Leadership of new association seeks to set standards and modernize the court reporting industry

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – September 10, 2020 – The Speech-to-Text Institute (STTI), a non-profit that seeks to unify and bring collaboration and standards to court reporting, unveiled 11 industry leaders and luminaries that have agreed to serve on the organization’s inaugural board of directors. STTI members include businesses and practitioners from across the speech-to-text industry, including businesses and practitioners that come from stenography, voice writing, digital reporting and videography backgrounds.

“The inaugural board of the Speech-to-Text Institute is a genuine reflection of the leaders of an industry who have embraced the changing dynamics of the court reporting industry and who are committed to taking the steps that will be necessary to ensure the quality of the legal verbatim record,” said Jim Cudahy, executive director, STTI.

Inaugural Officers and Board of the Speech-to-Text Institute

President: Steve Townsend, President & CEO, The RecordXchange
Vice President: Star Levandowski, Vice President of Products, Strategy & Marketing, Stenograph Corporation
Secretary/Treasurer: David Ross, Managing Director, Trans-Atlantic International Depositions
Director: Kathy DiLorenzo, Director of Court Reporting, Planet Depos
Director: Pete Giammanco, President & CSO, U.S. Legal Support
Director: Michael McDonner, President, Kentuckiana Reporters
Director: Craig Mitchell, President, Harvard Bell
Director: Kelly Moranz, Director, Tri-C Community College
Director: Reesa Parker, President & CEO, RevolutionaryText
Director: Michael Rose, CEO, For the Record
Director: Tony Sirna, Senior Customer Success Manager, Verbit
Executive Director: Jim Cudahy

Industry Supporting Statements

“The changes taking place all around us within court reporting will require a new approach and a new spirit of cooperation across our entire community,” said Steve Townsend, president, STTI and president and CEO, RecordXchange. “As an organization, we begin with the premise that, above all else, the quality of the legal record must be paramount and that no technology holds exclusive ownership of the ability to produce a quality, verbatim transcript.”

“Understanding the current state of the industry and the opportunities presented by the promise of technological innovation will be the first step in meeting the challenges that lay ahead,” said Star Levandowski, vice president, STTI and vice president of Products, Strategy & Marketing, Stenograph. “Our long-held culture of problem-solving, as well as our dedication to preservation of the verbatim record, dictate that we must continually evolve to be sustainable in the long term. Our position as a company is that a stenographer using a steno writer remains the gold standard for converting speech to text. However, we also recognize there is room for multiple perspectives within our industry and that continued evolution, all around us, is inevitable. As this takes place, it will be incumbent upon industry leaders to work together to ensure that stenography and other methods of capture work side-by-side to meet the rising demand for verbatim transcripts in the future.”

For its part, Stenograph, an iconic institution within the court reporting industry, recently announced an evolution in its business model with the expansion of its products and services to address the needs of professionals and students across the entire court reporting ecosystem.

“The formation of STTI and the changes taking place among iconic institutions like Stenograph are reflective of changes taking place across the industry,” said David Ross, secretary/treasurer, STTI and managing director, Trans-Atlantic Deposition Services. “We work in a business where the bottom line promise we make to clients is for quality transcripts delivered on a timely basis. That is no different whether you’re using steno, digital, or voice writing to deliver the transcript. And it’s time that we have an organization that is organized around the realities of the marketplace as it exists now and how it will exist in the future.”

About the Speech-to-Text Institute

The Speech-to-Text Institute (STTI) is a non-profit organization formed by leaders from across the industry united in the belief that uncompromising quality should be a requirement for all speech-to-text enterprises and practitioners and that no single technology holds exclusivity on such quality. STTI believes that reliance on a fair and accurate record of legal proceedings is a fundamental component of our legal system. Today’s market requires the use of stenographers, voice writers, digital reporters and videographers, all with the ability to harness emerging technologies as they prove capable of serving a role in the uncompromising legal environment.