Al's career in education began in 1993, when he started a business in Massachusetts to connect assessment results with learning. By the late 1990s, that work evolved into what was then the largest web site focused on educational materials, SmarterKids.com, where Al was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and helped lead the company through a successful IPO.
An experienced company leader and builder, he also worked at Pepsi, Arthur D. Little, Symantec and Intuit before becoming Chairman of the Board of Excelligence Learning Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of Pragmatech Software. Al graduated from nearby Falmouth High School in 1976 and returned to Maine almost 30 years later, in 2005, to join Walch. He earned his B.A. at Dartmouth College and an MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Al is an active Junior Achievement teacher, a husband and a father of two children in public school. He has been quite involved in children's sports, as a booster, board member, a coach, and as a supportive parent.
"There are few things more important than the education of children. By providing classroom proven, educator-driven, tailored materials and support to leading districts and committed teachers, we do our part to help kids learn and succeed. The resources of Walch, from the experience and talents of our people to the wealth of materials we have at hand, make this possible, and ensure that we deliver great value to our educator partners and customers".