PMI Dallas Chapter Award Winners 2018

PMI DALLAS CHAPTER AWARD WINNERS 2018

Every year, the PMI Dallas Chapter recognizes the best professionals as Project of the Year, Project Manager of the Year, Company of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year. These best professionals add value and excellence to our community. We announced the following winners and finalists in each category in our monthly dinner meeting that took place on December 13th.

Project of the Year

Velocity Aerospace Group: Business Process Enhancement Project

 

Velocity Aerospace Group is a small startup company which acquired four unique business units between 2013 and 2016 in the aerospace industry.  The business units’ unique operations range from Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) services to Manufacturing and Distribution of aircraft components.   A logistics tracking software was rolled out across the four sites located on the east and west coasts. However, there was no documented plan for the rollout or consistent training on how to use the logistics tracking software.

Results:

  • Documented Process Flow Chart Template that’s applicable to all sites

  • A Universal Status Code list with descriptive title and definitions that covers all business units.

  • Restrictive access to business sites to create status codes.

  • Only the Corporate IT will have access to create status codes; which will follow a standardize formatting for the status codes.  

 

Benefits:

  • All sites and corporate office will speak the same language, The Universal Status Code list will have the same meaning across all sites.

  • Customer satisfaction; customers should be able to contact any site for a status update and Universal Status code will have the same meaning.

  • The Corporate office will be able to status code data for forecasting.

  • Enable Customers to access status thru external portals.

 

Finalists

Crosswind Project Management Inc: Project Mariana.

 

Project Mariana is the sixth ed. PMBOK Guide update to the current Crosswind product line. This project has been in place for 18 months with the majority of the 100+ product updates complete in and production. Updates included a 600+ page technical book, placemats, exam simulation app, audio and video content, quick reference guides, classroom and virtual live course updates, PMI chapter, and university support asset updates.  


 

Project Manager of the Year

Doug Lee, PMP
Sr. Director Manufacturing Engineering at Keurig Dr. Pepper Inc.

 

Doug Lee was instrumental in the creation of the Keurig Dr. Pepper Engineering PMO. He was selected to lead the newly formed PMO in January 2018.  In less than a year, he has led a group of packaging and manufacturing engineers to serve dual purposes as project managers and PMO resources. Also, The PMO has leveraged the PMBOK in defining an Engineering project process and developing project management tools which have enabled vertical startups on the over 200 projects it manages annually.

Doug has led the Keurig Dr. Pepper Engineering PMO in creating a project process and developing project tools to deliver vertical startups to the business.  The process and tools have delivered tremendous value to the organization and are being considered by other divisions to help drive improvements in project delivery.

Finalists

Jason Bell, PMP.
PMO Manager at the City of Plano.

 

Jason Bells was the project manager for The City of Plano’s $1.4 million replacement RFID system for Plano Public Library System.  He was very detail focused ensuring productive documentation was occurring throughout the process.  Jason consistently sought to understand the library needs and often bridged the gap between numerous City departments ensuring communication was fluid.  Jason has a knack for listening and then asking critical questions to ensure the project is successful.

David Henderson, PMP
IT Project Manager, NCH Corporation.

 

David Henderson has consistently been a project manager for numerous projects at NCH Corporation.  He has been an example to younger project managers as to “how to do it right”. One of the most notable projects was the upgrade of NCH’s Precision software used with Oracle logistics.   This project was originally managed by a different project manager that left the company. Then, David took over this project that was over budget, in jeopardy of missing critical go-live, and had devolved into a very contentious relationship between IT and the business and made it successful.

In addition, David regularly conducts “lunch and learn” sessions within NCH’s IT department where project management concepts and best practices are presented.

Tony Jhonson, MBA, CSP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, PMP, PgMP, PfMP.
CEO & Founder, Company NameCrosswind PM Inc

 

Tony takes on big challenges and is a well-known leader in the project management and his leadership drives a team to produce results such as the following:

  • Creation of the agile program management approach

  • Author of 39 technical project management books

  • Tony’s work contributed to the certification of over 100,000 PMPs

  • Creation of a scrum pilot program that resulted in free scrum training to 100+ people

  • Supporting 250+ wounded warriors and other returning soldiers to become PMPs by donating learning products.

 

Company of the Year

Crosswind Project Management Inc

 

Crosswind Project Management Inc. celebrated it’s 20th anniversary this year as a training and product development company.  This company has created 39 books and hundreds of learning products that align with the PMP, CAPM, PgMP, PfMP, PMI-PBA, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, CBAP, CCBA, and Scrum credentials.

To date, Crosswind has sold over 100,000 books in at least 72 counties and all 7 continents. Also, Crosswind has contributed to 100,000 PMPs. Crosswind has also helped over 250 wounded warriors and returning soldiers transition back into the civilian workforce via free courseware, free exam simulation application and trainer support.

Finalist

PMI Dallas Chapter

 

The PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the most innovative all-volunteer chapters in the world including   35+ year history as a chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI). There some highlights from PMI Dallas:

  • PMP Exam Review: Delivered 4 times. 60% increase in attendance from 2017

  • Improved the web and email newsletter user experience by optimizing content and templates for mobile devices

  • Website improvements to support Marketing’s redesigned Sponsor program including sponsor package buy-flow process

  • Exceeded 2018 Sponsorship target by 61% (Total $9,350 Target $5,800)

  • Exceeded Recruiter attendance target in dinner meetings by 37%  (Total 11, Target 8)

  • Served 1810+  attendees throughout the 3 major events: Toastmasters, Breakfast, and Dinner meetings.

  • Book Review program distribution of 73 books thru Q3 with a current completion rate of 66%.


 

Volunteer of the Year

Jason Clark, PMP and James Knesek, PMP. 

 

Jason Clark and James Knesek have been Co-Directors of the 1-Day PMP Exam Review course for many years.  Together they have partnered to maintain a strong team of facilitators that consistently provide outstanding instruction and bring personal experience to the Exam Review class.  

Last year they went through the arduous task of updating the course to reflect the 6th edition of the PMBOK.  Also, They ensured that the information was captured correctly and the transition went smoothly.

Finalist

Lisa Sun

 

Lisa joined the PMI-Dallas Chapter in 2017. In the past year, she has worked diligently for the Chapter’s Dinner meeting. Her contributions were important for the Chapter:

  • Recruit speakers and review speaker’s applications.

  • Conduct speaker phone interviews.

  • Research speaker’s qualifications and follow up with all references.

  • Coordinate logistics of everything related to speakers.

  • Arrange board of director’s table tents and registration badges.

  • Pair all first-timers with the board.