As the CEO of CMS Global, Charlie Nguyen leads a team of highly accomplished professionals to fulfill our mission of ‘educate, connect our world’. To fulfill our motto of ‘We won’t be successful until our client is successful’, Charlie will be personally involved in all stages of the engagement. Previously, Charlie led operations for the University of Phoenix in the US, from Texas to Nevada to Colorado to New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts in addition to serving online students in over 20 states. His core competencies are online operations, global partnership and general management. During his tenure with University of Phoenix, he contributed to explosive growth in which enrollment triple to almost 500,000 students and almost 1million graduates. In the recent years, he was asked to lead operations in Asia by Apollo Education Group, parent company of the University of Phoenix. During this timeframe, he assisted a number of universities with launching/expanding their online programs. Prior to Apollo, Charlie started and ran several successful companies in the hospitality, real estate, insurance and e-commerce industries.
Jane brings 28 years of higher education leadership and business experience to CMS Global. In various roles throughout her career, she began building marketing and adult enrollment management expertise at the Institute for Professional Development, a subsidiary of Apollo Group, Inc. She expanded her role into developing strategic partnerships with private, non-profit institutions. Leveraging her experience, Jane works collaboratively with each partner to improve student engagement, retention and graduation rates. Proficient in forecasting, she assists institutions with growing enrollment and revenues by alignment of strategic goals which support the institution’s mission and vision. Jane transitioned to Helix Education in 2014 where she continued to serve as Regional Vice President until retirement in early 2016. Providing world-class service as a consultant or partner is the core of her belief system in serving the higher education community.
Jane has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin.
As the Head of China Operations, William heads up CMS Global’s corporate development effort in China. In this role, William works closely with universities and e-learning providers in China to develop network of student recruiting and support channels as part of our strategy to ‘educate and connect our world’.
William has extensive experience in higher education for both US and China. In addition, having worked for one of China’s largest investment work with strong emphasis in M&A of private education providers, William is uniquely positioned to expand CMS Global’s operations. Some of William’s core competencies are:
William has a Master of Business Administration Degree with Finance concentration from Pace University.
As Chief Financial Officer, Art brings 30 years of accounting, finance and business operations experience with 17 years in higher education. He began leveraging his skills in higher education at the Institute for Professional Development in various campus based roles which included student accounting, reporting, marketing and enrollment management. Ultimately he moved to corporate finance leadership roles. As finance leader of the organization, he collaborated with colleagues on developing viable new client models, presenting to potential new clients and serving as primary finance liaison with partner institutions. In addition to new business, Art also oversaw internal P&L reporting, Title IV compliance, budgeting, forecasting and student accounting operations. In 2014, he transitioned to Helix Education, continuing his role as VP Finance and Business Operations until late 2015. Art currently works at Synergis Education overseeing contact center operations as well as enrollment management for a partner institution.
Art earned his B.S. in Finance and Master of Business Administration from Goldey-Beacom College.
As the Chief Marketing Officer, Matty is not only responsible for overseeing all marketing operations and initiatives within CMS Global, she is also the voice of the student and the academic partner. As CMO, Matty is a strategic activist in shaping the company’s profile and a critical growth partner for CMS Global. A highly motivated and proven marketing executive with 15 years of experience, Matty has led brands such as University of Phoenix, Google and Airbnb. With a career focus on brand, acquisition and customer lifecycle, her goal is to drive company and product success and profitability.
Matty has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Maurer was previously Vice President of Corporate Development, China and North Asia, for Apollo Global, a joint venture investment company formed in 2007 by Apollo Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOL) and Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG), with operations in 14 countries. Prior to this he was a Partner at Lotus Asset Management Limited, a Hong Kong-based hedge fund and alternative investment firm. He has also held senior corporate finance and equity research positions within Peregrine Investments Holdings Limited based in Hong Kong, Seoul and Beijing. He commenced his career as a trade economist with KOTRA, a Korean government agency.
Mr. Maurer earned a B.A. in Economics from U.C.L.A, an M.I.A at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and has conducted post-graduate study at Peking University and Nanking University, China. He speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese, and conversational Korean and Russian.
Mr. Dobbertin served as Vice President and Director of Product and Infrastructure at eCollege.com, Inc. for seven years. Mr. Dobbertin started working for Pearson eCollege in 1998 in the quality assurance department and then moved over to start its systems integration team. He served as General Manager of EQUELLA, leading it from Tasmania, Australia, before coming back to Denver to take on the role of Senior Vice President of Business Operations and Services for Pearson eCollege. In this role, he was responsible for all partner-facing aspects of the business, including 24/7 Technical Support, Client Services, Account Management, Professional Services, EQUELLA North America and Europe consulting, and the Thirdway business (Pearson eCollege’s OPM offering). He was responsible for Pearson eCollege’s Software as a Service (SaaS) hosting and hardware infrastructure, maintenance and security worldwide.
John has presented at numerous conferences including CiTE, EDUCAUSE and WCET. Mr. Dobbertin was part of the Ultimate Customer Panel for the Tier1 Research DataCenter Transformation Summit in Silicon Valley. Prior to coming to Pearson eCollege, he taught French to elementary students in Atlanta’s inner city.
John holds a BA in Elementary Education and French, Niagara University and completed Technical Education tracks at Georgia Institute of Technology.
With more than two decades of successful experience leading multi-campus universities and online degree programs through international expansions and large-scale change, Dr. Blake Faulkner provides a unique and broad set of strengths as a strategic higher education leader.
A proven expert in globalization strategies for international expansion, Dr. Faulkner’s dynamic skills, broad connections and myriad resources have helped him plot successful long-term growth plans, identify sustainable funding avenues, and manage the accreditation process and regulatory bodies for numerous universities. His work has resulted in vastly improved enrollment, improved financial stability and capacity, new revenue streams and lean operations.
A prudent fiscal steward of budgets and an innovative leader, Dr. Faulkner has proven experience revitalizing campus capital investments and programming and building strong partnerships with business leaders. He knows how to develop high performing, engaged faculty and staff and has the knowledge base to help higher education leadership teams navigate the challenging terrain of higher education today to help their institutions and programs flourish.
The former college football coach has advanced swiftly through his career, starting in early roles as a faculty member and athletic director, then promoted to senior VP roles in Strategic Advancement, Enrollment, International Affairs and Administration.
Most recently, Dr. Falkner has held Provost and President positions for universities, making significant impacts with his change management leadership. He has reimagined the future and grown private colleges and universities and knows how to navigate the accreditation and transformation process.
He currently provides higher education counsel and expertise, guiding international expansions, strategic planning and vision building, precision management of retention, development of strategic alliances and partnerships , and innovative academic and business models, to meet the educational needs of today’s student to compete in the global marketplace.
Previously, Don successfully led a number of companies:
Chad has a Bachelor of Arts, Economics from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the University of Phoenix.