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PMI Dallas is proud to announce the 2017 Chapter Award Winners

Project of the Year

Toyota: North American Headquarters

  • Toyota sought to create a place called “One Toyota” where different divisions from all around the country could be consolidated under one roof, bringing together employees from California, New York, and Kentucky.

  • The new Toyota North American Headquarters is a 2,100,000 sqft campus, in 100 acres, consisting of 7 interconnected office buildings, a high bay quality center building, 4 garage structures, multiple open courtyard spaces, a vehicle delivery center with a full-service station, and a testing track.

  • The sustainable site is landscaped with Texas native plants for efficient water use, a storm water harvesting system for irrigation, gray water re-use, high performance glass and skylights for abundant daylight utilization, a nearly 9-megawatt solar system for energy reduction and back feed to the electric grid, remaining electricity provided by Texas wind farms, and it is served by two bus lines of public transportation operated by DART.  This project is a LEED Platinum certified campus by the USGBC.




Earnst & Young (EY): Establish a Project Management Office

  • This project exemplified excellence in project management by introducing an innovative and strategic approach to designing a PMO focused on challenging the status quo with current HR infrastructure and operations, developing opportunities for cost savings, and evaluating resource reallocations.

  • As an add-on to the traditional project management role of ensuring that projects are finished on time, within budget, and within scope; the design of this PMO engages employees in project management methodology while encouraging and facilitating internal collaboration across departments.

City of Plano: Love Where You Live

  • PMI Dallas partnered with the City of Plano and Habitat for Humanity, South Collin County to work on home repair projects for the city’s Love Where You Live (LWYL) program. The program is a neighborhood revitalization initiative targeting some of Plano’s older neighborhoods.

  • The project exemplified excellence in the detailed planning that provided effective execution.  The City of Plano were very pleased with the detailed planning that the chapter volunteers brought to the table

  • The Project Lead performed a walk-thru with James Donaldson from Habitat to identify the scope of work, before photos were taken and bill of materials defined.

  • The team divided the scope into eighteen tasks, identified the stages of completion as Repaired (demolition, cut new wood, and replace), Caulked (all pre-paint efforts), and Painted.  There was an Other category for tree trimming, trash removal, and misc. tasks. The team also created a project plan the included following for each task: before picture, title of the repair, description of work to be completed, materials and tools required, and client sign-off on planned work. 


Company of the Year

Trinity Industries

Linda Lacinski, Primary Point of Contact

  • Twenty months ago, several significant and strategic projects at Trinity were delivered successfully utilizing effective project management tools and techniques.  Trinity’s executive team recognized that project management was a big part of the success and subsequently funded an initiative to increase the core competency of project management across the organization, including corporate shared services and all operating business units in the five business segments. This initiative includes all U.S., Mexico, and Canada locations.

  • As a result, the Project Management Center of Excellence (PMCOE) was launched with strong executive sponsorship. The PMCOE’s vision—focusing on three main areas: people, process, and performance—is “…to build Project Management core competencies and …be sought-after by individuals who manage projects…for best practices…, processes, and tools.”

  • Trinity Industries has excelled in demonstrating support for premier project management practices and its commitment to excellence in project management processes by providing executive support, executive sponsors, and resources.  But more so, Trinity senior management has participated and assisted in the full PMCOE program implementation. 


Technology Spa

Troy McSimov, Primary Point of Contact

  • TechSpa has supported the growth of individual project managers and reimburse PMI membership fees.  The company not only assisted employees in cross training but also sponsored the chapter education team for the educations team’s event bi-monthly last year.

  • Tech Spa is a small sized company and despite its size, it provides its employees flexible work hours to attend training, mentoring program, and positively encourages them to learn more and thus provide more benefits to clients.

  • Tech Spa has been actively supporting the PMI Dallas Chapter.



Volunteer of the Year

Mei Lin
  • Mei has played an important role invigorating chapter groups like the PMI Dallas Toastmasters promoting participation in activities like the Color Run. Mei is well known for her personality qualities of positive attitude, enthusiasm, teamwork mentality and, leadership which is an example to new members of the chapter.
  • She continously encourages people to be active members. 
  • Mei’s outstanding leadership and multiple efforts to improve the chapter have positively impacted multiple chapter groups and members.
  • ‘Mei has no hesitation on sharing her Project Management knowledge, I have seen the interest of people when she talks about Scrum and Agile methodology or Project Management in general, this is an example of how her participation contributes to advance the profession by showing that the project management discipline is critical in business and organization success’ 


Mark Lysell
  • PMI Dallas Toastmasters club has been distinguished club (top performance award as a toastmasters’ club) in the DFW area. Not only the club meets the highest standards from the Toastmasters international but also the club brings a great value to our chapter members through out the year.
  • In the past three years, Mark has served as the club president and immediately past president for the club. He is always the first person to arrive the meeting and the last person who leaves the meeting.
  • He has been deeply involved with the club and has mentored in acquainting all new members on the activities of the Toastmaster club in his role of the club’s immediate past president. Mark is a silent leader and practices what he preaches.