Meet our Leadership! – Bob Frasier, Senior Vice President of Internal Relations

    How long have you been working in Project Management and what's your current professional position?

    I have been working in the project, program, and portfolio management space for the last 18 years. During my tenure I have had the privilege to be able to lead client implementation teams, client focused PMO’s, Internal EPMO’s, and now Portfolios across the organization. Currently I am the TBM Portfolio Leader for Corporate Applications and Technology at Alight Solutions.

    How long have you been involved with the Houston PMI® Chapter and in what capacities?

    I have been directly volunteering for the PMI® Houston Chapter for the last 3 years. I began my PMI® Houston Chapter journey as a PMO director reporting to the President to facilitate the Board of Directors. Since then I have participated in the PMI® Region 6 conferences, PMI® Leadership Institute Meetings, and our PMI® Houston Conference. In 2017, I was elected as the Senior Vince President (SVP) of Internal Operations and will be the SVP of External Operations in 2018 and the President of the Chapter in 2019.

     

    Describe the most interesting/challenging/exciting project you've ever been involved with.

    A career path in project management takes a certain type of individual. I often joke that we are all gluttons for punishment. Any time throughout my career where I have been able to make a project, process, team etc. “turn key”, I get restless. In speaking with many project managers, they feel the same way. We all like a challenge. As such, all of my projects have been interesting, challenging, and exciting in some way and I’ve come to value that.

     

    Which part(s) of the Chapters Strategic Plan really resonate with you and why?

    Alignment. All of our goals, initiatives, and targets are important but the fact that all of the Senior Leadership and Board are aligned on where we are headed and what we need to accomplish for the next 3-5 years is invaluable. We do need to hear from our membership to help shape and drive many of our targets as the focus is squarely customer centric. Any input or feedback from any member is not only welcome, but critical to the Chapter’s success.

     

    If you could change something about the Project Management field, what would it be and why?

    I might get a few strongly worded emails for this one, but practice the profession. Over time, I see the value of project management in organizations ebb and flow. In my experience, many project managers get their PMP® and then don’t practice anything but basic schedule management. A PM is a manager and leader first and foremost. If you are simply tracking actions in an Excel spreadsheet, you are not bringing the skill set to the table. This is leading to a constant perception that project managers are simply “glorified admins” and we fight an uphill battle on why a true PM is critical to success (and worth the salary.)

    Fellow Program and Portfolio Leaders – A personal appeal to you.

    I began volunteering as a give-back to the profession and have been rewarded with making a difference. Many of our active membership are project managers and we don’t see as much participation from more senior leaders. One initiative I am beginning work on is to fill that gap in both participation and volunteering. If you are a program or portfolio leader and would like to get more involved, please reach out to me at SVP.internal@pmihouston.org.

    Note from the President – Bob is the driving force in strategic alignment for our chapter. I wanted to focus us on long-term planning to take the Chapter forward. Bob stepped up and ran our planning sessions and helped us narrow our focus to what matters most. We as a team are better for the leadership he provides. Bob will be our Chapter President in 2019 and I am confident he will steer us forward!

    -        Amy Stonesifer, PMI® Houston Chapter President