NWA Entrepreneur Swings for 'Grand Slam' in Professional Development

by Mark Carter  on Monday, Mar. 3, 2014 12:01 am  

Adam Arroyos

Users can register in areas devoted to career mentors, leadership development coaches, life coaches, internships, learning modules, ideation sessions, affinity groups, public speaking coaches and team development.

"For example, if I am looking to learn a skill, I would search for the skill in the 'find a skill' page," Arroyos said. "Once I make my selection, I would register for the skill and connect with the member who is looking to practice the skill to initiate our interaction. If I'm looking to practice skills, I would submit a skill to practice via the 'practice a skill' page. Once I complete the form and indicate whether I want to practice my skill in person or remotely via phone and/or GoToMeeting.com, I click on submit and it gets posted on the skills page."

Users also can recommend colleagues and, of course, complete a proprietary PerformanceGPA assessment.

Arroyos believes his platform moves the HR/talent-development industry forward in the following ways: social networking to social learning, facilitator-led training to peer-to-peer learning, learning management to learning agility, company-driven learning to employee-driven learning and vertical solutions to integrated solutions.

Currently, GPA serves members representing more than 90 companies in 30-plus states and 10 countries and is completing its first round of funding, which Arroyos expects to complete by the end of March. His post-funding plan is to expand his team of four full-time employees to nine this year and 12 by 2015.

"We've been in discussions with some great investment firms and venture capitalists," he said.

Plus, GPA's northwest Arkansas base comes with some built-in advantages.

"It's a huge advantage due to the steadfast commitment of our large companies such as Wal-Mart, J.B. Hunt and Tyson to support startups by serving as mentors, engaging them as partners and providing them with opportunities to support their business goals and objectives," Arroyos said. "Further, I couldn't have picked a better place to launch GPA given our region's long-standing history of leading the way in altruism and entrepreneurship. Our Grandslam Performance framework and technology have been well received and embraced."



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