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.
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.
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.
Pauljames’s “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.