PMI Northeast Florida Chapter

April 2019 Newsletter


April Meeting Recap

rsz jimbeachThe April Chapter dinner meeting was held on April 15th and featured a dynamic and interactive presentation from Jim Van Allan, PhD, called “Embracing the Power of Positive Leadership.” All attendees were engaged in this informative and high energy discussion and left with an appreciation and understanding of how positive energy and thinking impacts relationships and the organizational culture. 



May Chapter Meeting

Bud RelihanThe May Chapter dinner meeting will be held on Monday, May 20th, at the Aloft Hotel from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. This session will be worth two (2) PDU's in the “Technical” PMI PDU category. Our presenter will be Bud Relihan, PMP, and he will discuss “Introducing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) for Lean Enterprises.” Please be sure to register by May 11th to receive the early bird discount and by May 15th if you want to secure a dinner reservation.


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Attention Military Veteran PMI-NEFL Chapter Members

Tell fellow Veterans how you have benefited from being a Chapter Member in a testimonial video that will be showcased on our upcoming new Military web page!  Short 1-minute testimonial videos will be recorded before the May dinner meeting and during the break. Please contact our Military liaisons, Shelon, Steve and Joe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for quick and easy instruction. 

PMP Exam Prep Boot Camp

If you are preparing to take the PMP exam, please consider registering for the PMP Exam Prep Boot Camp. The 3-day boot camp will be held on Thursday, June 6th through Saturday, June 8th from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at Nova Southeasterrn University. Dr. Steven Onu, Professor of Project Management and Business Strategy, will lead the class. For more information and to register, please view

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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 Recommendation

  • The Power of a Positive Team: A book to help teams become more positive, united, and connected by Jon Gordon.

Volunteer Opportunities

We currently have two volunteer opportunities available.

In the role of Director of Chapter Engagement, you will manage interactions between the NEFL chapter and the other FL/GA Chapters to support smaller chapters, to share ideas and best practices, and to promote services to PMI members at a regional level. For more information and to apply please view the following:

The Military Liaison Team is looking for social media savvy volunteers to help administer their social media outreach campaigns to the Northeast Florida military population.  If you are interested, please contact our Military liaisons, Shelon, Steve and Joe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PDU Claims

If you have attended chapter events, don’t forget to claim your PDUs. You can find a list of the PDU categories from previous events on the Chapter website here:

Use this link for instructions for claiming your PDUs:

Chapter Spotlight

Our VP of Military Liaison, Shelon Pounds, MBA, MA, PMP had the privilege and honor of teaching the Project Management Foundations class to Jacksonville’s Onward to Opportunity’s (O2O) April cohort.

Supported by The Schultz Family Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., USAA, Prudential, and a host of other private sector companies, O2O is a nationwide nonprofit organization with many locations near military installations across the United States that provides free, comprehensive civilian career training, professional certifications, and job placement support to transitioning service members, members of the selected reserves, veterans, and military spouses.

Every other month, Jacksonville’s O2O Directors, Patricia Piazza and Anthony Bush, facilitate weeklong classroom-based cohorts at the Wounded Warrior Project offices located on the city’s southside.  Each group consists of approximately 60 to 80 transitioning servicemembers, veterans, and spouses - more than half of whom are pursuing Project Management careers and certifications. 

As an additional benefit for completing the week-long program, O2O provides all study materials and fully funds students’ entire pathway to their first PMI certification (CAPM or PMP) including their first year of PMI membership.

PMI NEFL is a proud partner of O2O and is in their second year of teaching the PM Foundations class.


A special appreciation goes out to our Chapter President, John Luker, MS, PMP, MCTS, and Military Liaisons Steve Whitmore, MSISM, PMP, CSM, ITIL, and Joe Dodd, MBA PMP, for their contribution to the success of Project Management Foundations class with O2O

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

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 Welcome New Chapter Members!

Kenneth Davis
Heather Cumbo
Monique Walker
Amanda Hawkins
Michael Register
Doug Shagam
Michael Atcherson
Edwin Bell
Deidra Jones
Laurie Muenz
Michael Campbell
Olivia Pitts
Jesse Mattox
Maxine Collins
David Mccall
Aaron Knight
John Batista
Howard Rainer
Gabby Mukandwa
Manpreet Singh
John Amiot
Terry L. Daniel
Monica Peck
Tanya Payne
Tanja Witty
Shamika Thompson

 Congratulations -  New Certifications!

Hieth Gibler - PMP

Cynthia Ferguson - PMP

Celebrating 15-Year Anniversary!

John Richard Horne

Theresa Morris

Larry Reed

 Celebrating 10-Year Anniversary!

Donald Martin

Alex Consuegra

Celebrating 5-Year Anniversary!

Rene Du Plessis

Katherine Moore

Arthur Bides

Sheryl Eliam

 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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