Program Head Milenko Gudić had long experience with management education challenges in CEE through his involvement in the late 1980s with Entrepreneurial Incubators and the European Forum for Entrepreneurship Research where he presented a case study on Eskod in 1992 and met Purg, Filipović, Koźmiński, and Abell. Thereafter he was drawn into CEEMAN's orbit, led the management training needs study in 1998, and became Program Director of IMTA in 2010.
IMTA faculty included Professors Obłoj, Randy Kudar, Jose (Joe) Pons, J. B. Kassarjian, Robert Howell and later Jim Ellert and Arshad Ahmad. (SEE Sidebar on IMTA)
. Kudar, Emeritus of the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada, and faculty at IEDC, kicked off IMTA's first program with these words: "Those who can - do. Those who can't - teach. Those who can't teach - teach teachers." Then Joe Pons gave faculty the real perspective: "Good teachers have to be in love with education. You are either passionate about it, or you are mediocre."