Rapid Learning Institute (RLI) is pleased to announce the hiring of former television reporter Gerald Kolpan as its new Senior Writer/Producer.

For 20 years Gerald was features reporter for WTXF-Fox 29 in Philadelphia. His work was seen throughout the Greater Philadelphia area and his stories were often featured on both CNN and the Fox News Channel. During his tenure at the station, Gerald won many awards, including Philadelphia magazine’s “Best of Philly” and 8 Middle Atlantic Emmy Awards. Prior to Fox 29, Gerald’s voice was heard nationally as a contributor to National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.”

At RLI, Gerald both writes and edits content as well as producing, shooting and editing video. His work includes creation of the company’s signature Quick Take rapid learning modules, publicity and public outreach materials, and RLI’s popular new video series, “The Selling Essentials Minute.”

A graduate of the University of the Arts, Gerald is also a published author. His first novel, Etta, received nationwide praise and has been optioned by NBC. His short story, “The Ratcatcher,” was featured in the anthology, Philadelphia Noir in 2010 and his next novel, Magic Words, is due from Pegasus Books in May 2012.

“Having a talent like Gerald Kolpan at RLI is a real coup for us,” says Chief Executive Officer Steve Meyer. “He has truly fine writing skills that range from good, solid business content to the much more humorous work he does for our Selling Essentials Minutes. He’s also got a can-do attitude about his work, and after 20 years in TV, he really understands the concept of a deadline! It’s great to have him here.”

Rapid Learning Institute (RLI) provides online training and talent development tools for businesses, government agencies, nonprofits and educational institutions in the areas of sales, human resources, management, leadership and safety. RLI’s approach is founded on the idea that talent development can only be effective if managers make it a priority and follow up to ensure that learning sticks. The company’s signature five to 10 minute modules, called Quick Takes, help managers build their core competency as talent developers by giving them the tools they need to replicate in others the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors that drive performance.

Based in Greater Philadelphia, RLI is an operating division of Business 21 Publishing, LLC

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