Rene D. Petrin, President and Founder of Management Mentors, Inc.
After spending years in human resources and discovering that most companies weren’t doing an adequate job developing their number one asset—employees—Rene D. Petrin had a mission: to create an organization devoted solely to teaching businesses how to mentor talent.
This entrepreneurial spirit combined with his keen insight into human behavior led Rene to found Management Mentors, Inc. in 1989. Management Mentors’ philosophy is simple: to show companies how structured mentoring programs are the most powerful and effective strategy for professional development within an organization.
With more than 12 years of experience as a Vice President of Human Resources in both healthcare and sales organizations, Rene has experience managing all areas of human resources, but he’s always maintained a special interest in employee development. Through his concentration in this field, he began to realize the power of mentoring in organizations and increased his focus on this area. Rene’s educational background is equally impressive: he earned a master’s degree in consulting and counseling psychology from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in health administration and planning from the University of New Hampshire.
A dynamic and knowledgeable speaker, Rene has spoken about the power of mentoring before many organizations, including the following:
• American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), Massachusetts Chapter
• National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) Annual Conference
• National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
• Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA)
Today, Rene strives to be a leader in the mentoring field rather than just “another” consultant. To this end, he has developed mentoring tools, such as online tutorials, that are unique in emphasizing the interpersonal dynamics in mentoring while at the same time working toward creating standards of excellence so that the mentoring profession maintains its integrity and promise.
Susan LaPlante-Dube, Marketing Consultant, Precision Marketing Group
Susan is committed to helping her clients achieve exceptional business results with customized marketing solutions that make sense in the real world. Her emphasis on practical execution and measurable results sets her apart from other marketers.
Prior to founding Precision Marketing Group, Susan served as Director of Product Marketing for Marcam Solutions Inc., a $200 million multi-national corporation. In that role, she was instrumental in redefining the direction of Marcam's flagship software product, developing processes that ensured on-time delivery, and creating a huge boost in customer satisfaction and commitment.
An alumna of the University of Maine, Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She has taken post-graduate courses in Training and Development.
Susan is on the Board of Directors for New England Women Business Owners, the premier organization for women-owned businesses. She is also active in the Boston chapter of the American Marketing Association.
Venu Chigullapalli, Technical Advisor for MentoringComplete and Mentor-Quest
Venu brings over 15 years of consulting, product development and management experience to BostonLogix. His experience in information technology space spans across a wide spectrum of industry verticals and technologies. Prior to BostonLogix, Venu served as Consulting Director at Fusion Technologies (now Alliance Consulting) responsible for delivery of offshore services in ERP, Business Intelligence and Custom Web Development to US clients. During this period, Venu worked with Craig Piekarz (CEO, BostonLogix) to refine the traditional offshore model and turned offshore teams into a seamless extension of onshore units.
Venu started his career in the United States and spent seven years consulting in various roles at Braun Consulting (now Issac Fair) and Oracle Corporation providing software solutions to clients such as Michelin Tyre, Imation, Minute Maid, GE Medical Systems, San Diego State University, California State Assembly to name a few. With a thorough understanding of US business and work culture, Venu has not only been instrumental in growing the organization but also in creating a work culture that promotes open communication, flat hierarchy and empowered employees resulting in a higher satisfaction levels of employees and a even higher satisfaction levels of clients.
Venu's entrepreneurial spirit and passion for technology is demonstrated by his active involvement as an advisor to various companies. He currently serves as a :
- Technical advisor on the Board of Management Mentors, Inc, a management consulting firm specializing in mentoring services.
- Strategic advisor on the Board o VSATCampus (I) Pvt Limited, a company dedicated to bringing executive education from premier institutes such as IIMs, XLRI etc., closer to workplace.
- Advisor and investor in Winnou systems, a company founded to cater to the IT needs of Indian unorganized sector through use of open source technologies and SaaS model.
Venu holds a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from University of Toledo, Ohio and a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Osmania University. He has also completed Global Entrepreneurship Program at India School of Business, Hyderabad - India.
Venu is responsible for the operations and delivery of information technology services out of BostonLogix (India) Private Limited.
Ranae Mogensen, Marketing Coordinator
As marketing coordinator, Ranae is involved in the day-to-day aspects of running the business. In addition to helping Rene Petrin manage client relations, Ranae heads up the social networking side of Management Mentors, including Facebook and LinkedIn. Customers and fellow team members can always count on her friendly demeanor and willingness to go the extra mile to get the job done right.
Ranae has her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Marketing and English from Framingham State University. She is also active with the LIVESTRONG Foundation - supporting families stricken by cancer in her community.
In her "down" time, Ranae enjoys skiing, reading, and cheering on her sons in their athletic, academic, and personal pursuits.
Joanne Wills, Sales Consultant, CallingWorks
With 20+ years of sales experience, Joanne develops and executes targeted b2b sales campaigns that result in revenue.
The hallmark of her techniques is to build strong client relationships that form long-term mutually beneficial associations.
She joined the Management Mentors team in early 2012. Customers and fellow team members have come to appreciate her straightforward and creative approach to sales and marketing.
Joanne holds an M.Ed and M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University and a B.A. in Psychology from The George Washington University.