May 2018 Print

President's Report

As I sit down to write this month’s report, I have the distinguished privilege to be attending the mid-year session for PMI’s Leadership Institute Master Class. For those who have not heard of this class, it is a year long program aimed at growing chapter leaders through a focus on servant leadership. Throughout the year, the 35 individuals from all over the world participate in various activities as individuals and small groups.

For the mid-year session, PMI brought us to the global headquarters to better understand everything that occurs to ensure the organization continues to be at the forefront of project management. After walking the multiple floors and speaking with various departments, it is no wonder that PMI has grown to be 300+ chapters in 18 countries in just under 50 years of existence. The passion each individual has demonstrates the organization’s pursuit to fulfill its core values: Community, Volunteerism, Engagement, Professionalism, and Project Management Impact.

It is through these core values that PMI is transforming itself to not only focus on driving organizational outcomes across the world but to focus on the people (project managers) who deliver the outcomes. As PMI embarks on its newly released strategic plan, Inventing the Professional Association of the Future, the LIMC graduates will be able to bring their respective chapters to the new and exciting levels through course offerings, events, white papers, webinars, and other materials to make you (the member) better prepared for the future.

“Our Strategy is simple: deliver value, be relevant, grow. Let’s do great things together.” - Mark Langley, PMI President and CEO



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

John Rush

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Highlighting Chapter Members

Volunteer of the Month


Thank you to Charlie Logan - May's Volunteer of the Month.  Charlie moved to the Charlotte area in October of last year and has become a dependable member of PMI Metrolina.  Charlie, while serving as the Director of Marketing has selflessly supported PMI Metrolina, Uptown meetings, and Skillfest.  In addition, Charlie is a Navy Veteran of 29 years and serves as a PMI Military Mentor.  Metrolina really appreciates Charlie’s dependability, time, and extra effort!

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Highlighting Chapter Activities

University and Ballantyne Communities showed up ready to work as Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteers!  Thanks University for putting this together and to everyone who came out!

Thanks for lending a helping hand!

Saluting a Great Time

By: Nealand M. Lewis, PMP®, MPM, M.S.Ed., MBA, CICA®



Saturday, April 21st. was a memorable time for many in Fayetteville, NC.  This was the site for the 2018 Military Transition O2O (Onward to Opportunity) and SkillFest event.  If that seems like a mouthful, it is… but worth every bite. The event, held in driving distance from both Cherry Point and Camp LeJeune military bases, was in fact was specifically tailored for military service members from the active duty and reserve components, along with veterans and their spouses. 

Our venue sponsor Cape Fear Hospital of Fayetteville hosted this event featuring keynote speaker and renoun author Ret. Col. Jay Hicks. His topic: The Military / Project Management Alliance and the Transitioning Service Member!  WOW!!!  Jay was on hand to autograph several copies of his book titled “the transitioning Military Project Manager” raffled to to the following attendees

Jay’s message was timely as it expounded on translating and or applying military experience into commercial project management. This is something more and more transitioning Veterans are dealing with as they move to civilian life where good jobs are already scarce to find. Other event sponsors included Duke Energy, Sherpa LLC, TalentBridge, SkillMil. Several from the O2O organization were also in attendance.


The event was well attended and the participant surveys refelcted that the attendees enjoyed the content.  They were not only were regaled by Retired Col. Hicks; but they also enjoyed a robust Panel Discussion on Securing a Project Management Career; JobFair with Job Advice; One on One Resume Review, O2O Fireside Chats; and a customized PM101 Class taught by our very own Rick Sabedra.   


…Oh yeah and Metrolina bags stuffed with trinkets or goodies from both sponsors and PMI Global Operation alike. Hat’s off to the entire project team for a successful event. 

If you missed out, don’t worry, the Military Transition O2O and SkillFest will be back again next year by popular demand!

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Volunteer Opportunities

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

There are currently no open volunteer positions within finance.  If you are still interested in volunteering with the Finance Team, please contact [email protected] for more information.

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

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

  • Membership Ambassador - The position greets and welcomes new chapter members, sets up new volunteers, and onboarding activities.
  • Membership Outreach -  The position conducts outreach activities to existing members, prospects, and lapsed members via phone and email.

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

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

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

  • Army Liaison Fayetteville Community -  responsible for promoting membership benefits of PMI and the chapter to the local members of the military installation or organization.

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In need of PDU’s before your credentials expires?  Want to advance your career? You have the opportunity to do both by joining the virtual PgMP Class starting on May 2nd  - Why not gain 8 PDUs and prepare for the PgMP exam at the same time!

PgMP Review Session 2018
When: May 2nd, May 3rd, May 9th, May 10th
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Virtual Conference (Link will be provided prior to class)

If you're ready to take the next step in your career - Join the final PgMP Review Session prior to the edition change in June 2018.

May SkillFest – May 21st at SUITE Charlotte!

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

Here is how it works:

  • Registers via
  • Send your resume and member designation (member/guest) to: [email protected]
    • Resumes are due Thursday, May 17th 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 membership.

If you have questions, please contact Dani Beckman at [email protected].

Saturday PDU
When: May 19th
Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Avidxchange - NC Music Factory

Join our Saturday PDU Session for free!  A complimentary breakfast will be provided and 3 PDUs will be awarded.

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:Virtual Leadership Survey --Thank you!

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Administration & Governance

 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 [email protected] for more information.

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Calendar of Events

Asheville Community Meeting
May 21, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
PMP Certification
Location: Hatch AVL Foundation

Ballantyne Community Meeting
May 1, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM) 
Total Quality Management and Project Management
Location: Bank of America - Sherrill Building

Cabarrus County Community Meeting
May 17, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Agile is Not Always the Answer
Location: Captain Steve's Family Seafood Restaurant

Fayetteville Community Meetings
May 8, 2018 (5:30 PM to 7:00 PM)
Program Risk Management
Location: Memphis BBQ Company

Hickory Community Meeting
No meeting currently scheduled for May.

Huntersville Community Meeting
May 10 & 17, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Drowning in Project Management Process
Location: Waterstreet Seaport Marina

Jacksonville Community Meeting
May 1, 2018 (6:15 PM to 7:15 PM)
Navigating the PMBOK
Location: Artworks

Mooresville Community Meeting
May 10 & 17, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Drowning in Project Management Process
Location: Waterstreet Seaport Marina

University Community Meeting
May 17, 2018 (6:30 PM to 7:30 PM) 
Overview of Project Management in the Marketplace
Location: Fox & The Hound - Center Lake

Uptown Charlotte Community Meeting
May 15, 2018 (5:30 PM to 7:30 PM) 
Personal Career Planning
Location: Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

West Lake Norman Community Meeting
May 10 & 17, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Drowning in Project Management Process
Location: Waterstreet Seaport Marina

Wilmington Community Meeting
May 19, 2018 (11:00 AM to 12:00 PM) 
Project Management Hybrid Agile
Location: George's Garage

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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.

Central Piedmont Community College:

InLine Solutions:

Lean Agile Training:

Northeastern University Charlotte:

Project Management Training:

Sherpa LLC

Check out or follow Sherpa llc. on LinkedIn to learn more about future training and events for PDU credits.

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].

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 [email protected]!

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New Chapter Members

Emma Allen Stephanie Lail
Angela Amos Martin Lashua, PMP
Erica Bailey Efrem Leach, PMP
Adam Berke, PMP Mariel Liceaga, PMP
Michael Bickham, PMP Danny Martin
Angela Bluitt, PMP Lovemore Masakadza, PMP
Ernest Bocchino, PMI-ACP Rosalind Matthews
Sean Brandon, PMP Jennifer Meyers
Anthony Brown Florette Moodie, PMP
Michelle Byrd, PMP Brian Murphy, PMP
Taylor Carter Mike Neilsen
Kimberly Casperson, PMP Ingrid Nelson
Chad Champine Chinonso Onukwugha
Michelle Coley Sylvia Onukwugha
Tyrone Crutcher Luann Page
Lisa Darden Carol Palady, PMP
Beverly Davis, PMP Yasmin Pathammavong
Patrice Davis, PMP Scott Payne, PMP
Val Eaton Guillermo Paz
Cate Eble Kamaria Pierre
Zachary Edwards Sophia Pratt
Laurie Fagan, PMP Janna P. Rubright, PMP
Leslie N Frederick Timothy Ruddell
Clarence Galapon, PMI-ACP Wayne Scholle
Daniel Geller, PMP Vincent Sepulveda
Jesse Gibbs Amaris Serracin Babstock
Lee Goldstein, PMP Christopher Sibona
Joel Gomez Muhammad Saeed Siddiqui, PMP
George Hannah William Siezega
S Harnach Jeffery Slade, PMP
Ashley Hart, PMP John Spute
Harold Hawisher, PMP Rosalen Stafford
Sarah Hebron Kenneth Stommel, PMP
Benjamin Hewett Nicole Taylor
Jordan Hohn, PMP Monique Terry, PMP
Jeremiah Holdbrook, PMP Bryant Van Wagenen
Kristina Huntsberger, PMP Nitin Vidwans, PMI-ACP
Phylese Jackson, PMP John Whalen, PMP
Jon Jocher Stephen White
Viren Joglekar, PMP Noelle Winfree
Deanna Jones Joanna Wintheiser, PMP
Mia Kirkland Janelle Young
Kevin Klug, PMP Mark Zenoski, PMP
Vinod Kumar, PMP  


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New Certifications for Chapter Members

Paul Bailey, PMP Ravindra Madaiah, PMI-ACP
John Bakita, PMP Eric Mchenry, PMP
Jonathan Battle, PMP Anthony Melendez, PMP
Shelia Bruce, PMP Florette Moodie, PMP
Patrice Davis, PMP Tammy Moore, PMP
Todd Eiler, PMP Defanso Nathan, Sr., PMP
Yousef El-Sherief, PMP Taylor Newton, PMP
Tiffany Faro, PMP Tom Parnelle, PMP
Daniel Geller, PMP Daniel Rosenblutt, PMP
Ashley Hart, PMP Timothy Scott, PMP
Jeremiah Holdbrook, PMP Jeffery Slade, PMP
Terri James, PMP Keisha Talbot Johnson, PMP
Wanza Joyner, PMP Monique Terry, PMP
Ashly Kirkpatrick, CAPM Kevin White, PMP
Martin Lashua, PMP Eric Wilson, PMP
Mariel Liceaga, PMP Mark Zenoski, PMP


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