Tony S. Oliver is president and founder of Penny Wise Consulting Group. The company provides project management, business and marketing strategy, public speaking and corporate training services in the Sacramento area. Tony has over 15 years of experience in high tech supply/demand planning, pricing, marketing, product development and project management with stints at Intel, Cisco Systems, AMS (now CGI). While at Intel, he was recognized as the 2015 Instructor of the Year for his courses on project management, storytelling, and presentation skills.
Tony holds a BA from Georgetown University, a MBA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, PMP certification from PMI, CSM certification from the Scrum Alliance, and Competent Communicator certification from Toastmasters International. He is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French, Catalonian and Portuguese. Tony lives in Folsom, with his wife Kristine and their daughter Penny, and enjoys reading, writing, volunteering, participating in Toastmasters clubs and all things baseball.
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