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Professional Biographies
Brian Jackson

Brian Jackson is the Founder and Director of The Orion Trust, and has over thirty years of international experience designing and facilitating experiential development programs for a wide range of clients. Brian has served as a committee member of the American Society for Training and Development and is an active member of the Greater Orlando Organizational Network. He is also an Adjunct Instructor for all the executive-level M.B.A. Programs provided by the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Brian co-facilitates the College's highly regarded "Advanced Leadership Program", and has also served on the faculty of the New England-based "Global Institute for Leadership Development".

Educated at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Brian acquired industrial and commercial experience prior to his affiliation with the Outward Bound organization in Rhodesia, and also in England. In this capacity, he designed and instructed wilderness-based programs for personal and leadership development in the early 1970's. In 1976, Brian joined the staff of Brathay Hall, a pioneering British training and development organization, whose client base includes IBM, General Electric, the Manchester Business School, and Rolls-Royce.

As Course Director at Brathay Hall, he designed and facilitated extended programs for executive development – many utilizing the outdoor environment extensively. For participants, the exhilarating and memorable mountainous settings of Cumbria’s Lake District National Park served to highlight the principles of - and critical skills for -effective leadership, dealing with rapid change, and proven methods of applied problem-solving.

Prior to creating The Orion Trust in 1987, Brian served for three years as full-time consultant for Boston University's School of Management, where he directed programs that focused on team building, management development, and creativity enhancement for a variety of Fortune 500 and other corporations. Clients included executives from such diverse organizations as Digital Equipment Corporation, Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, Warner Lambert, Honeywell, General Foods, and The Morgan Bank. His principal emphasis with Boston University's Executive Challenge Program was to create and implement highly customized, experiential land- and water-based programs for clients at various locations throughout the United States.

Brian Jackson is also a United States Coast Guard Licensed Captain and an avid sailor. His commitment to identifying and meeting client needs is consistently reflected through his innovative program designs, wide usage of sophisticated experience-based projects and extended simulations, his highly interactive facilitation style, and attainment of tangible results and increased performance for the varied clients of The Orion Trust.

Terry Tipple Terry Tipple is an organization consultant and a key contributor to the Orion Trust, specializing in Leadership and Executive development. His work often involves analyzing organizational situations, leading strategic planning processes, conducting leadership development seminars, facilitating executive team retreats, and providing executive coaching. Experienced in both business and government organizations, Terry's client base includes Accenture Consulting, Alcoa, Avery Dennison, Bank of America, Bayer, Celanese, Cox Communications, CuisinArt, DSM Pharmaceuticals, Eastman Chemical, GlaxoSmithKline, ITT, International Paper, MedImmune, Patheon, Polymer Group, Respironics, SAPPI Fine Paper, State of Hawaii, Talecris, Thyssen, US Department of Agriculture, US Forest Service, and Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

Terry's twenty-five years of professional experience include assignments involving line and staff responsibilities in public and private organizations. He is recognized as a leader in the field of Executive and Leadership Development. He completed his Ph.D. Dissertation on Executive Development, and has been consulting in the field for fifteen years. During that time he has distinguished himself as a leading facilitator of senior business teams, providing the process consultation and executive coaching skills that enable senior teams to perform at their highest levels. For three years he served as Director of Leadership and Executive Development at the Pinchot Institute in Washington, D.C.

The focus of Terry's graduate education was on organization and management processes and resulted in a Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Masters of Public Administration from Syracuse University. Terry's doctoral dissertation, entitled Executive Development Programs: Framework for Coherence, serves as a substantial resource to organizations in aligning and integrating executive development efforts with their strategic intent. His undergraduate studies (State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry) helped shape his understanding of and commitment to wise environment and resource management, an interest he maintains today.

Terry has been a faculty member at the Virginia Tech / University of Virginia Graduate Center where he periodically taught courses in management, leadership, and organization behavior. He also has taught short courses and seminars on small group facilitation for various clients. Terry is the co-author of a graduate level human resources management textbook entitled: Public Personnel Administration: Confronting the Challenge of Change, (Prentiss Hall, 1996) and a number of journal articles. Terry resides in Jensen Beach, Florida.

Eric Eisenberg Eric Eisenberg received his doctorate in Organizational Communication from Michigan State University in 1982. After leaving MSU, he directed the Master's program in Applied Communication at Temple University before moving to the University of Southern California.

Over a ten-year period at USC, Dr. Eisenberg twice received the National Communication Association award for the outstanding research publication in organizational communication, as well as the Burlington Foundation award for excellence in teaching. He is also the recipient of the 2000 Ohio University Elizabeth Andersch Award for significant contributions to the field of Communication.

Eric is also a communication consultant to prominent organizations in the public and private sectors. He has worked closely with executives and employees from organizations across a wide variety of industries, including State Farm, Baystate Health System, Ned Davis Research, Time Customer Service, Hughes Aircraft, McDonnell Douglas, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, DCI, HTE, and Lutheran Ministries of Florida

Eric Eisenberg is the author of over 100 articles, chapters, and books on the subjects of organizational communication and communication theory. In 1994, his best-selling textbook "Organizational communication: Balancing creativity and constraint” (currently in its third edition) received the Academic Textbook Author's "Texty” award for the best textbook of the year.

Dr. Eisenberg is the Interim Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Communication at the University of South Florida. He has served as both Graduate Director and Chair of the Communication department, and received the Florida State Legislature Teaching Incentive Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Eric also serves as a Senior Consultant with The Orion Trust, and is an internationally recognized researcher, teacher, and consultant specializing in the strategic use of communication to promote positive organizational change.