Agile's leadership team is comprised of committed professionals with wide-ranging experience in education, marketing, sales, technology, analytics, customer care, entrepreneurship, and much more. We work hard every day to provide our customers with the resources, insights and information they need to be successful.
Bob O'Dell, Managing Partner
Bob, a founder and managing partner at Agile Education Marketing, has extensive managerial experience in the analysis, development and implementation of software and systems, including training personnel in a wide variety of information products and devising re-engineering processes that cut across organizational silos. Market-driven, customer-focused and with an understanding of the bottom line, Bob works closely with sales, staff and clients to identify the key issues in growing and re-engineering the organization.
Prior to founding Agile, Bob received a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He also served in leadership positions at a number of education organizations: T.H.E. Journal, Market Data Retrieval (MDR), McGraw-Hill Education, Mindscape, Scott Foresman Electronic Publishing, and Texas Instruments, and Quality Education Data (QED). While at QED, Bob was responsible for architecting and developing a new sales order flow and fulfillment program as well as managing a new line of marketing database services.
Over the years, Bob has been recognized for his innovative thinking and leadership, receiving awards from both McGraw-Hill and Dun & Bradstreet. Clients find him instrumental when it comes to implementing technical systems, developing new products and growing the expertise and abilities of their staff.
Verlan Stephens, Managing Partner
Verlan is an expert in data compilation and skilled in data analysis. He specializes in helping companies use data to better understand the specific traits and nuances around education and use that information to drive decision-making that produces successful results in education markets.
He honed these highly technical skills over more than 30 years spent compiling, managing and analyzing large information databases. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with an emphasis in Computer Science from Boise State University, Verlan went on to hold senior management positions, including: Director of Information Technology and Database Compilation for Quality Education Data; Vice President of Development of CodeCorrect; and Director of Information Technology for the Arabian Horse Registry of America. He also served as Director of Information Systems at Health Decisions International and Director of Operations and Product Management at IHS Health Information.
In his current role, Verlan is a Managing Partner at Agile Education Marketing and one of its founders. His passion and expertise in data trending and market intelligence has led him to spearhead Agile’s data compilation efforts.
Scott Brooks, Vice President, Corporate Development
Scott Brooks has over 25 years of experience in a variety of corporate and business development leadership positions. Formerly Vice President of corporate business development at Critigen then Managing Director at Afferion, his career began in the data base products area in IBM labs. Throughout his career, Scott has worked in software and services organizations mainly focused on marketing data software and information technologies. He has extensive background in sales, marketing, business and corporate development in the areas of consulting, business intelligence, cloud computing, SaaS, IT Outsourcing and data offerings across many industries including education.
As an entrepreneur, Scott launched and sold a successful software company to IBM, built and ran software and services practices and has been a key member of the leadership team of several tech data companies.
On a personal note, Scott likes to ski, play volleyball, cycle and has been a musician since he was 13. Presently he leads a fun four piece band under his name playing throughout Colorado.
Dave Cohen, General Manager
As Agile’s General Manager, David Cohen is charged with corporate governance and strategy, along with oversight of finance, operations, legal and human resources. David joined Agile full time in 2012 after spending two years in an advisory role.
Prior to joining Agile, David was with Scholastic, Inc. Hired shortly after its acquisition of Quality Education Data, David was tasked with providing financial, operational and strategic guidance and leadership to restore QED’s financial health, culminating in the successful sale to Dun and Bradstreet.
Before joining Scholastic, David was with International Capital Partners, a Connecticut based Venture Capital firm. Serving in numerous capacities, his primary focus became providing turnaround management and executing exit initiatives within their distressed portfolio companies.
On a personal note, David spent 17 years coaching track and field at the high school and collegiate levels, including three years at Florida State University where he earned a Masters of Business Administration. Currently he is preparing his two year old son for the 2036 Olympics.
Derek Dallman, Vice President of Sales
Derek has extensive experience within education that he brings to his position as Vice President of Sales at Agile Education Marketing. Derek’s career in education began at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Education and History. He went on to receive his Master of Business Administration from Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. His professional career spans 20 years working with and building high-performing sales teams and providing strategic consultation to companies wanting to connect with early childhood, K-12 and higher education institutions and personnel. He has held sales and leadership positions with Quality Education Data (QED), Scholastic, and Market Data Retrieval (MDR). He joined Agile Education Marketing in 2016.
In his current role, Derek leads Agile’s sales team in helping organizations build brand awareness within the education community and engage with educators through multi-channel marketing that generates leads and drive conversions. He approaches every client individually, working with them to develop a strategy that satisfies their specific marketing and sales objectives while also serving the educators they’re trying to reach.
Suzanne Morgan, Director, Customer Experience
Suzanne Morgan has worked in the education marketing industry for fifteen years. Prior to joining Agile as one of its first employees, Suzanne held positions at MDR and QED working in database services, account management, and client services management. Suzanne has a deep understanding of education data and the skills to help clients use and understand that data with outstanding results. She enjoys working with clients to achieve their goals and is proud of the long term relationships she has maintained over many years with her clients.
Suzanne has a BS in Psychobiology from Binghamton University and enjoys her annual trips back to upstate New York with her son and husband. She also enjoys cooking, crafting (including some pretty awesome Halloween costumes), and spending time with her family.
Larry Sanek, Senior Vice President, Business Development
Larry Sanek has over 35 years of sales and business experience in the Information Industry. He has worked in education marketing for the past 13 years and was Vice President of Sales at Quality Education Data (QED) prior to joining Agile in 2010. In addition to the Education space, Larry has numerous years of experience in Energy and Healthcare.
Larry enjoys spending time with his family and many outdoor activities including skiing, running, biking, camping, and fishing. He has completed seven marathons, including the world renowned Pikes Peak Marathon.