Jack Wilson, VP Outreach
How long have you been working in Project Management and what's your current professional position?
I’ve been working as Project and Business Analyst for the last 6 years. I currently work in the Pipeline Industry as a Project Control Analyst, crunching project metrics and tracking high-level project performance.
How long have you been involved with the Houston PMI® Chapter and in what capacities?
I began volunteering for the Chapter as Director of Communications under the eBusiness and Technology Committee where I owned the processes involving the Chapter’s Newsletter and assisted with the Chapter’s website revision. I was recently nominated and elected to the Board as Vice President of Outreach to serve a two-year term.
Describe the most interesting/challenging/exciting project you've ever been involved with.
While I lived overseas, I had the opportunity to create a proposal for an Islamic Microfinance Program that would be implemented in North Africa. Shortly thereafter, I had the unique challenge to evaluate a small, grassroots non-profit Microfinance Program in Haiti. Both of these experiences greatly enlarged my worldview and added valuable context from which I still draw for current projects.
Which part(s) of the Chapter’s Strategic Plan really resonate with you and why?
I appreciate the charge to strengthen our Chapter’s foundation. Without this foundation, the Chapter’s Service Areas are more vulnerable to fracturing due to volunteer turnover, changes in the industry or community, and turnover of Board leaders. Making our foundation stronger ensures our Chapter remains relevant and continues to serve its Members and the Project Management profession in the future.
If you could change something about the Project Management field, what would it be and why?
I would love for people to think of my time spent in Haiti working with women in the marketplace, my service in North Africa building a proposal for displaced people, and my current role here in the U.S. assisting a large corporation when they consider Project Management. When working in the general Project Management profession, one has the ability to elicit change, fix broken processes, and ensure deliverables are getting to those who need them the most. Thinking about working in the Project Management profession should excite people!
From The President
Terry Minhas, PMIH President
Happy New Year!
Now that you have had a great Holiday and enjoyed your time with loved ones, it’s time to get back to work and make a valuable contribution for a better and safer planet for our children!
PMI Houston begins the year with a re-shaped Board of Directors (BOD), composed of incumbents and newly elected directors. Thanks to all for actively participating in the electoral process. The BOD is eager to serve you with renewed enthusiasm.
Let me take this opportunity to thank the outgoing BOD members for their dedication, service and improvements made over last year. It has been a great team effort!
As we all make personal goals for the coming year, so PMI Houston has done its share and worked diligently to set the Chapter goals for 2018. The senior leadership, with the BOD, spent a good part of the last quarter revisiting strategy, making necessary adjustments and setting the annual targets accordingly. This year, we’ll strive to improve the quality of our offerings, engage the membership through additional services, expand our sponsorship base and work closely with our volunteers who are the backbone of our organization. You will be hearing more about this in the coming days.
I am confident that we will have a great year with your active engagement in the services we provide. As always, your feedback is very important to us.
I, along with my team, wish you success and good fortune in 2018. We look forward to serving you better in the coming year.
President – PMI Houston
Announcing the New Galleria Location for 2018
The PMI Houston Programs department is pleased to announce that we have a new Galleria venue meeting location for 2018. We are grateful to the PMI Houston membership for their patience while we found this new home! We completely understand that using multiple venue locations in 2017 and the cancellation of the Galleria Christmas party was disruptive and something more permanent was needed. Through the changes in 2017 we were diligently focused on finding a permanent venue for 2018 that would meet all of our organization’s needs.
The new Galleria venue is located at 5718 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77057. It is near the intersection of Westheimer and Chimney Rock Rd. We would like to thank DCP Midstream LLC for sponsoring the venue. We especially thank Mohammad Ali Minhas of PMI Houston for finding this terrific location and working out the details of the sponsorship with DCP Midstream. Galleria venue meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of every other month, starting in January. The exact meeting dates for 2018 are January 10th, March 14th, May 9th, July 11th, September 12th and November 14th.
At our first meeting on January 10th, the PMI Houston Board of Directors will give a pre-dinner presentation. Board members will introduce themselves and discuss PMI Houston’s strategic vision, goals and initiatives for 2018. Following dinner, our main speaker will be Jill Almaguer. Ms. Almaguer will discuss risk management and response planning to minimize impact to projects. We are very excited to hear this presentation. At the beginning of the New Year there are many projects in the planning or start-up stages. As project managers we understand the importance of risk planning and management to ensure project success. What a perfect time to discuss risk management!
Thanks once again to DCP Midstream LLC for sponsoring our Galleria venue location in 2018. This is going to be a fantastic year for PMI Houston. We hope you can join us on January 10th to experience the new venue location and help us start the year out strong!!
Programs Director Central and South