ICM Staff and Instructors


Configuration Management PR

Mary Ann Nixon, Public Relations

Mary Ann joined the Institute of Configuration Management in 1998 after accumulating over 20 years of experience in the health care industry. She handles all registration and invoice activity at ICM and continues to be the first point of contact for inquiries from across the U.S. and around the world. She also organizes the venues and arrangements for all CMII training courses. Mary Ann is CMII certified and was the Emcee for the 2004 and 2005 annual CMII conferences.

Configuration Management CIO

Bill Guess, CFO, CIO and Office Manager

Bill joined the Institute of Configuration Management when the business was relocated from San Diego, California to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1991. He previously had over 20 years of experience managing the engineering budgets and financials within Honeywell and General Electric. Since joining ICM, Bill has been the CFO and CIO. He also filled in as CEO during 2006. As of 2007, he has resumed his role as CFO and CIO. Bill holds a business degree from Arizona State University.

Configuration Management Trainer

Ken Black, ICM President and Instructor

Ken has over 20 years of experience in management positions in aerospace and computer-oriented firms with an extensive blend of commercial, military, hardware and software programs. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in configuration management. Ken has been a CMII instructor and practitioner since 1985. He holds CMII certification and is listed in the "who's who" of global business leaders. Ken assumed the role of President on January 1, 2015.

Configuration Management Instructor

Carol Cotty, Instructor

Carol started her career as a librarian and has a masters degree in librarianship. She has been working in the configuration management field for over 25 years, gaining her experience in CM as a practitioner, consultant and trainer. She started her own training company, ConfigOnline, over 9 years ago. She achieved CMII certification in 2003 and started teaching the CMII Courses in South Africa in 2004. She held the first annual CMII conference in South Africa in 2006.

Configuration Management Instructor

Eric Hales, Instructor

Eric has over 20 years in product data management, engineering systems design and implementation. He developed CM applications and implemented Metaphase at Honeywell. He did product demonstrations and proposal development at MatrixOne and was project lead for CMII certification of eMatrix. Eric has a B.A. from Arizona State. He graduated with honors in computer programming at Arizona Tech and is CMII certified.

Configuration Management Instructor

Mark Andrews, Instructor

Mark has an Electronic Engineering degree from Liverpool University. He spent 5 years in Defence, 3 years in Engineering at Jaguar and 6 years in Research at Porsche AG before becoming Chief Engineer at Delphi in Liverpool — the lead European site for deployment of CMII. He spent the last 7 years as CMII Process and IT Tool Manager for Delphi E&S Europe and deployed the CMII process and associated IT tools at over 15 sites in Europe. Mark is fluent in German and is CMII certified.

Configuration Management Instructor

Ray Wozny, Instructor

Ray has over 23 years of experience in high tech firms with 19 in management. He has held various management positions and has been instrumental in implementing three PDM/PLM solutions. Ray has extensive experience in configuration management, technical publications and design support. He received CMII certification in 1989 and was on the ACDM's founding Board of Governors.

Configuration Management Instructor

Guido Weischedel, Instructor

Guido worked for a major automotive supplier before forming a company to provide education and consulting in software CM in 1985. He has written several articles on software CM. He has a degree in information technology and is CMII certified. Guido began teaching CMII courses in the German language in 1998. His company was renamed GfKM in 1999. GfKM began offering public courses in most of Europe in 2004.

Configuration Management Speaker

Bill Deringer, Legal Affairs

Bill is an attorney and systems engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the commercial and military electronics industries. He is the Director of Weather Radar Programs at RS Information Systems; his experience includes production management, facility management, systems engineering and configuration management. Bill is an active CM practitioner, ICM instructor and is CMII Certified. He has been the emcee for ICM's Annual CMII/IPE Conference for the past several years.

Configuration Management Founder

Vince Guess, Founder of ICM and former President

Vince founded ICM and initiated the university-sponsored CMII certification program in 1986. He served as President of ICM through 2014 except for a period in 2006 when he formed the CMII Research Institute. Although still active with ICM, Vince stepped down as President. He holds the BSME and MBA degrees and is the author of Engineering: The Missing Link In MRP (1979), CMII for Business Process Infrastructure (2002) and CMII: the Path to Integrated Process Excellence (2013).

Jeanette Almgren, Instructor

Jeanette has an Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and has been working in the configuration management field for over 15 years. She has been working as a consultant for many customers, for example within the telecom and military sector. She was CMII Certified in 2012 and started teaching the CMII Courses in Sweden the same year.

Dan George, Advisor

Dan has over 25 years of embedded systems software development experience in a variety of industries. After earning a BSEE, he has worked at Bently Nevada, HP, Insitu and most recently at Grass Valley, a Beldon Brans. He was CMII certified in 2008 and believes the CMII principles can significantly improve software development productivity. Course CMII-13 for managing the software lifecycle was developed under Dan's leadership.

Configuration Management Instructor

Patrick Preto, Instructor

Patrick has over 12 years of experience in industry of which most has been in aeronautics. He has over 8 years in configuration management and is a senior CM consultant. His experience includes the CM center of competence for Airbus, product structure for the A350, Center Fuselage change leader for the A380, physical mockup for the A380 cockpit and helicopter maintenance documentation. Patrick has a Masters in mechanical technology and is CMII certified.


Haitao Yin, Instructor and Founder of BGBT

Haitao founded BGBT in 2014 to focus on consulting, training and implementation of R&D management and configuration management. In the same year, he received authorization for BGBT to teach CMII/IPE courses in China. Haitao has worked in product development in foreign enterprises for over 10 years. He led the development of an energy storage system that was implemented worldwide. Haitao has a Masters in engineering and an MBA. He achieved CMIIA certification in 2014.


Echo Zhang, Instructor

Echo now works at BGBT. She has 6 years of experience in high technology firms and 5 years of experience in configuration and change management. She has implemented the PLM/ERP system to manage the complex energy storage system in accordance with the principles stated in CMII/IPE. Echo holds a Bachelor degree from Beijing Foreign Studies University. She achieved CMII certification in 2012.