The R. and the Associates

Rick Altman

Rick Altman has been hired by hundreds of companies, listened to by tens of thousands of professionals, and read by millions of people, all of whom seek better results with their presentation content and delivery. He covers the whole of the industry, from message crafting, through presentation design, slide creation, software technique, and delivery. He is the host of the Presentation Summit, now in its 17th season as the most prominent learning event in the world for the presentation community.

Away from the conference, he regularly leads private presentation skills development workshops within organizations, and has just released the fourth edition of the popular and provacatively titled Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck, and how you can make them better.

Altman came to presentations through publishing and graphic design. He claims to have invented desktop publishing back in 1982 and can show a galley sheet of type that was produced by connecting his Osborne 1 computer to a typesetter across town with a 300-baud modem (that cost $800). An avid sportsman, he was not good enough to play tennis on the professional tour. All the rest of this has been his Plan B…

Sheila McGurin plans and manages the many seminars and conferences hosted by Rick. Since 2003, Sheila has been the one “behind the scenes” making sure the 200+ attendees at the Presentation Summit have the very best possible conference experience.From city and venue selection to Expo coordination to on-site liaison, Sheila makes sure the business side of the Summit exceeds expectations and continues to evolve.

Rick Parrott

In his nearly 35-year media career, Rick Parrott will admit to a little procrastination. He worked with Rick Altman for eight weeks at a Bay Area tennis magazine back in 1985. After thinking about it for a few decades, he decided the experience was a positive one and has come aboard, in charge of business development. Rick brings a lifetime of radio, TV, newspaper, magazine, and public relations achievements to the team as he focuses on audience building, sponsor development, and large-venue events.

Rose Lindauer is an Aerospace Engineering student with an added passion for marketing. As the Social Media Director, Rose captures the news, people, and magic of the Presentation Summit on all your favorite social media platforms. Her marketing experience ranges from local high school plays to university concerts for thousands of people. True to her passion, Rose can't wait to help the Summit be out of this world. Apparently, she likes motorcycles, too.


Michaela Shelton is a San Jose State graduate with a passion for writing and communications. As the Director of Bay Area Outreach, she ensures that local businesses and entrepreneurs are aware of workshops and consulting services that Altman offers throughout the Bay. Michaela’s community outreach experience includes her work through Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the Oakland Teen Empowerment Scholarship Program. In addition, she brings experience in promotions, event planning and public relations.