Tom played an integral part in starting Up 2 Speed, in October 2012, along with business associate, Nick Dorney. Both have had extensive experience working together and within the Learning & Development space across the Asia Pacific region, Tom based out of Singapore since 2003 (and Nick since 2007).
The Up 2 Speed goal was to create a learning organization that was fast paced, and flexible enough to bring best of breed learning solutions to match to our international client requirements.
Up 2 Speed is now seen as a market leader in providing sales, pre sales, and partner planning / partner development solutions within the IT & Telecommunications space. The company is also pushing the boundaries in on-line learning and smartphone/ tablet application design & development, with a particular focus on working with major IT&T organizations, Financial Institutions, and FMCG companies on key topics ranging from Induction, Product Releases, Compliance and Leadership Skills.
At the end of 2013, Tom played a chief role in getting Up 2 Speed to form a joint venture with Leading Learning provider Peak Teams; creating a new company, Peak Teams Asia, based out of Singapore. Peak Teams Asia provides the most innovative and high octane solutions around Leadership & High Performance Team work that exist today (not for the feint hearted!).
Outside of work, Tom enjoys spending time with his family (wife and 3 kids under the age of 4) watching sport (mainly Rugby & Cricket) and he maintains a keen interest in history. Tom is also in the process of writing a book about his experiences as a sales guy in Asia.
Both Tom and Nick are very proud of the rapid growth of Up 2 Speed, and more recently Peak Teams Asia, whilst at the same time retaining their work hard – play hard attitude that they have been known for over the years.Contact Tom
Director, Sales & Operations
Establishing the Up 2 Speed, Peak Teams Asia and Renewtrak Asia businesses have been the major highlights in Dorney’s career in recent years. Having spent nearly all of his working life in the corporate Learning and Enablement space, along with long time colleague, Tom King, he co-founded Up 2 Speed in October, 2012.
Headquartered out of Singapore, Dorney and King have been proud of the Up 2 Speed business development across the Asia Pacific region and in parts of Europe and the U.S.A so far.
This growth can largely be attributable to the teams carefully selected Up 2 Speed network of global delivery resources – Facilitators, Coaches, Consultants and Digital Designers.
Many of these experienced resources have worked with Dorney and King for upwards of 10 years. Another major highlight for Dorney and King in recent times has been the growth of their Peak Teams Asia business, also headed out of Singapore, which they setup along with Peak Teams co-founder Ian Schubach, at the end of 2013.
Having had success across various parts of Asia partnering with Schubach and the amazing Peak Teams Event delivery resources (coming from Australia and the USA) since 2008, an opportunity presented itself to setup Peak Teams Asia.
Peak Teams, through their unique set of extreme adventurers who are highly skilled facilitators – bring something different to the table; ensuring that Corporate Events, Kick-offs or Off-sites have a huge amount of impact, flare and overall learning/ key takeaways for all participants.
Picking up on some of their clients key needs in the Renewals space, Dorney and King, along with long-time business associate, Jim Wagstaff, also established Renewtrak Asia in 2015. Using a highly robust and customizable technology, Renewtrak simplifies, automates and improves the support, maintenance & licensing renewal rates for our technology sector clients.Contact Nick
Director & Senior Consultant
Jim Wagstaff has been involved in various parts of the technology industry for more than 25 years. During that time, while serving in roles at Hewlett Packard, Dell, and Brocade Communications, Jim has had the opportunity to manage diverse businesses in different parts of the world including the United States, India, Malaysia, Japan, China, the United Kingdom, and Singapore, where he has lived since 2007.
Jim has been the Managing Director of Jam Factory Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based consulting and software development firm, since 2010.
Today, Jim also serves as an active board member for Up 2 Speed Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based organization focused on crafting customized learning and development approaches for multinational and global companies. Additionally, Jim is a joint venture partner in Renewtrak, an Australia-based company that has launched a unique platform that enables automated service and software contract renewals, collections, compliance audits, and reporting to be delivered as a “white label” service by vendors, distributors, and partners.
Until early 2013, Jim served as an executive board member with CloudFX Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based cloud consultancy, professional services firm, integrator, and broker that is now partly owned and funded by Intel Capital and Cisco Capital.
Previously, Jim was Vice-President and General Manager of the StorageWorks business unit at Hewlett Packard for the Asia Pacific & Japan region. His responsibilities while leading this business unit encompassed all aspects of the storage go-to-market including hardware, software, services, sales, pre-sales, channels, marketing, and finance.
Prior to HP, Jim was at Dell in Shanghai, where he was General Manager of the company’s server, storage, networking, and professional services businesses in Greater China. Jim first joined Dell in 1995 and held a number of pre-sales, sales, management, and executive roles with the company over the years including responsibility for server, storage, and networking sales as the Director of Advanced Systems in both the United States as well as the Asia-Pacific & Japan regions. Jim has also served as General Manager for Dell’s Southeast Asia and India Commercial (SME) business units.
Jim has an MBA from the University of Liverpool, a management accounting qualification from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, a financial accounting qualification from the University of Texas, and he is currently a doctoral researcher in the management school at the University of Liverpool with a particular emphasis on the practical application of cross-cultural leadership approaches in multinational corporations.Contact Jim
EMEA Managing Director
Michael has been leading people development firms for the past 15 years. His focus is on the design of end to end people related solutions to deliver ongoing value to people and the businesses of major organizations. He specializes in solutions that take into consideration the target audience and countries of a given project so that practical business outcomes are delivered.
His career started in 1999 as a training coordinator for a well-known and leading global learning company. He was quickly promoted to a Business Development Manager role and shipped to Beijing to start and build their business in China. Within one year Michael established himself as the Country Manager for China having built a base of solid clients, a team of learning professionals and offices in Beijing and Shanghai. Since then he has led numerous long term consulting engagements for clients across multiple countries and domains including leadership, talent, sales and professional development.
Michael speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and has achieved first class honours in Chinese Studies at the University of New South Wales. He was also awarded a China Scholarship Council Award and completed this at Beijing Foreign Language University. Michael is currently a PhD candidate at Deakin University’s Business and Law Faculty where he’s undertaking a thesis on Leadership and Innovation.
He has recently moved to the UK to be closer to his wife’s family, and to develop the Up 2 Speed business within Europe.Contact Michael