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Location: Normandie Farm Restaurant, Potomac MD
Topic: "Montgomery County Snow Planning & Response: A Project Overview"

Presenter: Mr. Reza Zarif

Presenter Bio: Mr. Zarif currently works as a Senior Program Manager for Montgomery County's Software Development Division. Mr. Zarif began his career in Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) in 2009 as an information technology specialist. Throughout his tenure in MCDOT he has spearheaded and managed numerous IT projects to modernize legacy systems and introducing enterprise level systems which has reshaped MCDOT business practices to conform with the leading edge technological advancements. Mr. Zarif is the recipient of 3 National Association of Counties (NACo) awards and 2 County Engineers Association of Maryland (CEAM) awards. In August of 2016, Mr. Zarif lead the implementation of SnowIQ, a cloud-based system to manage and track snow removal resources while providing Montgomery County residents up-to-date information on the status of county roadways treatment. Prior to joining MCDOT, Mr. Zarif worked in private industry as a professional C++/Component Object Model (COM) developer for 15 years.

Presentation Abstract: With the annual winter weather, do you even wonder how all of the salt and sand trucks are scheduled and the exact volume needed is calculated? How about the order of precedent in streets being cleared? If you have wondered these questions, this presentation is for you!

Winter storms have a huge social economic impact on all Maryland regions.

In 2011 and 2012 Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) developed a Storm Management Operations Map a Navigation Guided Plow; both Projects were recognized by National Association of Counties (NACo).
MCDOT initiated a new project in August 2016 to develop a new robust Snow Management Application known as SnowIQ. It’s an integrated initiative that combines contemporary AVL technology with metrics technology, navigation technology, and surface mapping technology - all delivered through an application that runs on everyday handheld devices and available to the public, free of charge.

SnowIQ is a holistic snow management system that serves two vital functions; internal for robust resource management and external for providing real-time storm clean-up information to the public. Internally, SnowIQ provides for robust resource management functionality (personnel, equipment, contractors, and materials) while simultaneously providing an external array of real-time information to the public to make informed travel decisions in the midst of disruptive winter storms.
The core functionalities of SnowIQ core are built to leverage and operate on a cloud platform, Microsoft
Azure and run on any Android or iOS platform regardless of the device manufacturer or cellular carrier.

This enables county personnel, private contractors assisting in the clean-up effort, and residents alike to
simultaneously access information with practically any everyday handheld device. The tight schedule
was met and the initiative was launched in December 2016. The project received NACO award.

Location: Normandie Farm Potomac MD
Our Meeting agenda is as follows:

5:00 to 6:30 PM Informal Social/Networking - A cash bar will be available ; Complimentary Project Showcase (Separate Registration is recommended)
6:30 to 7:45 PM Dinner
7:45 to 8:00 PM Announcements and Introductions
8:00 to 9:00 PM Presentation by Mr. Tolbert

1 - Roasted Boneless Breast of Chicken, Wild Mushroom Madeira
2 - Steamed Fresh Vegetable Plate, Sauce Hollandaise
3 – Filet of Cod Stuffed with Crabmeat, Citrus Drizzle
4 – Special Request

Dinner also includes:
• Caesar Salad
• Green Beans and Rice (for entrees 1 and 3)
• Raspberry Sorbet for dessert

NOTICE: The cost for dinner is $30 for PMI Montgomery County, MD Chapter members and $40 for non-members & guests. The cost of the dinner will be the same regardless if you pay in advance online or in person at the door.

Please make your online reservation no later than 5:00 PM Sunday , March 4th, 2018 as the registration system will be taken offline at that point in order to prepare for the 3/7/18 meeting.
Date: 03/07/2018 05:30 PM
Location: Normandie Farm Restaurant, Potomac MD
Showcase Topic: Oral Presentations for Federal Government Contracts

Federal Government clients are increasingly abandoning the old standard of a contract Request For Proposal (RFP)’s return of written documentation in place of either oral presentations or video presentations w/ a follow-up in person Q&A session. Although business development and capture management are often looked at by the professional sector as different trades, proper program and project management frameworks and disciplines increase competitive chances of proposal wins.
Fresh off a oral presentation federal bid, Mr. Lowy will take you through a few perspectives on why there is this shift from 100 page responses to the in-person exchange of information, how to properly craft your slides and speaker transitions as well as provide a sample decomposed project schedule w/ WBS on all the tasks and milestones that go into being fully prepared for an oral presentation.
Please consider joining us early for the monthly event and attend this important discussion. If you aren’t winning work, you don’t have projects to manage after all!

Presenter: Mr. Matt Lowy (PMP, PMI-SP, CMQ-OE, CQA, CSM, ITIL v3, ITIL Practioner) – Chapter Vice President of Communications

Matt Lowy currently serves as the Vice President of Communications for the PMI-MC Chapter. His 16 years of professional experience are complimented by advanced education in the project management, service management, and quality management fields as well as a Masters of Science in IT Project Management. Mr. Lowy currently managed programs & projects for multiple federal agencies/departments.

Discussion will begin at 5:30pm preceding the monthly PMI dinner program and last about 45 minutes. We will meet in one of the small banquet rooms at Normandie Farm (look for signs on the way in)

Please grab a refreshing drink from the bar and join the discussion!
Date: 03/07/2018 05:30 PM



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