LENEXA, KAS. — Tom Sargent has joined the International Association of Operative Millers (I.A.O.M.) as director of professional development. Mr. Sargent will be responsible for implementing services and programs providing talent development, industry content, educational programs, and professional standards that address the information and educational needs of I.A.O.M. members. Prior to joining the I.A.O.M., Mr. Sargent was director of education — on-line and senior instructional designer/LMS support at the Pinnacle Career Institute in Kansas City. He has experience in instructional design, adult training, e-learning and training delivery via various formats. He has an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in public relations and journalism from Johnson State College, in Johnson, Vt.

Tom Sargent, new director of professional development for I.A.O.M.

“Tom’s experience in the classroom, instructional design and adult learning makes him a great fit for the position,” said Melinda Farris, executive vice-president of the I.A.O.M. “Tom will be able to lead our volunteer subject matter experts as I.A.O.M. develops a vocational training program targeted to attract new talent to the industry. As the I.A.O.M. professional development program continues to grow and develop, Tom will be able to identify critical industry needs and develop the corresponding support pieces.”