PMI Montgomery County Newsletter

September Newsletter

Welcome back from the summer! 

Our next dinner meeting is September 2nd
at Normandie Farms Restaurant in Potomac, MD

Topic: Managing Client Expectations
View PowerPoint Presentation.
In industries where clients are wanting to receive more value for lower costs, a lot of projects are being bid with little margin or contingency, let alone profit. This is compounded when clients make requests for changes after the work is awarded. The good news is that simple attitude changes can allow companies to manage these expectations in a productive, and sometimes even profitable way. Typical subjects covered include how to deal with clarifying expectations before the work is awarded, how to redefine expectations that may be too onerous, how to serve the client after the work is awarded without engaging in corporate charity, and how to help your client understand the value you provide and why they should hire you again.

Presenter: Heath Suddleson - 
Heath began his career more than 25 years ago in project management. Since then Heath has been managing projects in the design and construction industry where he has led teams in managing billions of dollars' worth of projects. In these roles, Heath has served as the Contractor, the Architect/Engineer, and even represented the Owner.  He has testified in court on projects gone wrong, and he’s kept a lot of projects out of court through his ability to find workable solutions to client concerns.
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And in addition-

Topic: Implementing Marketing Techniques That Work

Join Hector Del Castillo in a discussion of the value of integrating project management principles within a marketing department to implement marketing techniques that work.

Many marketing experts fail to recognize the value of project management because they consider it a function best suited to product development, manufacturing, or as a useful tool to meet web development needs. Most marketers resist the idea of adopting project management methodologies in marketing activities. As a result, most organizations that attempt to gauge the effectiveness of marketing activities struggle to implement the right metrics to measure success.

Presenter: Hector Del Castillo, CPM, CPMM

Hector Del Castillo helps executives, senior managers and entrepreneurs transform ideas into a great business. He has launched over 30 global products resulting in over $200M of achieved sales revenue. He has over 15 years of experience strengthening the product portfolio, guiding high performing cross-functional teams, and creating new revenue streams within product-driven organizations. As a consultant, trainer and coach, he builds capacity and capability by guiding and training product teams, improving planning processes and deploying best in class tools to make smarter decisions and get better results from product investments.

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Upcoming Elections for Board of Directors
There are four positions coming up on the Board of Directors in December.  It’s not too early to begin thinking about whether or not you would consider serving in that way for the coming term.    Each term is two years, starting January 1, 2016 and ends December 31, 2017.  The upcoming open positions are:  President (requires prior 2 years of PMI Montgomery County Board experience), VP of Membership, VP of Programs, and VP of Communications.   Below are descriptions for the positions for elections in November:

  • President:  The President shall be the chief executive officer for the CHAPTER and of the Board, and shall perform such duties as are customary for presiding officers, including making all required appointments with the approval of the Board.

  • VP of Programs:  Responsible for the development and delivery of programs relating to project management for each scheduled Chapter dinner meeting.  There are two VP of Programs with only one up for election now.

  • VP of Membership:  Responsible for the development and maintenance of the CHAPTER membership plan that assures continued growth through aggressive recruiting and partnering with major Montgomery County, MD employers. The VP Membership will also be responsible for the development and implementation of a retention plan.

  • VP of Communications:  Responsible for the CHAPTER’s web site, LinkedIn communications network, and other Chapter communications as needed.

If you are interested email a 300 word description of why you would like the position to by September 25th.

Table Sponsorships Now Available for Monthly Chapter Dinners
After a successful pilot, the Montgomery County Chapter is now offering Table Sponsorships at our monthly dinners at Normandie Farms Restaurant in Potomac, MD.

Monthly dinners are held the first Wednesday of the month eight times per year.  Our next dinner meeting is Wednesday, September 2nd.

For a full table sponsorship, the cost is $500, and offers 10 seats to be used by guests of the sponsor, regardless of whether or not the guest is a member of the chapter. In addition to the seats at a table, recognition of the support for our chapter by the sponsoring organization will be included in announcements and table signs.

Members and friends of the chapter - in order to make this program a success, please encourage your employer to become a sponsor. You may even be included in their guest list!

To sign up as a sponsor, please contact the VP of Communications by email at:

Many upcoming training opportunities are available such as:  Action-Oriented Leadership, PMP Prep, and another great PMI Montgomery County MD Symposium on October 6th.  More details on these and other training opportunities are located under Education.

PMI-MC Toastmasters Club #1163128: PMPs - See How Fun Earning PDUs can be!
Our Toastmasters Club is sponsored by PMI-MC and is intended for PMPs. We are approved by PMI to issue PDUs. Meetings are at Walter Johnson High School at 7 PM on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Earn 1.5 PDUs per meeting.  For more information see the Toast Masters site.

PM Day of Service Volunteer Recruitment Underway
There is a need for 60 volunteer project managers from the DC metro area chapters who are committed to use their project management and leadership skills to serve their community. These volunteers will staff the Project Management Office (PMO) to plan and manage the implementation to ensure that the Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS) is a success.  Your help is needed!
PMDoS is a one day problem-solving event where nonprofits are matched with subject matter experts on marketing, human resources, strategy, finance or technology challenges. Together, participants will discuss and diagnose a critical problem and then scope out a project to help address and overcome the issue. This activity will take place on Monday, January 18, 2016 (Martin Luther King Day).  For more information, visit:   
If you have any suggestions or questions please contact me at:

Thank you for being a member!

Peggy Stroncek, President PMI Montgomery County Chapter




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