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Kent Gustavson
Executive Director

Dr. Kent Gustavson is an award-winning author, TEDx speaker, founder and CEO of Blooming Twig Books, founder of an indie record label, and serial entrepreneur. This grants him the rare distinction of having a 360-degree perspective of the digital publishing landscape in the 21st century. He has ghostwritten over 50 books, and is an award-winning author, trainer, educator, & speaker. He is also one of today’s top experts in social media and content publishing, and his profiles are proof of what he preaches; he has had more than 100 million views across his profiles. He earned his Bachelors degree from Middlebury College, and his MA and PhD from Stony Brook University, where he taught leadership, service learning, language, writing, and music for nearly a decade. He now serves on the Board of Directors for the Stony Brook University Alumni Association. Kent is driven by the desire to do well by doing good, and he enjoys coaching and mentoring thought leaders and startups, as well as non-profits.


Bob Madsen
As CFO of COT Education, Bob provides financial leadership to the organization. He joined COT in January 2015 bringing over twenty years of experience in corporate finance. Bob has held many roles during his career including Senior Finance Consultant, Director of Corporate FP&A and Senior Finance Manager. He has vast corporate financial planning, management reporting, strategic projects and business partnering experience. As a career finance professional, Bob has been a key leader in financial management and he is a lifelong advocate of continuing education.  He works diligently with the team to enable greater access to Open Educational Resources. Bob holds an MBA from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA.