Knowledge Management Institute


Douglas Weidner

KM Institute Chairman & Chief Instructor

 Douglas Weidner is a respected KM trainer, consultant, columnist, conference speaker and

 Douglas developed the internationally acclaimed Certified Knowledge Manager (CKM) and Master
 CKM Certification Programs, based on his KM consulting and training experiences. He first 
 taught the CKM in June 2001 and through KM Institute, has conducted training for well over
 10,000 Certificants worldwide.

 He has trained, certified and advised KM leaders in most every U.S. Government Agency and all major U.S.
 military services and joint combatant commands, non-governmental organizations, and over one thousand
 commercial firms worldwide. His focus is on developing KM Institute's Knowledge Maturity Model (KMM™),
 the KM Transformation Solution™  and on expanding KMI's worldwide KM Certification offerings.

 Douglas is an engineering graduate of the US Air Force Academy--MBA in Business Economics (UCLA),
 MSIE in Operations Research.

Eric Weidner

VP, Business Development

Manages Business Development for The KM Institute, including sales and marketing, partner development, and custom engagements for clients worldwide.

Prior to co-founding KM Institute (2004) and KMPro™ (2001), led sales/marketing efforts for IBM Global Services, taught internal customer service teams and helped drive new business by adopting grass-roots sales initiatives.

Prior to IBM, helped grow a small start-up in the mid-90s that became the first ever "online shopping mall" for U.S. Federal Government procurement.

Eric graduated from George Mason University in 1995 with a degree in Communications.

Brandon Weidner

VP, Production

 Brandon Weidner leads KMI's e-learning development team.
 Brandon has held sales and marketing positions for such firms as CA (formerly Computer
 Associates) and GTSI.  He is a co-founder of KM Institute and its predecessor; leading start-up
 efforts in both organizations, marketing, member outreach and business development.  In 2007
 Brandon transitioned to e-learning strategy and new product development full time.
 Today, the eCKM and other "e" courses have evolved into robust product offerings - as standalone solutions,
 or integrated into KMI's traditional classroom-based programs. Brandon's team continues to expand KMI's
 e-learning product umbrella, helping KM educators reach more students via the proven power of the interactive
 Brandon graduated with a B.A. in English from Virginia's George Mason University.

Jack Merklein

​Co-Director, Course Development 

 Jack earned his Certified Knowledge Manager (CKM) Certification back in 2000, and has been
 practicing KM for over 20 years.

 KM professional work: Director of KM and distance learning for the US Army IG School; director of
 knowledge and learning for Xerox Global Services; worked for Northrop Grumman as a KM
 consultant to the USPS OIG; chief of knowledge and learning for Peace Corps. Currently the director of KM for
 World Vision International, and is an adjunct professor teaching KM for the University of Maryland University
 College and also serves as the course chair for their KM program.

 Education:  BS in Engineering from West Point; MS in Human Relations/Organizational Development from Golden
 Gate University; PhD candidate in Knowledge Management from Walden University.

 Jack is currently working with our internal team on restructuring and updating the CKM Program.

John Hovell

Co-Director, Course Development

 As a leader in the convergence of Knowledge Management (KM) and Organization Development   (OD), Mr. Hovell is the CEO and co-founder of STRATactical. He is a practitioner, speaker, and
  author in OD/KM strategies and their application to current challenges.

 John led a team to win a Chairman's Award at BAE Systems in 2014. Previously, John was part of
 a team to win the prestigious NOVA award, Lockheed Martin's top recognition award.  Additionally, he was
 instrumental in the creation and execution of the enterprise KM strategy for ManTech International Corporation.

 John has led 5 different teams that have won awards from Chief Learning Officer magazine. In 2015, he was
 named the 8th most influential person in KM. He published a chapter in a book titled "Making It Real: Sustaining
 Knowledge Management" and became a fellow with the Royal Society for Arts (RSA). In 2009, he was honored
 by Training Magazine as one of the "Top Young Trainers" after being honored in 2008 as one of the top “Young
 Trainers to Watch.” He earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Insti-
 tute (PMI) in 2005. He earned his master’s degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
 and his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.

 John is also working with our internal team on restructuring and updating the CKM Program.

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