Dave Benoit is an education business leader with a track record as an innovator, capable of launching new companies and fixing underperformers. He has over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, operations and senior management. Dave’s successful ventures include Lightspan (IPO-2000), Co-nect (sold to Pearson in ‘05), Connections Academy (sold to Pearson in ‘11), Middlebury Interactive Languages (sold to K12 in 2016, won award for excellence at Serious Play Conference in 2011), and ScholarCentric (sold to Advance Path in 2015). He also received the EdNet Rookie of the Year Award as best new company and product (Waking Minds, Writing) in the K-12 market for CDI America, an English language company he launched in 2004.
For the past two years, Dave has been leading global business development for Stratasys, one of the largest 3D printing companies in the world. In this role, he has developed strategic partnerships with Dell, Learning Blade, STEMconnector, Job for America’s Graduates and Jason Learning. In addition, he is married with three sons, mentors college football players for his alma mater (Northwestern – ’86), has served on several boards and advises a number of companies in the education market.
Ismail Khan has more than 25 years in leadership roles specializing in finance and administration, most recently as CFO of Middlebury Interactive Languages, LLC, a partnership between a Middlebury College and K12, Inc. As a member of the senior management team, Ismail helped drive a threefold increase in revenue and profits and implemented an organic strategy for organizational growth. Ismail also worked at Pearson Education, the world's largest publisher, in a series of finance roles with increasing responsibility.
He is adept at forming and leading startup companies and has managed the functional areas of Finance, Human Resources, Technology Support and Customer Service. Ismail is a firm believer in a team-based approach, where individual strengths and competencies come together in collaboration for success. Ismail majored in finance at Loyola University Chicago and resides in the Chicago area with his wife and college-bound son.