About Us

CE21 is a cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS) that provides distance education solutions to a host of professional education verticals including:

With over 75 years of combined experience in professional education, and more than 50 years experience in association management, CE21 is uniquely qualified to serve the online educational needs of our partner organizations we serve through our best in class Learning Management Software (LMS).

Our Fundamental Value

CE21’s success is built on creating a context of integrity, respect and open communication with our partners and customers throughout the U.S. and beyond. Outstanding customer service is what drives us every day, knowing that our success is intrinsically tied to each customer’s success. We are committed to employing these distinctions in every aspect of our business as we move forward into the 21st century.

Our Philosophy

The needs of delivering continuing education can change radically from one organization to the next. Our technology platform has been created from the ground up to be incredibly flexible as a driving mandate. This flexibility allows organizations to spend less time on "How can I..." and more time on serving their customers by efficiently delivering high quality content.

The Executive Team

With a combined experience of over 75 years in delivering professional continuing education, the team at CE21 has the experience, technical skill and background to help you to deliver the very best continuing education possible.

Please take a moment to meet our team and don't hesitate to contact any of us at any time.

John Davis - President & CEO

As the chief cook and bottle washer at CE21, John divides his time fairly evenly between tidying up the CE21 kitchen and working with clients and development staff to keep CE21 on the cutting edge of technology.

When time permits, you can find John at the local Home Depot buying who knows what for one project or another or darkening the doorway of one of Austins superb aquarium shops.

Contact John any time at jdavis@ce21.com

Kevin Hodges - Chief Information Officer

Kevin Hodges has been involved in web application development and video streaming for 15 years. He is involved in building and maintaining CE21’s robust and scalable online seminar registration and delivery system. Kevin previously served in various roles at Legalspan where he gained a great deal of experience in online education delivery. He has also spent considerable time managing massive volumes of data for a large oil and gas company in Texas. Kevin holds a BS in Construction Management from Arizona State University.

When not hacking-out-code or managing servers, Kevin enjoys spending time outdoors gardening or working on DIY projects. Kevin and his wife reside in the Austin area with their three girls.

Kevin can be reached at khodges@ce21.com

Reid Stilling - Vice President of Operations

With over 9 years of experience running the media and webcast departments at a prior continuing education provider, Reid Stillings has managed and overseen the success of over 2,000 live webcasts nationwide, from small associations to Fortune 500 companies. His passion for supporting affiliate associations in a fast-paced work environment made him the perfect addition to the CE21 team.

When he's not fueled-up on coffee in preparation for early morning broadcasts, Reid enjoys camping, foreign films, travel, and spending time at one of Austin's many swimming holes (when there isn't a drought).

Reid can be reached at rstillings@ce21.com

Lisa Wise - Director of Accounts

After being hired by a barefoot country singer, Lisa Wise moved quickly up the ranks of LibreDigital, a ​leading ebook start-up based in Austin. After several years honing her chops, she was lured away by the spectacular team at CE21. Lisa now defends her office title of Excel Guru with weekly spreadsheet cage fights and brings her sophisticated wit and whip-crack project management skills to bear on all aspects of CE21's systems.

When she's not schooling the team on best practices for client interaction, ​​Lisa can be found knitting, ​karaoking, or catching some live music. Further questions can be directed to the hilarious and loud woman running the happy hour.

Lisa can be reached at lwise@ce21.com

Amy Danziger Shapiro - Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Amy Danziger Shapiro brings over 20 years of expertise in marketing and sales of continuing education products - online and live. In her former position at a large national CLE provider, Amy led the conversion of satellite TV programs, live multi-day programs and their derivative products to online platform. Subsequently, her primary role as Director of Strategic Marketing was to package and sell the online products to the legal community. She did so with much success. In addition, to marketing and sales, Amy also has direct experience in Association Management. Prior to joining CE21 she held the position of Assistant Executive Director of a large membership association of licensing professionals, where she managed all the operations including continuing education and the conversion of a 3000 member database.

When she is not developing sales and marketing plans, Amy enjoys spending time with her family at the beach or in the city. She, her husband and daughter reside in the City of Philadelphia.

Amy can be reached at amy@ce21.com

Rick Rutherford - Vice President, Association Solutions

Rick Rutherford is a recognized author, speaker, association industry executive, with expertise in forging, developing and managing long term relationships with trade associations and professional societies. A collaborative communicator, he is skilled at driving engagement leveraging proven successes in education program development, idea exchanges and networking opportunities that enhance professionalism and promote high standards.

Rick has worked in the association industry for more than 30 years, serving as a vendor partner, association staff member, and co-founder of Affiniscape, a technology company dedicated to serving the association industry. In addition, has been a speaker at association industry events around the country.

Rick joined CE21 LLC in 2017 to help in the creation and deployment of CE21’s innovative SaaS solutions for the association industry.

Rick can be reached at rrutherford@ce21.com

Casey Jones - Director of Strategic Partnerships

Casey Jones, MBA, joins CE21 with over 20 years in sales, including 12 years working specifically with association executives to bring new technology services to their members.  

Casey’s past successes with start-up companies and his enjoyment of the unique and rewarding challenges that come with them are part of the allure of CE21. He embraces the opportunity to work with smart, hard-working individuals who aren’t afraid to wear different hats. Casey's firmly rooted in the belief that by treating customers as partners, we are all invested in each other’s success.

Casey’s time outside of work includes all the things necessary for being the best son, brother, husband, and father possible (though not necessarily in that order). While he does love playing baseball, that poem is not about him. No, he's not a Grateful Dead fan, but he does like trains. If you catch the above references you will win a special place in his heart. So long as you don't sing the song. Please. NEVER sing the song.

Casey can be reached at cjones@ce21.com

Sarah Estes - Manager of Operations

With a background in operational management and a masters degree in healthcare administration, Sarah brings a wide range of knowledge and experience to CE21. Because of her varied background and willingness to take on any challenge, she has an expansive list of responsibilities at CE21. Sarah is in charge of human resources, on-boarding new employees, technical documentation, sales logistics, and much more.

When she’s not at work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband exploring the city of Austin. As an amateur photographer, Sarah loves to be outside, photographing the amazing landscapes and wildlife of Texas.

Sarah can be reached at sarah@ce21.com

Mike Conner - Managing Partner

Mike has been a leader in the continuing education industry for more than two decades. CE21 is pleased to include Mike as one of its managing partners. His experience, intelligence and foresight are unmatched in the continuing education world and he has been an amazing addition to the executive team.

In his spare time, he is the Executive Director of PESI, Inc. one of the largest providers of continuing education for healthcare professionals in the US., serving hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals and producing publications, online seminars and around 5000 live events each year.

In his extra time, when the snow clears in Eau Claire, you'll find Mike hunting and fishing in the vast wilderness that is Wisconsin, enjoying one of the state’s beautiful lakes or (we recently learned) running 5k’s for local charities.

Mike can be reached at mconner@pesi.com

Jim Parente - Managing Partner

Having been involved in continuing education for the past 30+ years, Jim Parente is truly the “voice of God”.  From managing continuing education at the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and, later, the American Bar Association and then Texas Society of CPAs, to developing Business Professionals Network's Accounting Continuing Professional Education Network (ACPEN), the leading provider of video-based continuing education in the accounting world, Jim Parente has been in the thick of it for decades and CE21 is proud to include him in its executive team. 

When Jim’s not narrating one of the hundreds of seminars his company does every year (thus, the voice of God title) he divides his time fairly evenly between watching White Sox games on MLB.com and refereeing for his five grandchildren on their frequent sleepovers.

Jim can be reached at jim.parente@acpen.com