PMI Houston Plans for the Coming Year!

    By: Thomas Goebel, PMI Houston Director of Communications

    The 2019 PMI Houston kick-off meeting was held on Saturday, January 26th. As we celebrate the 45-year anniversary as an organization, this year promises to be one of the most exciting yet!

    After introductory remarks by President Bob Frasier and Senior Vice President of Internal Operations LaToshia Norwood, the Vice President of Finance Angela Doray related the current and historical performance of the Houston chapter. Using this as a backdrop, Angela laid out our goals for 2019 and the plans for achieving them.

    President Bob Frasier was up next to present plans for the reorganization set to occur in 2020. The reorg will involve updates of bylaws and the creation of three new Vice President positions: Volunteerism, Communications, and Technology.

    All PMI chapters agree to abide by the standards and guidelines set up by the PMI global organization. Judy Brennan is a “Chapter Partner” from the global organization who provides invaluable support for our Chapter. Judy spoke at the meeting to introduce resources – including other partners (mentors, admin, etc) from Headquarters – that will help us to grow in how we connect with and help our members. Judy, like everyone at HQ, is dedicated to helping individual chapters create a rich development experience for all members.

    Finally, President Bob Frasier closed with a presentation outlining 2019 Chapter plans for “core services” – what we are continuing to provide, what we plan to provide, and what we have to postpone until later.

    The Board of Directors met immediately following the kick-off meeting, during which some new Vice President appointments were approved and announced. For more on these appointments and about the core services offered by the Chapter, check out the article by our president, Bob Frasier, in this edition of the newsletter.

    We welcome our new vice presidents and look forward to working with them over the coming year. Our organization continues to get stronger, and 2019 promises to be our best yet!

    February 2019: From the President

    Bob Frasier, PMI Houston Chapter 2019 President

    Gaining Traction A very busy January and Look Ahead

    Last month, I wrote about the formation of our chapter 45 years ago. This perspective gives us time to not only reflect but more importantly, look ahead for where we need to position for the future.

    Board of Directors (BOD) Restructuring

    The Board structure has changed many times through the years to match the needs of our membership. Over the past two months, the Leadership Team has reviewed our current structure as well as a Role Delineation Study from PMI which has been revised to reflect commonalities and roles across chapters. In our Board meeting on January 26, 2019, the Board voted to update our BOD structure to more closely align with the survey and provide standardized roles. These changes will require an update to our bylaws and ratification by our membership. We are targeting to have our bylaws updated and ready for a special election in Q1 2019.


    I am pleased to announce the following Board appointments. As you are aware, we are a volunteer-led organization and would like to thank all those who give their time to further our chapter and the profession.

    • VP eBusiness – Carmen Saucedo
    • VP Finance – Angela Doray
    • VP Marketing – Mame Leslie
    • VP Professional Development – Lauren Machol
    • Director at Large Volunteers – Stephanie Dixon


    Annual Planning and Core Services

    Finally –  As part of our 2019 annual planning process, the Core Services are finalizing the goals for chapter delivery in 2019. The Core Services are developed in partnership with PMI and are in four categories:

    • Chapter Events - Non-PDU events or events providing up to 2-PDUs
    • Career Development - Events offering 3-PDUs or more
    • Member Communication
    • Member Benefits.

    The Vice President of each committee has mapped services to these categories - with assigned targets for 2019.

    It’s been a busy month! I will continue to use this space to keep you updated as we progress through the year.

    As always, I welcome any questions, comments, concerns, feedback, and even compliments directly at