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CEO and Founder
Marc Netka is a strategic and driven business leader with a passion for education. As the CEO and entrepreneurial co-founder of STS Education, he partners with schools to enhance student outcomes and achieve education goals through technology. His journey in edtech started in 2001 as a home-based business providing refurbished computers to schools. Marc has expanded the company offerings to include complete solutions for modern learning and now has over fifty employees. For seven years, STS Education has been on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies. Additionally, Marc has led the company to be one of the largest resellers for interactive displays for education, as well as one of the largest suppliers of refurbished computers, earning the elite designation as a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher.
Spearheading community service out-reach programs to the K12 community, Marc has been honored with the Pathfinder award from the Ventura County Board of Education. Marc is also a member and thought leader on the D&H K12 Education Advisory Board. Additionally, his strong belief in continual learning led to the creation of the STS Book Club, which has paid out over $26,000 in the last 5 years to his employees for reading books.
Marc has a BA from California State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Chief Operating Officer
An experienced C-level edtech executive, entrepreneur and investor, Rob Fiance is a visionary leader with a strong track record of successfully launching, building and growing companies and creating high-performing teams. As COO of STS Education, Rob has helped increase revenue 100% while significantly expanding profitability and efficiency. Rob’s many accomplishments include his senior leadership roles in helping six different companies to achieve 100% to 1,000% revenue and EBITDA growth, while completing ten merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions. Throughout his career, he has played an integral role in more than $500 million in fundraising, M&A and exit transactions. He also co-developed the Strategic Opportunity Map™ system, an innovation that has generated millions of dollars in revenue growth and improved profitability for countless companies. Rob is currently an advisor to the Kairos Society, serves as a mentor for young entrepreneurs and sits on the board of Me Salva!, an edtech company based in Brazil. He holds an MBA from University of California, Los Angeles.
Senior Vice President
A knowledgeable edtech product expert with a knack for building strong professional relationships, Aaron brings exceptional talent and dedication to his role as STS Education’s senior vice president. He is responsible for assisting with corporate strategic planning and driving the organization towards its yearly financial and strategic goals. Aaron joined STS Education in 2010 as an account manager and was appointed vice president of sales in 2017. Throughout his tenure, Aaron has been instrumental in creating, designing and developing new services and has played a key role in curating new products to add to the company’s extensive line of education technology offerings.
Chief Academic Officer
Named to the inaugural list of the Top 100 Influencers in EdTech by EdTech Digest magazine, Elliott brings over 25 years experience across the field of education technology. A former K-12 district administrator, adjunct professor and past columnist for American School Boards Journal, Elliott has been a sought-after speaker globally. In 2016, he was promoted to the rank “Distinguished Technologist” in the field of education for HP, the first among Silicon Valley corporations. As Director of Americas Education for HP, he led strategy impacting over $1B annually, drove product development for hardware and was the lead inventor of the HP Personal Learning Engine, improving math proficiency levels by over 100% in testing. In addition, Elliott is co-founder of PAPERbasket, named “Best New Product 2018” by EdTech Digest, which tracks device use analytics helping schools uncover underused digital resources.
Vice President of Sales
A leader in the PK-12 education industry for nearly 20 years, Bryan leads the sales and customer service teams at STS Education. Previously, Bryan held the vice president of business development role at STS in which he was focused on driving esports and shared service initiatives. Prior to joining the STS team in early 2020, Bryan led the learning environment sales team at School Specialty as their vice president of sales, and was responsible for designing and delivering innovative spaces focused on improving student outcomes. He served as a strategic council member on the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and has held sales and sales management positions on a local and national level. His role model, Anthony Jezowski (grandfather), lived by the phrase “knowledge is power” and Bryan is focused on being a continuous learner through experiences, formal education, and his mentors. In addition, Bryan holds an MBA from Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan.
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