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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

Prof. Dr. Herbert J. Kellner, Ph.D., President and CEO of ITD International and Vice President of United States Online University, holds advanced degrees in Psychology and Communications from both German and American universities.

More about Herbert
Dr. Kellner served as Professor of Communications at Clayton University, established by the faculty of Harvard University, and also as Assistant Professor for New York University and Professor for Pepperdine University.

Dr. Kellner has published numerous articles in training and development journals. He is author of several books, contributing author to the Personnel Encyclopedia, and research author of “Creating Your Future, An Action Guide For A Better Tomorrow”. (Co-Authors: Dr. Stephen Covey, Dr. Billy Graham, Art Linkletter, Dr. Betty Youngs, Zig Ziglar, et al.) He designed, produced and delivered more than one hundred video training programs for a variety of organizations, including several Fortune 100 companies. He developed and produced the first competency-based, video-driven and computer-scored sales assessment program. His Sales Talent Assessment Review program (STAR) is published in five languages and over 1 million salespeople worldwide have participated.

Herbert was the recipient of the ASTD Professional Contribution Award and the European Award of Masters for Innovation. He received the German Training Award for his Assessment Program FIT. A panel of highly regarded producers and the editorial staff of the AV Video & Multimedia Producer Magazine have selected him twice from a large pool of applicants as one of the Top 100 producers. He is a past President of the European Trainer Association.

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, Administration. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Psychology. Her scope of duties includes all aspects of project management, accounting, personnel management, scheduling and budgeting.

More about Gitta

Gitta was involved in the production of more than 100 off-the-shelf video training packages for sales and management. She organized the first International Trainer Conference for European training directors held at New York University.

Gitta was involved in the launch of Training Magazine 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 book reading, classical music, beach walks, jogging, cycling and gardening.

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
He has extensive business development and business management experience obtained in internationally operating large corporations.

He applied and expanded his experience in several startup companies, where focused and disciplined business management is an important success factor. Dr. Schlueter currently applies his long-standing expertise in his own management consulting firm, Hansa Technologies International, which provides technology-driven work process solutions and custom applications. His clients recognize him as a resourceful creator of effective change for organizations in transition.

Dr. Schlueter’s cross-disciplinary work started at the Institute of Technology in Aachen, Germany, where, based on his degree work in Technology, he earned a Scholarship from the Volkswagenwerk Stipendium toward studies of Economics and Business Management. The influence of this cross-functional training stayed with him throughout his professional career. While Dr. Schlueter steadily progressed toward executive responsibilities, he accepted and performed technical as well as managerial assignments and often had the opportunity to combine the two.

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. He actively participates in the International Forum of Corporate Directors (IFCD) and serves on the Board of a technology-based start-up firm in San Diego. 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., serves as our Senior Vice President, Program Development. In this position, Connie leads the implementation of the Accreditation Program for Career Coaches.

More about Connie
Dr. Penn is a clinical psychologist in private practice with degrees from UCLA and CSPP San Diego.

She is President of the Accrediting Alliance for Training and Development. Connie is coauthor of the widely used training programs “Conflict Management” and “Relationship Booster–The Heart-Body-Brain Connection”.

Connie is also on the board of directors of Mercy Force, a media-driven organization, utilizing the Internet, television, multimedia programs, seminars, workshops and conferences to empower homeless people to reverse their situation and restore their lives.

Dr. Mikel R. Walton is Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. 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.

More about Mikel

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 Job Contender.
As a lifelong student of Theology, Mikel has served as Executive Director of Christian Camping Programs and as an Associate Pastor for a large regional church. Mikel lives with his wife Debbie and their four children in coastal north county of San Diego. As an avid cyclist, hiker and surfer, Mikel enjoys the variety of outdoor recreation that only Southern California can offer.

Gary Kinnee, Director Marketing, brings over 30 years experience managing people and programs for large multinational aerospace firms. He has also served as a management consultant to Hughes Aircraft Company.

More about Gary

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 began his career as an electronics engineer and 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. They have two sons and four grandsons. He enjoys traveling, private piloting, hiking and camping.

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

More about Michael
Michael is a Senior Executive for Research & Development 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.

Prof. Dr. Peter Hardegger, M.B.A., Senior Executive Research & Development. He has over twenty-five years of professional experience in adult education.

More about Peter
He was a sales trainer at Mercuri-Goldmann, International Training Center for Leadership and Sales. In this capacity, he developed and conducted several international training projects for Fortune 500 companies and designed and delivered more than twenty training programs for different clients.

After starting his own training and consulting business, Peterr served many organizations as a trainer and consultant. He pioneered the use of competency-based, video-driven and computer-scored assessment programs in Europe. During the last ten years, Peter focused his training and development activities on the insurance industry. Recently, he introduced and implemented a competency-based development system for a well known insurance group in Germany. 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 the Lifelong Learning Magazine and an expert in online learning. His personal interests include acting in a community theater, swimming and bicycling.

Dr. Folkert Klaassen, Director, Public Relations. He holds a B.A. in Human Behavior and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Communications. His career highlights include correspondent and editor to the German Broadcasting Corporation.

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. In 1994, he 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 and because of his pledge for indigent people. In 1995, Folkert. Klaassen was distinguished with the Pyramide di mani in gold by the German UNESCO Ambassador Ute Henriette Ohoven because of his contributions to the relief organization Children in Need.

Steven P. Hadar, M.A., Director, Research & Development. He has been a student and teacher of leadership, behavioral sciences and organizational development for over a quarter of a century.

More about Steven
Holding a B.S. in Psychology and an M.A. in Human Resources Management, he had over 20 years in practical experience as a leader in the United States Marine Corps. As a senior officer, he commanded an organization of over 1,000 highly motivated individuals.

While Head of the Leadership and Management Department of the prestigious Marine Corps Command and Staff College, he incorporated the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) as a self-assessment and team-building tool for hundreds of officers and several military and civilian organizations. Known for his passion for leadership, Lt.Col Hadar was invited two consecutive years to lead seminars at the annual Russell Leadership Conference hosted at the FBI Academy.

After his military service, he also served as an executive in corporate America. He founded Eagles Unlimited, an association of management consultants providing time management, personal development and organizational effectiveness seminars. Steve is an active member of Toastmaster International and an accomplished speaker and trainer. As such, he has conducted seminars throughout the United States, Canada, and the Far East. Steve Hadar served as Assistant Professor for Management at Newport University.

His personal hobbies include dancing, skiing, physical fitness, hang gliding, and enjoying San Diego.

James Axiotis, Co-Producer and Production Consultant. James has 24 years of experience in producing Television shows, commercials, music videos, live news, hour-long dramas, sitcoms and corporate videos. 

More about James
James 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 Marketing & Distribution. In this position Cindy represents the company within the communities of TV networks, movie studios, production companies and corporate sponsors.

More about Cindy
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 & Producer. Mike is an Editor, Producer and Location Scout for Travel Secrets TV. He has been working in the marine sciences industry for nearly 20 years and is a United States Coast Guard licensed 100-ton Captain. 

More about Mike
He and Verena explored Mexico aboard their sailboat for two years and are currently traveling aboard their new motor boat in the Pacific Northwest. 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 & Producer. Verena is an Editor, Producer and 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.

More about Verena
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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