January 2018 Print

President's Report

Welcome to the New Year!

Thank you for the opportunity to lead this organization to new heights. I would also like to thank Jennifer Baker and other previous chapter presidents for the well-thought out ground work they have laid out to bring the chapter to where it stands today. This includes 2,700 members spread across 59 out of 100 counties in North Carolina, over 1,800 PMP certified individuals, and over 150 volunteers to run the chapter across its 13 communities and special events. However, I believe the other members of your Board of Directors will agree with me when I say, “We are not finished yet!”

As we move into 2018, the Board of Directors has been busy reviewing our current offerings and determining the strategic direction of the chapter. During the annual meeting, I introduced the concept of establishing a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (a.k.a. BHAG) which Jim Collins and Jerry Porras propose in their book entitled Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies.

“A true BHAG is clear and compelling, serves as a unifying focal point of effort, and acts as a clear catalyst for team spirit. It has a clear finish line, so the organization can when it has achieved the goal; people like to shoot for finish lines.”

While the chapter has experienced tremendous growth through the introduction of various programs and events, we cannot be satisfied with the status quo and must ensure the chapter is the place you, the membership, want to tell your friends about as the professional development organization of choice. Each respective VP is being challenged to think outside of the box about the chapter’s approach to engaging with our current membership and prospects. As Henry Kravis, co-founder of global investment firm KKR, recently stated in a Talks at Goldman Sachs interview,

“Get out of your comfort zone. It is easy to stay where you are comfortable but get the heck out of it. Test yourself and you will be amazed with how far you can go. Be curious, and that means thinking about how to connect the dots.”

To support this line of thinking, the board has agreed to focus on a different theme each quarter:

Q1 - #TRYPMI – Challenging the communities to utilize the Member Guest Pass and Veterans Guest Pass to bring new members to the chapter.

Q2 - #PMI2WORK – Developing and expanding the employee liaison program to grow members and encourage partnerships to connect current members to organizations.

Q3 - #PMIONCAMPUS – Expand our student outreach efforts to grow student membership at the colleges & universities in our territory.

Q4 - #PMI4CHARITY – Embrace and build partnerships with other non-profits through volunteer efforts by giving back to the local communities. 

Whether it is through one of our campaign themes, monthly community events, prep classes, mentoring program, Skillfest, or other engagements, we encourage you to step out of your comfort zone in 2018.

Through our current operations and these expanded programs, the PMI-Metrolina Chapter will continue to develop forward-looking project managers prepared to handle the increasingly dynamic world.

We wish you all the best in 2018 and here is to the PMI-Metrolina Chapter’s BHAG:

Create a Strong 5,000 Member Community

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Highlighting Chapter Members

Meet Chris Behling, PMP, MBA, PhD (ABD):
Chris is a skilled project management professional with extensive experiences in the financial services industry.  She is currently the Huntersville co-Chair and at times has had to lead this community single handed. Her energy, creativity, and initiative continue to amaze and her consistent and increasing attendance levels are a testament to her dedication to the chapter and PMI.  She is currently working on her PhD and PMI Metrolina will be supporting her efforts.

A huge thank you for all you do!!!

Congratulations Chris!

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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 vpfinance@pmi-metrolina.com for more information.

Currently there are no available predetermined positions. If you are still interested in volunteering with the Marketing Team, please contact vpmarketing@pmi-metrolina.com for more information.

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

Professional Development:
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact vpprofessionaldevelopment@pmi-metrolina.com 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.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact vpprograms@pmi-metrolina.com for more information.

  • Mooresville Community Chair - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.

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The Public You: Career Building Workshop - In Person - Jan 27
Join Rich Sauser from The Public You at the Mosaic Career Workshop to help you land your next opportunity!
This three-hour seminar will show you:
  • Getting started with your personal brand and networking
  • Resumes – Formats that land interviews
  • LinkedIn – Create an outstanding profile and build your network
  • Interviews – Best way to prepare and answer the questions
  • 3rd Party tools & Related Websites

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Calendar of Events

Asheville Community Meeting
January 15, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Planning Meeting
Location: Mission IT Service Tec Facility

Ballantyne Community Meeting
January 9, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Networking Event
Location: Fox & The Hound - Ballantyne

Cabarrus County Community Meeting
January 18, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Planning Meeting
Location: Captain Steve's Family Seafood Restaurant

Fayetteville Community Meeting
January 9, 2018 (5:30 PM to 7:00 PM)
Lean Six Sigma as a Project
Location: Memphis BBQ

Hickory Community Meeting
January 25, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Planning Meeting
CVCC Corporate Development Center, East Campus, Room 1111 - ASU Center

Huntersville Community Meeting
January 22, 2018 (6:00 pm to 7:00 pm) 
Beyond Words: Powerful Rapport-Building Techniques that Start with the Mind 
*New* Location: D9 Brewing 

Jacksonville Community Meeting
January 9, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Planning Meeting
Location: Artworks

Mooresville Community Meeting
January 4, 2018 (6:30 PM to 7:30 PM)
Planning Meeting
*New* Location: Brooklyn Boys Pizza Restaurant

University Community Meeting
January 4, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Planning Meeting
Location: Hickory Tavern - Harris Boulevard

Uptown Charlotte Community Meeting
January 16, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:30 PM) 
Current Ethical Thinking with Dr. Elizabeth Baker
Location: NASCAR Hall of Fame
Exhibits open for viewing 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

West Lake Norman Community Meeting
January 11, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Planning Meeting
Location: Safari Miles

Wilmington Community Meeting
January 20, 2018 (10:00 AM to 11:00 AM)
Planning Meeting
Location: New Hanover County Public Library - NE Branch

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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 www.cvcc.edu or call 828.327.7000 ext. 4294

Coastal Carolina Community College:
To register for any courses, visit www.coastalcarolina.edu 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 vpprofessionaldevelopment@pmi-metrolina.com 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 vpprofessionaldevelopment@pmi-metrolina.com.

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 mentoring@pmi-metrolina.com!

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Administration & Governance

Military Outreach 

The Chapter is current exploring expanding the Liaison program to include the Charlotte Air National Guard and Reserves.

The Chapter proudly acknowledges Military Mentor and PMP John Farlik for assisting transitioning Military Veteran Theodore Batzel in passing his PMP Exam. In addition, the Metrolina Chapter also congratulates Chris Sessions in our Fayetteville Community who also recently retired from the Army and passed the PMP Exam with flying colors. Congratulations to Theodore, John, and Chris!   

The Chapter also wishes to congratulate Military Mentor, Diane Alexander and the transitioning Military Veteran John Vanderbleek on his new position as an Operational Project Manager.

The Chapter’s Military Outreach team participated in an Onward to Opportunity (O2O) on October 19th at MCAS Cherry Point.  The program was such a success that we have been asked to come again.  In addition, our Liaisons have been asked to participate in another O2O forum on November 16th at Camp Lejeune Military Base.  These and other similar O2O events help our military members transition to Civilian life as they exit the Military and explore new career opportunities.  Our team presents a focused “PM 101” presentation that is intended to help explain Project Management, along with aligning our Military Mentors with those service members wanting additional support

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 militaryliaisondirector@pmi-metrolina.com for more information.


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New Chapter Members


Marquise Abbey, PMP Mark Lane, PMP
Timothy Baker Tyler Lee
Jonathan Bazemore Steven Loori, PMP
Simran Brar, PMP Jeremy Morgan, PMP
Lisa Broome, PMP Jason Nolan
Letitia Cisco-Smith, PMP D. Bruce Nothdurft, PMP
Lakisha Clark, PMP Ronald Oakley, PMP
Elizabeth Cook, PMP Tim Obrien
R. Reid Earley, PMP Andy Patel, PMP
Jon Elliott, PMP Terri Payne, PMP
Mark Garceau, PMP Andrew Poindexter
Leslie Gwinn, PMP Richard Rex
Keon Haley Noel Rivera Reymundi, PMP
Karen Hanebutt David Sapp
Scott Harber, PMP Julia Scrivens, PMP
Carrie Henderson Laurie Shea
Alex James Robert Snodgrass, PMP
Johnnie Jones Cecil Stringer, PMP
Patrick Jones Jennifer Velasquez
Joshua Kanera, PMP Stephen Warnock, PMP
Aravind Biran Kannabiran Kevin White
Christopher Kebler, PMP Genard Williams
Jennifer Kresge, PMP  

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New Certifications for Chapter Members


Christine Bush, PMP Elza Omerhi, PMP
Letitia Cisco-Smith, PMP Deann Pitton, PMP
Kelly Fitzgibbons, PMP Marisa Poccia, PMP
Christopher Hendrix, PMP Rakesh Raju, PMP
Rebecca Livingston, PMP Quiana Ruffin, PMP
Andrew Martin, PMP Suzette Taylor, PMP
Mark Miller, PMP Verlette Toms, PMP
Bobby Odom, PMP Kent Tranter, PMP

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