MEMBER PROFILES


Tonie Wallace

Tonie M. Wallace
Chief Executive Officer

Tonie M. Staudenmair Wallace-Aitken was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1947.

Tonie founded, owns and is CEO of the following firms:

COURT REPORTING COMPANIES:
* COUNTY COURT REPORTERS, INC.
* VETERAN REPORTERS, INC.

TECHNOLOGY SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY:
* ADVANCED LEGAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC

CONSULTING COMPANY:
* COURT REPORTING CONSULTANTS, LLC

NON-PROFIT TRAINING COMPANY:
* ACADEMY FOR VETERAN EDUCATION AND TRAINING

II. EDUCATION

The Catholic High School of Baltimore
Peabody Conservatory
Charron-Williams College
University of Florida
Northern Virginia Community College

III. EXPERIENCE AND COMPANIES

1971, Tonie M. Wallace opened her first office and has been a court reporter and firm owner since that time.

1974, she relocated to Leesburg, VA, where she opened offices and worked as an official criminal court reporter in the criminal courts for the Commonwealth of Virginia for 15 years primarily for The Honorable Carlton Penn, and established the freelance court reporting business at that time.

1971 Ms. Wallace she relocated to Palm Beach, Florida, and began her career as a freelance stenotypist and court reporter. That same year she established County Court Reporters, Inc., her first court reporting firm.

1973 Ms. Wallace relocated to Leesburg, Virginia, and began working as the official criminal reporter for the Circuit Court for Loudoun County, Virginia, in addition to her freelance court reporting.

1975 incorporated County Court Reporters, Inc. As County Court Reporters, Inc. continued to grow, Ms. Wallace was faced with the challenge of managing numerous assignments, reporters, and employees.

1980 To meet the challenge, she developed StenAccount™, a court reporting firm management software program that provided functions to manage calendar and scheduling, billing and collections, and payroll. In 1980 Ms. Wallace incorporated StenAccount, Inc. to manage the software development and sale of the product to other court reporting firms. StenAccount became the most widely used court reporting firm management software in the industry.

2003 After three years of development and testing, the year 2003 saw the release of an updated, Windows© version of StenAcount™, re-named as Advanced LEGAL Manager™.

1980s Ms. Wallace became active in national court reporting issues and associations. Ms. Wallace began speaking publicly before state and national court reporting associations, as well as other organizations, regarding business practices and strategic management of court reporting firms. She also attended conventions as a vendor during this time. Through this experience Ms. Wallace developed a network of contacts with a large number of court reporting firm owners across the United States. As other owners learned of Ms. Wallace’s business methods and processes, she was asked to provide consulting services to them. This led to the formation of Court Reporting Consultants in 1988. The demand for her services exceeded her individual capacity, and a team of employees was trained and assembled to implement Ms. Wallace’s directions and to train client staff.

Court Reporting Consultants offers services ranging from training, systems installation, consulting, strategic planning, and financial reviews. Court Reporting Consultants offered solutions to any problem that client firms had in any location and Ms. Wallace is directly responsible for over $100 million in growth in her clients’ firms. Court Reporting Consultants presently operates, but now limits its services to a very select few clients since Ms. Wallace has determined that she can best capture the value of her business methods and processes by implementing them in a standard format on a national scale and became a founding principal in Veterans Reporters, LLC.

Throughout the 1990s and into 2000, Ms. Wallace explored new ways to increase the value of the business methods she had developed. This led to a number of exploratory projects. This led Ms. Wallace to the realization that a national organization could only be accomplished by perfecting an entirely new model utilizing the latest technology. Ms. Wallace explored, in depth, the acquisition of stenowriting schools to address the rapidly diminishing supply of stenowriters (and court reporters in general) with which the industry was faced. This led to Ms. Wallace’s realization that technology solutions were a better means to address this situation.

Ms. Wallace designed Digital Reporting methods and technology using off-the-shelf components to create a laptop based, digital recording system used by court reporters to record, video and annotate proceedings. Ms. Wallace incorporated all of this new technology in all her firms to cover assignments which stenowriters refused to cover such as court trials, hearings, conferences, corporate meetings, or governmental hearings.

Ms. Wallace’s experience revealed the potential of the implementation of her proven business methods. Beginning in 2000, she re-focused her attention and began to carefully and copiously document her operating processes in preparation for a national court reporting company for veterans, their spouses and care givers. This exercise revealed to Ms. Wallace the importance of technology for not only creating operating efficiencies, but also as a means to deliver value-added services and products to clients that would distinguish her companies from other firms. Particularly, Ms. Wallace identified the value of biometric voice authentication technologies. Thus began Ms. Wallace’s quest to secure exclusive relationships with voice technology companies to develop products for use in the court reporting industry.

Ms. Wallace’s vision for speech technologies in the court reporting profession led to the acquisition of the exclusive licenses granted to Ms. Wallace’s newest company, Advanced Legal Technologies, LLC, which was formed in 2001 and exists today. Ms. Wallace has licensed synchronization technology that automatically synchronizes transcript text to the digital audio or video recording of the proceeding in a word-by-word searchable format. State-of-the-art for this process was manual, line-by-line synchronization before the introduction of Ms. Wallace’s Advanced.Sync™ products. In 2007 and during the course of development and ultimate sales of the Advanced.Sync™ products she forged a partnership with an existing competitor using the same engine to develop a transcript production tool, laying the groundwork for a court reporting digital recording software and eventually translation tool. Presently, the court reporting digital recording software is being used nationwide in the field.

Ms. Wallace’s firms record every proceeding by audio/video and synchronize the audio/video-to-text and hyperlinked exhibits for delivery on CDRom with every transcript they produce.

Ms. Wallace also acquired partnerships with the license for the engine on which the Secure.File™ products were developed. These products allowed the secure storage and access of client files and documents using biometric voice
authentication processes. VoiceTrust, AG, the developer of the underlying technology, is the only biometric voice authentication provider that is known to subject itself to independent, common criteria testing of its security levels. In 2007, during that same time working with VoiceTrust, AG, Ms. Wallace was introduced to the developers/owners of Brainloop, which provide virtually 100% security of access using only existing telephony infrastructure and an Internet connection. The applications of this technology clearly exceed the court reporting industry.

In 2001, Ms. Wallace relocated her headquarters and purchased to Historic Jordan Springs, Jordan Springs, Virginia. Since that time her focus has been the rigorous implementation and refinement of the business methods and processes she has developed and the redefinition of her businesses in light of the latest available technologies.

2013 Ms. Wallace remains closely focused on the pulse of the legal environment. As the number one visionary and only national paid consultant to court reporting professionals worldwide, Ms. Wallace is the first to realize and accept the change of technology in the environment and has strategically positioned herself to move forward to implement the revolutionizing of the entire court reporting profession, which she adamantly believes must come from outside the professional rather than within. Ms. Wallace has secured the commitment from a team of experts ready to take on the challenge of the changes and now Ms. Wallace has proceeded with the national court reporting business model, Veteran Reporters, Inc. She is the founding principal and existing CEO.

2014 Ms. Wallace incorporated the non-profit Academy for Veteran Education and Training. The Academy will train and intern veterans, spouses and caregivers and once graduated and certified, the interns are guaranteed employment with Veteran Reporters, inc.

IV. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Chairman, Board of Trustees, The Catholic High School of Baltimore
Chairman, 75th Anniversary $3 Million Capital Campaign, The Catholic High School of Baltimore
Past Chairman, Institutional Development Committee, The Catholic High School of Baltimore
Past Director, Board of Directors, American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers
Chairman, Education Committee, American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers
Member, National Court Reporters Association
Past Vice President, Board of Directors, National Court Reporters Association Service Board
Member, Virginia Court Reporters Association
Past Director, Board of Directors, Virginia Court Reporters Association
Member, Maryland Court Reporters Association
Past Chairman, President’s Advisory Council, Shenandoah University
Past Member, Business Advisory Council, Shenandoah University
Past Chairman, Fort Collier Civil War Center, Winchester, Virginia
Past Vice Chairman, McCormick Civil War Institute, Winchester, Virginia
Past Chairman, Old Town Winchester Development Board
Past Member, Winchester-Frederick County Chamber of Commerce
Past Member, Society for the Technological Advancement of Court Reporting
Past Member, National Verbatim Reporters Association
Past Director, Board of Directors, Wayside Theatre
Past Member, Frederick County Personnel Committee
Past Director, Board of Directors, Junior Achievement, Metropolitan Washington
Past Chairman, Junior Achievement, Loudoun County, Virginia
Past Member, Legal Advisory Committee, Hagerstown Business College
Past Chairman, Aids Response Effort, Winchester/Frederick County, Virginia

V. AWARDS

Northern Virginia Business Daily/Lord Fairfax Community College – Entrepreneur of the Year
Wayside Theatre – Volunteer of the Year
Junior Achievement, Loudoun County, Virginia – Hallmark Award
Loudoun Chamber of Commerce – Creative Leadership Award
The Catholic High School of Baltimore – Torch Bearer
The Catholic High School, President’s Circle

VI. INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL PUBLIC SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

• SPEECHTek, New York, New York
• Intersteno, Rome, Italy
• Defense Research Institute, Washington, D.C.
• Eastern European Telecommunications Conference, Sophia, Bulgaria
• Court Technology Conference 8, Kansas City, Kansas
• University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
• Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia
• West Virginia Paralegal Association, Romney, West Virginia
• National Court Reporters Association annual and mid-year conventions (In over 37 states, yearly for 28 years)
• State Court Reporting Associations(In over 45 states, yearly for 28 years)
• American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers annual convention (In over 5 states)
• National Verbatim Reporters Association annual conventions (In over 17 states)
• Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
• Fairfax County Bar Association
• Maryland Bar Association
• Florida Bar Association
• Virginia Bar Association

VII. PUBLICATIONS

• “What is a Digital Court Reporter” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (National 2002-present)
• “Digital Reporter Users Guide” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (National 2002-present)
• “Digital Transcriber Users Guide” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (National 2002-present)
• “Video Recording of Depositions” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (National 2002-present)
• “Recommended Guidelines for Video Depositions” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (National 2002-present)
• “Court Reporter’s Functions and Duties for Video Depositions” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (National 2002-present)
• “How to Report a Video Deposition” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (National 2002-present)
• “Administrative Workflow for a Court Reporting Firm” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (National 2002-present)
• “Synchronization of Text-to-Video” Law Technology News, New York, New York January 2004
• “Gaining the Competitive Edge in a Very Competitive Market” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (National 2002-present)
• “STENACCOUNT – Case Management for the Busy Court Reporting Firm” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (USA, Canada and Europe 1983-2001)
• “ADVANCED LEGAL MANAGER – Windows into Case Management for Court Reporting” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (USA, Canada and Europe 2001-present)
• “Advanced Video.Sync” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (National 2003-2008)
• “Advanced Audio.Sync” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (National 2003-2008)
• “This Business is Realtime” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (National 2003-present)
• “Change or Die” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (National 2003-present)
• “Resolve to Change” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (National 2003-present)
• “Time is Money” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (National 2003-present)
• “Leadership Strategies” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (National 2003-present)
• “Earn it, Keep it, Grow it” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (National 1998-2003)
• “The Student Workbook” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (National 2003-present)
• “Managing Your Client as an Asset” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (National 2001-present)
• “This Business is Realtime” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (National 2003-present)
• “What is Your Time Worth” National Court Reporters Association; National Verbatim Reporters Association; American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and, State Associations; (National 2003-present read more>>


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