About CE21Our Story. Our Passion. Our Why.
A View From The Deck
President & CEO
When we started CE21 in 2015, it seemed that most of the larger issues organizations faced when I entered the industry in 1998 still existed. Associations were still required to have multiple systems to accomplish their daily tasks. In most cases that meant an association management system (AMS), and learning management system (LMS), as well as a handful of other peripheral systems including communities, mass email, etc.
Looking back, I’m amazed that these challenges still exist today. I believe we can solve many of those problems with CE21’s technology, providing more time and resources for associations to pursue some of the ambitious ideas and strategic goals that many if not all have.
We made the decision to build CE21 because we were confident that we could solve these problems and create a single system that would address an association’s technology needs. We began with our award winning LMS in 2015 and launched Lighthouse, the combination of our LMS+AMS into one system in late 2019.
CE21 sailed into the world of Virtual Events three years ago and immediately saw the potential demand for this service as organizations looked for ways to provide more value to their customers/members. Things really changed in March, when COVID-19 forced its way onto everyone’s radar. Almost every association or organization providing continuing education has had to face the reality of pivoting to a virtual offering or potentially experience huge losses in revenue due to event cancellations. We’re proud to help our customers navigate these uncertain waters, providing a system that allows them to expand how they produce their conferences and other education events – ultimately being able to more inclusively serve their member’s needs.
My hope is that as we enter 2021, we will continue to provide our customers more time and resources to think outside of the box, to try new kinds of educational events that will in the end help in member acquisition and retention. With new groups joining the CE21 Network every month, we see a very bright future.
Plain and simple, we’re all about learning. We are driven by our ability to translate what we learn through collaboration into the technology that enables organizations to deliver high valued educational content to members and customers.
We started CE21 to solve many of the nagging issues that have negatively impacted associations and non-profit organizations for years. We built a cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS) and Association Management System (AMS) and combined them into one platform providing distance education and membership management solutions that meet the changing needs of organizations like yours. In the end it’s about delivering technology that becomes transparent to the end user experience.
Our Fundamental Value
CE21’s success is built on integrity, respect and open communication with out partners and their clientele throughout the United States and internationally. Outstanding customer service is what drives us every day, knowing that our
success is intrinsically tied to our partner’s success. We are committed to employing these distinctions in every aspect of our business as we move forward into the 21st century.
The needs of delivering continuing education and membership management can change radically from one organization to the next. Our technology platform has been created from the ground up to be incredibility flexible as possible. This flexibility allows organizations to spend less time on “how can I…” and more time on serving their clientele by efficiently delivering high quality content.
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 assist in delivering the very best continuing education experience possible.
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 Austin’s superb aquarium shops.
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.
Vice President of Operations
With over 10 years of experience running the media and webcast department 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 fueld-up on coffee in preparation for early morning broadcasts, Reid enjoys camping, foreign films, traveling and spending time at one of Austin’s many swimming holes.
Vice President of Product
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 official title of Excel Guru with weekly spreadsheet cage fights and brings her sophisticated wit and whip-cracking project management skills to bear on all aspects of CE21’s system.
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.
Vice President of Sales & Analytics
Casey Jones, MBA, joined CE21 in 2017 bringing with him more than 20 years in sales, including 15 years working closely with association executives to deliver new technology services to their organizations and members. Following a successful career within the start-up space, Casey has leveraged his experiences into helping grow CE21 into a recognized leader in the online education industry.
Casey’s firmly rooted in the belief that by treating customers as partners, we are all invested in each other’s success. “At CE21, our primary message to our customers is, your success defines our success.”
Vice President of Marketing & Strategy
Rick Rutherford is a recognized author, speaker, association industry executive, with expertise in forging, developing and managing long term relationships with associations. A collaborative communicator, he loves to help organizations drive engagement by leveraging proven successes in education program development, idea exchanges and networking opportunities that enhance professionalism and promote high standards.
A co-founder of an association technology company, Rick has dedicated more than 30 years of his life serving the association idustry in a variety of roles.
When time permits, Rick continues work on his book about the journey with his father as he battled Alzheimer’s at the end of his life.
Manager of Media Operations
From rodeos to the Olympics to Sonic Youth and Phish, Patrick has years of experience helping companies of all sizes deliver amazing online video experiences to millions of viewers worldwide. Working with directly with clients, producers and presenters have given him the opportunity to create tools and workflows that exceed requirements, beat deadlines, and are a pleasure to work with.
When he is not closing the gaps between stages, clouds, and people he can be found toying around with new tech or lounging around one of Austin’s Greenbelts.
Before moving to Austin to start his professional career, Clint McBride received his BA in Media Strategies from Texas Tech University, while also getting introduced to Video Production through his role with the university’s video team. Following graduation, he made his first big move to Austin, Texas, where he found his next role as a Technical Support Adviser for Electronic Arts. While at EA, Clint worked his way onto their social media team where he helped expand EA’s customer service role in the world of social media.
Clint’s role with CE21 seemed like the perfect next step, where he assists clients with product development, technical challenges, as well as educating new users to the platform. Clint also helps oversee media production at CE21, and operates and manages the occasional live webcast.
Outside of work, Clint can be usually found getting into the latest TV Show, playing Overwatch, or watching Professional Wrestling, brother.