Our Management Team

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Ron Berry
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Ron has over 30 years experience in the publishing and media industry. The majority of his career has focused on creating, producing, publishing and marketing children’s books, multimedia products and educational programs for the home and school markets. Ron is the founder of Smart Kidz Media, Inc. and Smart Kids Publishing (a Division of SKM)—companies that have generated over $200 million in sales through their innovative marketing programs and through their strategic partnerships with major distributors.

Ron has authored several best-selling children’s books that have sold in the millions of copies. With his extensive knowledge and expertise in the publishing and media industry, he brings a unique and extremely successful combination of marketing and sales strategies to SKM. He holds an MBA and a post-graduate degree.

Peter

Peter Stahl
Vice President of Finance & Admin

Peter has been a key member of several startup businesses.  He is a seasoned professional with 15 years of experience in accounting and financial management as well as a licensed tax professional. He has been the Manager, COO and Controller in various Media companies and has extensive knowledge in operational management. Peter has worked as a business and financial consultant and has broad experience in all aspects of finance. His extensive work in the media arena gives him a deep understanding of media finance and intellectual property rights. Peter has been involved in most aspects of web design and programming for over 10 years. He has been responsible for working on a range of projects, designing websites and interacting on a daily basis with graphic designers and backend developers. He oversees a team of designers and programmers developing current and new websites for Smart Kidz Media. Peter holds both an MBA and an engineering degree.

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Chris Sharp
Director, SmartKidz Art Studio

Chris is an award-winning illustrator and designer with over 30 years of experience in the publishing and media industry. As Director of the Smart Kids Art Studio, he and his talented staff of graphic designers, illustrators, animators and new media specialists use an innovative blend of traditional and digital media to create books, eBooks, digital media, website designs and multimedia programs. He and his staff are well-versed in digital media development and they continue to draw on cutting edge technology to enhance the “SmartKidz look” and design. For over 30 years, Chris has collaborated with Ron Berry to create, write and illustrate over 200 children’s books. Over his 40 years in the publishing industry, Chris has also collaborated with various authors to illustrate hundreds of other children’s books for a group of children’s publishers, both in the secular and liturgical markets. His expertise extends into the advertising market as well. The Smart Kidz Art Studio is based in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Paul Dimitriu
Director of Engineering & Cloud Technologies

Paul's involvement with computers began in the mid 80’s. With a B.S. in Computer Engineering from UCSD and a M.S. in Computer Science, he has worked with web technologies for the last 20 years. With an extensive background in e-Learning, Paul has developed many CLMS storyboard tools, SCORM compliant CBT’s and CBT delivery frame works. Paul has worked with cloud technology for the past eight years, has helped develop several multi-million dollar SAAS websites, and is on the frontier of cloud development.  Paul has been instrumental in developing the Smart Kidz marketing system infrastructure and websites.

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Barry Margolin
Director of Radio Production / Director of A&R

With combined creative talents in voice acting, music production (composing, arranging, recording and mixing), and Radio & Television production, Barry Margolin is the lead producer of the radio shows heard on Smart Kidz Radio. He is also the voice of Smart Kidz Radio's resident DJ "Benny Martin." Barry has extensive experience in both music production and radio production, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications from San Diego State University (with extended studies in Audio Recording Engineering at San Francisco State University). He has experience in music and talk radio formats, producing a wide variety of nationally-syndicated entertainment, educational and informative programs for both children and adults. Barry brings his fresh ideas, creativity and passion for excellence to every production he is a part of.

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Robert Komisar
Sales Vice President

Robert has been active in the children’s publishing industry for over 30 years. He currently serves as SKM’s Vice President of Sales and makes regular sales presentation to the corporate offices of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Clubs, along with the other mass market discount chains including Target, Costco, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and others. He also makes sales calls on the national distributors of video, music, and books, notably Ingram and ReaderLink. His responsibilities include managing an independent sales rep force of over 100 salespeople that sell to the gift and small independent bookstores. Before coming to SKM, Robert served as the Director of Mass Market Sales for Ideals Publications, a Guideposts company, for over 16 years. Robert began his sales career with Western Publishing and was the Director of Mass Market Sales for Western Publishing’s popular Little Golden Books division.

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Harald Berge
Director of Online Gaming

Based in Hong Kong, Harald and his team of programmers and engineers, develop innovative gaming technologies that are incorporated into the Smart Cardz and Smart Gamez and interactive children’s books. Harald is adept at designing online games, IC chips, fiber optics, complex die-cut paper products and other technologies appropriate for the Smart Kidz Media children’s books. He has implemented highly complex manufacturing and assembly processes necessary to imbed the IC chips into SKM’s books. With over 15 years of experience in outsourcing children’s books and products, Harald has established reliable relationships with quality printers and manufacturers throughout China. He is also fluent in six languages, including Mandarin.

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Jacqueline Lo Sourcing Coordinator, Hong Kong

Jacqueline Lo is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. She is highly trained in the outsourcing of multimedia products. Jacqueline has worked in our Hong Kong office for over a decade. Her meticulous attention to the details inherent in multimedia sourcing makes her an invaluable member of our team.