Management Team

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Sam Herring
CEO & Co-Founder

Born to CEO: he’s been rocking khakis and button-downs since age five. “Dr. Evil” pinky-to-the-lips, that’s as dark as he gets. Sam co-founded Intrepid Learning in 1999, becoming CEO in 2012. Under his leadership Intrepid developed its first technology products, attracted some of the world’s most innovative companies as clients, sold its market-leading learning outsourcing and professional services business to Xerox, and founded a new business (Intrepid Learning, Inc.) focused on its pioneering SaaS learning technology. Sam is past chairman of the board of ATD (Association for Talent Development, formerly ASTD), and regularly keynotes and publishes on forward-looking topics such as next-generation blended learning, MOOCs, innovation, and enterprise learning strategy. Sam holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s from Yale University.

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Jo Surbrugg

Stopping here? Buck singular. Starting here? Bucks plural. Rabid traveler to points south; reader. Jo brings impressive emerging technology sector experience to her role as Intrepid’s CFO, with previous CFO and senior leadership roles at venture-backed software companies and Silicon Valley Bank. Since 2003 she has played a key role in Intrepid’s growth, operational acumen, and strategic direction. ‘You know, I think we should productize this,’ she said, and then oversaw the successful sale of Intrepid’s professional services and outsourcing business to Xerox Learning and the formation of the new Intrepid Learning, Inc. Jo holds bachelor degrees in International Business and Spanish from the University of Colorado and a Master of International Management degree from the Thunderbird School of International Management.

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Sanjay Advani
VP, Marketing & Alliances

Galvanizingly psyched, electrifyingly eager, infectiously stoked — oh never mind just bring every ‘enthusiasm’ synonym and your favorite music too. Warning though, he reheats his lattes in the microwave. Sanjay is a pioneer in the corporate MOOC landscape. His excitement around the impact of effective learning technology is informed by more than 20 years of learning industry leadership success in such diverse areas as talent management, learning and development, and corporate training and certification. A regular presenter at industry events, Sanjay joined Intrepid in 2012, spearheading Intrepid’s marketing and key partnerships, after serving key leadership roles at Microsoft, Cisco Systems, and Parallels. He earned his MBA at Indiana University.

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Justin Garrett
Plays technology like an upright bass; has mountains on his mind. Takes water taxis to work. Sly aplomb you think, this guy, and you’re right. Instrumental in the design and development of Intrepid’s innovative learning technology products — as in he built the first version of the software to solve a problem that just needed solving, and he’s architected all iterations since — Justin joined Intrepid in 2005. He leads product development, product implementations, IT and data center operations, and with his team imagines, creates and implements tech that gets learners genuinely excited about taking their courses. His prior development and infrastructure experience focused on technology start-ups too. Justin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Brigham Young University.
Le'a Kent

Le’a Kent
VP, Learning Experience Design

Excels at the arts of truck camping, eggnog making, and being Richard Sherman’s biggest fan. No really, all you other Sherman fans, she’s totally got this. Le’a leads Intrepid’s learning experience design team, overseeing the creation and successful execution of clear, intuitive, learner-centric experiences on Intrepid’s platform. With her wealth of learning strategy and instructional design experience, Le’a and her team provide clients with both a high-level groundbreaking POV regarding the learner experience and the brass tacks tips and tricks to execute on it. From 2000-2005 and again from 2011-present, Le’a has served in a variety of key capacities for Intrepid, including Senior Manager of the Project Management Office, Senior Consultant, Editor, and Instructional Designer. She holds degrees in English from Stanford and the University of Washington, and a JD in Law also from the University of Washington.