Michele Petry

Michele Petry, Ph.D., is President of the Glia Group, an Internet consulting and web strategy firm, and an Editor of BankersOnline.com. Michele has written numerous articles, and given lectures, on a variety of topics relating to banking and technology, including online banking, ecommerce, using the Internet, and deploying technology effectively.

Prior to forming Glia, Michele was the Director of Specialized Services at Thomson Financial Publishing where she served as publisher of Thomson's Blue Book, The Banker's Guide to Product and Service Providers, and was responsible for the redesign of the online Thomson Financial Marketplace, launched in June of 1999. As part of her responsibilities, Michele worked closely with vendors and advertisers to understand their unique needs and help them effectively reach their target audience.

Before joining Thomson, Michele served for three years as technology consultant for the Kentucky Bankers Association where she was responsible for the development of the KBA's well-respected online service, BankersNet of Kentucky, and spearheaded the implementation of an integrated association management software to streamline association operations and track all financial institutions throughout the state.

For more than a decade, Michele has been involved in various aspects of technology planning and implementation. Her early involvement in the Internet, which included building one of the first family home pages on the Web in 1993, led to Michele and her family being featured as part of an Internet documentary that aired on PBS called "Using the Internet". While at KBA, she developed a training video and manual to aid bankers learning to use the Internet. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in Psychology from Vanderbilt University, with published articles in Perception & Psychophysics, Vision Research and Brain Research.

Michele brings to Glia broad-based experience in project management, research and analysis, as well as her knowledge and expertise of the financial services industry.