Staff Information

Professor Ron Roberts, President

Ron Roberts is President of Action Centered Training (www.CorporateTeambuilding.com), ACT Games, LLC, ACT Government Services, and Egolibrium LLC. (The Well-Balanced Leader), of Eagleville Pa. (Near Valley Forge).

Professor Ron Roberts is among the top consultants and trainers in United States in the area of accelerated experiential Learning. His workshops are legendary and in high-demand; he frequently serves as the keynote speaker or presenter at national conferences and professional meetings. This is because he is an extraordinary educator, author, keynote speaker, trainer, inventor and consultant.

He has trained more than 10,000 professionals over the past 15 years and has taught numerous custom tailored courses to numerous organizations including but not limited to:
Corporations: ADP, American Express, AT&T, Bank of NY Mellon, Fujitsu, General Electric, Home Depot, IBM, Motorola, Stryker Medical, J&J, Merck, Pfizer, Pillsbury, Prudential, Raytheon, Siemens, Sunoco, Teleflex Medical, at the highest executive levels. Federal customers: Veteran’s Affairs, DOT, FEMA, NIH, FDA, HHS, NSA, and extensively with the US Army, US Navy and Marines, US Air Force, including senior staff in all areas.

He combines his expertise in Experiential and Accelerated Learning to enhance his subject matter expertise in the following areas: Communication, Teamwork, Leadership, Strategic Planning, Process Improvement, Systems Thinking, Change Management, Negotiations, Management Competencies, Coaching, Presentation Skills and Public Speaking, Since 1996, Ron has been President of Action Centered Training Inc., ACT Government Support Services (a certified HUBZone) and ACT Games, LLC, (the innovative arm of the organization) where he has trained executives, managers, supervisors and line staff in all phases of industry, corporate and government.

He teaches at Penn State University, Berks Campus. He also teaches in the Online Gaming and Simulations Program at DeVry University. Ron Roberts previously owned a Counseling Center for 12 years where he specialized in family and couples counseling.

He has authored numerous books and articles, including Learn-o-grams: pictorial puzzles for trainers (Wiley), and Junkyard Games: the outrageously fun innovation simulation (HRDQ).

He has created over 70 Accelerated and Experiential Learning games (board and card), tools and digital applications, and holds 6 patents on cutting-edge learning technology. He has been a keynote speaker at ASTD (Training and Development), NASAGA (Games and Assimilations), AAL (Accelerated Learning) conferences, and done many workshops on game design, debriefing games, and innovation. Ron Roberts has done game design for private and government organizations as well as private ventures.

Besides appearing in Newsweek, Wall Street Journal and Games Magazines, Ron has appeared on ABC, NBC Today Show Weekend Edition, CNN Live, NPR, and the QVC network. He is also cited in Who’s Who in American Educators. Ron and his wife live near Valley Forge Pa., have 6 grown children and are expecting their 9th grandchild shortly.

 

Additional Staff:

  • Diane Roberts, B.S Computer Technology, Thomas Edison University - Director of Operations

    Diane has worked for ten years in the computer field doing consulting, technical support and training for major computer companies. In this capacity she trained personnel for Dupont, Merck, Sharp & Dohme, Smith Kline & French, Fidelity Bank, & Prudential Insurance to name a few. For the last 12 years Diane taught computer skills to adults and high school students. She is currently working part-time on her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. As Director of Operations and Information Services for both Action Centered Training and ACT Games, her responsibilities include training coordinator, supervisor of all accounting, in charge of shipping operations as well as IT/WEB maintenance.

  • Bob Rynkiewicz: BS Management and Marketing, Rutgers University - Senior Training Facilitator

    Bob has worked for over 12 years in Training and Development for a major pharmaceutical firm. He has acted as a Performance Consultant with years of experience in training a Unionized workforce, and has provided training in Employee Involvement and Self Directed Work Teams, as well as Safety. Bob has designed custom training sessions to actively address the needs of his clients, and is one of ACT’s most popular trainers.

  • Jim Kochalka, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology - Senior Consultant and Facilitator

    Jim Kochalka has been working as an executive coach and assistant to business leaders since 1990. Using as a springboard his PhD in clinical psychology and the experience gained while building a large private practice in couples and family therapy, Kochalka brings a practical and no nonsense approach to business leaders and their teams in a variety of organizations throughout the US and Canada. Using the tools of conflict resolution, relationship building, assessment, and team building, Kochalka engages clients to help them relieve pain or to pursue dreams of better individual or team performance. He has a specialty in building competencies in relationship selling.

    Jim has distinguished himself as a resource to Young Presidents’ Organization where he is sought after a resource to Forum health and Chapter revitalization. Current corporate clients include Duke Corporate Education, IBM Business Consulting Services, Lehman Brothers, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    Jim Kochalka holds a PhD in clinical psychology from Georgia State University. He is a member of the American Psychological Association. He is married and lives in Tampa Florida with his wife and three sons.

  • Edward (“Ed”) F. Clemons, M.B.A., SPHR

    Ed Clemons’s signature strength is driving organizational performance to new heights through a balanced combination of leadership development, HR expertise, and building employee commitment. Ed is a results oriented human resource leader. He has a proven track record of strong strategic leadership, effective change management skills, and mastery of a wide range of critical HR functions. He has demonstrated the ability to build and maintain relationships at all levels of the organization and is an expert at motivational communication. Ed’s unique blend of knowledge, actionable skills and hands-on abilities has been honed through series of successes in diverse industry settings.

    Mr. Clemons has held senior human resources positions at Ryder Systems Inc., The St. Paul Insurance Companies, the Franklin Mint, the University of Pennsylvania Health System and General Fiber Communications, Inc. Ed has developed HR strategies in the United States and Internationally and understands the subtle nuances of culture and its effect on learning.

    A retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, Ed has over twenty- six years of leadership experience. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and holds an MBA degree from Temple University. Mr. Clemons also holds certifications from the Human Resources Executive Program at the University of Michigan, the Defense Race Relations Institute, The Center for Creative Leadership and The Human Resources Certification Institute, Senior Professional in Human Resources.

  • Charles "Skip" Pettit, Director Government Services, Washington DC Branch 

    Trainer and Consultant.  Skip Pettit has been a training consultant and trainer for more than 25 years.  President, International Training Consortium, Inc.(ITC).  In 1992, Skip formed the International Training Consortium, a talent-packed group of more than 100 of the top trainers and consultants in the U.S. working with government and Private Industry.

    US Army 1970-1993—Mobilization NCOIC. E-8.   Drafted during the Vietnam War, MSG Pettit retired from the U.S. Army in 1993, as Mobilization NOCIC, for the 309th Medical Group.  His career spanned 22 years.  He attended the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) from 1980-81 and returned as an Adjunct-faculty member/facilitator from 1983-1993.  Overseas assignments included Asia and Europe.

    Graduate Degrees. After completing Mental Health and Clinical Psychology degrees in 1974-1977 (Montgomery College and Antioch University), he completed two Masters degrees in Counseling and Personnel Services/Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, in 1980-1982.  He has been cited in Who’s Who International and the Yearbook of Experts, Authorities, and Spokespersons.  He has been quoted on CNN and Washington Business Radio, and is a nationally recognized expert in HR training, consulting, and Supervision/Leadership development and assessment.

    Mr. Pettit is:

    • A training professional and Organization Development consultant with design, development, presentation, and administrative experience.
    • An expert consultant in the field of Human Resource Development with emphasis on group process consultation and group facilitation skills.
    • Experienced as the point person for program implementation, seminars, and workshops for people at every organizational level.  Extensive experience in the areas of Organization Development, EEO, Workforce Diversity, Leadership, Team Building, Mentoring, Crisis Intervention, Crisis Counseling, Mobilization, EAPs, and Customer Service.
    • A Certified Professional who has trained over 50,000 workshop participants.
    • A service-connected, disabled-Vietnam-era & Desert Storm-era veteran.

     

Support Staff:

  • Clair Roberts, B.A. West Chester University - Director of Graphic Design

  • Joe Roberts, B.A. Information Science and Technology, The Pennsylvania State Univeristy - Web Master/Web Developer & Photographer/Videographer

  • Jennifer Benjamin, M.A. Immaculata University  - Director Research, Associate Game Designer, Staff Support

  • Mike Fazekas - Staff Support Associate