Linux Professional Institute Appoints Director of Member Services

(Sacramento, CA, USA: December 15, 2011) The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization (http://www.lpi.org), announced the appointment of Ross Brunson as Director of Member Services for LPI.  Mr. Brunson has over 15 years experience as a Linux trainer and is author of the popular book "LPIC-1 Exam Cram 2" (QUE Publishing).

"We are pleased to have Ross join our team at LPI and his knowledge of Linux training, open source technology, and online community development will be a great asset to us as we develop greater service offerings for members of the LPI community," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI.  Mr. Lacey added that Mr. Brunson will also be responsible for leading LPI's social media presence and developing in-house technological infrastructure solutions for LPI's growing global program.

Ross Brunson most recently served as Social Media Consultant and Linux Solutions Specialist with Novell (SUSE) where he acted as a solutions architect on Linux, Virtualization and Integration/Migration.  Past experience as a trainer and IT courseware developer include the following: CEO/Principal Trainer with Beacon Inc., Director of Development with Thomson Learning/Wave Inc., and Senior Instructor or Lead Trainer with Computer Associates, Mastering Computers/Platinum Technologies and Learning Tree International. 

Brunson holds a variety of IT certifications on a number of in-demand technologies across a broad range of operating system technologies.  He is also author of several successful technical books, dozens of technical courses for major organizations (including the first LPI Certification Bootcamp) and is skilled at both contributing to and building community around products. Finally, Ross is a prolific contributor to case studies, technical marketing blogs, showcases, technical conferences and industry organizations.

"For many years, as a volunteer, I have participated in LPI's exam development process and was a member of LPI's Technical Advisory Council.  As well, I have based my career and business interests in assisting others to obtain their LPIC certification. I am delighted to have this new opportunity with LPI and contribute to its community of Linux professionals," said Ross Brunson.

The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is distributed worldwide in multiple languages at more than 7,000 testing locations.

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About the Linux Professional Institute:

The Linux Professional Institute provides a global framework, industry leadership and other services to enhance, develop and further lifelong professional careers in Linux and Open Source technologies. Established as an international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate recognized global leadership, direction and skill standards for those who pursue a career in Linux and Open Source technology. LPI advances the Linux and Open Source movement through strategic partners, sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG.

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