The Ketchum Group, LLC was established by founders Robert G. Ketchum, Ph.D. and K. Michael Million.  TKG provides implementation of structured on-the-job training systems including apprenticeship, work-based learning and workforce development strategies for business, industry and government agencies.  Rooted in work-based learning, our customized training services include interpersonal and supervisory skills training developed using a performance improvement approach.


Robert Ketchum is Chief Executive Manager of The Ketchum Group. 

He holds a Ph.D. in vocational-technical education and has worked for over 35 years in education and training.  For 20 of those years, he was Executive Director of Workforce Training at North Idaho College’s Workforce Training Center in Post Falls, Idaho.  Dr. Ketchum led one of the largest workforce training and apprenticeship programs in Idaho, and for 10 years was Idaho’s representative to the American Association of Community Colleges’ Workforce Training State Liaison Network. His board roles include the National Council for Workforce Education, and Coeur d'Alene’s Jobs Plus' economic development association.  Dr. Ketchum has many years of teaching and training experience and is a certified facilitator for Achieve Global’s interpersonal and team skill training and for the Paradigm SOJT Training System.  Robert is an experienced national presenter on the topics of SOJT and training in China where he has consulted and participated in the delivery of training in Hong Kong and on the Chinese mainland.  

Dr. Ketchum teaches for the University of Idaho as a Lecturer in Occupational Education offering courses for career and technical education teachers at the college and high school level.

Robert can be reached at or 208.651.3100.

Michael Million is Chief Operating Officer of The Ketchum Group.

Michael has a non-traditional background and work experience. He welcomed the opportunity to team up with Dr. Ketchum whom he has known for many years and collaborated with on projects in China.  According to Dr. Ketchum “Michael is an incurable entrepreneur”, most recently: 5 years as a web-based printing broker for international clients seeking high-quality printing in Asia (Artful Dragon Press, based in Seattle); 5 years sourcing manufactured goods in China for international clients (The China Solution, LTD based in Hong Kong).  Along the way, his other “lives” have included owning and operating companies involved in: advertising & marketing, natural foods, software development and trading in real estate. He began his career in banking. Like many entrepreneurs he is creative, flexible, persistent, a micro manager, and client-services oriented. 

Michael can be reached at or 208.262.6122.