November 2019 Print

President's Report

Winter is in the air and the leaves have turned that lovely medley of amber hues.  We start turning our mind towards the holiday season and planning for time with our family and friends.  As a chapter, we start winding down for the year end celebrations and for many of us, a time to give back to others. Please give back to our Community and help your neighbors as you are able. 

“You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There's another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday. The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and donate what they can to charity.”  Bill Gates

November is also Veteran’s Day and we will pay tribute to our active duty and veteran military members with a free registration to meetings in November. Please message me if you are an active duty or veteran member and need the coupon code. 

“Twenty-five million veterans are living among us today. These men and women selflessly set aside their civilian lives to put on the uniform and serve us.” Indiana Congressman Steve Buyer

Please remember our deployed military who won’t be home for the holidays and those fallen military who are missed greatly during this time of year. So many of us look for ways to make it through the holidays with hearts full of sadness. As a way to provide service and pay tribute, I have signed up the chapter to participate in a program called “Wreaths across America”. This program places Christmas wreaths on graves at each of our national cemeteries. There are several within our chapter footprint – Salisbury, Wilmington, Black Mountain, Fort Bragg, Jacksonville and New Bern. There are also private, municipal and church cemeteries that will also be placing wreaths at veteran’s graves across the state including Charlotte, Gastonia, Hickory, Indian Trail, Wilkesboro, Rutherfordton, and Waynesville. You can donate to help purchase a wreath or volunteer to help place them. More information will be coming about how to participate.

Sincerely,

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

John Rush


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Highlighting Chapter Members

Sebastiano Magistro Spurio is an active member and Program Co-Chair of the Asheville PMI Community since 2018. As co-chair of the Asheville Community, Sebastiano, he and co-chair and previous Volunteer of the Month, Pat MacFarland initiated an Educational Outreach program to universities in the area. They worked with University leaders to educate them on the value of PMI and created a pathway for them into PMI. They are the only community to have done this and as chairs, he and Pat, took the initiative to get the conversations started.
Sebastiano has more than a decade of business and international development experience as the CEO and co-founder of a web marketing, publishing and communication consulting company. He has extensive experience in defining and implementing new product development, brand positioning, marketing, sales and business development strategies for different products and services.  Over the course of his professional career, Sebastiano has worked in the project management field for small and large organizations (Oracle, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Fiat, etc.) primarily focused on IT strategy, digital transformation, system integration, implementation and development of business process re-engineering in the automotive and other technology industries.  Sebastiano holds a MS in Management and Electronic Engineering from Politecnico University of Milano and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

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Volunteer Opportunities

Finance:
If you are interested in volunteering with the Finance Team, please contact [email protected] for more information.

  • Comptroller-  Assist VP of Finance with Charters,
    Audits, Budget Analysis and verify cash receipts.

Marketing:
If you are interested in volunteering with the Marketing Team, please contact [email protected] for more information.

  • Sponsorship Volunteer-  Assist the Marketing Team in identifying and recruiting sponsors for Chapter events including Monthly Meetings, Workshops, and Annual Conference (PDD), as well as other activities as needed.
  • Marketing Email Coordinator - Send Email reminders for meetings and events.
  • Director of Social Media -  responsible for implementing, optimizing, moderating and maintaining social media for the chapter in line with the chapter’s social media policy, communication/marketing plan and PMI’s Social Media Guidelines and brand standards for chapter

Membership:
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact [email protected] for more information.


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


Programs:
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact [email protected] for more information.

  • Asheville Community Chair - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
  • Fayetteville Community Chair - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
  • University Community Chair - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
  • West Lake Norman Community Chair - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
  • Charlotte Community Chair - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community

Administration:
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact [email protected] for more information.

  • Military Liaison - responsible for serving as a liaison between the local PMI Community Leadership, members and the local military installation or regional military membership geographically located within the communities designated.
  • PMI Educational Foundation Liaison - 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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Announcements

Celebrate PMI's 50th Anniversary with Metrolina in November!

PMI 50th!The PMI Metrolina Chapter is hosting a historic celebration dinner, honoring PMI's 50th Anniversary!  This event will reflect on the past, explaining the motivation for founding PMI. With this bit of history as a backdrop, we will then take a look at what the future holds for the project management profession and our chapter. The keynote speakers are current chapter president, John Rush, and incoming president, Branden Coleman.


PMP Application Workshop for Vets

A pilot workshop was successfully held and very well received by participants at Camp Lejeune and a second pilot is scheduled for this month at Ft. Bragg. In conjunction with Onward to Opportunity, PMI Metrolina has already been asked to make the workshop a part of their curriculum. The timing and logistics of the workshop are still on the drawing board, but it is hoped that the workshop will be offered at least once per quarter at a central location close to Ft. Bragg and Camp Lejeune. 


Military SkillFest Sees 4th Anniversary 

The 4th Annual PMI Metrolina Veterans Transition and SkillFest Event will be held on April 25, 2020 at Cape Fear Valley Hospital 3418 Village Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28304. 

The event is free for veterans and open to all branches of the military, active, guard/reserve, veteran and retired and will feature potential employers, recruiters and direct hire companies, guest speakers and Q & A session with military veterans and additional info on PMP certification will also be presented. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to attendees at no charge to attendees. 


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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.


Central Piedmont Community College:


AgilityIQ:

  • More opportunities coming soon!

Lean Agile Training:

  • More opportunities coming soon!

Northeastern University Charlotte


Project Management Training:


Sherpa LLC

Check out http://www.sherpallc.com/ or follow Sherpa llc. on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/sherpa/ to learn more about future training and events for PDU credits.


UNC Charlotte:


Wake Forest University:


Western Carolina University:


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New Certifications for Chapter Members

Dara Bain-Fraser, PMP Jessica Huffman, PMP
Joseph Briner, PMP Braylin Jones, CAPM
Jessica Coppola, PMP Brittany Loman, PMP
Steven Faber, CAPM Jonathan May, PMP
Shweta Gosh, PMP Leslie Mcarthur, CAPM
Ashley Guthrie, PMP Somer Ocana, PMP
Rajendra Kumar Harsha, PMP  

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New Chapter Members

Marco Carbone Mathew Mcknight
Connor Choka Colton Miller
Starla Cook Yulanda Morgan
Macreshia Cooper Precious Nazario
Darlene Crawford Jordan Oden
Christine Donnelly Jenee Orr
Eric Edmonds Tawanna Reddick
Younes El Fenne Paul Rundzieher
Amy Freaney Cheryl Siddiq
Evelyn Garner Brian Smith
Brittany Guild Elizabeth Smith
Wilfredo Honores Christina Starr
Kelly Hoyt Brian Taylor
Mark Hutcheson Terrence Teele
Michael Iannantuono Joao Vasconcelos
Melvin Jackson Ralen Verbeek
Solita Jeffries Deidra Williams
Erika Jefferson Steven Wymore
Amanda Jennings  
Al Kilgo  
Claudia Komaromi De Pina  
George Mataruka  

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