About BLI

The Business Learning Institute (BLI) is the strategic learning partner and talent management consultancy for organizations worldwide. BLI is a center facilitating the development and sharing of competencies and strategic knowledge required for leadership in today’s rapidly-changing business environment. BLI delivers competency-based curriculum, courses, content, and community to maximize career trajectories and grow intellectual capital for organizational and executive leadership.

Our more than 60+ instructors offer over 600+ learning programs in all formats (including on-site training, live events and seminars, keynotes, and online formats like webcasts, webinars, and on-demand learning). Each BLI program can be tailored to the needs of your organization.

The future is here, and it will continue to come with increased speed and complexity. We hope you will continue to learn more about how BLI can help align your organization’s learning strategy and guide the momentum of your staff’s career growth.

History

The Business Learning Institute was founded in 1999 by the Maryland Association of CPAs and became part of the Association of International Certified Public Accountants in 2021. Our launch team researched the competencies needed for the future of business and the CPA profession, looking out to 2025 in 1999 and again in 2011.

Our main finding: To be successful in a rapidly changing and complex world, a professional’s rate of learning must be faster than the business environment’s rate of change and faster than their competition (L>C2).

Each of us must not only rapidly learn technical skills, but we also must grow our leadership and strategy skills. These high-level competencies propel individual careers and help organizations thrive over the long-term.

The BLI Team

Author name, Course Author

Tom Hood, CPA, CITP, CGMA

Executive Vice President, Business Growth and Engagement, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Tom Hood, CPA, CITP, CGMA is the EVP Business Engagement & Growth for AICPA-CIMA and the Business Learning Institute.

Tom recently stepped onto the global stage of the largest association of certified professional accountants in the world, representing over 690,000 CPAs, CGMAs, and students. In 2021 he was named the second most influential person in accounting by Accounting Today Magazine for the tenth year.

Tom is known for his work on the CPA Vision Project, the CPA Horizons 2025 Project, and most recently the Future of Finance 2030. In 1999, he co-founded the Business Learning Institute (BLI) with a purpose of “Empowering human capital in a global VUCA world, so that our organizations and communities thrive”, based on the findings of the CPA Vision and CPA Horizons 2025 research. This led to the T-shaped Professional and a focus on ‘success skills’ for CPAs, CGMAs, and finance and accounting professionals.

LinkedIn recruited Tom as one of their Top 100 Influencers in 2012 and he now has a following of over 730,000. He is a member of Forbes Finance Council and was inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame.

Tom is the former CEO of the Maryland Association of CPAs and former CFO of a highway construction company. He has a Master’s in Finance from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Loyola University of Maryland.

He lives in Baltimore with his wife Sharon.

Author name, Course Author

Greg Rittler,

Chief Operating Officer

Greg is the operational force that brings BLI’s strategic goals to fruition. As COO, he works directly with Tom Hood and the BLI sales team to implement the organization’s vision and ensure its operations are user-friendly, scalable, and conducive to delivering relevant content. Greg also oversees the technology and marketing operations that enable BLI to create and deliver innovative content to more professionals.

Greg also serves as CEO of Blue Ocean Ideas, a brand management agency based in Baltimore, MD that helps organizations with strategic marketing execution and technology transformation.

Author name, Course Author

Pam Devine,

Director, Client & Partner Services - U.S. & Global Markets

Pam brings customer-centric solutions and strategies to all of BLI’s customers. As Director of Client & Partner Services, Pam is the go-to source for information on anything and everything related to BLI’s content. Her knowledge of BLI products comes from years of working directly with clients to help them design the best curriculum for their needs. Pam’s expertise means she can deliver fast, customized solutions in any situation, and she works closely with the BLI leadership team to identify new opportunities to serve clients. Pam also brings more than a decade of experience working with the Maryland Association of CPAs to make its members more future-ready.

Author name, Course Author

Jennifer Miller,

National Account Manager

Jennifer brings practical learning opportunities to corporate, government, and management accounting teams. Thanks to a deep understanding of the subject matter, she helps leaders in these industries find the best BLI products based on their unique goals. Jennifer can tailor any of BLI’s products and services to a team’s specific needs, with a results-oriented approach that treats every client’s situation with care and attention.

Jennifer has experience working with BLI customers from a wide range of industries, including state societies and large corporations and firms.

Author name, Course Author

Ryan Wey,

National Account Manager

Ryan brings trusted guidance to businesses who want their customers to grow. Ryan specializes in building relationships with business-to-consumer clients. He works closely with state societies, associations, and corporate groups to customize and deliver BLI products focused on building future-ready skillsets. He helps businesses identify the most effective curricula to offer based on their customers’ own strategic goals.

With several years of experience working closely with the BLI team and associations around the world, Ryan can provide direction to any business with an eye on their customers’ professional growth.

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