Richard K. Sutz

Founder & CEO of The Literacy Company

Richard Sutz Mr. Sutz has 30 years of experience developing programs to teach enhanced reading skills. He is the author of Speed Reading For Dummies. The next will be entitled Efficient Reading for Dummies.

In a White Paper, Sutz addresses the issue of American citizenry's abysmally low levels of reading skills, which has produced a nation of poor readers. His White Paper explains "Why," and offers a "Solution."

The Why? Because after third grade, America's reading curriculum effectively stops teaching critical reading skills. Students are only being taught Oral Reading Skills (the Learn to Read Phase).

Yet, after the third grade, 99.9% of all reading requires Silent Reading Skills (the critical Read to Learn phase). Sadly, Read To Learn skills are not being taught in American schools.

The Solution! Sutz founded The Literacy Company® to develop The Reader's Edge® Efficient Reading Skills™ software program. The patent pending Reader's Edge, being sold worldwide, teaches individuals, of all ages, Efficient Reading (silent reading - Read to Learn skills). Efficient Readers read better and faster with improved comprehension, retention and recall.

Sutz's vision is for The Literacy Company to lead the global expansion of reading curriculums to include teaching Efficient Reading (Read To Learn) skills. In today's information–based society, it is mandatory to master Efficient Reading Skills, since all individuals are ultimately judged on their ability to read.

Richard's background and experience span executive roles in both the private and public sector.

Sutz's military service was as a Naval Aviation officer. There, he invented a valve for fighter pilot's oxygen breathing systems that prevents fatal accidents caused by hypoxia (lack of oxygen at high attitudes). He also served as Project Officer for the installation of the military's first rocket powered ejection seat, which enabled pilots, in emergencies, to safely eject. Sutz was awarded a Letter of Commendation from the Chief of Naval Operations.

After the military, he served as Assistant Director for Europe and the Middle East for Grumman Aircraft. Then, as Deputy Director of the Arizona Energy Office, and in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as Director of the Energy Related Inventions Program. Following DOE, he founded Low Wind LLC, to develop wind turbines that operate in low wind speeds.

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.

Richard (Rick) Hinds

Vice President of The Literacy Company

Richard (Rick) Hinds Mr. Hinds has 30 years of professional educational experience in the public and private sectors, and is a recognized expert in the field of mentoring students for Standardized Educational tests.

In the Public Sector he has served as a teacher, principal in Middle and High Schools, director of gifted K-12 programs, and as an adjunct professor at numerous Washington State Universities. Rick is a recognized expert in the key subject area of Curriculum & Instruction.

In the Private Sector, Rick's extensive public sector experience and knowledge has guided his founding, and being the CEO of two companies, Motivating Tomorrow’s Minds, (MTM) and AZTestPrep. These companies offer nationwide solutions to the educational needs of students, teachers and school administrators.

MTM, in conjunction with respected leaders in schools and universities throughout the country, is focused on extracurricular development of gifted K-12 students, broad curriculum development, and data processing analyses, using MTM's proprietary technology.

AZTestPrep is focused on world-class test preparation for students from elementary through graduate school), middle and high schools, colleges and universities, home schoolers, corporate/government and general adult learners.

A unique feature of Rick's Test Prep mentoring strategy is his conviction that a common denominator of all standardized tests is that they are timed reading tests. Hence, students who master enhanced (efficient) reading skills do better on tests.

AZ Test Prep uses The Literacy Company's® Reader's Edge® program to teach enhanced reading skills. Rick will lead the ongoing effort to make The Reader’s Edge program available in Cloud versions for use on all tablet platforms.

To underscore the importance of having students master Efficient Reading skills, for test prep and all educational endeavors, he has a sure fire way of motivating students to focus on improving their reading skills,

Rick asks each a matchless question, which has always brought forth a predictable 100% positive reaction.

The question being: "If you could read twice as fast with improved comprehension, retention and recall, would you have a better chance at getting a better score?"

The answer is always a common sense "Yes!" As a result, his students become highly motivated to improve their reading skills: which they do, and their test results prove it.

Mr. Hinds has a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography from the University of Washington, a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction from Western Washington University, and he continues his Post Graduate work for a Ph.D in Curriculum & Instruction, at ASU & North Central University.

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 integration 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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