Who We Are

Jeanne Hayes

Principal THE HAYES CONNECTION

Founder, Quality Education Data

Hayes founded Quality Education Data, (QED) in 1981. Her vision was to create the highest-quality education database possible. To grow the business, she established a market research division in the early '90s and later expanded the database through QED's National Registry of Teachers. After she facilitated the sale of QED to Scholastic Inc. in 1999, she served as VP of Marketing Development at Scholastic until 2004.

In 2005, Jeanne Hayes established The Hayes Connection to consult for both established and start-up education market companies. Hayes' 30 years of strategic insights gained from building a business, creating databases, analyzing market trends and helping clients market to schools help her connect her clients to the education market.

A former educator and debate coach, Hayes has testified before congress and speaks at conferences nationwide about instructional technology and other education issues.

A former board member of SIIA's e-Business section, Hayes also served as one of the founding members of the CEO Forum on Education and Technology, as a corporate member and treasurer of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and as a board member of the Education Section of SIIA. Hayes was recognized as CoSN's Private Sector Champion for 2002, as well as Converge Magazine's Those Who Make a Difference 2000 and the eSchool News' Impact 30 for 2001. In December 2002, she was inducted into the Association of Educational Publishers' Hall of Fame.

Tom Greaves

Chairman, The Greaves Group, LLC

Member of the Board of Directors, Global SchoolNet

Tom Greaves is a highly regarded visionary with over 30 years experience in educational technology. As a pioneer of technology in schools, he built a prize-winning mechanical computer in the seventh grade and went on to develop and market a diverse set of innovative products for IBM, including desktop computers, personal science laboratory, curriculum and network management products.

Tom was a leader of IBM's dominance in distributed networking in schools, and later co-founded NetSchools Corporation, which set the standard for comprehensive, high performing1:1 e-learning solutions in K-12 schools. He has participated in the development of over 100 award winning educational software and hardware products and holds multiple patents and patent disclosures for educational products.

Tom has been the CEO of two educational companies and has served on the boards of many others. He is a well-known keynote speaker and panelist at national and state education conferences, particularly on topics related to the future of technology in education. He is the author of numerous articles and is often quoted on topics related to future educational technology trends and strategic planning.

Tom has worked for over 20 years with school superintendents around the country and has done considerable work at the policy level in public and private meetings with governors, members of Congress, and their staffs. He is widely connected in the educational technology community.