Al earned his Degree in Court Reporting from Baltimore Junior College in 1968. He began his career at the Maryland Workman’s Compensation Commission. In 1971 he accepted the position of Official Court Reporter in the United States Courts for the District of Maryland. In 1977 he formed his own business, today known as Al Betz & Associates, Inc.
In 2005 Al published his first book, Polishing the Pearl, and in 2008 he published Outfluence, The Better Way to Influence. In 2014 under the banner of Outfluence, LLC Al co-authored You Are Here … now what?, a leadership program for high school students. The program has been adopted by Anne Arundel County, Maryland schools.
Al has served in leadership positions in the Maryland Court Reporters Association and in the National Court Reporters Association. He is an active member of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and serves on its Business and Education Committee. He is a member of the Carroll County Tech Council. In 1970 Al was a member of a panel of court reporting leaders invited to participate in the development of Computer-Assisted Transcription (CAT). He later was selected by the Federal Judicial Center to join a CAT implementation team of three Federal Court Reporters nationwide. He has addressed audiences in 22 states on the topics of Inspired Performance, Constant Messaging, Customer Service and Leadership.
Kay L. Betz has been a manager, educator, and facilitator. She has been the CFO of Al Betz & Associates and an instructor in the Department of Graduate and Professional Studies at McDaniel College for more than 20 years. She is also the President and Co-Founder of Outfluence, L.L.C., where she is a facilitator and training program designer.
Mrs. Betz has spoken on the topics of communications and personal development in her home state and at conferences from California to Florida and from Michigan to Massachusetts and has consulted on the topic of strategic planning for associations and nonprofit organizations. She feels honored to work with students who are interning and studying in the field of Human Services and providing services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through a special program at McDaniel College. Having worked and volunteered with high school students for most of her adult life, she put those involvements together with her business and teaching experiences in management and communications to develop a communications and personal development curriculum for high school and college students. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for Carroll Lutheran Village, serving as Board Secretary and chairing the Human Resources Committee.