March 2018 Print

President's Report

For many individuals, the month of March means the end to the cold winter, start of March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day parades and Mardi Gras. However, March is also recognized as Women’s History Month. In the past, we have recognized women in the field of project management with connections to PMI-Metrolina. While we should recognize and remember the past, I would like to take the opportunity to recognize a few individuals who are influencing history within the chapter.

In 2013, Noel McCall recognized a need within North Carolina for veteran focused job search training and career coaching. Being familiar with executive recruiting from her career, she decided to create a non-profit organization called Patriot’s Path. The program takes veterans through a 5-part series including interest assessment, mentoring, networking, and resume building. As many of you may already know, PMI Metrolina has developed a Military Liaison program to assist veterans with their personal and professional development goals both while serving our country and as they transition back to civilian life. On April 21, we will host our Second Annual Veterans Transition & Skillfest Event in the Fayetteville area. The free event for military personnel will include speakers, resume review and assistance and information about available resources from both Patriot’s Path and PMI Metrolina representatives.

In addition to the efforts in the military space by our partner, the chapter is also quite fortunate to have 4 individuals shaping the activities, events, and programs which we bring to the PMI Metrolina membership.

·       VP Membership - Julie Tettmar is responsible membership and volunteer recruitment and retention efforts to ensure all those involved with the chapter are receiving great value for their time and effort

·       VP Marketing – Dani Beckman is responsible for chapter communications including the chapter newsletter, website updates, social media, and other chapter publications. This also includes securing Corporate Partnerships and Sponsorships and promoting the chapter within the communities that we serve. 

·       VP Programs – Darlene Kinney is responsible for the development, scheduling and coordination of chapter and community meetings including developing the chapter meeting agenda, coordinating meeting schedules, and locating speakers.

As both mentors and role models, these women have inspired and motivated many people to engage, learn and reach for success. There are many opportunities within our chapter and in our lives for each of us to be both a mentor and a role model to our children, students, and young professionals. I hope that each of you seize the opportunity to do so just like these women have demonstrated for PMI-Metrolina.


John A. Rush IV, MBA, PMP, PMI-PBA

John Rush

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Highlighting Chapter Members

Volunteer of the Month


Meet Amber May!     

Amber recently expanded her career as an Application Specialist for Healthcare Systems.  In this role, she listens to her users and customers to find the system that works best for their needs.  Being customer focused is also a great fit as the PDU Chair for Membership.  Upon joining the team, Amber immediately took the initiative to learn about the PDU process in preparation of simplifying it for our volunteers and members.   Her attention to detail and leadership serves our chapter well.  Please congratulate Amber and thank her for a job well done. Congrats Amber!!!

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Highlighting Chapter Activities

Check out the Uptown Chapter - Great Food, Great People, and Great Meeting Speaker & Topic!!!

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Volunteer Opportunities

To apply for any of the open volunteer positions, please visit PMI VRMS

Currently there are no available predetermined positions. If you are still interested in volunteering with the Finance Team, please contact for more information.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Marketing Team, please contact for more information.

  • SkillFest Volunteers - Volunteers needed to attend and assist at the 4 SkillFest events of the year.  Come early to assist in set up and direct members through the event with questions and greeting the membership as they arrive.  It is a 3 hour commitment 4 times a year. 

Currently there are no available predetermined positions. If you are still interested in volunteering with the Membership Team, please contact for more information.

Professional Development:
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact for more information.

  • Director of Educational Services - The position will be responsible for developing relationships with academic partners and negotiating with academic partners to offer chapter certification programs.
  • Director of Professional Development - provides a vital support for the Professional Development Department for the purpose of planning and coordinating the Professional Development Day Event.
  • Co-Chair Mentorship Program - responsible for the chapter mentoring program, and management of vetting mentors and matching to mentees.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact for more information.

  • Programs Chairs for West Lake Norman Community - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
  • Programs Chairs for Jacksonville Community - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
  • Programs Chair for Fayetteville Community - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
  • Programs Chair for University Community - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
  • Programs Chair for Hickory Community - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
  • Programs Co-Chair for Charlotte Community - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
  • Programs Director (East/West/Central/Metro) - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned communities.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact for more information.

  • Army Liason Fayetteville Community -  responsible for promoting membership benefits of PMI and the chapter to the local members of the military installation or organization.
  • Army Liason Charlotte Community -  responsible for promoting membership benefits of PMI and the chapter to the local members of the military installation or organization.
  • PMI Educational Foundation Liason - provides a vital communication and activities link between the PMIEF and PMI Metrolina Chapter members for the purpose of promoting awareness of PMIEF and providing increased value for Chapter Members.

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First Skillfest of the Year!

March 12th!
Meet Recruiters – Be Discovered!  Join us for an evening of PM skills/job networking – FREE to PMI Metrolina members!  Now open to GUESTS!!!!!

Here is how it works:

  • Register via
  • Send your resume and member designation (member/guest) to:
  • Resumes are due Thursday, March 8 th at Noon EST to be sent for review
  • Local and national recruiters will review resumes


Join us for an evening of complimentary heavy appetizers and cash bar.  Explore employment opportunities, learn how to enhance your presentation and meet companies who are actively hiring. This is a relaxed setting; you do not need to bring copies of your resume if you have met the deadline above.

Soul Art Photography will be onsite to provide professional headshots for $25.00 for our

If you have questions, please contact Dani Beckman at

Spring PgMP Review Session 2018

When: March 7, 8, 14,15
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Location: Virtual Conference
Price: Chapter Member Price: $100; Non-Chapter Member Price: $200
Are you ready to take the next step in your career?  Join the final PgMP Review Session prior to the edition change in June 2018.

PDU Opportunity!

When: March 10th
Time: 8:30 am - 12pm
Location: Avidxchange - NC Music Factory
Join our Saturday PDU Session for free!  A complimentary breakfast will be provided and 3 PDUs will be awarded. 

PDU Opportunity Deux!

It's a one-of-a-kind PDU Opportunity! Join the Voices of Experience for a true project management experience. Join us in Charlotte April 16-17 for a unique project management learning event—your career will thank you! Six highly knowledgeable, experienced subject matter experts who also possess outstanding public speaking and presentation capability. It's concise, information-rich, and relevant chunks of practical, advanced project management education.

Spring 2018 CAPM/PMP Prep Course

When: April 7, 14, 21, 28,& May 4th 
Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: TBD
You're ready to take the next step in your career!  Join the CAPM/PMP Prep Session.

Research Participants Needed

Are you a Virtual Project Manager?  Have you led a successful virtual project? 

If you answered yes to both questions, please consider taking some time to participate in an interview about your virtual project leadership.  The information collected from this interview will be used in completion of a doctoral dissertation for a PhD in Project Management.  Sharing your experiences enhances the research and knowledge on how leadership impacts  virtual project success. Your contributions to this research is much appreciated.  Please help a fellow PMI Metrolina member by clicking on or copy/paste the URL below to complete a short 2 minute survey to provide your contact information:    --Thank you!

Hello Everyone!

The call for presentation proposals for the PMI Leadership Institute Meeting 2018 North America opens this Friday, 9 February 2018 and will remain open until Monday, 26 March 2018 (the system automatically closes at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time). The meeting will take place on 4-6 October 2018 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

The call will be communicated in this week’s issue of Friday Facts and several email reminders will go out later in February and early March to encourage chapter leaders to submit a proposal.

We wanted you to be aware of this as you have conversations with chapter leaders. Please encourage chapter leaders to apply early for the LIM and not wait until the night before the system closes. They are required to submit a video, their bio and a photo with their submission, so it does take time and isn’t something that should be done last minute. Unfortunately, we have had submissions for the past few LIMs that seem rushed and the quality of the submission definitely showed that.

Click HERE to link to the submission site.

Thank you very much for your support of the LIM program. If you have any questions about the LIMs or the Call for Presentation Proposals system, please email

Thank you,
The Leadership Institute Team

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Administration & Governance

Getting Rev’d Up for the Metrolina Scholarship

By: Nealand M. Lewis, PMP®, MPM, M.S.Ed., MBA, CICA®
PMI Metrolina VP of Administration and Governance

Have you ever given any thought about the Chapter’s Scholarship Award program? You haven’t?  Why not?  Well here’s some foreshadowing.  Wait for it!  Wait for it!!!

Ok, first let’s first look at the Scholarship Award criteria.

  • MUST be an active PMI Metrolina Chapter member for at least 1 year and be in good standing upon application
  • You MUST be entering, or continuing, a Project Management certificate or degree program in an accredited school (ex. WF, UNCC, CPCC, Northeastern, WCU)
  • Your certificate or program does not need to be GOC accredited
  • Must have proof of registration provided upon application for the scholarship
  • An outline of the certificate or program coursework must be provided upon application for scholarship
  • Recipients are eligible for 2 life-time awards if the student maintains a GPA of 3.0 or above or a status of Pass in a pass/fail course.
  • Second award is not automatic: The applicant applies for the scholarship and is evaluated with the other current applicants
  • In addition to the standard application criteria, a copy of the GPA is required 


Are you still with me? Good!  Let’s look at the actual Scholarship Award application criteria:

  • The Scholarship Award application is a self-created document in MS Word or PDF and contains the following:
  • A 200 word or less essay to describe why the recipient (that’s you) wants to pursue a career in project management
  • A summary of the financial need
  • Proof of registration – scan or photo – must be able to see applicant’s name
  • Outline of coursework – copy/paste into the document
  • Summary of desired outcome – what will you do once you have completed all coursework


So it this all doable for you?  Do you meet the criteria?  I guess I should tell you that applications are reviewed and selected in April.  We offer the award in the following month.  So rev up your motors and get your applications ready… set… gooooo!

Veteran Events

Veterans Skillfest and O2O Transition Event Coming SOON!
When: April 21, 2018
Location: Cape Fear Hospital - Auditorium

This first ever Military Liaison SkillFest event will feature a host of potential employers and recruiters along with guest speakers.  You’ll want to pencil this one in!

On-line registration will be available via the PMI Metrolina web site in the coming weeks.

Military Outreach 

If you are a veteran and have not self-identified in your PMI account, we encourage you to do so.  When you do, you’ll be part of veteran’s email communications that come out to help you know what is going on in the veteran’s community, special opportunities for veterans, and what our Metrolina PMI Chapter is doing to assist veterans in getting connected with and supporting the PM community!

If you are active duty or retired military and interested in supporting this program, reach out to the for more information.


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Calendar of Events

Asheville Community Meeting
March 19, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Bridging Company Strategy to Deliverables
Location: Goodwill Career Center

Ballantyne Community Meeting
March 6, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM) 
Project Management and Hope
Location: Bank of America - Sherrill Building

Cabarrus County Community Meeting
March 15, 2018 (6:00 PM to 8:00 PM)
PMP Exam Preparation and TIps for Taking the PMP Exam
Location: Captain Steve's Family Seafood Restaurant

Fayetteville Community Meetings
March 13, 2018 (5:30 PM to 7:00 PM)
Working Meeting
Location: Memphis BBQ Company

Hickory Community Meeting
Thursday March 22, 6-7 pm
Managing Virtual, Multinational teams
CVCC East Campus Room 1026

Huntersville Community Meeting
March 26, 2018 (6:00 pm to 7:00 pm) 
PM Trivia Challenge
Location: D9 Brewing 

Jacksonville Community Meeting
March 13, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Working Meeting
Location: Artworks

Mooresville Community Meeting
March 26, 2018 (6:30 PM to 7:30 PM)
PM Trivia Challenge
Location: D9 Brewing

University Community Meeting
March 8, 2018 (6:30 PM to 7:30 PM)
Change Management
Location: Fox & The Hound - Center Lake

Volunteer Opportunity
Event Date/Time: Saturday, April 21, 2018
PMI Metrolina University Volunteer Event
Please Volunteer for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM).
Event Name: PMI Metrolina Inspect & Sort Food
Event Leader: Joan Hassler from the PMI Metrolina University Community
To register, please send your name and contact information to Joan Hassler via email   Confirmation will be sent one week before the event.
Must Arrive at 12:45 PM for Training
Volunteer Time Starts: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Event Meeting Location:
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina 
500-B Spratt Street, Charlotte NC 28206

Uptown Charlotte Community Meeting
March 20, 2018 (5:00 PM to 7:30 PM) 
Agile Express for Project Executives Overview
Location: Heist Brewery

West Lake Norman Community Meeting
March 26, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:-0 PM)
PM Trivia Challenge
Location: D9 Brewing

Wilmington Community Meeting
March 24, 2018 (10:00 AM to 11:00 AM)
Time Management
Location: New Hanover County Public Library

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PDU and Educational Opportunities from our Partners

Below you will find links to upcoming PDU and educational opportunities that are offered by our partners. Many of these partners offer discounts to PMI Metrolina Chapter members and participants. Please visit the Educational Opportunities page on the chapter website for discount codes and offers that might apply to the courses listed below.  

Catawba Valley Community College:
To register for any courses, visit or call 828.327.7000 ext. 4294

Coastal Carolina Community College:
To register for any courses, visit or call 910.938.6294.

COMNet Group Inc.: 

Central Piedmont Community College:

Lean Agile Training:

Northeastern University Charlotte:

Project Management Training:

UNC Charlotte:

Wake Forest University:

Western Carolina University:

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Professional Development

Project Management Point-Of-View (PM-POV)

The PMI Washington DC chapter has started a podcast called Project Management Point-Of-View containing 12-13 minute interviews with various executives and thought leaders about their "point-of-view" on a wide range of project management topics.

Each podcast is worth .25 PDUs (Category A) and can be found in one of the following ways:

Want to be certified?

If you are interested in attending a prep course, please contact or visit our Certification Training page.

Virtual PMP Offering

We are currently exploring offering our PMP class virtually to those located too far from Charlotte to participate locally. If you would be interested in taking the class using this option, please contact

Chapter Mentoring Program

The mentoring program for PMI-Metrolina will provide an expert opinion concerning projects for working professionals, provide guidance for getting involved with PMI or PMI-Metrolina, and offer advice concerning marketable skills for project management domains. The mentor/mentee relationship will be a three to six month engagement requiring between ten and twenty hours per month from both volunteers. The engagement will be a one-to-one match and will follow specific guidelines to completion to meet the needs of the mentee. 

One of the ways you can make a difference in the field of project management is through mentoring.  Studies have shown that mentoring others with less experience not only improves their academic/work performance but also contributes to their overall well-being, and the well-being of the community.  Members who receive mentoring are less likely to give up, quit their job, avoid pursuing a credential, and lose professional focus.   Please let us know if you would like to mentor someone and make a difference in your community today by contacting!

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New Chapter Members

Rechelle Andrews Kim Kruzich
Aaron Asbra Elizabeth Leray, PMP
Michelle Austin William Lickert, PMP
Wanda Austin Carsten Lingemann, PMP
Eryana Bailey Brittany Link
Ricky Keith Barnes, PMP Benjamin Lloyd
Lawanda Blair-Foster Crystal Long
James Boston, PMP Marci Lowry
Andrew Boyd, PMP William Peter Markus
Robert Braun Abanni Maxwell
Sara Brennan John Mcdonald
Marcia Brooks, PMI-ACP John Mcgonigle
Daniel Buckner Matthew Mcguire
Paul Capozza Eric Mchenry
Margaret Caycedo, PMP Paul Mullen, PMP
Lawrence Cirigliano Nalini Kalyan Nallagonda, PMP
Stephen Collar, PMP Michelle Nelson
Michelle Cottle, PMP Max Nielsen, PMP
Rashelle Crawford Wilson Okosun, PMP
Lynne Daley Dana Oliver
Edward Lynn Dawson Tom Parnelle
Laura Dawson Anthony Rensch, PMP
Jacqueline Dear Dietrich Robinson
Ruby Dease, PMP Latonya Robinson, PMP
Keith Dechamplain, PMP Daniel Rosenblutt, CAPM
Paul Dimarco, PMP Mandeep Sharma
Robert Edwards Brandon Shoffner
Wayne Eigenmann Charlotte Smith, PMP
Natalie Farmintino, PMP Benson Stewart, PMP
Jon Finger, PMP Charles Stogner, PMP
Howard Foard, PMP Jerry Stone, PMP
Elaine Gaither, PMP Keisha Talbot Johnson
Karin Geldenhuys, PMP Hendrik Taljaard
Andrew Giambalvo, PMP Patrick Thomas
Christina Godwin, PMP Lee Thompson
Rachael Grant Gary Torresgarcia
Malisha Green, PMP Guenter Trautmann
Allyson Guay Timothy Tully
Thomas Halpin Benjamin Wagner
Ashlye Hernandez, PMP Danielle Wallace, PMP
Fabian Herrera Madrid Danny Watson
Fayliza Horton David Watts
Brittney Householder James Weatherly
Purvis Johnson Lisa Zobrist, PMP
Susan Johnson, PMP  

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New Certifications for Chapter Members

Carlton Barnwell, PMP Jason Kremar, PMP
Roger Beatty, PMP Ryan Manning, PMP
James Brown, PMP Brandon Martin, PMP
Chris Campion, PMP Matthew Mcguire, PMP
Kevin Carter, PMP Paul Mullen, PMP
Maurice Carter, PMP Krishna Muluguru, PMP
Daniel Colley, PMP Matty Mungillo, PMP
Thomas Corbett, PMP Michael Przykucki, PMP
Dagmar Damour, CAPM Katrina Reid, PMP
Thomas Davidson, PMP Richard Rex, PMI-PBA
Keith Dechamplain, PMP Sarah Salmonowicz, PMI-ACP
Caroline Dellinger, PMP Nohora Alarcon Serrano Yoder, PMP
Zach Fay, PMP Daniel Shumate, PMP
Keon Haley, PMP Jerry Stone, PMP
Karen Hanebutt, PMP Gregory Vandetta, Ii, PMP
Brian Hanson, PMP Danielle Wallace, PMP
Curtis Jackson, PMP Gary Weis, PMP
Minal Kali, PMP Chris Williams, PMP
Elizabeth Kluth, PMP Andrew Wood, PMP

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