June 09, 2009 11:02 ET

VMG Announces Wayne Hodgins Strategic Futurist

Recognized Learning Pioneer Provides Vision and Inspiration

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - June 9, 2009) - VelocityMG, Inc., a leading provider of strategic consulting services for enterprise learning, today announced the appointment of Wayne Hodgins as Strategic Futurist.

Hodgins joins VMG with more than 35 years of experience in strategic consulting and learning innovation. He has played a key role in working with educators and trainers throughout the world on new learning models, learning management systems and the role of technology in learning. He is credited with creating the concept of Learning Objects and being a key contributor to SCORM. As Strategic Futurist, Hodgins will lead VMG's Vision Services, developing strategic conceptual models based on seeing future trends, directions and patterns. Hodgins helps clients see these models and patterns more clearly, add their context, and then design and implement their own successful programs.

"We are thrilled to welcome Wayne to VMG," says John Hathaway, President and CTO of VMG. "Early in my career I was lucky to work closely with Wayne on various learning object standards committees. His vision has had an important role in shaping everything I've created throughout my career since. I'm honored and excited to have the opportunity to help turn his next crop of inspiring ideas into a reality we can share with a worldwide audience."

An energetic, powerful and compelling speaker, Hodgins has delivered more than 500 keynote presentations in over 28 countries, reaching an estimated audience of more than 250,000 people. Additionally, he has been profiled and interviewed by Forbes, Fortune, Industry Week, CNN, C-NET and e-CFO.

Prior to joining VMG, Hodgins was Strategic Futurist for Autodesk. Hodgins first started with Autodesk as a teacher trainer and speaker, and then spent nearly 25 years with Autodesk Consulting as a keynote speaker and strategic workshop consultant. He has guided and advised global teams at organizations as diverse as the American Library Association, European Commission, Microsoft, Reuters and the US Navy. Prior to Autodesk, Hodgins spent 15 years in education as a teacher, professor and principal. Additionally, Hodgins has served on more than 25 advisory boards in Europe and North America and chaired the successful completion of the world's first accredited standard for metadata at IEEE. Hodgins earned a master's degree in Educational Psychology from the University of British Columbia. He also holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Teacher Training from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

"I am extremely excited, pleased and proud to join in the creation of VMG," says Hodgins. "It is my firm belief that we live in a world where the current art of the possible exceeds what most people assume to be but a vision of the long distant future. As William Gibson so aptly put it, 'The future is already here. It's just not very evenly distributed.' What particularly excites me about joining forces with some long-time and extraordinarily talented colleagues to form VMG is I'll have the opportunity to not just talk to people about these grand ideas and visions of the future, but to be surrounded by people who can help implement those ideas and turn them into reality. Who could ask for more than that?"

About VMG:

VMG transforms corporate learning to a results-driven business through measured and strategic consulting services. VMG takes its name from the sailing term "velocity made good," which factors speed, direction and conditions to measure your true progress toward your goal. VMG helps you chart the smart course to achieve enterprise learning results. For more information, visit

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