The sales training leadership team.

Jill Padgett, Ed.D.

Jill Padgett, Ed.D.

Learning and Development

With more than 25 years’ experience in adult education, sales training and curriculum development, Jill holds a Doctorate in Education, an MBA in Marketing, and a BS in Business. Dr. Padgett has partnered with myriad pharmaceutical and biotech firms to develop dynamic learning solutions focusing on maximizing your company’s most important asset—people. Her focus is on a strategic blended approach to preparation, application and transfer of learning in an engaging, interactive format that resonates with needs of today’s learners. Jill also holds a registered securities representative license—Series 7 and Series 66, and has facilitated and trained new hire sales training in the financial industry. Jill loves the Arizona sunshine and spends time enjoying the outdoors. You can also find her practicing yoga and gaining enrichment from visits to Africa, China, Tibet and many other wonderful places.

Sally Hogue

Sally Hogue

Instructional Designer

Sally has 9 years experience working with pharmaceutical companies to develop a wide range of creative, engaging training materials for workshops and study programs in the following therapeutic areas: Immunology/Asthma, Hematology, Depression, Rheumatology, Cardiology (including statins and platelet inhibitor therapies), Ophthalmology, and Oncology (including breast, kidney, lung, liver and blood cancer therapies). Sally also has experience developing training in the areas of managed markets, access and reimbursement. Sally earned a B.S. in Biology from Portland State University and an M.A. in Teaching from Pacific University and currently resides in Arizona.  She spends her free time hiking, practicing yoga and traveling internationally.

Alan Lutwin

Alan Lutwin

Director of Resourcing & Operations

Alan is a training manager with over 20 years experience organizing corporate training programs for Fortune 500 clients. He has headed up many teams in the design, development and implementation of major product launches, training modules and digital media projects. He has considerable expertise supervising projects in a variety of formats, including meeting environments, modular learning systems, digital, video, audio and print media. When not working on client projects, Alan enjoys his role as Executive Director of WCT, a new play development theater company he started 6 years ago in New York.

Mark Luckie

Mark Luckie

DVP, Account Services

You could say that Mark knows Fire & Rain inside and out! He now leads the same account services team that used to support him when he was a client of ours. Industry experience that spans field sales, US marketing and global strategy, as well as agency work in patient, provider and payer makes him a valuable addition to our already well-rounded team. Our clients look to Mark to connect strategy to design to implementation, always with a keen eye on the end result—exceeding expectations. Mark has been described as passionate, a moniker he is proud of. He has a penchant for inspiring teams to explore the road less traveled in pursuit of excellence. He enjoys reading, writing, running…and the occasional triathlon.

Patty Grace

Patty Grace

President, Organizational Excellence and Learning

Patty has over 20 years of experience working with Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies to achieve their marketing objectives through strategic communications and leadership initiatives. Throughout her career, Patty has held positions in sales, marketing, market research and executive leadership development. Patty loves hiking and biking with her family in Colorado (where they live!) and brings this passion to the Experiential Leadership and Training Programs she delivers with the F&R team.

Noel Rettig, Ed.D.

Noel Rettig, Ed.D.

VP, Organizational Excellence and Learning

Noel strongly believes that people are an organizational best, and in the end, only differential advantage. She has spent more than four decades working with organizations and their teams in strengthening culture, building high performance teams, strategic planning, and aligning strategy and objectives with vision and mission. She is an experienced facilitator who often jokes her favorite “F” word is “Focus”. She will tell you that Emotional Intelligence is the key to successful leadership and is certified to deliver the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI). In addition, she leads Fire & Rain’s BrandIGNITION™, assisting corporations in clearly defining their brand and space in the marketplace. She practices the idea that learning should be a profoundly inspiring and transforming endeavor. She has tracked the mountain gorilla in Uganda, hiked the Himalayas, white water rafted in Nepal and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. Each adventure broadens her perspective and brings clarity to what’s really important.

Mark Abney

Mark Abney

Senior Creative Director

Mark brings over three decades of brand, marketing and creative expertise to co-architect/facilitate BrandIGNITION™, helping our clients leverage the power of their brand. Mark also provides creative leadership for many of the agency's business units, from strategy to design, wherever there is a need. He has worked in several industries (from telecommunications to biopharma) and capacities (Marketing Manager, Product Manager and Creative Director). Mark's enthusiasm for design excellence and an eye for detail has resulted in ADDY, Telly and Omni Intermedia awards. He has expert 3D skills and a particular forté in photography retouching using Photoshop. In his personal life, Mark is an accomplished fine artist and avid cyclist.

Christal Marx

Christal Marx

Account Executive

Christal holds a B.S. in Public Relations and Advertising from the University of Southern Indiana. Her background includes sales, marketing, copywriting and program coordination. With a passion for all things creative along with her skills in writing, marketing, organization and a desire to tackle any challenge, Christal is a perfect fit for our team. Outside of Fire & Rain, Christal loves beach vacations, movies, family time, party planning, cheesecake, and her 2 adorable puggles—who get away with everything.

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