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Dr. Al Folsom – Front-End Analysis



Alfred C. Folsom

Alfred C. Folsom, PhD

Alfred C. Folsom is a Principal Consultant at Exemplary Performance, LLC based in Annapolis, MD where he brings over 20 years of experience in the field of Human Performance Technology (HPT). His most recent work has been helping define new roles in the Petro-Chemical industry that support the latest in reliability engineering and lowering overall maintenance costs. Other industry-related work includes developing qualification programs that are performance-based and speed time to qualification with greater confidence in people’s ability to perform.

Dr. Folsom’s expertise is in the area of HPT and its specific application throughout the United States Coast Guard, where he recently retired as a Captain (O-6) after twenty-four years of commissioned service. He is a 1984 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, in New London, Connecticut and served his last tour as Chief of the Office of Training, Workforce Performance and Development at Coast Guard Headquarters. In that role, he was the program manager for Coast Guard Training including responsibility for 6 Training Centers, two Training Support Commands and more than 24,000 students annually. Additionally he served as a board member of the ISPI Advocates, and on the steering committee for the Interservice Training Review Organization (DOD) and on various committees with the annual Interservice and Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference. He and his wife Vanessa reside in Alexandria, VA and have a daughter Julia who is in the 11th grade and a son George who is two years old.

His previous assignments included Training Director at the Coast Guard’s largest West Coast Training Center in Petaluma, CA where he was responsible for the training of more than 5,000 students per year, in 8 schools offering some 40 courses of instruction. His staff included 200 military and civilian government employees, and 85 contract personnel. In 2004-05, three of his schools in Petaluma received the prestigious ISPI Award of Excellence for Outstanding Instructional Product. This designation recognizes significant contributions to the profession and is considered the most prestigious award in the field of Human Performance Technology. Dr. Folsom has also presented at National and International Conferences on Human Performance and Training and published in periodicals such as Training and Development and Performance Improvement Quarterly.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree, Dr. Folsom holds an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Penn State. Following graduate school, Dr. Folsom was part of the stand-up of the Coast Guard’s Performance Technology Center in Yorktown, VA. He was also the lead Human Performance Technologist on the Coast Guard’s Joint Rating Review – which resulted in the largest workforce restructuring since WWII. He later served as the Implementation Planning Team leader for the project at Coast Guard Headquarters. His operational assignments included fisheries enforcement along Alaska’s vast coastline and throughout the Bering Sea.

Dr. Folsom joined Exemplary Performance in April of 2008 and was recently presented with the first inaugural award of the ISPI Potomac Chapter for Outstanding Contributions to the field of Human Performance Technology.