Our Management Team
  • Samson Chu
    CEO, Co-Founder
    Samson Chu is the co-Founder and CEO of Career Academy, a global leader in on-demand training solutions for IT and business professionals. As CEO, Samson oversees and drives the overall direction of the company. Samson led the efforts in establishing an exclusive video training content partnership between Career Academy and the world's largest training organization - New Horizons Computer Learning Centers with over 350 locations worldwide. He has also led the company forming an exclusive content partnership with American and Business Technology University, a well-known and nationally accredited online university. Samson plays a key role at Career Academy in developing strategic partnership with training industry leaders.

    Samson has a background in computer science and holds numerous industry standard information technology certifications. Before founding Career Academy, Samson was involved with many large and small technology consulting companies. He brings over 17 years of hands-on IT consulting, management and training experience. He also implemented and supervised the network integration for many large bank mergers as well as IT security and system design for government and commercial sectors.


  • Joel Kestenberg
    President, Co-Founder
    Joel Kestenberg is co-Founder and President of Career Academy, the world leader in video based course production and training content delivery services. At Career Academy Joel has assisted in managing and supporting the strong growth which the company has experienced since its inception. He brings to the company a strong skillset focused on legal, financial, business development and sales related strategies. Joel possesses an expert level knowledge in technology and technological trends which was gleaned through his work in the field as a Microsoft Certified Professional.

    Joel has over 25 years of business development and management experience developed through his involvement in various business endeavors. A few of his major entrepreneurial accomplishments prior to co-founding Career Academy are founding and operating the largest tennis academy in the New England region and developing and implementing travel membership programs focused on providing discount travel services to large corporations and professional associations.


  • Lihwen Lin
    CFO
    LihWen Lin joined Career Academy in 2002 as the CFO of Career Academy. She holds a Master's Degree from Boston University. With nearly 20 years of work experience in the accounting and financial field, she has worked in a variety of organizations from small businesses, non-profit organizations to hedge fund management corporations.

    As CFO, LihWen oversees all aspects of Career academy’s accounting and treasury functions. She is responsible for the company’s cash management and risk planning activities. LihWen also possesses extensive operational management experience. Working hand in hand with the company’s senior management team, she has developed a financial and operational strategy, metrics tied to that strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring systems designed to preserve Career Academy’s assets and accurate financial reporting.


  • Kevin Stuart
    Director of Operations
    Kevin Stuart joined Career Academy in 2008 as a Multimedia Developer and over the years has quickly climbed the ranks becoming the Director of Operations. As Director of Operations, he manages the Video Production, Software Development, Web site enhancements, Social Media Marketing, Technical Support and Customer Service departments making sure all operations run smoothly and successfully for Career Academy. He works closely with the CEO, Production Team and Instructional contractors on all video production related matters. He is in constant contact with various clients for video production requests and or development requests. He manages all video related projects from post-production to release.


  • Rick Lemieux
    VP of Strategic Alliances
    Rick is a founding member and responsible for overseeing the company’s Strategic Partnerships program. Rick has been involved in selling and marketing software and training solutions for the past thirty years. Previously, Rick led the Sales and Business Development teams at companies focused on selling software based networking and service management solutions to the marketplace. Rick is ITIL® Foundation certified and the author of several articles, whitepapers and programs focused on helping enterprises adopt and adapt 21st century training models within their organization. Rick was selected as one of the top 5 IT entrepreneurs in Rhode Island in 2015 by the Tech Collective.


  • John Reese
    Director of Admissions
    John Reese oversees Career Academy’s admissions staff, which is committed to helping students realize their full academic and professional potential. Prior to working at Career Academy, John spent the past 15 years working in career-focused education as both a Director of Community Outreach and as a Director of Admissions. Of working in admissions, he says, “My biggest thrill is in knowing I have played a small part in making someone else’s life better by helping them achieve what they thought was impossible”.


  • Dan Knapp
    Director of Business Development
    Dan joined Career Academy in 2011 and quickly worked his way up through the ranks as a consumer sales representative, VAR channel reseller sales and now to this position of Director of Business Development. In this role, Dan works to improve an organization’s market position and achieve financial growth. He defines long-term organizational strategic goals, builds key customer relationships, identifies business opportunities, negotiates and closes business deals and maintains extensive knowledge of current market conditions. He will often make presentations on solutions and services that meet or predict his clients’ future needs. Dan earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Sales and Marketing at Bluffton University.


  • Cathy Knight
    VP of Sales
    Cathy Knight joined CareerAcademy.com, Inc. in July 2003 as Vice President of Sales and Business Development. Ms. Knight’s focus is building a strong team to build relationships in all market segments for the distribution of the Career Academy product line. She began her sales and marketing career in 1979, building a reputation for sales and marketing success in several diverse industries, before entering into the Technology training industry 15 years ago.

    Ms. Knight has received awards for sales and business development success in several companies, and is known in the technology industry for her proven market penetration techniques, strategic sales process planning and vendor and customer relationship management. Her earlier successes were at Specialized Solutions, Stampede Worldwide, Zac Catalog, a division of Systemax, and Arch Communications, applying her expertise in the successful introduction of new products, and developing and managing new channel partners. Ms. Knight holds degrees in Marketing and Early Childhood Education.


  • Anthony Buonopane
    Director of Software Development
    Tony Buonopane brings 25 Years of Development Experience and Business know how to Career Academy. As Director of Software Development, Tony is directly responsible for all Application Enhancements, IT Infrastructure, Database Planning and Maintenance, Software Development Life Cycle implementation, as well as Application Integrations with outside Vendors.

    Tony currently holds 34 Microsoft Certifications including 7 MCPD (Microsoft Certified Professional Developer) in .NET, an MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer), and numerous MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) and MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional) in Database Development and Management. He has owned and operated several successful Business's over the years for Software Development and Internet Commerce and has done direct Consulting with numerous Corporations and Private entities. He also has an in-depth background in Accounting, Finance, Operations, and Business Management with a firm belief in the importance of Customer Service and End User collaboration.


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