Here are the people who work behind the scenes to bring you the most current developments in higher education.


Jason Beard

president & CEO

  • Biography

    Jason is currently President and CEO of Professional Development Group located in Bloomington, Indiana. Mr. Beard graduated from Indiana University in 1994 with a BS in Marketing from the Kelley School of Business. He also graduated with a Minor in Spanish and still enjoys using his Spanish.

    Mr. Beard started at PDG in 1996 as the General Manager. He managed all aspects of PDG’s largest annual events including: hotel contract negotiations, web site development, sales, brochure design and production, registration management, on-site logistical support, and event presentations and facilitation. Jason became the Vice President in 2000 and facilitated the development of the association and event management departments of PDG. In 2004, Jason purchased PDG and is currently managing all aspects of event management, staffing, sales, web production, literature production, event logistics, finances, and administration.

    Mr. Beard previously worked at the worlds largest held private medical manufacturer Cook Group Incorporated. Jason worked at the Cook Urological Division. Starting in 1992 where he developed Marketing strategic data management systems and pricing structures for this billion dollar company. Later he was promoted to Quality Assurance Manager reporting directly to the president of the division. In this position, he managed the production of technical product manufacturing specifications and FDA compliance for the plant.

    Professional Development Group was started in 1986 by Jason’s father. Jason attended the first meeting at the age of 13 and assisted in event management over the entire life of the company. PDG currently owns and manages almost 50 annual and monthly meetings all around the United States with over 3,000 attendee registrations.

Katherine Walker, CMP

vice president of meetings

Dayne Newquist

sales and marketing manager

Sarah Yeager


Myranda Reynolds


Matthew Thomas

graphic designer

Dan Heise

online education consultant

Lily Schunn

office assistant

Andrea Schunn

operations and event manager

Kelly Burkett


Stephanie Higgins


Debby Ineich

lead graphic designer

Liz Cox

graphic designer

Brandy Jones