PMI Montgomery County Newsletter

Monthly Dinner Meeting is
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Title:   Why Montgomery County Must Transform Its Business Ecosystem
Event:       PMIMC Monthly Meeting
Date:        May 6, 2015, 5:30 - 9 p.m.
Place:       Normandie Farms Restaurant, Potomac, MD

Join Hector Del Castillo in a discussion of the value of establishing and integrating a business ecosystem that allows small businesses to thrive.

With the State’s economy poised for a slowdown for the next two years, what comes next for Montgomery County will largely depend on how quickly the area is able to create and adapt to new lines of work, such as biotechnology, medicine and higher education. This discussion will focus on identifying why focusing on enabling small business growth is vital to accelerate job growth in the area.

Why You Should Attend

  • Understand what experts are saying about where job growth is bound to come from

  • Identify the benefits of creating a business ecosystem

  • Appreciate key pieces that must be in place to create an effective business ecosystem

This is a must attend session for anyone who wants to prepare for a significant shift in the job market in the DC area. We will discuss the impact to project management roles.

Speaker: Hector Del Castillo, CPM, CPMM:   (A Product Innovation Consultant)

Speaker Bio:

WEB064.JPGHector 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.
Hector is a Certified Product Manager (CPM®) and Certified Product Marketing Manager (CPMM®). He earned M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Texas at El Paso and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Hector helps founders, entrepreneurs, inventors, makers, investors, business leaders and community leaders connect, share, and learn from each other to create products customers love.  Connect with Hector to learn more about how you can get

Follow:     @hmdelcastillo


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 Maryland.

Monthly dinners are held the first Wednesday of the month eight times per year.

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:  Work Breakdown Structures, Action-Oriented Leadership, PMP Prep, and Double Your Throughput of Reliable Project Completions.  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.

If you have any suggestions or questions please contact me at:
Thank you for being a member!

Peggy Stroncek, President PMI Montgomery County Chapter




As part of PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements program, a PMP credential holder will need to earn 60 PDUs per three-year cycle. To learn more about the program, what are PDUs, how to earn and claim them, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to renew your certification, watch the CCR video. You can also reference the latest PMP Handbook found on

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