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Human Productivity Lab Announces "Visual Collaboration Dream Team"

May 29, 2013 | Telepresence Options

Human Productivity Lab

Adds Ten Prominent Experts including CEOs and Inventors in Europe and the United States

Ashburn, VA, May 28th, 2013 - The visual collaboration consultancy Human Productivity Lab (HPL) is pleased to announce the addition of an internationally renowned team of experts to significantly expand the Lab's consulting capabilities for enterprise clients and vendors/service providers. The HPL team is now comprised of twelve consultants with diverse specialties within the fields of videoconferencing, telepresence, robotic telepresence, streaming media, unified communications, and visual collaboration. The group comprises a talent pool that includes multiple former CEOs/company founders, multiple inventors and intellectual property developers, and specialists in the design, implementation, and adoption of visual collaboration solutions.

Howard Lichtman, HPL founder and president states: "We now have experts and capabilities to help organizations of any size and our team will be focused on engagements for end-users, investors and vendors/service providers."

For enterprise clients the Lab has the ability to create/improve/expand any size visual collaboration program from building an internal Video Network Operations Center (VNOC) or video call center to designing a global inter-company visual collaboration program to connect with partners, vendors, and customers. The Lab can help develop VNOC personnel, generate specific playbook workflow processes, manage RFP generation and bid management, and provide VNOC services curriculum and training.

For vendors and service providers, the lab has the expertise to create companies, products, services, and intellectual property. The Lab also has the expertise to assist with product positioning and strategy, corporate development.

For investors, the Lab can assist with due diligence on companies in the visual collaboration industry.

Multiple Human Productivity Lab consultants will be available to meet with potential clients and partners at the InfoComm tradeshow in Orlando, Florida the week of June 10-14th.

The Human Productivity Lab team now includes:

Scott_LargeScott AllendeVaux

London, England
UC Enterprise Architecture
Building Enterprise VNOC's
Keynote Speeches on Emerging Technologies

Scott AllendeVaux was president of Destiny Conferencing whose patent portfolio was licensed to Hewlett-Packard's telepresence division, leading to the creation of Halo. The company also created the Polycom RPX product line, eventually sold to Pleasanton-based Polycom in 2007. Mr. AllendeVaux then served as chief executive of Iformata Communications, sold to Silver Lake Sumeru's AVI-SPL in 2012. In that capacity, he established international distribution relationships that served as Iformata channels including both the largest carriers and equipment manufacturers.

Rebekah_LargeRebekah AllendeVaux

London, England
RFP Management
Video Programmes Playbooks & Training
Building Enterprise VNOCs

Rebekah AllendeVaux specializes in helping organizations to build Video Network Operations Centers (VNOCs), develop their VNOC personnel, generate specific playbook workflow processes, manage RFP generation and bid management, and provide VNOC service curriculum and training. Ms. AllendeVaux was founder and president of Iformata Communications, a leading VNOC managed service provider that was acquired by Silver Lake Sumeru's AVI-SPL in 2012. Ms AllendeVaux has built scalable VNOC offerings for both mainline service providers as well as many Fortune 1000 enterprises, memorializing these into video service programmes for process control, automation and measurement.

Michael_LargeMichael Baker

Denver, Colorado
Visual Collaboration

Michael Baker is currently consulting in the Vertical Markets of Education and Healthcare for innovative technologies in control and production. He recently left Vaddio as the head of Strategic Market Development building opportunities and partnerships in key Vertical Markets. His career spans many new exciting technologies in the video arena while serving in multiple leadership roles at key companies

Sanford_Large Sanford Dickert

London, England & San Francisco, California
Mobile Telepresence
Remote Presence
Telepresence Robotics

Sanford Dickert is a catalyzing technologist, product expeditor and a remitting/relapsing roboticist. Involved in the intersection of engineering, collaboration, and design, Sanford has been at the forefront of a number of breaking social and robotic technologies. Most relevant was being the VP of IP Product and Services for Interoute Telecommunications and Product Director for the Texai Remote Presence system, one of the first commercial remote presence systems (seen on The Big Bang Theory as the 'Shel-bot'). Sanford is a prolific writer and his enthusiasm for remote presence systems can be found at Pilot Presence (

Bryan HellardBryan Hellard

West Chester, Ohio
Telepresence & Videoconferencing Product Design
R & D Prototyping Design
Computer Aided Design

Bryan Hellard is a designer of video conferencing related products and telepresence systems. He has designed many systems in the telepresence industry relying on the theory that the experience matters and he is a firm believer that products should be designed around human factors and has based his body of work on them.

Andy_LargeAndy Howard

Madison, Connecticut
Enterprise Webcasting and Video Streaming
Unified Communications

Andy Howard is a highly regarded IP video expert with specialties in streaming video and creating video call centers. Mr. Howard has helped hundreds of large corporate, government, and educational customers architect and implement enterprise-wide video deployments. Mr. Howard assists clients in navigating the waters around video conferencing, streaming video, and unified communications - and demonstrates how these can all be delivered with a seamless user experience. Mr. Howard is a frequent speaker at leading industry events with a focus on helping clients "improve communications with video."

Doug_LargeDoug Howard

Northern Virginia / Washington DC
Security, Business Continuity and Governance
Visual Collaboration Strategy Creation and Execution
M&A and Business Integration

Doug Howard brings over 25 years of experience in business development, M&A, operations, engineering, marketing, sales and executive leadership to his consulting with Human Productivity Lab and chief executive role at information assurance and security provider: Savanture. Doug's industry background includes senior leadership positions across a number of high-profile global companies in the Internet security and telecommunications sectors including CEO at VBrick Systems, President of USA.NET, a wholly owned subsidiary of Perimeter where he also held the Chief Strategy Officer position, Chief Operating Officer of BT Counterpane, and Vice President of Security and Business Continuity at AT&T Corp.

Howard_LargeHoward Lichtman

Northern Virginia / Washington DC
Visual Collaboration Solution Design
Visual Collaboration for Agile Software Development & Scrum
Investor Due Diligence

Howard Lichtman is a visual collaboration- focused technologist, author, publisher and consultant with specialties in telepresence and visual collaboration to improve organizational and personal productivity. He is the founder and president of the Human Productivity Lab, and publisher of Telepresence Options, the leading publication covering visual collaboration where the Lab shares its real-world expertise and covers the latest advancements in the field.

Tom_Large Tom Luketich

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
EMEA Business Development
Channel / End User / VAR Integrator
New Product Launches & Campaigns
Launching Start-up companies

Tom Luketich, international speaker, author and commentator, has over 25 years' experience of sales and sales management in the enterprise and software industry's - with a special concentration in Video / Telepresence / Collaboration markets.

David_Large David Maldow

Ft Lauderdale, Florida
Visual Collaboration Project Management
Interoperability & Testing
Technical Writing

David Maldow is a visual collaboration technologist with extensive expertise in testing, evaluating, and explaining telepresence, videoconferencing and other rich media technologies. Prior to joining the team, David worked at industry analyst firm Wainhouse Research as a member of their video collaboration team.

Richard_Large Richard Tucker

London, England
Unified Communications Strategies
Solution Selection & Procurement
Implementation Management

Richard Tucker has extensive experience working with end user organizations to deliver telepresence solutions that meet business objectives. This includes strategy development, procurement and implementation of telepresence and video conferencing solutions, both standalone, and as part of broader unified communications solutions.

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About the Human Productivity Lab:

The Human Productivity Lab is the leading consultancy for organizations looking to cost-effectively deploy and future-proof telepresence and visual collaboration. The Human Productivity Lab offers telepresence end-user firms, vendors, and investors a host of advisory services including: Equipment Acquisition, Managed Services & Network Consulting; RFI & RFP Preparation; Telepresence and Visual Collaboration Strategy; Investor Due Diligence; and Best Practice Assessments. The Lab also publishes Telepresence Options, the #1 publication focused on telepresence and visual collaboration where it shares its real-world expertise and the latest advancements in the field. More information at:

Multiple Human Productivity Lab consultants will be available to meet with potential clients and partners at the InfoComm tradeshow in Orlando, Florida the week of June 10-14th.

For Human Productivity Lab media inquiries please contact:

Howard S. Lichtman
Human Productivity Lab
+1 (512) 828-7317
[email protected]

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