CEO and Co-founder
Fourteen years ago Armie Carabet began exploring different options for fostering literacy for children. In 2003 the vision finally materialized in the establishment of ClickN KIDS, an educational publishing company with the goal of enabling all young children to master basic subjects. As Armie saw it, there was only one viable option for reaching the masses with an affordable solution: develop tutorial teaching software that is fun for kids and deliver it over the internet.
Under Armie’s leadership, ClickN KIDS has gone from an idea to a multi-award winning, cloud-based, proprietary tutorial platform that has benefitted hundreds of thousands of children in over 100 countries. With a highly scaleable business model entering its high growth phase, Armie turned his attention to new products. From concept to retail distribution at Wal-Mart in less than 120 days, a new record may have been set in flawless execution of the ClickN KIDS Family Tablet featuring the company’s Looney Tunes Phonics product. In 2012 Armie actualized his inspiration to spread literacy to the less fortunate by forming the One World Literacy Foundation which has garnered support from professional athletes and sympathetic organizations such as the Magic Johnson Foundation.
Armie’s history is that of a creative and versatile business builder. His experience partnering in successful ventures includes owning the Southern California Cold Stone Creamery, Norman International, as well as an international import-export company and a national direct mail marketing franchise. His contributions include ideation, marketing, negotiations, training and operations.
When Armie’s not consumed with his passion for helping children, he might be sailing the waters of Southern California with his wife of 13 years, their children plus their two dogs (Bruce and Lucy) or chasing his kids from ballet to art, piano, karate and Indian Guides.
Senior Vice President of Tutorial Software and Co-founder
The Company’s breakthrough, award-winning tutorial software that has helped countless children the world over was designed and developed by Alan Scalone. As co-founder, Alan’s creativity, exploratory nature and love of education set the tone for the Company’s innovations.
Alan’s obsession with perfection drove early product development and established the standards for application of the Company’s foundational software into vertical markets. His prior 20 years experience in Fortune 100 companies serving as a software engineer and systems designer allowed Alan to see into the future of consumer software. When ClickN KIDS began in 2003 he knew that a “cloud-based” product line, instead of computer based models, would set up the company for long-term success.
Dwelling in the corporate worlds of Honeywell, Hypercom and Motorola taught Alan the value of getting it right the first time when developing flexible systems for continuous expansion to vertical markets, such as tablet computers. A vital lesson gleaned from observing the widespread adaptation of the software products of Fortune size businesses was the keen appreciation for the importance for designing highly intuitive interfaces that would ensure easy use by millions of young children.
As evidenced by the seamless application of the Company’s online tool to a tablet device, Alan’s unique perspective regarding the interplay of branded content, technology platforms and connected devices proved to be a key differentiator for ClickN KIDS.
Growing up in the country of Pennsylvania, Alan’s love of the outdoors inspired a hobby as an amateur geologist by venturing to local Southern California mountain ranges to locate and mine rocks and minerals. Recently, this hobby turned into “serious business” when he hired his 11 year old grandson as Vice President of Kidz Rocks, a tool for teaching the child how to own and operate a business.
Chief Technology Officer
David Koenig joined ClickN KIDS to lead development of the Looney Tunes Phonics line and to create the infrastructure needs allowing ClickN KIDS to sustain rapid growth. He designed the new software engine that is the foundation for Looney Tunes Phonics and all new future products. David’s next mission was to take Looney Tunes Phonics into the hot, vertical market of apps by creating the very first core curriculum aligned phonics app for the IOS and Android platforms.
David converted the entire ClickN KIDS software platform into a robust architecture utilizing the latest in online development technologies. He created redundant systems for disaster control and maximum efficiencies for accessing the ClickN KIDS programs globally with servers in multiple states. Before joining ClickN KIDS, David’s work included spearheading innovation on an IPTV solution to deliver custom content on demand to consumers, as well as having built and maintained technology infrastructures for several companies during his over two decades in the technology space.
When David’s not serving humanity with his technology skills, he leads his team bent on world domination with World of Warcraft, a multiplayer online role-playing game. David, happily married with three active kids, does manage to get off the computer long enough to serve on the baseball diamond to coach his son’s team or escape to watch his daughters perform on the ice rink.
Senior Vice President Global Business & Partnerships
Beginning in 2004, G.O. Burton began his advertising/sales career with a passion for entrepreneurship. After earning his Master’s Degree from Loyola Marymount University, G.O. utilized his entrepreneurial instincts and started a successful viral marketing company, The Bodega Co., with a plethora of music clients including EMI Latin, BMG and Universal Music Group.
In 2005, G.O. began working at Ripe Digital Entertainment during its initial development as a multiplatform video production company which focused on short form programming, distributed across multiple digital platforms including mobile, broadband and television. He soon assumed the role of Vice President of Client Services and Advertising Operations where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of all client services and advertising efforts, which included tracking and reporting all online and offline advertising metrics for over 50 clients ranging from Proctor & Gamble to Sony Electronics. G.O.’s department contributed to a 72% client re-commitment rate, which helped maintain strong revenue for the company.
G.O. left Ripe Digital Entertainment in 2009 and joined Charles Franklyn B. LLC as Vice President of Sales & Marketing in May 2009. G.O. was responsible for closing new sales, increasing revenue by 65% yearly. He was soon hired as VP of Business Development for Eclipse Berry Farms, one of the largest privately held food companies in the US and contributed largely to strong revenue growth in the first 3 months of employment. Thereafter, G.O. performed sales consulting for digital companies to help guide them on strategically building their sales pipeline, expand social marketing platforms and train account managers on multiplatform (mobile, online and broadcast) reporting procedures. He is proud to have recently joined Click NKIDS as SVP of Global Business & Partnerships.
G.O is an avid surfer and snowboarded but his true passion is his new baby boy, William.
Director of Curriculum Development
J. Ron Nelson, Ph.D. is responsible for researching, authoring and designing all ClickN KIDS curriculum to ensure his curriculums maintain their integrity when delivered digitally. Ron’s experience in instructional design principles and applied research methodologies has evolved during his career to the point where is regarded as one of the nation’s premier research professors in his field. His early interests were helping children who were not at grade level and needed rescuing. Over the years, his focus has evolved into a passion for applying proven research to design the best and the easiest way for children to learn at the correct age so they never need to be “rescued.”
Ron is a Professor and College of Education and Human Sciences Institute Scholar specializing in behavioral and learning disorders of children at University of Nebraska. He has published over 120 books, book chapters and articles. Ron established the goal of enabling ClickN KIDS “students” to master what we teach by employing constant personalized feedback through our proprietary tutorial platform. This tutorial software can be applied to many subjects in the K-6 ages, not just phonics based reading and spelling.
When Ron is not doing research, preparing for a grant or writing a book, in his spare time you can find him on his bicycle leaving almost everyone in his dust. A highly competitive bicycle racer, Ron often rides hundreds of miles in any given week and recently placed 7th out of 330 entrants and first in the over 55 age group in the Dirty Kanza Bike Race, a 150-mile gritty ride on gravel roads in Emporia, Kansas. Go Ron, go!
Vice President of Marketing
Donald Plehn joined ClickN KIDS in early 2012 as the company’s first marketing employee when the transition to a marketing organization was first underway. Don is responsible for the entire sales and services function at ClickN KIDS. Since Don joined ClickN KIDS, the company has grown from 175,000 to 275,000 customers. Under Don’s leadership, ClickN KIDS succeeded in extending the Looney Tunes license to its first electronics product, a dual-core Wi-Fi enabled tablet computer for children with an unheard of time to market of 120 days from concept to distribution. As ClickN KIDS Marketing Manager, he heads lead generation and branding strategy through inbound marketing, including blogging, search engine optimization, video marketing and social media.
Don started his career with BMC management where he was awarded 5 consecutive years with the 5 STAR presidential award of excellence. His efforts resulted in more than 10 fortune 500 relationships such as IBM, Walmart, Sears and Sprint. Don co-founded Chapter Group, Inc., a nationwide online legal filing service. Chapter Group, Inc. underwent a successful acquisition in 2011. Don’s efforts resulted in a positive ROI and complete exit within 3 years. His strategic sales and marketing efforts resulted in year-over-year growth of more than 1,000% and helped form more than 5,000 new business entities in the United States. DMA Certified Marketing Professional, Google Analytics Certified Partner, Microsoft Small Business Specialist, and more…
He has recently adopted a new obsession. In late 2012, Don became intrigued by darts and within 6 months he was a competing dartster, placing 5th place in a national competition playing head-to-head against the single best player in the world. Darts is a fitting sport for one who is known at ClickN KIDS as the one who takes steady aim and fires with a passion to never miss his targets.
Vice President of Business Development
A seasoned sales and marketing pro, Tim Sullivan is responsible for developing vertical markets for the ClickN KIDS cloud-based tutorial platform and establishing new sales channels for existing product lines.
Extending the award-winning ClickN KIDS tutorial phonics reading program to a ClickN KIDS tablet was Tim’s first mission. Starting third quarter 2013, in a partnership with ESI, the ClickN KIDS 7” Tablet enters distribution at Wal-Mart, the beginning of series of electronic products partnerships.
When at TMC Long Distance and West Coast Telecom (WCT) Tim spearheaded distribution in the billion dollar prepaid phone card market. He is doing the same for ClickN KIDS by implementing a national retail gift card distribution program. His business development acumen comes from understanding the economic motivation of partners combined with his sales and negotiation experience. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Business Administration from Virginia Tech.
Tim successfully balances his results-oriented business mindset with coaching his daughter’s soccer team.