Dr. Chuck Cadle is the CEO of Destination Imagination, Inc. Cadle’s leadership skill was recognized early in his high school ROTC program, where he was promoted to Battalion Commander. This honor has been valued and appreciated throughout his career. He went to Augusta College where he received a double major in accounting and finance. These skills enabled him to become the auditor for Friedman Jewelers and then the Accounting Officer and Acting Controller for First Railroad and Banking Company, responsible for financial reporting and tax filings on eight banks, a leasing company, a mortgage company and the organization’s Railroad Assets.
Cadle is a life-long learner and has continued his educational pursuits, earning a master’s in Leadership and a Doctorate in Education. He earned certifications as a CFP, CPA, PMP, school business administrator, business teacher and educational leader. He is a member of the Project Management Institute, American Psychological Association, AICPA, American Chemical Society, Society for Neuroscience, and the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics.
His banking expertise enabled him to take the CFO role for a telecom equipment manufacturer. The company was later acquired by a British company and he was elected President. Following in his father’s entrepreneurial steps and using his telecom experience, he and a few other entrepreneurs started up the second telecom carrier in Russia. This satellite-based overlay initiative led him to realize how broadband would shape the future and with this knowledge, he returned to the United States to start the first integrated CATV, telephone, Internet and data services company, taking the company to $25 million in revenue before selling his stake to Blackstone Capital in 2000. Cadle also started up a European broadband wireless and iCloud company in conjunction with Callahan Associates International. He gained significant international operations and project management experience from these pursuits.
Dr. Cadle works every day to ensure that students do not suffer from a loss of their potential. He firmly believes that we must teach students to be the next generation of problem finders, innovators and leaders.