LENEXA, KANSAS, U.S. — The International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) announced on Aug. 13 the appointment of Tom Sargent as its director of professional development. He 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 IAOM members.

Prior to joining IAOM, Sargent had served as the director of education – online and senior instructional designer, LMS support at the Pinnacle Career Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. He has extensive experience in instructional design, adult training, e-learning and training delivery via various formats. Sargent has an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in public relations and journalism from Johnson State College, in Johnson, Vermont, U.S.

 “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. “Tom will be able to lead our volunteer subject matter experts as IAOM develops a vocational training program targeted to attract new talent to the industry. As the IAOM professional development program continues to grow and develop, Tom will be able to identify critical industry needs and develop the corresponding support pieces.”