September 2017 Newsletter Print


PMI Houston 2018 Board of Directors – The opportunity to serve our profession.

By Amy Stonesifer, PMI Houston Chapter President

About 6 years ago I decided to volunteer for PMIH to give back to a profession I love. Now as your president I’m excited to announce our 2018 election results and welcome new board members. Each year half of PMI Houston’s Board of Director positions are up for election. This allows us to have half the board in their second year of service and half the board as newbies.

We are excited to announce the following individuals who have been elected to serve beginning January 2018!

Brian Roberson - The position of Senior Vice President (SVP) Internal Operations is a 4-year commitment and is our President Elect 2020. Brian was elected as SVP Internal Operations 2018, and will then serve as SVP External Operations 2019, Chapter President 2020, and then Advisor to the board 2021.

Each of following Vice President roles will serve for 2 years (2018 – 2019)
Jack Wilson - Vice President Outreach
Jim Benvie - Vice President Programs
Keith Bower - Vice President Professional Development

These individuals have made a commitment to serve on our Board and represent you, our membership. If you have ever considered volunteering as a leader for PMI Houston, now is the time get involved! Here are a few things for you to know:

  • We ask individuals with the desire to run for a Board position to volunteer on the committee of your interest for 6 months. It’s a great opportunity to get to know what’s required by PMIH leaders to support the organization.
  • Individuals interested in running for SVP Internal/President must have served the organization in a VP role prior to running for office.

Each VP has a team of volunteers and leaders who coordinate committee efforts. We are seeking several leaders to join teams and help guide us forward. Keep an eye out for an upcoming volunteer happy hour and recruiting event planned for October.

Below are the positions that will be up for election in 2018 to serve beginning in January 2019

  •         Vice President Marketing
  •         Vice President Membership
  •         Vice President Finance
  •         Vice President eBusiness and Technologies
  •         SVP Internal Operations

Got questions about volunteering?
Learn more at under the Get Involved tab. Seek out our Board members at events and/or contact them via email with your questions about serving PMI Houston.

I have served this organization with some amazing leaders who are committed to put in the work necessary to provide our members a great chapter experience. But the future of PMI Houston is not guaranteed unless more people are willing to devote their time and knowledge to build and maintain our Chapter.

PMI Houston is 43 years old this year. We are the first PMI Chapter, and each Board Member proudly represents those 43 years of leaders who built and maintained this chapter for all of us who love the Project Management industry.

Congratulations to our new board members! Thank you to our current board and volunteers who make us a great chapter.

Executive Breakfast

By Jim Benvie, PMI® Houston Chapter VP of Programs

Our Platinum sponsor LitheSpeedwill be sponsoring an Executive Breakfast with PMI® Houston on October 26th). Read the full invite here.

We Need Leaders!

Do you want to take your Chapter involvement to the next level? Our Programs Team currently needs Program Directors and the Finance Team needs Finance Volunteers. Visit Opportunity Detail 11599 and Opportunity Detail 11710 to read more about the position and how you can utilize your skills to help lead the Chapter!

Meet our Leadership! – Esther Lu, VP of Membership

Continuing with our new MiniBios series, meet the Chapter’s Vice President of Membership, Esther Lu. Learn more about Esther’s role in implementing the Chapter’s strategy, and her vision for the Project Management profession! Read the full article here.


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Professional Interest


By Thomas Goebel, Volunteer Content Writer for the PMI Houston Chapter

A certain shoe-seller has insinuated itself into the public consciousness by proffering this tagline: “Just Do It!”  Indeed, why not?  When starting a project, many people are beset with an inability to grasp just where to begin. Known by its various forms – “writer’s block”, “analysis paralysis”, etc. – getting started can be the most daunting part of an undertaking for many. So how do you get started? Learn how by reading the full article here.

Project Planning & the Armed Forces

By Keith Willeford, PMI Houston Chapter Volunteer Content Writer

When I think of project management, the first thing that comes to mind is usually “project management plan.”  But the “how” of the planning process is left open to interpretation. Fortunately, we can look to other organizations for ways to approach this problem.  The military has its own project management plan format…and, relevant to our current discussion, the Armed Forces have a defined planning process.  Read about how this process can guide you in your own project planning process by reading the full article here.

Special Networking Events for 2017!

Project managers are always planning and executing projects with innovative technologies in challenging schedule and economic situations. To enhance the exchange of knowledge and experience of the project management discipline across all industries, the PMI® Houston Chapter has planned special networking events to enhance practitioner knowledge and experience sharing. Please mark your calendars and join us!

Speed Networking: Liberty Kitchen Treehouse

(September 14th, 2017) Read the full invite here.

Oil & Gas Networking in the Energy Corridor 

(October 12th, 2017) Read the full invite here.


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Programs and Meetings


By Petar Vlasic, PMI Houston Chapter Venue Lead

After the June hiatus for the PMI Houston Conference, the Southwest Venue continued its monthly meetings with Chris Delgado who illustrated how Monte Carlo analysis can help us plan and execute our projects realistically. And this month, Terry Suffredini, PE, spent the hour with us unscrambling various solutions to help us get through three issues that tend to stop us from leading more effectively. Learn about these challenges and ways to combat them, as well as next month’s location change, by reading the full article here.


Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions

By Harold Eaton, PMI Houston Chapter Toastmasters Club 

Quote: "Those who tell the stories rule the world” – Native American Proverb

-  Toastmaster International's "90 Tips From 90 Years". 

17. Enjoy yourself. Choose a topic on something that is important to you, and that you feel passionate about. Your commitment to the topic will help sell the speech to your audience.Read the full article here.


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Professional Development

Enhance your skills and professional network in 2017!

Be sure to periodically check the PMI Houston website for updated listings.

Liberty Kitchen @ the Tree House

Please select the link below to read more or to register!

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PMP & CAPM Prep Course - September

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PMI Woodlands: Design Thinking in Project Management

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Southwest Meeting: Lead from Behind

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