Team


Leslie Zeidel, M.S., CCC-SLP, Founder

For Ms. Zeidel, speech therapy has been more than a career. It is her passion. Strategic thinking, marketing expertise, and unparalleled drive have been her winning formula for success in developing fast growth companies.

With dual master’s degrees in Speech Language Pathology and Marketing Communication from Columbia University, coupled with an ambitious idea, Leslie created her first company, InSpeech, in 1978. Her model for the provision of speech therapy services revolutionized the field. Starting with one therapist, she was the first to build a multi-state speech therapy company with more than 350 employees in 14 states. This unprecedented growth was recognized in 1983 and for three consecutive years by Inc. magazine. InSpeech ranked #84, #85, and #89, respectively on Inc. magazine’s list of the “Top 500 Fastest Growing Companies” nationwide. Realizing significant company growth and profitability, InSpeech received mezzanine financing and taken public on the New York Stock Exchange the same year. InSpeech, Inc., Inc. was then sold to NovaCare. Within two years, the company was valued at $250 million.

In 2003, Ms. Zeidel began to build a “new” InSpeech, which focused on serving the needs of children in Arizona. Within five years, InSpeech had nearly 60 employees and operated 40 centers throughout the state. Having had a seven year track record of growth, InSpeech was sold in 2009. The growth plan that has been presented of doubling revenues from year 3 to 5 is based a thorough knowledge of the market, software and access to a large pool of communication experts.

Erik Kershlis, Technical Manager

Erik is an IT and Data Facilities professional with over 15 years of experience possessing a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Following his graduation from the University, he worked briefly in the Chemical Industry but soon found a high growth opportunity with Spike Broadband Systems, Inc.

At Spike Broadband Systems, Erik assisted the Facilities Manager with management of the company’s rapid growth beginning as a temporary Maintenance worker. Erik soon grew into a full time Facilities Technician. Soon he was offered the position of PC Maintenance Technician that opened up in the IT department. Starting with very little knowledge of IT, Erik quickly grew into a Tier 1 Helpdesk Technician.

Following the closure of Spike Broadband Systems in the 2001 dot com downturn, Erik transitioned to the construction industry as an office administrator then a project manager. Erik re- entered the IT industry on a temporary contract with Next Computing in Nashua, NH then transitioned to Amazon.com. For over five years at Amazon.com, Erik held several positions of increasing internal customer service responsibility, overseeing all aspects of IT and Facilities Management for a 64,000 square foot customer fulfillment center in Nashua, NH. Erik was responsible for adding, maintaining and updating all end user desktop and laptop equipment as well as all network infrastructure such as Ethernet, data cabling and network switch stack gear.

In addition to the IT side of operations, Erik was responsible for all aspects of facilities management specifically upgrades and maintenance of the fulfillment center systems including conveyors and material handling equipment. Erik successfully executed three fulltime professional jobs as a single person. Fortunately, he did have the help of a fine team of Amazon Associates.

His latest endeavor is working as Technical Officer and Director of IT for Speaking-Inc. Here Erik is responsible for designing office space and IT systems as part of the Company startup plan. Cloud Computing, investor relations and data mining projects related to the WikiSpeaking website & e commerce administration are also part of his responsibility.

Outside of work, Erik enjoys spending time with family and is very active in his local church. For fun, he is an avid outdoorsman and cyclist.

Erik lives life by three governing principles: Honor – Integrity – Faith.

website & ecommerce administration are also part of his responsibility.

Outside of work, Erik enjoys spending time with family and is very active in his local church. For fun, he is an avid outdoorsman and cyclist.

Erik lives life by three governing principles: Honour – Integrity – Faith.