May 2019 Print

President's Report

May is a month of paying homage and respect as well as showing our gratitude. 

As a country, we honor over 2.7 million US military personnel killed in action since 1775 on Memorial Day. The deadliest US War was the Civil War with about 600,000 US deaths. It is customary to fly a US flag at half-staff till noon on Memorial Day. The U.S. Army accounts 158 installations around the world. It includes over 132,000 miles of infrastructure for gas, water, electric and sewer, and more than 1 billion square feet of office space. Several of those installations are right here in North Carolina and supported by our chapter - Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Camp Mackall, Sunny Point, MCAS at New River & Cherry Point, and Pope AFB.

The month also includes a day of celebration and homage for our neighbors to the south. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the Mexican Army's victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War.  During Mexico's war with France, the US was engaged in its Civil War. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla. This battle was a significant turning point for the US as well.  The French were US Confederate Army supporters. During the Battle of Puebla, their attention became so focused on the battle with Mexico that the US Union Army forces were able to advance and gain significant ground. While considered a minor holiday inside Mexico, the US Cinco de Mayo not only celebrates the victory at the Battle of Puebla but also serves as a celebration of the culture and heritage of the Mexican people.

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.  Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” – General George S. Patton

May is also a time for faith and family. It is Mother’s Day. Julia Ward Howe, the author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic, came up with the notion of a Mother's Day in 1870.  In a proclamation, she urged mothers to take a stand against sons killing the sons of other mothers.  Mother's Day is a day dedicated to honoring and recognizing the sacrifices and accomplishments of mothers.  Mothers are recognized by family and friends; regardless of whether they are biological or perceived maternal figures.  It is a day to honor and respect mothers for their many sacrifices; a day to show them how important they are to us.  In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation recognizing the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

For people of faith, there are two notable events this month. First is the National Day of Prayer and second is the beginning of Ramadan. The origins of National Day of Prayer date back to 1787 when Benjamin Franklin asked President George Washington to open each day with prayer and to realize that prayer is deeply intertwined in the fabric of the United States.  However, it was not until February 1952 during the Korean War that Reverend Billy Graham petitioned support of Representative Percy Priest to observe a National Day of Prayer. On April 17, 1952 President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming a National Day of Prayer to be celebrated every year on the first Thursday of May. In addition, Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. For a period of thirty days, Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. Fasting and abstaining from bad habits teaches Muslims self-control, humility, and generosity. It is also a time for charity, family, and good deeds.

“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” - Hebrew proverb

We have much to be thankful for in our lives.  Please join me in paying homage and showing respect to all that is near and dear to us – our faith, our family and our country.

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

John Rush

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Highlighting Chapter Activities


PMI Asheville held a networking event in April - with such a global group, we were a Trivia team to be reckoned with!  Between rounds, we connected on social media, the PMI LI Group, and traded PMP prep tips. That's what it's all about - connecting with your PMI network - don't miss those opportunities!

(In case you were wondering - Team PMI Asheville finished... dead last!  After going 'all in' on the last category.  If only we'd remembered what Tom Hanks had called that volleyball...)


On April 13, 2019, several members had volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. The group was give great training on what was acceptable and what wasn’t.  Many of the members remarked that they would love to volunteer again to help sort assorted food items.    If you have an interest in volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank please go to their website where you can volunteer or donate.   The other communities or large groups can reach out to Nancy Hagerman the Volunteer Coordinator via email: [email protected] or phone: 704.805.1712  

The University Community next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM.  The topic is “PM’ing with Agile Teams” with Leslie Lowman, Senior Agile Release Manager of AvidXchange, Inc.  The location is Spring Hill Suites by Marriott Charlotte University Research Park, 8700 Research Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262.   Please register via the PMI Metrolina website under University Community Community

From Joan Hassler, Co-Chair
PMI Metrolina University Community


Our April Metrolina event presented valuable information when you evaluate your relevancy amongst others  in your online presence. Our fellow Board Member, Rich Sauser (VP of Marketing) presented the topic, "Staying Relevant for the PM via Social Media".  With tips on how to stay relevant  and recommending various articles, books, podcasts and videos, Rich also informed us of helpful tools for Project Mangers ( =and others who want to advance in their discipline) such as Project Management subscriber channels, various websites,  LinkedIn's Social Selling Index, LinkedIn Elevate, and so much more.

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Highlighting Chapter Members

Volunteer of the Month

Amy Heddleson

Amy is a U.S. Army veteran of 13 years with a driving need to give back through volunteering and consulting! Experienced as a Senior Product Marketing Manager & Program Manager managing international products and programs for over 15 years in the telecommunications, VoIP, and CRM industries. Amy has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from North Georgia College and State University and holds a PMP certification.  Amy is frequent speaker at Metrolina community meetings and is determined to help translate the world of project management into a language anyone can understand. As a member of the Metrolina Military Liaison Team, Amy gives all to serving our veterans and Chapter. Thanks, Amy!

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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 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.

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.

  • Oversight Committee Project Manager - Provide oversight, review, and quality assurance for high level reporting structures from project initiation to lessons learned.

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

  • Ballantyne 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.
  • Programs Administrator - Act as administrative support for the programs group supporting the overall success of our community programs.

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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Charlotte May Networking Meeting

If you are looking to forge important connections, become more informed about LinkedIn and the job search process, do not miss PMI Metrolina’s Networking Event!  Some experts say that 70 percent of people ended up in their current position thanks to networking.  If you want to get hands-on, experience in being able to expand your network this event is for you!  In addition to building your network, you will also be able to refresh your headshot for only $25 (most photographers charge over $100).

We have some exciting changes for this event:

  • New and returning recruiting firms will be participating
  • New technology to make it easier to connect and stay connected with recruiters (recruiters and participants will be required to create a free profile on
  • Each participant will have the industry they work in on their name badge to make it easier for you to network with your peers or learn about new fields that could use your skills.

Join us for an evening of complimentary heavy appetizers, explore employment opportunities, learn how to enhance your presentation and make new connections!

For more information and to register visit:

Visit Our New Jobs Page and Get Recruiter Contact Information!

If you are looking to expand your network or for your next opportunity, you must visit our new Jobs page at  In addition to seeing some of the opportunities from our sponsors, you will also be able to get the contact information for the recruiters who work directly with our PMI Metrolina Chapter.  If you are not able to attend the monthly Charlotte Community Meeting or the quarterly Networking Festival (aka SkillFest), this is a great way to be able to connect with our sponsors for your next career opportunity.

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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 18, 2019 (10:00 AM to 12:00 PM) 
Getting Project Managers on the Agile Train
Location: Grove Arcade Conference 

Ballantyne Community Meeting
May 21, 2019 (5:30 PM to 7:30 PM) 
The Role of the PMO as a Strategic Partner
Location: Noah's Event Venue

Cabarrus County Community Meeting
May 16, 2019 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM) 
Project Management Password
Location: Captain Steve's Family Restaurant

Fayetteville Community Meetings
May 18, 2019 (11:00 AM to 12:00 PM) 
New Cybersecurity Threat Landscape
Location: New Hanover County Public Library - NE Branch

Huntersville Community Meeting
See you soon!

Jacksonville Community Meeting
May 14, 2019 (5:30 PM to 7:00 PM) 
Community Chapter Meeting
Location: Carolina Ale House

Mooresville Community Meeting
See you Soon!

University Community Meeting
May 9, 2019 (6:30 PM to 7:30 PM) 
Strategies for Success
Location: Springhill Suites by Marriott Charlotte University Research Park

Uptown Charlotte Community Meeting
May 21, 2019 (5:30 PM to 7:30 PM) 
The Role of the PMO as a Strategic Partner
Location: Noah's Event Venue

West Lake Norman Community Meeting
May 15, 2019 (5:30 PM to 7:00 PM) 
Game Night & Article Club!
Location: The Foundry

Wilmington Community Meeting
May 18, 2019 (11:00 AM to 12:00 PM) 
New Cybersecurity Threat Landscape
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 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:

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

"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

Robert Alexander Antoine Johnson
Keri Alford, PMP Ryan Kerr
Frank Ambrose Brandon Lane, PMP
Shalin Amin Ryan Mahoney, PMP
Richard Anderson, PMP Julius Mcclamb
Megan Arzberger Charles Mccormick
Ebenezer Athmakoor Derec Mercer, PMP
Kenneth Baker Jyothi Nagarajan
Carlton Barnwell, PMP Claire Neibergall
Melissa Barto Jonathan Ong, PMP
Daniel Benfield Stephen Patrick
Timothy Beranek Michael Perry
Leslie Bobbitt Elizabeth Pettit
Gloria Boyles Thai Phan
Rhiannon Chance Ebony Pitts
Patrick Coleman Vannessa Rhodes
Jackson Cook Robert Roberts, PMP
Preston Copeland Sophia Rogers
Natasha Darling Marni Rothert, PMP
Samuel C Elliott Jarvis Santiago
Mark Evans, PMP Tessa Shahid
Joel Farrand, PMP Makeda Smith
Selina Fuller Linda Starr
Samuel Gann Shelly Stewart, PMP
Frances Gibbs Raymond Swann
Andrew Grisham Toby Tabor
Kristen Guarnieri Madeline Tapia, PMP
Linda Hall, PMP Aliyana Thornton, PMP
Juliana Harris, PMP John Watson
Denise Houston, PMP Erik Wigal
Adam Inglese Ariel Yin
Tim Jackson Katheryn Yoder, PMP


PMI Metrolina Chapter now has 2,795 members! WOW!!!

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New Certifications for Chapter Members

Shari Bramlett, PMP Caroline Marolf, PMP
Stephanie Briggs, PMP Robert Roberts, Iii, PMP
Kelly Canestrare, CAPM Pauline Robinson, PMP
Charles Duke, Iii, PMP Bryan Sanders, PMP
Joel Farrand, PMP Julia Scrivens, PMI-ACP
Roseann Forbes, PMP David Swank, PMP
Chris Hudson, PMP Jhaymee Tynan, PfMP


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