Industry Veteran Joins GTL as Executive Vice President of National Sales Team

Respected market leader further strengthens executive staff entering 2017


Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – January 16, 2017GTL an innovation leader in correctional technology and payment services solutions for government, today announced that Jonathan (Jon) B. Walker was recently brought on board to serve as Executive Vice President of Sales. In this role, Jon Walker will be integral in furthering and developing an aggressively growing portfolio of all regional and national sales accounts. Mr. Walker brings a wealth of industry experience with over 25 years of sales management and marketing expertise including over 20 years in the public procurement sector. Most recently, he served for seven years as Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Corizon Health, Inc., a correctional healthcare company. Prior to that Mr. Walker served as Vice President of Business Development, State Corrections at Aramark Correctional Services, and Vice President of Business Development at Prison Health Services.

“As we continue GTL’s organizational evolution in 2017 with a focus on transforming our culture and organization, we are excited to have Jon leading our Sales team as Executive Vice President,” said Brian Oliver, CEO at GTL. “Jon has extensive experience in sales planning, revenue productivity, sales training, new market development, and leadership – all qualities that will only strengthen GTL as an industry thought leader and trusted consultative partner.”

“Throughout the years, I have had the opportunity to meet and network with many great members of the GTL team,” stated Mr. Walker. “I am extremely excited to be part of this company’s executive staff and about the opportunities of learning from some of the best and brightest in our industry. GTL has a strong team environment, and I look forward to learning from my peers as we work together toward accomplishing goals and exceeding our clients’ expectations.”

“I have gotten to know Jon over the years as our paths have crossed many times,” said Jeff Haidinger, President and COO at GTL. “I am personally aware of the level of respect Jon carries with our customers in the corrections market and couldn’t be more pleased to have him on board. Jon’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the GTL Sales team and family.”


About GTL
GTL leads in the fields of correctional technology and government payment services with visionary solutions and customized products that integrate seamlessly to deliver security, financial value, and ease of operation for its customers. As a trusted industry leader, GTL provides service to 85 percent of inmates nationwide, including service to 30 state departments of corrections, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and 73 of the 100 largest city/county facilities, including 39 of the top 50. GTL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, and maintains several regional offices across the country. To learn more about GTL, please visit or our social media sites on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About ConnectNetwork
GTL’s ConnectNetwork is the one-stop resource for friends and family members to connect with their incarcerated loved ones. Friends and family can deposit money into an inmate’s accounts, schedule and conduct video visits, and send messages. To learn more about ConnectNetwork, please visit You can also view us on Facebook and Twitter.

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In the push to reduce the recidivism rate, correctional facilities are moving away from a traditional layout to one that is designed for inclusiveness and keeping inmates engaged with outside society. Studies have shown that maintaining a support structure is a key component to keeping inmates on the right path to successful reintegration into society after release. In Australia, a new maximum security prison opened this year that includes no cells. Instead, inmates are housed in dormitory-style accommodations with 25 inmates in 16 ‘pods’ that offer more access to education, entertainment, and communication with friends and families. This novel move seeks to enhance inmates’ daily lives by making these services more accessible and improve re-integration into society. Inmates have access to technology that connects them with friends and family members, news, books, movies, education, games, and more. They are required to work for up to five hours during the day and pursue education and other programs in the remaining time. This progressive approach aligns with GTL’s vision of technology and education being available to every inmate. “GTL has the technology portfolio to enable correctional facilities to execute their strategies,” said Gad Tobaly, President, GTL International. “Whether those strategies are similar to the open-plan jail approach or focus on a more traditional environment, we offer the innovations to help facilities become safer and more secure while providing inmates with access to programs that improve their lives during and after incarceration.” GTL creates new technologies and advocates for tablets, education, and other programs to help reduce recidivism rates. “These new facilities highlight the need for technology in corrections,” said Eric Gonzalez, Executive Director, Technology and Implementation Services. “Today’s inmates are digital natives, having grown up in the age of computers, cell phones, tablets, and more. It is only logical that providing them with technology and programs to learn and better themselves through those access points is the direction that corrections is taking.” As part of GTL’s ongoing mission to keep our offerings in line with global corrections trends, the company will once again be a sponsor at the International Corrections & Prisons Association (ICPA) Annual Conference. This year’s conference is being held at the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal, Canada. The conference theme of “Beyond Prisons: The Way Forward” will draw discussion on the underpinning philosophies, strategic direction, policies, and practices being instituted across the globe. More than 500 delegates from over 70 countries attend this prestigious conference. GTL and two collaborating organizations will present on two topics that relate to the use of technology in aiding the corrections and criminal justice systems. “Transforming the Inmate Environment: How and Why Facilities are Implementing Tablet Programs” will discuss how technology is used to humanize correctional efforts and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. “Virtual-Enabled Justice: Delivering Swifter Outcomes and Improved Victim and Witness Experience” will discuss the use of technology to create ‘virtual courts’ that fuel efficiency, safety, and security, and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 3:30 p.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. To learn more about our technology solutions, contact GTL today.