PMI Northeast Florida Chapter

March 2019 Newsletter


New VP of Sponsorship

Juan OWe are excited to introduce the new VP of Sponsorship, Juan Ocharan.  Juan prefers to replace the word “Sponsorship” with “Partnership”.   His mission is to foster partnerships with local organizations to provide additional value to members.  He is working on financial and in-kind donations for the year of 2019 and is looking for a few volunteers to assist him in reaching this goal.  If you are interested in working with Juan to reach his goal, please contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Welcome aboard Juan!

Member Spotlight

Mike NOur member spotlight for March is Michael Nusbaum.   Michael is a retired LDO Lt Commander from the Navy and spent 27 years serving our country.  He currently serves as an independent consultant for his firm, Mustang Solutions, which provides a rare breed of business solutions.  He is originally from Minnesota and has been married for 40 years.  In his leisure time he enjoys golfing, gardening, and spending time with his family.  He received his PMP certification one year ago and has been a member of the NEFL PMI chapter for six months.   Please introduce yourself to Michael if you see him at a Chapter event.  Thanks for your years of service Michael!

March Meeting Recap

March is designated as Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day was recognized on March 8th.  In honor of this, the March Chapter dinner meeting held on March 18th featured an energetic and encouraging presentation about “Women in Leadership” from Melissa Fulmore-Hardwick, MBA, OCP.  Melissa is a mother, wife and the VP of IT Enterprise Applications at Acosta.  Melissa shared her balancing act of maintaining these multiple roles and her 10 “Melissa-isms” while encouraging women to “Rise Up” in leadership.  We celebrate the success of women in the workplace and their contributions to society.M Fulmore Hardwick

Special thanks to our awesome sponsors for the evening!

  • PMO Partners, Inc.                            
  • Infosys
  • RGP                                                    
  • Remisiewicz Program Management
  • Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Jacksonville Campus
  • Avio Consulting


PMO Leadership Council Lunch Meeting

Business leaders, corporate decision makers, and PMO executives from across Northeast Florida are welcome to join our round table discussions.  This event is facilitated by Susan Daniels, MBA PMP and Vice President of Corporate Relations, PMI-NEFL.

The Council meets monthly to:

  • Discuss common operational pain points,
  • Share effective practices, and
  • Learn about resources to strengthen their PMO models and teams.

The next PMO Leadership Council meeting will be held on Friday, April 12th from 12:15 – 2:00 pm at Brio’s Tuscan Grill in the Town Center.   PMI-NEFL will provide lunch options for you from a custom menu.  Please note that a special code is required to register.  To inquire about engaging in our discussion, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text 904 302-4706 with your contact information.  A response will be provided within 24 hours.

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April Chapter Meeting

The April Professional Development dinner meeting will be held on Monday, April 15th at the Aloft Hotel from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. This session will be worth two (2) PDU's in the PMI PDU category of "Leadership". Jim Van Allan, PhD will present “Embracing the Power of Positive Leadership”. Note: Early bird discount ends April 6th and dinner registrations must be made by April 9th. 

You do not want to miss this high-energy presentation!

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Quarterly SkillFest Recruiting Event 

If you are in the market for a job or looking for an opportunity to network, don’t miss the next Skillfest event on Tuesday, April 23rd at Dave and Busters from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  (7025 Salisbury Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32256) Recruiters will be onsite and attendees will have the opportunity to network throughout the evening.  The cost of $35 includes a light buffet and non-alcoholic beverages.  There will also be a photographer onsite to take professional headshots and a resume consultant to offer advice on revamping your resume.  There is a discounted price for early birds, so register soon for this great event!

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CAPM Scholarship

CAPMAre you a recent College Graduate? Are you beginning your journey in the PM profession and want a career boost without adding to your Student Debt?

The PMI North Florida Chapter can help. Any Chapter member who passes the CAPM exam can apply for a Scholarship to cover the exam fee. You can also contribute to our scholarship fund by participating in our 50/50 raffle at our Chapter Dinner meetings.

Please contact Eddie Sumner for more details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PMI Global Conference

Registration for the PMI Global Conference has started!  This year’s conference “Progress Made Possible by a Project Manager” will be held October 5th – 7th in Philadelphia, PA.  This is a great opportunity to build instantly applicable skills, hear from high-energy speakers and form lasting friendships.  Please check the website for details.

PMI 50th Anniversary

Did you know that the PMI Global organization will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year? 

There are several ways you can get involved:

  1. Attend one of the scheduled events
  2. Make a donation to the PMI Educational Foundation to help make a difference in the lives of youth and communities around the globe.

Here is a list of a few of the regional events planned by PMI Global:

  • SeminarsWorld in Charlotte, NC May 6 – 9
  • Mega SeminarsWorld in Orlando, FL June 24 – 27

 Book Recommendations

  • Lean in:  Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Nell Scovell and Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook)
  • The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel your life, work and team with positive energy by Jon Gordon

 Thank you to our sponsor, Nova Southeaster University - Jacksonville Campus!

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 Welcome New Chapter Members!

Donald Hughey
Marghani Reever
Tonya Moore
Uche Onyibe
Dwight Campbell
Michael Dean
James Brown
Stephen Spore
Maryam Manzi
Amanda Johnson
Hieth Gibler
Binu Narayan
Taylor Pierosn
Tracy Lipps
Matthew Hawkins
Victor Wright
John Priest
Michael Bullock
Aubrey Garner
Adrian Evans
Virginia Ressel
Neil Miranda
Renata Norman
Elizabeth Raynor
Rachel Alban
Lori Best
Rodney Janssen
Heather Bloss
Paul Cash
Cynthia Delaparte

 Congratulations -  New Certifications!

Alfred Vizzari - CAPM
James Mcgovern, P.E. - PMP
Matthew Hawkins - PMP
Ryan Smith - PMI-ACP
Hieth Gibler - PMP​

 Celebrating 10-Year Anniversary!

Donna Hale
Robert Mcguiness
Tom Henkel

Celebrating 5-Year Anniversary!

Tonya Torgeson
Steve Heindl
Thomas Lasker
Connie Gladding
Ronald Burnette
Frank Barnidge

 Partner With Us

The PMI North Florida Chapter is seeking long-term partners to sponsor events, including Dinner Meetings, Cocktail & Learn Seminars and the 2019 Quarterly SkillFest recruiting sessions.

Does your company want brand exposure in a growing market and access to a professional and diverse membership? We would like to hear from you.

We are also looking for volunteers in a Director role to act as an Account Manager for each partner. Responsibilities will be to engage at periodic intervals and ensure the value we provide exceeds their expectations.

Our new VP of Sponsorship, Juan Ocharan, will manage this program. Please contact Juan for more details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Want to give back to our profession but do not have time for a VP or Director-level position within the Chapter? We are looking for volunteers in a Mentoring Program to generate experience for PM Rookies.

If you are an experienced PM looking to help or new to PM-ing and need a leg-up, please contact Eddie Sumner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Interested in Volunteering?

Have you thought about volunteering with PMI NEFL?  Here are some of the key benefits of volunteering:

  • Gain skills and knowledge outside of your day-to-day tasks at work
  • Strengthen and build your network
  • Work closely with other PM Professionals
  • Earn PDUs
  • Have impact and make a difference within the Chapter and the NEFL community.

It takes a lot of hard work to support the PMI NEFL Chapter throughout the year.  We need creative and energetic members that want to create a rewarding experience for the NEFL Chapter members.  We have lots of opportunities for you to build on your experience and share your passion. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sign up on our website.


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