"Connect by Hertz” - The Hertz Corporation
Terri Ciccodicola, PMP, Senior Director, Global
Jackie Vander Ploeg, General Manager
Car Sharing, while popular throughout Europe,
has been growing in the US. Hertz Corporation saw an opportunity
to be the first rental car company to launch a global car sharing program.
Connect by Hertz car sharing enables members to drive in and out of town
on a pay-as-you-go basis; it is a solution that provides customers with
an economical, convenient and socially-conscious alternative to car ownership.
Bringing Connect by Hertz to life involved
the due diligence and steadfast adherence to critical project management
tactics. The project as a whole centered on the design, implementation
and support of this new business. To meet their goals, the Connect
by Hertz team was able to leverage Hertz’s resources and infrastructure,
such as fleet purchasing power, customer service center and a renowned,
trusted and established global brand, to create a new value proposition
within the car sharing arena.
This session will be an interactive discussion
about the launch of Connect by Hertz, use of which project management tools,
successes and challenges, overall impact of the project and, most importantly
where the project is going.
Terri Ciccodicola is a Senior Director
in Global Program Management. She oversees the financial activities
for all Project Management related projects, including financial support
and reporting. In addition, Terri provides analyses, reports and
recommends project modifications to achieve the financial benefits desired
by the organization. She is instrumental in developing new financial
tools to support Project Management and the Process Excellence Center of
Expertise. Terri is a certified Project Management Professional and
a Lean Six Sigma White Belt. She holds an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh
Dickinson University and a BBA in Accounting from Siena College.
Jackie Vander Ploeg joined Hertz in 2008,
prior to that she served as Marketing Manager for NY Waterway Ferry Corp
she worked with the Waterway’s advertising department overseeing events
and sponsorships and was a Marketing Manager for Palisades Financial.
She holds a Bachelors degree in Business from Delaware Valley College.
The second presentation for the evening
will be given by Diane Fromm, Program Administrator for the PMI Educational
Foundation for the past five years. She will be providing an overview
on PMI Educational Foundation along with the materials available to help
the New Jersey Chapter to reach out to its local primary and secondary
schools and other non-profit organizations.
The meeting slides
can be downloaded.