A fantastic success:
The PMI/NJ Regional Symposium held on May
12, 1997 at the Newark Airport Marriott was a tremendous success. This
years attendance including attendees, vendors, speakers, and helpers was
287, an all time high, with representation from New Jersey, New York, Delaware,
Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The attendees were treated to an outstanding
agenda of speakers and vendor displays / presentations.
Mary Devon O'Brien, the NJ Chapter
President, provided an inspiring introduction to the festive activities
for the day.
Stacy Miltiades and her team presented
6 speakers who provided keys to effective project management in the following
|Dr. Bud Baker
||Core Competencies for Project Managers
||PM Stands for People Motivator
||Communication Techniques for the Global
||Negotiation Skills for the Project Manager
The Master's Touch in Project Success
||Attributes of the Indesposable Project
Manager (Part 1 & 2)
Bill Ruggles, our New Jersey native
PMI International President, was a special luncheon speaker who provided
some great insight into the changes at PMI headquarters.
Everyone enjoyed visiting the 14 vendors
(another record) arranged by Nancy Saunders and her team. Four of
the vendors provided presentations on best practices, PM IQ, elements of
success and a demo. The vendors capped the day with a raffle with prizes
which delighted the crowd. Our tanks to these vendors:
|AGS Management Systems
|Constell Group, Inc.
|Coopers & Lybrand
|International Institute for Learning
||PM IQ CD-ROM
|Robert Andrew Associates
|Windows Support Group
Materials from the Vendors and Speakers
were presented in a Proceedings document arranged by Kim Hinton's
team. There are several binders available for purchase at $25.00. Please
contact Kim at 973-699-6454, or
Mike Ahern (you should all recognize
his name), and his team did an outstanding job registering the 251 plus
attendees and providing the name tags, certificates, assistance and gifts
for all (a business card holder and pen with the methods to communicate
with the chapter).
Bob Burnett's (with Annette Quick-Depasquale
taking the responsibilities for Bob who is out of the country) team
provided the evaluation forms and will be tabulating the results to provide
the insights to improve the symposium for next year.
Early in the planning of the symposium,
Ron Levenberg's team provided the guidance for the theme and then
the advertising materials for the flyers and postcards which were sent
to the members and the newspapers. This year we mailed information to the
surrounding 5 regional chapters (New Jersey, New York City, Hudson Valley,
Delaware Valley, and the Keystone chapters), another first.
The ad information was used by Debbie
Cocoziello to arrange a paid ad in the Forbes newspapers (another first).
Her material was also provided to the calendar sections of the local papers.
Maybe next year we'll get coverage in the PM/NET magazine.
Finally, the activities of the day were
made enjoyable by the work of Angela Thomas and her team to assure
that the Marriott had every detail complete to satisfy the needs of the
attendees. No one should have gone away hungry.
Also as part of this report, enjoy the
pictures taken by Mike Hall and
Hopefully you will see someone you know and will be in the picture yourself
We are already planning for next year's
event. The 1998 Regional Symposium will be held on May 18, 1998.
The planning team will investigate expanding next year's activities to
two days to include the presentation of papers by members with the speaker
vendor agenda for the next day. We are reviewing the evaluations to assure
that this format will satisfy the needs of the members. An alternate possibility
will have a third track during a single day for the presentation of papers.
What are your thoughts? Send comments to John Bufe (Symposium Project
Manager) via phone 732-699-6642, fax 732-336-2919, or e-mail.
Communication within the Chapter is key.
First we want to listen to your insights and concerns. We can be reached
at 973-763-9552. Leave a message and someone will return your call or take
the appropriate action. You can also come to the monthly meetings and speak
to the board members in person. Secondly, we want to keep you informed
about the activities of the chapter. The web-site will be updated with
the most current list of activities for your participation and benefit.
Set a bookmark to www.pmi.org/chapters/nj/nj_info.htm. If you were at the
symposium, the telephone number and web address are on the pen you received
for easy reference.
Keep in touch!!