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ABOUT 2017-09-23T14:12:25+00:00

Created to Make an Impact in Training & Development


ITD started in 1969 in Germany and expanded to the USA in 1989. ITD is an internationally recognized HRD consulting firm that provides organizations with an extensive, integrated suite of consulting services across all aspects of competency development, business analysis, innovation strategy, process improvement, organizational effectiveness, and simulation technology.


The mission of ITD International is to develop competency-based, cutting-edge learning systems and affordable programs that solve business problems. ITD International is committed to improve individual and organizational effectiveness based on a measurement system that monitors Performance Improvements, Return on Investment (ROI) and Value of Investment (VOI).

We Are Global And Have Helped Clients Worldwide

Several programs developed by ITD received sought-after awards and are used by more than 2,000 companies and organizations worldwide. Many of them are Fortune 100 or Fortune 500 companies as well as universities. In particular, the Value of Investment System stirred up a lot of attention in professional circles. HRD managers and performance consultants from leading management consultancies attended public and in-house certification seminars to qualify for the implementation of the VOI System.

American Honda
Austin Rover
DaimlerChrysler AG

benthack direkt marketing GmbH
Brom Solutions
Delfin Personal & Mediation
Ernst & Young
EVM-Beratung GmbH
Gsponer Consulting Group
HDS Consult
iProCon GmbH
Jelinek & Partner
Kienbaum Consulting
Kutz Consult
Limberger + Dilger Beratung
Management Communication
Meirich Consulting
Meta Five GmbH
M3international networking, Ltd.
M3team AG
O&P Consult AG
PA Consulting Group
PriceWaterhouseCoopers AG
ProGast Beratung & Training
Prodius AG
RYTMUS consulting Ltd.
Schweizer Verband der
Sedlak Unternehmensberatung
SHL Deutschland GmbH
Soencksen & Teilhaber
Strategieteam e.V.
T.E.A.M. Marketing AG
VirtualArt Consulting GmbH
Wellness Consulting Doll
YES Consultraining
Zinal Consulting GmbH

Great Lakes Chemical
ProLube International

Cablecom GmbH
ComputerLInks AG
Cox Cable
o2 Germany
Pacific Bell
Swisscom AG
Swisscom IT Services AG
Swisscom Fixnet AG

HQ Interaktive Mediensysteme
Oracle Deutschland GmbH
SAP Schweiz AG
Würth Phoenix GmbH

arow-biz – Das Weiterbildungsportal
Akademie für Dialog
Core Business Development GmbH
Edutrainment Company GmbH
E-Learn AG
e/t/s Didaktische Medien GmbH
Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
IBB Institut für berufliche Bildung
Incontro Kommunikationstraining
Intem Trainergruppe
Kompetenz Center Feyerabendt
Mobile GmbH
Quadrat Personalentwicklung
Topas-Higher Learning

EBV Elektronik
Huber + Suhner AG
IFM Electronics
Micron Electronic Devices AG
Unaxis Balzers AG
Vectronix AG
Vero Electronics

Alstom Schweiz AG
EnBW Akademie
IBC Solar AG
RAG Aktiengesellschaft

Bank für Sozialwirtschaft
Credit Suisse
First National Bank
KfW Bank
Kreissparkasse Gotha
Kreissparkasse Köln
Kreissparkasse M’gladbach
Landesbank Berlin
M.M.Warburg & Co.
Norddeutsche Landesbank
Schwyzer Kantonalbank
Sparkasse Uecker-Randow
Sparkasse Bielefeld
LBS Norddeutsche
Union Asset Mgmt Holding AG
Union Investment Privatfonds GmbH
Vereins- und Westbank
Vereinigte Volksbank Maingau eG
Weberbank Privatbankiers

Milkon Südtirol
Productos de Maiz

Burger King
Holiday Inn Hotels
Home Town Buffet
Intercontinental Hotels
Sheraton Hotels

Allianz Krankenversicherungs-AG
Allgemeine Unfallversicherungsanstalt
Generali Versicherungen
Helsana Versicherungen AG
Münchener Verein
Swiss Re
WWK Lebensversicherung a.G.

Elliott & True Medical Group
La Costa Medical Laboratory
Laser Diagnostic Technology
Medical Design Concepts
OxyHeal Health Group

Aero USA
Best Food
Black & Decker
Cablex AG
Creabeton Materiaux AG
Du Pont
Freudenberg Simrit
Greystone Homes
Hilti AG
Holcim Group
Hyperbaric Technologies, Inc.
Paul Hartmann AG
Ringier Print Adligenswil AG
Jacobs Kaffee
Siemens AG
SIG allCap AG
SIG Holding AG
Umdasch AG

Cilag AG
Dr. Schieffer
Grünenthal GmbH
IVAX Laboratories
Janssen Pharmaceutica
Merckle/ratiopharm Gruppe
Novartis Pharmaceutica
Pharma Schwarz

Einrichtungshaus Sommerlad
Migros-Verteilvertrieb Neuendorf AG
Nord-West-Ring Akademie
Rewe Zentral AG
USA Tire

Browning-Ferris Industries
Entsorgung + Recycling
Zürich Abfall
Rotary International
Schieder Service & Beteiligungen
Stadt Offenburg
Tiefbauamt Stadt Zürich

Deutsche Lufthansa AG
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-
und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)

Discovery Channel
Travel Channel
FamilyNet Television
Uplift Television

City University Los Angeles
National University
Newport University
New York University
Oxyheal University
Pepperdine University
United States Open University
University of California, Long Beach
Watterson College

Our Team Thrives on Creativity, Intuition & Determination

Dr. Herbert J. Kellner, Ph.D., President and CEO of ITD International holds advanced degrees in psychology and communications from both German and American universities.

More about Herbert
Dr. Kellner is Vice President of United States Online University. He served as Professor of Communications at Clayton University, established by the faculty of Harvard University, as Assistant Professor for New York University and Professor for Pepperdine University. He is the Founder and Executive Producer of Travel Secrets TV and Journey to Wellness. Herbert is author of ten books in the field of HRD and clinical psychology and research author of Creating Your Future (Co-Authors: Dr. Stephen Covey, Dr. Billy Graham, Art Linkletter, Dr. Betty Youngs, Zig Ziglar, et al.). He produced more than one hundred video training programs for clients worldwide, including several Fortune 100 companies. His personal interests are in scuba diving and sailing. In 1987, he sailed with his wife and daughter on a 38′ sailboat from Germany to California. Five years later, they proudly became American citizens.

Gitta H. Kellner, M.A., Vice President of ITD International. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Psychology from a German and American University.

More about Gitta

Gitta is Executive Producer of Travel Secrets TV. She was involved in the production of the TV series Destinations: South Pacific that aired on Discovery and the Travel Channel. Gitta directed and co-directed eight TV shows for Destinations: Mexico that aired on FamilyNet Television. Now she is co-producing the TV series Destinations: USA and Destinations: Wellness. She organized the first International Trainer Conference for European training directors held at New York University and co-developed more than 100  training programs for sales and management. Gitta was involved in the launch of Training Magazine in Germany, a publication for training managers and HRD consultants. She managed the production and distribution of the magazine that turned into the world-wide and online publication Lifelong Learning Magazine. In her spare time, Gitta enjoys reading, beach walks and living a healthy lifestyle.

Georg J. Schlueter, Ph.D., Vice President, Business Development. He holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics, and an M.B.A. in Business Management.

More about Georg
Dr. Schlueter is President/CEO of United States Online University. Georg has extensive business development and business management experience obtained in internationally operating large corporations. He currently applies his long-standing expertise in his own management consulting firm, Hansa Technologies International. His clients recognize him as a resourceful creator of effective change for organizations in transition. Since 1994, Dr. Schlueter has been a faculty member of the University of Phoenix, San Diego Campus, where he has been lead faculty for the School of Business & Technology Management. Dr. Schlueter published numerous papers addressing significant technical and managerial topics of pressing importance. His personal interests include skiing, bicycling, and ocean sailing. He has his home in San Diego where he lives with his wife and an adult daughter.

Connie Penn, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Program Development. She is a clinical psychologist in private practice with degrees from UCLA and CSPP San Diego.

More about Connie
Dr. Penn is involved in all aspects of developing competency-based training programs and leads the team of subject matter experts, educators, media producers and marketing professionals during the creation of new programs. She is the scientific advisor for the TV series Destinations: Wellness where she fact-checks all the contributions for the shows in the psychological field. Connie is co-author of the Certified Wellness Coach and the Certified Career Coach programs. She also co-authored the widely used training programs Conflict Management and The Heart-Body-Brain Connection. Dr. Penn is President of the Accrediting Alliance for Training and Development. 

Dr. Mikel R. Walton, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. He holds a doctoral degree in Counseling.

More about Mikel
In this position, Mikel leads initiatives in support of the company’s strategic priorities, including content development, international expansion, cross-platform opportunities, and digital growth. He works closely with the executive team to ensure continued progress toward the company’s goals. Mikel is a senior executive in United States Online University’s Research & Development Council and primarily focused on instructional systems design and seminar development. He is Senior Editor for Lifelong Learning Magazine and oversees the Train the Trainer program worldwide. Mikel is also co-developer of the Certified Career Coach program. He has served as an Associate Pastor for a large regional church. As an avid cyclist, hiker and surfer, Mikel enjoys the variety of outdoor recreation that only Southern California can offer.

Gary Kinnee, Director of Marketing. He has over 30 years experience managing people and programs for large multinational aerospace firms.

More about Gary
Gary has served as a management consultant to Hughes Aircraft Company, as a field engineering manager for Air Traffic Control programs, DOT Traffic Management programs, and shipboard and submarine display, radar and tactical data systems. Gary was responsible for marketing programs and support personnel assigned throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Gary was instrumental in the development and deployment of the advanced submarine systems program. He organized numerous technical, management, and leadership development seminars. Gary is a senior executive in the University’s Research & Development Council and primarily focused on the design and development of the competency simulator. Gary lives in Southern California with his wife Dana. He enjoys traveling, private piloting, hiking and camping.

Michael Fischer, Director of Network Development. He is a performance consultant and trainer, conducting seminars in Australia, Germany and the United States.

More about Michael
Michael is a Senior Executive for Research & Development at United States Online University and primarily focused on instructional systems design and seminar development. In 1988, he became a partner in an international training company. Five years later, he started his own training company, designed and conducted seminars and consulted many well-known companies like IBM and Pacific Bell. Michael lives in California with his wife Patricia. He loves to walk and is an avid reader. In his sparetime he coaches Empowering the Teen Spirit, a seminar organization specialized in motivating teenagers and young adults.

Dr. Peter Hardegger, Director Europe. He holds an M.B.A. and Dr. of Counseling.

More about Peter
Peter is a Professor of Education and Senior Executive in United States Online University’s Research & Development Council. He served many organizations as performance consultant and pioneered competency-based, video-driven and computer-scored assessment programs in Europe. Peter is an expert in training and development for the insurance industry. He implemented STAR, the Sales Talent Assessment Review, a competency-based development system in Europe. This system made it possible to significantly reduce the cost for recruiting while boosting competency levels, performance, Return of Investment and Value of Investment. Peter is a regular contributor to Lifelong Learning Magazine. His personal interests include acting in a community theater, swimming and bicycling.

Dr. Folkert Klaassen, Director of Public Relations. He holds a B.A. and Human Behavior and Communications.

More about Folkert
He was Vice-President for the American Television Network, Inc. (German television in America). Dr. Klaassen has served many organizations as a consultant. His clients include Jaguar, Best Western Group etc. He has over 25 years professional experience focused on three major areas: journalism, television production and public relations consulting. As founder and publisher of the exclusive VIP Online Magazine, he has covered many important events worldwide and interviewed numerous public figures and celebrities. He is the American ambassador for the Club of Europe. IDr. Klaassen was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz, one of the highest German decorations, because of his special merits for the spreading of German culture on the North American continent.

Michael Castaneda., Executive Producer for Travel Secrets TV – Destinations: USA

More about Michael
Michael is a multifaceted audio/video technician with experience in filming, editing and producing of TV shows and educational videos.He gained his experience through the development of training videos for the fire services. Shortly after he retired as a Deputy Fire Marshal, he began his new career as an independent producer and started his own video studio. Michael developed his talent and turned into an established and sought after videographer, digital still photographer and sound video/audio technician. His clients are businesses, organizations and a local cable television station. Michael serves as director and technical assistant for the graphics & audio operations of the City of Encinitas.


James Axiotis, Co-Producer and Production Consultant for Travel Secrets TV – Discover Destinations: USA

More about James
James has 24 years of experience in producing Television shows, commercials, music videos, live news, hour-long dramas, sitcoms and corporate videos. He is also a producing-writer and oversees all phases of production from concept to final editing and trafficking. James was a producer of the very successfull Television series “Extreme Makeover – Home Edition” He has worked with ABC, CBS and NBC.

Cindy Olivier, Director of Network Relations. Longtime television and film industry professional.

More about Cindy

Cindy represents the company within the communities of TV networks, movie studios, production companies and corporate sponsors. She brings a wealth of experience from her executive positions within the training & development as well as the TV & film industry. Cindy is a member of the Screen Actors’ Guild and American Federation of Television & Radio Artists and a former member of the SAG nominating committee.

Mike Castle, Editor and Producer for Travel Secrets TV – Discover Destinations: USA

More about Mike
Mike is not only contributing to Travel Secrets TV as an editor and producer, but also as a location scout. He has been working in the marine sciences industry as a freelancer for nearly 20 years and traveling extensive. He and his partner Verena explored Mexico aboard their sailboat for two years and are currently traveling aboard their new motor boat in the Pacific Northwest. They are both United States Coast Guard licensed 100-ton Captains. They have charted and explored much of the coast from Mexico to Alaska and keep a travel blog of their adventures at

Verena Kellner, Editor and Producer for Travel Secrets TV – Discover Destinations: USA.

More about Verena
Verena is not only an Editor and Producer, but also a Location Scout for Travel Secrets TV. She is a United States Coast Guard licensed 100-ton Captain who travels while trying to make a difference by volunteering her time on various environmental projects. With a background in Geography, Cartography and Hydrography, she has worked on research projects for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and private engineering firms from Alaska to the post-Katrina Gulf region. Traveling by boat has taught her to see the world at a slower pace and really get to know a region rather than merely passing through. She blogs about her experiences at

Our Strong Network of Partners and Cooperations

The ROI Institute, Inc. is the leading resource on research, training, and networking for practitioners of the Phillips ROI Methodology™. Founded in 2003, the ROI Institute represents over 50 years of experience in measurement and evaluation of training, human resources, technology and quality programs and initiatives.

The International Academy of Sciences in San Marino is a group of more than 1,000 progressive scientists from all over the world. Striving for greater efficiency in scientific research and teaching, and for closer contact of the latter with technology and art, by enhancing international communication and interdisciplinary cooperation.

Kirkpatrick Partners is a provider of training evaluation and business partnership training, products, consulting, and impact studies. Their work is based on the Kirkpatrick Four Levels Evaluation Model created by Donald L. Kirkpatrick in 1954 as part of his PhD dissertation on the evaluation of the effectiveness of training for supervisors.

National University is a private, accredited, and nonprofit institution of higher education. It has provided diverse populations access to quality lifelong learning opportunities. National is proudly ranked in the “Top 100” colleges and universities awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to minorities in all disciplines each year since the U.S. Office of Education began collecting such data in 1996.

Milestones on Our Path to Glory

Achieving Performance eXcellence (APX) Award

Our academic affiliate, ITD International, was voted “Best Instructional Systems Design” by Training Magazine Readers. 50,000 training professionals were asked to make their selections for the best suppliers in the field as measured by four criteria.

ASTD Professional Contribution Award

Dr. Kellner was the recipient of this award from the American Society for Training and Development for his accomplishments in the training field. ASTD is a member organization for professionals who develop the competencies of employees.

Top 100 Producer Award

Dr. Kellner was selected from a large pool of applicants by the editorial staff of AV Video & Multimedia Producer magazine along with a panel of highly regarded producers as one of the Top 100 producers.


Top 100 Producer Award

Dr. Kellner received his second Top 100 Producer Award for the development of the e-learning platform Progressor, a teaching system which provides digital collaboration tools in an environment of experiential learning.

German Training Award

ITD International received this award from the German Trainer Association for the assessment and sales training program “FIT”. This program was developed by Dr. Kellner for the training of retail salespeople.

European Award of Masters

ITD received this award for its competency-based, video-driven and computer-scored sales assessment program Sales Talent Assessment Review (STAR), the gold-standard for sales and sales management assessment.

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