What We Do

In 2017 AKCollaborations, LLC worked with industry leaders, including members of the AZ 403(b) Professionals organization to provide the platform for interactive web-based “Retirement Lesson Plan” (renamed Educators’ Retirement Playbook in 2019) education for the financial wellness of all school district employees. Neither AK Collaborations nor Retirement Lesson Plan endorses any particular vendor, product, or financial representative in Retirement Lesson Plan. Information is provided to educate school district employees about retirement options and planning. If you have ideas for changes submit a request to info@akcollaboration.com.

We are authorities in digital transformation that disrupt leadership with the challenge to produce and execute collaboratively.  Humans are born collaborators, we are social animals and almost every worthwhile achievement is a result of group effort. Today’s digital world is collaboration, we are the experts you need to make more money in the digital world. In addition to Educators’ Retirement Playbook, our team facilitates billion dollar decisions, develops collaboration software for cyber operation centers and uses innovation to execute multi-national operations.

Our team works in austere conditions and boardrooms alike. We are authors and speakers with doctoral degrees who work on the most difficult digital challenges. For over 30 years we have worked in classrooms at the K-12 and university level as well as in administration. Established in 2007, we are providing strategic insight to leading corporations, governments, and agencies around the world.

Dr. Mark Adkins, is a leader in the technical development of course materials and effective delivery. As AK Collaborations Founder and Managing Partner, Mark executes with his innovative and transformational leadership in the digital collaboration arena. Dr. Adkins provides extraordinary time-to-value on mission critical operations leveraging digital engagement systems. Mark completed his doctoral studies at the University of Arizona in Communication and Information Systems.

As the Director of Research at the Center for the Management of Information at the University of Arizona, he directed large scale multi-million dollar research projects around the globe with government departments and agencies. He has extensive time at sea, eaten fine powdery dust in austere locations while orchestrating  action research to create, develop, and implement a number of collaboration capabilities and systems, including the original ThinkTank platform
A former athlete, having won championships in ice hockey, he understands the requirements for teams in competitive environments. Now he enjoys outdoor activities such as horse riding, hunting, motorcycling, and golf.

Dr. Edwin Dawson, has been in education for over 30 years and creates course materials as well as direct and produce content. His teaching experience spans 4th grade to graduate students and his administrative experience ranges from being the Director of Research in a tribal college, to Executive Director of Federal Programs and Research in a Pre-K to 12 district in the southwest SUSD. Working with schools and districts in improvement, corrective action and restructuring Dr. Dawson has a deep understanding and experience in the State and Federal accountability systems including Federal-funding requirements. Ed has worked as an organizational and political consultant as well as holding an executive post in a Healthcare Research firm in the Midwest. He is a well-published author and researcher. 

Gerald William Peterson is going to be one of the instructors for the 4 on-site face-to-face presentations. Recently, Gerry retired and does not represent a financial service vendors. He and his wife are long term residents of Tucson and enjoy visits from their children and grandchildren. Gerry says: "I have over fifteen years of experience in the financial services industry with 3 firms. I have a varied management background with over 24 years in manufacturing and distribution with Frito-Lay, Inc. and Newell Rubbermaid. I am also a veteran of the U.S. Army. I have a bachelor Degree in Business and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration both from the University of Arizona. I hold the Series 7, 31, 63, 65 and 66 registrations as well as the Arizona Life and Health Licenses."

Rene Llamas, Jr. is moving back into to teaching in 2019 after operating a financial services office in Yuma.  Rene has eight years of experience in the financial services industry and has been licensed since 2013.  Rene maintains the FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations and holds Arizona Life and Health licenses. Rene first language is Spanish, he was raised in Yuma, Arizona and has delivered an extensive number of financial management seminars in Spanish as well as English.  He shares his home with his favorite dog, Henry, and in his spare time loves the outdoors and Mexican food.