focus Day, Breakfasts & Lunches, Evening Activities, Networking Opportunities.


"Meeting all of the experts in the eLearning community was my favorite part of the Conference."


JUNE 21, 2016

Day 1 - User Groups

Q&A session and guided training on the BlueVolt LMS. Also get insight into upcoming BlueVolt features such as enhanced reporting, ILT/recertification, course syndication and API integrations.

8:00 to 8:55 AM
9:00 to 5:00 PM
User Groups
JUNE 22, 2016


7:00 to 7:55 AM
8:00 to 9:30 AM
Keynote - You on Your Best Day
9:40 to 10:40 AM
Designing Effective eLearning
Selecting Effective Learning & Performance Solutions
with Judy Katz
10:40 to 11:10 AM
11:10 to 12:10 AM
Creating Interactive eLearning with Adobe Captivate
(Hands-on Session)
The Power of Immersive Learning
12:10 to 1:10 PM
1:10 to 2:10 PM
Designing for Learner Success
Leveraging Badges to Engage Your Learners
with Tim James
2:20 to 3:20 PM
Personalizing eLearning with Articulate Storyline
Voice of the Sales eLearner
with Keith Gerr
3:20 to 3:40 PM
3:40 to 4:40 PM
Design for All: Accessible Learning Experiences
Measuring Outcomes of a Training Program
  • Dave Scheuerman, Littelfuse
  • Lori Hansen, Johnstone Supply
  • Gary Ewer, Platt
  • Claudia Montanari, Mayer Electric
  • Moderator - Brandon Maskew
5:00 to 6:00 PM
Happy Hour
JUNE 23, 2016


7:00 to 7:55 AM
8:00 to 9:00 AM
Keynote: Emerging Roles of the 21st Century Learning Professional
9:10 to 10:10 AM
Making Instruction (More) Learnable
Remember This! The Science of Learning and Memory
with Ayla Lewis
10:15 to 11:00 AM
11:00 to 12:00 PM
Mobile Learning: Alternate Delivery Method or Fundamental Change in Adult Education?
Learning as a Strategic Asset
with Doug Gastich
12:00 to 1:00 PM
1:00 to 2:00 PM
A Look Ahead: The Now and the Next of Learning and Technology
2:10 to 3:10 PM
Let Learners Fail
Platt a Learning and Teaching Organization
with Gary Ewer
3:10 to 3:30 PM
3:30 to 4:30 PM
Crash Course in Visual Design
Creating Assessments and Surveys
5:00 to 6:00 PM
Happy Hour / Home
"Great job done by all. I know what it takes to put on a conference like this and you did a great job!"



Michael Allosso
Professional Training & Coaching Consultant & Contractor

I am a theater/film director/actor who works with executives to heighten their communication excellence both in presentations and day to day. I have been giving my YOU ON YOUR BEST DAY program about leadership and employee motivation all over the world to groups of CEO's and in larger settings as a keynote.


Connie Malamed
Consultant, Learning Experience Design

Connie Malamed is a consultant, author, and professional speaker in the fields of online learning and visual communication. She has helped nonprofit, government, and corporate clients develop strategies for workplace learning for more than 20 years. Connie is the author two books: Visual Design Solutions and Visual Language for Designers. She publishes The eLearning Coach website and podcast. Connie has degrees in Instructional Design and Art Education.

Briana Beauschesne
Briana Beauschesne
Writing & Research Specialist at CCA Global Partners
Dr. Jane Bozarth
Dr. Jane Bozarth
Elearning Coordinator for the North Carolina, USA, Office of State Personnel
Jennifer Dryden
Jennifer Dryden
Instructional Designer Bonneville Power Administration
Brian Dusablon
Brian Dusablon
Learning Technology Consultant, Learning Ninjas
Brenda Enders
Brenda Enders
Enders Consulting : Owner and Chief Learning Strategist
Gary Ewer
Gary Ewer
Director of Education, Platt University
Stacy Friedman
Stacy Friedman
Intructional Designer Bonneville Power Administration
Tim James
Tim James
‎Training and Development Specialist at CCA Global Partners
Judy Katz
Judy Katz
Independent Instructional Strategist / Designer / Developer
David Kelly
David Kelly
SVP & Executive Director, The eLearning Guild
Ayla Lewis
Ayla Lewis
Director of Operations, Happy Brain Science
Koreen Pagano
Koreen Pagano
Trina Rimmer
Trina Rimmer
Community Manager at Articulate
Patti Shank, PhD
Patti Shank, PhD
President, Learning Peaks, LLC
Kevin Siegel
Kevin Siegel
Founder and President of IconLogic, Inc.


Hotel Monaco:  506 SW Washington St, Portland, OR. 888.207.2201
Group rate: $269/night
Cut off date: May 28, 2016


Book Your Room Online

  • Use the above link to click through to the Hotel Monaco site
  • Enter your rate code 11500703670 in the “Meeting/Group Code” field
  • Select the arrival and departure dates, number of adults and number of rooms
  • Click “Continue”

The hotel will display your contracted Group Rate. If your Group Rate does not display, it is possible your travel dates are outside of the contracted Group Negotiated Rates and Dates. If this is the case, please select from our publicly available rates or call Reservations at 503.222.0001.

Book Your Room by Phone:

Contact Hotel Monaco Reservations at 503.222.0001 and request the BlueVolt Leap Ahead 2016 rate during your stay dates.

"It was certainly well worth my time and already looking forward to next year's."