The R. and the Associates
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 16th season as the most prominent learning event for the presentation community.
Away from the conference, he regularly leads private presentation skills development workshops within organizations, and is working on 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 a good enough tennis player to make it onto 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.
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.
As the social media specialist, Danielle Rector ensures that all of these old folks live up to Millennial standards. Just as Rick focuses on storytelling through presentation, Danielle believes that organizations tell their stories through social media. She was willing to stake her GPA this belief; pursuing the topic for her honor's thesis at UC Santa Barbara, before graduating from there as a 20-year-old. She also worked with famous storytellers at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
With degrees in Communications and Religious Studies, she then took a turn with fairy tale stories at the Disneyland Resort College Program.