DENVER, CO -- Global Audit, Cybersecurity and Information Technology training leader, LeaderQuest - MISTI, has added a role on its leadership team that is the first of its kind at the organization – welcoming its first Chief Product Officer, Dr. David Duke.


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Dr. David Duke - CPO            

As CPO, Duke takes on LeaderQuest - MISTI’s learning and certification offerings for individuals, professionals, and enterprises.  He is also charged with continuing the company’s rapid expansion into virtual learning and multi-modal training experiences.

“I am thrilled to be working with LeaderQuest and MISTI, both well-recognized brands in the Internal Audit, IT Audit, Cybersecurity and IT certification spaces, “ said Duke.  “What’s especially exciting to me is the immediate impact our training and certifications have for veterans, people looking to make a career change, those committed to continuing education, and businesses and organizations who partner with us. I am thrilled to be at the helm of product at a company like this, in times like these, surrounded by talented staff and sincere instructors who understand the importance of their work.”

Most recently, Duke served as the Senior Vice President of Learning Design at Everspring, an education, technology, and digital enablement company in Chicago. There, he led engagements with more than 20 premiere universities, designing, building, and launching degree, non-degree, continuing education, and edtech products. He was on the team that launched EmergingEd, a short course product that provides upskilling training for industries rapidly disrupted by technology: cyber security, data science, blockchain, health tech, and digital marketing.    

Duke holds a BS in English from Indiana University, a MA in Forensic Psychology, a MA in Clinical Psychology, and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

“2020 marked the launch of LeaderQuest and MISTI operating as one company with one common purpose:  to create meaningful outcomes that impact lives,” said Brett Shively, LeaderQuest-MISTI CEO.   “We are transforming our business by diversifying and growing our content offerings, accelerating B2B expansion and delivering differentiated learning experiences.  Dave will play a critical role in getting us there, driving innovation and taking our client engagements to the next level.”

“During this time of transformation and integration of our B2B and B2C training businesses, we could not be more excited to have Dave join our executive team,” noted Tim Kalil, LeaderQuest-MISTI President and COO. “As we prepare to combine our two companies under one unified brand, we will rely upon his leadership to unlock the potential of the MISTI and LeaderQuest content, training and customer relationship portfolios.  A high-growth company like ours, demands a high impact leader like Dave.”


Founded in 1978, MIS Training Institute (MISTI) is the international leader in information security, audit, and IT audit training, with offices in Boston and London. Part of the Boathouse Capital portfolio of companies, MISTI's expertise draws on experience gained in training more than 200,000 delegates across five continents.  MISTI's training courses are available in a live classroom setting in major cities throughout the world, virtual classroom options, as an in-house program, or on-line – as a live webinar or a self-study program. All MISTI training courses and conferences are led by industry experts, hands-on professionals who have been in the field and who practice what they teach. MISTI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

About LeaderQuest

Established in 2006, LeaderQuest transforms aspiring IT practitioners into job-ready specialists through certification and skills training in the disciplines of information technology, cyber security, and technical project management.  Part of the Boathouse Capital portfolio, LeaderQuest currently has campuses in Denver, CO, Colorado Springs, CO, Dallas, TX, San Antonio, TX, and Jacksonville, FL.   LeaderQuest was recently recognized by EC-Council with the 2019 North America Accredited Training Center of the Year Award.

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Name:   Gary Van Prooyen

Organization:   LeaderQuest-MISTI

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Address:   6855 S. Havana, Suite 230, Centennial, CO. 80112

Phone:   630-779-2828