About Us


Ken Phillips

– Ken Phillips, PhD, CPLP

KEN PHILLIPS, PhD, CPLP is founder and CEO of Phillips Associates, a consulting and publishing company with expertise in measurement and evaluation of learning and performance management. He has more than 30 years experience designing learning instruments and assessments and has authored more than a dozen published learning instruments. He regularly speaks to Association for Talent Development (ATD) groups, university classes, and corporate training departments. Since 2008, he has spoken at the annual ATD International Conference on topics related to measurement and evaluation of learning.

Prior to pursuing a Ph.D. in the combined fields of organization behavior and educational administration at Northwestern University, Ken held management positions with two colleges and two national corporations.  In addition, he has written articles that have appeared in td magazine, Training Today and HR.com and is a contributing author to four books in the learning and development field.  Ken earned the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) credential from national ATD in 2006 as a pilot pioneer and was re-certified in 2009, 2012 and again in 2015.


– Jack Butler, MBA

  JACK BUTLER has recently retired from corporate life to pursue his passion as an Adjunct Professor in the College of Business and Management at Northeastern Illinois University where he teaches quantitative subjects and Management Information Systems.  Concurrently with his teaching, he has held a variety of positions developing and delivering technology training across several industries and companies including Motorola, PeopleSoft and, most recently, Medline Industries.  His specialty is in working with information-based systems and selected projects have included: the design, development and delivery of training to support the implementation of a web-based system supporting a nationwide sales force of over 1,200 sales professionals, creation of an e-learning training program introducing an automated voice-based warehouse picking system, development of a multi-lingual online training program introducing a quality incident reporting and correction system.

Jack has worked with Phillips Associates on a variety of programs over the past several years and currently serves as the “numbers guru” supporting PLA.  His educational background includes a degree in Business / Data Processing and an MBA in accounting and quantitative techniques.



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