January 2019 Print

President's Report

As many of us return from the Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and New Year’s Day holidays, it is for many a time of reflection where we make resolutions to do things better and/or differently in the year ahead. I would like to take the opportunity to do just that. As we look forward to the upcoming year and beyond, many challenges and opportunities lie ahead of us individually and collectively.

“When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.” – Chinese Proverb

This chapter and many other organizations have opportunities abound to learn and better yourself. Besides the monthly meetings that occur across the state, our chapter and global organization offers certification prep classes, webinars, lunch and learn meetings and a myriad of other opportunities. We have launched our mobile application to make it easier for you to interact with us in addition to expanding our social media footprint. We have also looked at ways to help those of you who are looking for the next position for your career and are taking steps to improve those offerings. In addition to our Skillfest and Saturday PDU events, there will be a 3rdannual veteran focused event in March. Please let us know if there is another way that you feel we can help you grow in your project management career.

“Stay true to yourself, yet always be open to learn. Work hard, and never give up on your dreams, even when nobody else believes they can come true but you. These are not clichés but real tools you need no matter what you do in life to stay focused on your path.” Musician Phillip Sweet

Quoting an old African-American proverb… “Each one teach one.”  Part of our success has been celebrating and learning from our differences, then forming those lessons learned into a best practice within our daily lives. We have shared our knowledge with others and have learned for ourselves in both giving and receiving. This is the framework for our future. I would encourage each person to learn and to teach what you have learned.  Let us take the opportunity to better our profession, our communities and ourselves.

We look forward to interacting with you in many ways to take this chapter to new heights.

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

John Rush

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Volunteer Opportunities

If you are 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.

  • Sponsorship Chair -  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.
  • Marketing Director - Assist the VP of Marketing to create and maintain marketing and public relations campaigns.
  • Social Media Chairperson - Promote the society and create a sense of community through social media.

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

  • 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.

  • Mentorship Program Co-Chair - Responsible for the chapter mentoring program, vetting mentorship participants, and overall program improvement.
  • PMP  Chair - Assists in the execution of technical and logisitical support of Metrolina's training program.

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

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

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

  • Military Liaison - PMI Metrolina liaison to local military groups and installations.

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Third Annual Veteran’s Transition & Skillfest Event
by Rick Sabedra, PMP
PMI Metrolina Military Liaison Director

The Veteran Transition & Skillfest events hosted over the past two years were well attended by all branches of the military, active, guard/reserve, veteran and retired.  In fact, we are bringing the Military Skillfest back again on April 06, 2019 for veterans interested in learning more about project management or about PMI.  Attendees will leave with ammo to further their transition into project management along with gaining a significant number of new networking opportunities. As in the past, we will feature a complimentary continental breakfast and lunch for attendees.

Guest speaker Jay Hicks, veteran and author of "The Transitioning Military Project Manager" book series will be returning. His books help to translate the military experiences into the project management lingo, a valuable resource during transition. Given the tremendous support and favorable responses of our last event, this year’s venue will be held in conjunction with American Legion Post 230 and VFW Post 4542.  

Location: Town of Spring Lake, NC – Recreation Center
245 Ruth Street, Spring Lake, NC
Date: April 06, 2019
Time: 0900 to 1500 hours

On-line registration is expected to be available approx. Jan 15th, 2019 using the following link: https://pmi-metrolina.com/MilitaryOutreach

All attendees must pre-register for the 2019 Veteran’s Transition & Skillfest Event using the above link.  If you have questions, please reach out to PMI Metrolina Military Liaison Director Rick Sabedra at [email protected]. We hope to see you this coming April!

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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]pmi-metrolina.com for more information. 

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Calendar of Events

Asheville Community Meeting
Happy New Year!

Ballantyne Community Meeting
January 8, 2019 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM) 
Networking Event
Location: Fox & the Hound

Cabarrus County Community Meeting
January 17, 2019 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM) 
Code of Ethics
Location: Captain Steve's Family Seafood Restaurant

Fayetteville Community Meetings
January 15, 2019 (5:30 PM to 7:00 PM) 
Projects, Programs, and Portfolios - An Overview
Location: Logan's Roadhouse

Hickory Community Meeting
Happy New Year!

Huntersville Community Meeting
January 28, 2019 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM) 
New Year - New Skills
Location: Primal Brewery

Jacksonville Community Meeting
Happy New Year!

Mooresville Community Meeting
Happy New Year!

University Community Meeting
January 10, 2019 (6:30 PM to 7:30 PM) 
Changing Your Professional Narrative
Location: Fox & the Hound Northlake

Uptown Charlotte Community Meeting
January 15, 2019 (5:30 PM to 7:30 PM) 
Fearless Communication Mastery
Location: Noah's Event Venue

West Lake Norman Community Meeting
Happy New Year!

Wilmington Community Meeting
Happy New Year!

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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:


  • Stay tuned for upcoming training events

Lean Agile Training:

Northeastern University Charlotte

Project Management Training:

Sherpa LLC

Check out http://www.sherpallc.com/events/ 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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Professional Development

PMP-ACP Prep Course

You're ready to take the next step in your career by becoming an Agile Professional. You've put in your hours and earned your experience on the job. But are you ready for the rigor of the PMP-ACP exam?  Join the next PMP-ACP Agile Prep Course beginning on Feb 2th!  

PMP Exam Prep

You may not be ready to take the CAPM or the PMP® exam yet, but after the PMI Metrolina Chapter’s – 5 week CAPM - PMP®Exam Prep Course, YOU WILL BE!  Join the next CAPM/PMP Prep Course beginning on January 26th!  

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

"Have you ever said to yourself, I wish someone had told me that when I started?"

Here's your opportunity!!

Become a Mentor for the Metrolina Chapter Mentorship Program and you will have the unique experience to:
  • Recieve PDUs
  • Participate in the development of your mentee's career
  • Develop Leadership Skills
  • Share lessons learned 
  • Be a part of an exciting team
  • Build your network

You don't need all the time in the world or all the answers . . . . just the will to lend a helping hand!

If you are interested, please email [email protected]


The mentoring program for PMI-Metrolina provides an expert opinion concerning projects for working professionals, provides guidance for getting involved with PMI or PMI-Metrolina, and offers 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. 

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New Chapter Members

Vanessa Barszczowski Nicholas Knight
Luke Boulio Sampath Kumar, PMP
Stephanie Briggs Fred Marsh
Avis Brown Jamie Mcgee
Frank Campagnano Jean Monde, PMP
Kelly Canestrare Katie Munichman
David Cohen Frances Noblitt, PMP
Ryan Davis Gunjan Patel
Lindsay Delgrosso, PMP Swarnalekha Prabagar
Robert Dills Sandra Preston, PMP
Miriam Doerfer Divya Radhakrishnan
Judson Dyar W. Morgan Spencer
Sarah Elliott, PMP Veda Stanley
Ryan Fillingim Lauren Stewart
Roseann Forbes Phillip Stone, PMP
Charity Frederick Walter Thomas
David French, PMP Venkata Vedam
Mark Freund, PMP Justin Wetzel
Natisha Griffin, PMP Taneak Williams, PMP
Kiosha Hodge  


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New Certifications for Chapter Members

Kanchan Achar, PMI-PBA Justin Hull, PMP
Antoyia Bailey, PMP Carter Jones, Sr., PMI-ACP
Joseph Bonansinga, PMP Michael Macry, PMP
James Cicali, PMI-ACP Kristine Obrien, PMP
Randy Coffman, PMP Olanike Odili, CAPM
Natisha Griffin, PMP Michael Page, PMP
William Hardy, Jr., PMI-ACP Lauren Satterfield, PMP
Joashulynn Harvey, PMP Patrick Turner, CAPM


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