Richard K. Sutz

Founder & CEO of The Literacy Company

Richard Sutz Mr. Sutz, the author of Speed Reading For Dummies, has more than forty years of experience in the field of developing programs to teach enhanced reading skills.

His White Paper discusses why America's reading curriculum has produced a nation of poor readers, and proposes a solution. His thesis is that the problem of poor reading skills is because current reading instruction effectively stops after third grade, when students have learned only Oral Reading Skills (the Learn to Read Phase). Yet, 99.9% of all reading after 3rd grade requires efficient (silent) reading skills, the critical Read to Learn phase, which is not being taught in American schools.

Mr. Sutz's patent pending innovative developments, the result of more than $3 million of R&D, teach Efficient Reading Skills. Efficient readers have the necessary Read To Learn skills, which enables individuals of all ages to read better and faster with improved comprehension, retention and recall. His vision for The Literacy Company is to have the America's reading curriculum expanded to include the teaching of Efficient (silent) Read To Learn skills.

In our information-based society, Read To Learn Skills are required because ultimately, every individual is judged on how well they read.

Sutz’s background and experience span executive roles in both the private and public sector.

He served as the Assistant Director for Europe and the Middle East for Grumman Aircraft where he was responsible for marketing military aircraft. After Europe he served as Deputy Director of the Arizona Energy Office, with joint responsibility for Arizona Energy Conservation Programs. He then joined the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as Director of the Energy Related Inventions Program. He left DOE to form a company to develop a new class of wind machines that pump water (windmills) and generate power (wind turbines) in wind speeds beginning at 5 MPH.

Serving in the U.S. Navy, he invented a new valve for fighter pilot's oxygen breathing systems that prevented fatal accidents caused by hypoxia (lack of oxygen at high attitudes). In the U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics he was the Project Officer for the first American installation of the Martin-Baker rocket powered ejection seat; enabling pilots to eject from the runway on landing or takeoff. For his efforts, he was awarded a Letter of Commendation from the Chief of Naval Operations.

Mr. Sutz has a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a graduate degree in International business from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Rich L. Coppola

VP of Technology for The Literacy Company

Rich L. Coppola Mr. Coppola, co-developer of The Reader's Edge® program, has more than 25 years of experience in all phases of computer software and hardware. With the Bull Corporation he was a member of the Multics project and consulted widely in the USA and Europe in the area of computer security, distributed computing, and the intergration of proprietary and open systems.

Wink Blair

VP of Business Development & PR Director

Wink Blair Wink is the founder and President of Wink Inc, a Scottsdale, Arizona Public Relations agency representing resorts, restaurants, art & cultural organizations, tourist firms, non-profit organizations and small business start-ups. Being active in community affairs is a personal commitment and an operational part of Wink Inc.

She is a published author, columnist, professional writer and photographer, and professional networker. Her articles, photographs and columns have appeared in local, regional and national magazines.

Wink is a Louisiana native and a graduate of Louisiana State University.

Following LSU, she served overseas in an Embassy position with the U.S. State Department, and later as a Congressional Administrative Aide in Washington, D.C. Following a stint in Hollywood where Wink worked as a motion picture Production Assistant, she settled in Arizona.

In Arizona, she became a leader in organizing local Phoenix chapters of various national organizations such as the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), and Women in the Senate & House (WISH). She is a co-founder of Women of Scottsdale, Impact for Enterprising Women, and Women in Food and Wine. Wink has served on the Boards of the Phoenix Press Club, and the Contemporary Forum of the Phoenix Art Museum. She is also the former Director of the Phoenix Arts Council.

Serving in the public sector, Wink was a delegate to the International Women’s Leadership forum in Crete, Greece. She was a delegate to the Industry Sector Advisory Committee of the federal Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. In addition, Senator John McCain appointed her as a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business.

Wink brings unique benefits to The Literacy Company. Her experience in marketing, public relations and professional networking has revolved around the written word. She has the professional experience to expand The Literacy Company’s worldwide marketing program.

In addition, she brings to The Literacy Company a personal knowledge of the nationwide college student market, and the Greek Fraternity & Sorority communities.

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