CEO & Founder
JPS is a versatile leader and transformational learning influencer with experience in all aspects of launching learning products – from rapidly scaling a start-up to running many business functions in a multinational corporate environment. He has deep expertise in Cloud Learning systems, Training and Enablement services and Content Development with multiple successful blending learning solutions implemented in the enterprise and public sectors. He has over 23 years’ experience in learning industry and software services. After spending almost ten years working to help build more effective learning experiences, and eventually moving into the role of Director of Online Training at Microsoft, JPS has become a recognized leader in blended learning strategies for technical and IT fields. Over the past three years, he’s led Skill-Up Technologies to be an industry leading position in the educational consulting space and is beginning to capitalize on that work to grow a consumer facing educational platform that helps IT and other technical professionals take the next step in their careers.
An energetic leader with deep technical background and experience in leading online product businesses, start-ups and multiple technology groups globally. Expertise in building and delivering new age cloud solutions and services across multiple organizations. Passionate about new age digital solutions and services and excels at implementing digital capabilities and modern solutions across enterprises.
CMO & Biz Dev Director
Gurmukh helps large multinational organizations develop enablement, learning and go-to-market (GTM) strategies, including plans and programs. He is the Skill-Up brand owner for all our marketing activities worldwide across all channels. Gurmukh has over 25 years’ experience in global marketing and creating and scaling new businesses. He has worked for large IT corporations like Microsoft, Intel, Cisco and Western Digital and has been a successful entrepreneur helping building businesses with Speed and Scale. As a marketeer at heart, he has helped develop and implement innovative marketing programs throughout his career in technology and telecom space.
Senior Advisor and Board Member, Skill-Up Technologies
Gurpreet is currently the CEO and Founder at t.acuirty. Until 2018 he was a VP at Microsoft Corp leading the Bing and Cortana Product Global Ecosystem, also leading Program Management for Bing Local Search, Multimedia Search and Bing Global Rollout based in Bellevue WA. Over his 28-year career with Microsoft he has held several leadership positions with Microsoft in the USA and Internationally. Before moving into his current role in January 2011, he was the founder and General Manager of Search Technology Center in Hyderabad India responsible for setting up the global engineering organization for Microsoft Online Services – search, Ads and MSN. Prior to moving to Microsoft India for a 5 year assignment, he was the Sr. Director of Architecture Strategy with Developer and Platform Evangelism. Within the Windows Engineering group, he was a Product Unit Manager responsible for incubating Microsoft Systems Architecture (MSA) and related infrastructure solutions & programs. During his career at Microsoft he has delivered key products and solutions to Microsoft’s customers, Partners and Internal operations. He has held pivotal roles in the planning and delivery of products such as Microsoft Excel, Office and Solutions within the areas: Sales Force Automation and Empowerment, Knowledge Management and IT. He holds a B-Com (Honors) Degree from St. Xavier’s College Kolkata, and a Masters of Management degree (MBA) from Willamette University, Salem, Oregon.
Chief Solutions Architect
Rupinder is a technocrat with solid experience in designing tech solutions, software & product development, customizations & integrations.
She excels at building innovative learning solutions for customers including customizations of existing solutions. Rupinder leads the design & development of solutions for all Skill-Up tech projects in her capacity as Chief Solutions Architect.
Rupinder comes with strong programming background and has expertise in wide array of coding languages like Python, Java, .Net etc.
She is well versed with various authentication protocols like OAuth, SAML, RADIUS.
Rupinder’s software development ability, backed up by strong scoping and feasibility analysis, design and development, is the key to successful custom development and integrations with customer applications.
Director of Customer Success
Kris is a dynamic professional who thrives in leading her team in managing projects for the support of our overall mission. As a natural collaborator, she works seamlessly across teams and organization boundaries to enable effective relationships and networks. Kris has over 20 years of enterprise experience enabling her to synthesize competing projects and provide clear leadership for the delivery of high-quality work. Her deep and broad experience in managing complex projects supports teams in furthering productive outcomes and leading them on the right track for success.
Director Education Business
Dr. Mark Veljkov joined SkillUp after retiring as the Director of Computers and Technology programs at Bellevue College, Continuing Education. Mark has worked in the higher education industry for over 30 years working with traditional public and private colleges and universities along with Career Colleges and related technology companies such as Blackboard and Microsoft. Prior to coming to SkillUp he was a higher education consultant with the Gilfus Education Group, the Executive Director of Learning for City University, Dean of Distance Learning at Skagit Valley College and the Director of Technology for the Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University. In addition to his higher education experience, Mark has over 30 years of experience in the Imagineering and management of learning innovations.
Coach & Director Human Skills
Leaning on countless customer management and leadership experiences, his ability to motivate
and inspire both individuals and organizations is unsurpassed. Ben spent over 25 years as a manager, director, and consultant in the IT industry. In his IT career Ben has worked at IBM, Word Perfect, Novell, Attachmate, and Microsoft. His experience is grounded from attending Eastern Montana College and Brigham Young University on multiple music performance and education scholarships. Ben was born in Montana but has lived in the Seattle area for the past 23 years. Interestingly, beyond his passion for IT, his pursuit of music has directed him to another outlet by performing in the Seattle Ensign Symphony and Chorus. He has combined his IT career experience with his passion for music to create powerful and immersive learning events.
“It was great to have Skill-Up Technologies as our online customer success partner for the Microsoft MOOC courses and edX program. When I was at Microsoft, I engaged them from the early stage of the program and they worked like a true partner in helping us think through our learning support services for online students, and then supported us with different models of execution that worked extremely well for us.”
“Skill-Up Technologies are masters of modern, online learning content. We are thrilled to partner with them to build rich online content that drives digital transformation agenda for enterprises. They continuously prove to us their focus on quality design… they totally get how to build modern, video-based, interactive content that leverages collaborative methodologies for a globally spread audience. We are also impressed with their use of analytics to track learner behavior. I would happily recommend them any day”