Martin Bean is Managing Director of Education for Worldwide Public Sector at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington. Bean has more than 17 years in the training and education marketplace and is a recognized industry leader around the world. He has held executive management roles in several leading IT organizations, including Novell, Sylvan Learning Systems, Thomson Learning, and New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, Inc.
As a long-standing pioneer in the education industry, Bean has presented to the U.S. Senate as part of the Technology Workforce Coalition on the importance of IT in the Workforce Investment Act. He has also testified on behalf of the Workforce Coalition before the Subcommittee on Oversight of the House Committee on Ways and Means. In January 2004, he moderated a Town Hall titled “Conversation with the President,” for President George W. Bush. Its focus was U.S. technology workforce needs in the 21st Century.
Dedicated to the continued advancement of the education industry, Bean is actively involved in representing the IT industry in a variety of public policy issues and is committed to advocating federal- and state-level solutions to address the IT worker shortage and the reform of education tools to meet the needs of today's workforce.
Bean is an often-quoted industry spokesperson and author. He has been instrumental in the development of tools targeted at sales professions in the IT industry, including the highly successful Money Maker training program. He has written the insightful book, Selling IT Training, A Guide to Successful Selling in the IT Learning Industry.
Bean holds a Bachelor’s in Adult Education from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, and currently resides in Bellevue, Washington, with his wife and three daughters.
Awards and Accomplishments
- Moderated a “Conversation with the President,” for President George W. Bush. The Town Hall focused on U.S. technology Workforce needs in the 21st Century. January 2004
- Spoke at a Senate briefing hosted by the Technology Workforce Coalition on the importance of Information Technology in the Workforce Investment Act, May 15, 2003
- Past Member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for CompTIA
- Chair, CompTIA Public Policy Committee, 2002, 2003, 2004
- Certification Magazine Editorial Advisory Board
- 2002 Top 20 Executives to Watch in Training and Development, Simba Information Inc., Lifelong Learning Report
- 2001 CompTIA Eddy Award, honoring outstanding contribution to the IT learning industry
- Testified on behalf of the Technology Workforce Coalition before the Subcommittee on Oversight of the House Committee on Ways and Means, September 28, 2000
- 1999 Sylvan Learning Systems Executive Leadership Award
- 1995 Novell Employee of the Year