Director, Global Government Solutions and Market Development, Public Sector, Polycom, Inc.; Vice President, Corporate Sector, FGDLA Board of Directors
Russ Colbert joined Polycom in April 2001 as a Public Sector Market Manager. He moved to Global Education Market Director in 2003 and recently accepted the responsibility as Global Government Market Director. At Polycom his responsibilities are to ensure complete customer and partner success, guide product development, influence segment adoption, introduce high-yield programs and provide segment leadership.
Prior to joining the company, Russ was the Director of Global Markets with VTEL Corporation. As an Education Specialist he had the unique responsibility to train teachers, transition courses of instruction, design classrooms, develop several turnkey classroom packages with software, instructional tools, hardware and processes. Russ became a member of the VTEL team in November 1995 when the videoconferencing division of Peirce-Phelps, Inc. was acquired.
Prior to joining Peirce-Phelps, Inc. in March 1994, Russ was the United States Navy’s Videoteletraining VTT and VTC Officer. He established, managed and operated their international multipoint conferencing network. He directly supervised the expansion and operation of this network from five locations to twenty-two locations, including ships-at-sea.
Holding a B.S. degree from Auburn University, a M.S. degree from Old Dominion University, and US Navy Training Subspecialty from Naval Post Graduate School, Russ serves actively with AFCEA, USDLA, BOD Federal Government DLA and the European Distance and E-Learning Network.