MiniBio Series – Kim Montes

    MiniBio Series

    Kim Montes, PMI Houston Events and Marketing Volunteer

     

    Tell us a little about yourself!

    After many years in very different roles, I realized that the common thread was project management.  Whether it was organizing an international family relocation, leading group projects in graduate school, or acting as a team lead for a large IT integration, I served as a project manager.  I sharpened my PM skills in professional positions and became a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) in 2014.

    Being a project manager allows me to work with cross-functional teams to bring good ideas to life.  Understanding customer needs and knowing that you can provide a solution is fulfilling.  I also enjoy combining skills in business management, communication, IT and training to make technology accessible and to help people through change.

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

    I have been working in project management in various capacities since 2010 and am currently a Senior IT Project Manager at Houston International Insurance Group.  I have also worked in the Retail, Financial Services and Non-Profit sectors.

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

    I became involved with PMI Houston in 2014 and have served in various roles related to Marketing.  I started as a volunteer and became Director of Marketing Liaisons in 2015.  I was appointed VP of Marketing later that year and was Marketing Lead for the 2016 Conference & Expo.  In 2017 I helped to organize the first Keep Houston Agile event and was Marketing Lead for Conference again in 2018.  I’ve also assisted with networking events and have written newsletter articles.

    What are the biggest benefits you’ve realized from volunteering at PMIH?

    More than anything, I love marketing, communications and creating experiences (events).  Volunteering at PMI Houston allows me to pursue those interests and contribute to a professional organization at the same time.  I have made connections with so many people and built friendships with volunteers that share a commitment to service.  You really get to know people when you’re “in the trenches” together in the weeks leading up to Conference!  My volunteer work also contributed to being hired as a PM.

    I like seeing tangible results and knowing that I’ve made a difference.

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

    The most interesting project I’ve been involved with at PMI Houston was the brand refresh in 2016.  It all started with a conversation about creating a more professional image and conveying the diversity and sense of community we experience with PMI Houston.  The vision was clear, and years later you can see the results.  We have a consistent brand that is visible online, in our communications and at our meetings and events.

    Feel free to add any other work or personal tidbits you think would be an interesting add.

    My next goal is to gain more expertise in Agile project management.  Attending sessions at Keep Houston Agile and Conference sparked my interest and made me realize that Agile is a perfect fit for the way I think and operate.

    I’ve put my PM skills to good use planning camping adventures throughout Europe, and am organizing a 30th anniversary trip to California this fall.  My favorite personal project of all time is raising 3 daughters to be happy and independent adults!

    Members, Participation, and Social Media

    Tom Goebel, Director of Communications, PMI Houston

    In May, I wrote an article about how we want to make better use of social media like Twitter to reach our members. We’re making progress, albeit slowly. We are on a course to incorporate not only Twitter, but Facebook, Youtube, and others, in addition to good old-fashioned email.

    Many different outreach ideas are being floated. The objective, of course, is to get information to PMI Houston members. It’s all about YOU. Ideas we are working on range from breaking up the newsletter into manageable portions for Tweets and emails (or in addition to Tweeting and emailing the entire newsletter) to creating short podcasts featuring items of interest for members.

    We’d like to hear from you. What is the best platform for reaching you? Maybe you’re inundated with emails and the PMI Houston emails just become lost among the millions. Maybe you don’t bother with email anymore, preferring other media. What catches your eye? Now’s your chance to help us communicate the Chapter’s important information to you. Please write to me at director.comm@pmihouston.org with your suggestions, comment, and feedback. We’re all ears!