Taking Over Texas!

picture of the author, Lynn Bagwan by Lynn Bagwan, October 24th 2017

Torsh is based in New Orleans but lately, you are just as likely to bump into our salespeople in Texas. Both James Jackson and Denice Mitchell of our Business Development team have been representing Torsh recently at conferences in the Houston and Dallas areas, spreading the word about TALENT, our platform for teacher professional development. Texas is an important market for Torsh, as we work with many school districts in the state. We also count Southern Methodist University and Texas-based teacher training organizations like Teaching Trust and Region 10 ESC among our clients.


The Torsh Texas takeover began on Oct. 3, when James and Denice landed in Dallas to attend the Region 10 ESC Technology Vendor Fair. Region 10 ESC (which stands for Education Service Center) is the second largest service center in the state of Texas. This K-12 service organization provides technical assistance, training opportunities and consultative services for schools within their geographic area. Torsh was proud to serve as the Platinum Sponsor for this event attended by administrators, technology coordinators, and educators. The goal of the vendor fair was to help attendees experience new technologies such as TALENT, which they can introduce to their districts.


The team was back in Texas on Oct. 18, this time to attend the Spring Branch Independent School District Vendor Fair in Houston. We recently submitted an RFP to Spring Branch ISD that was accepted, so Torsh is now on a list of select vendors who are authorized to sell into schools within the district. This event was a great opportunity to introduce ourselves to school leaders and technology administrators, who might be unfamiliar with our platform. As an added bonus, the Torsh table at the event was located directly next to the table for Las Vegas-based thinkLaw, a client of ours. During breaks in the action, James and Denice enjoyed catching up with our friends, CEO Colin Seale, and Chief Relationship Officer, Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca.


As of yesterday, Oct. 24, our busy travelers found themselves in Frisco, Texas at Preston Ridge Collin College Campus to attend the Region 10 ESC Instructional & Digital Coaching Conference. This two-day conference is billed as “a journey of discovery to support eager learners as they seek to strengthen their skill set and pioneer change in the fields of Instructional and Digital Coaching.” Torsh once again served as a sponsor and on both days of the conference, James presented an hour-long seminar on “Improving Professional Development Through Innovative Video Technology.” His sessions were well-attended, with many insightful and engaging questions from the audience.


Special thanks to our talented and hard-working Business Development managers, who so willingly hop on planes to make sure that TALENT is top-of-mind for educators in Texas. We are confident that they represent Torsh well, and that their efforts will result in more schools recognizing the value of outstanding teacher professional development delivered through TALENT. 

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