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Volunteer Spotlight - Bob Riess

Bob RiessFeaturing GCATD's Dayton Geographic Interest Group (GIG) Co-Lead. Bob is a Learning Experience Architect at PNC Bank and lives in the Miamisburg area. He says if you're interested in volunteering, take advantage of the opportunity to stand in the front of the room. His most important business friends over the years have come through GCATD.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself.

I currently live in Miamisburg where I am the co-leader and facilitator of the Dayton Geographic Interest Group. I’ve been a member of ATD (or ASTD) forever and am currently having a hard time finding the time to make it south of Dayton because of work and bicycle racing. My son is a tennis player and doing well in his sophomore year at Ohio Wesleyan University where I get to watch him play. Designing, delivering, facilitating, and coaching have always been the favorite parts of my career.

Q: Share details about your role with PNC Bank.

My title is Learning Experience Architect which is essentially a project manager for training programs and online courses. In my current role I work with vendors, SME’s and the business to design, develop and deliver both instructor led and online courses. Previous positions outside of PNC have taken me all over the world designing and delivering training sessions.

Q: What is it you enjoy most about being in a learning role?

I’ve always enjoyed helping others do their job more effectively and designing real activity based training. Facilitating sessions has always been fun for me and in my current role there is a real sense of accomplishment when a project is complete. I enjoy building anything that helps people succeed.

Q. Where is your ultimate vacation destination?

Lake Santeetlah in the mountains of North Carolina. I can drive my waverunner, ride my bicycle up and down mountains and enjoy the scenery with friends and family.

Q: Tell me about your involvement with GCATD.

I’ve been around for a long time. I was conference chair four times and am currently co-leader and facilitator of the Dayton GIG. My experience has included designing/delivering sessions at the ATD National Leaders conference (on how to design a hands-on conference) and acting as Emcee and session facilitator for our local conference.

Q: What advice would you give to others interested in volunteering?

If you get the opportunity to stand in the front of the room, just do it. My most important business friends over the years have come through GCATD. Being visible and actively involved this organization has provided me the best friends and opportunities for my career.

Q: What do you like to do for fun?

I ride and race bicycles when I am not working. I’d like to make it to the lake, but I just can’t seem to find the time. I really enjoy watching my son play tennis for Ohio Wesleyan University where he is a sophomore on the team.

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