PMI Northeast Florida Chapter

June 2019 Newsletter


June Meeting Recap

The June Chapter dinner meeting on June 17 saw a last-minute change in speaker and topic and featured Grant Zemont, discussing Resource Management for Project and Programs. We hope you enjoyed the presentation and came away with some good information.

This session is worth two (2) PDUs in the “Strategic” PMI PDU category.

Please be sure to provide your feedback on the June dinner meeting by completing the electronic survey. We need your feedback in order to continuously improve!

Special thanks to our sponsor, QED National!

July Chapter Meeting

The July Professional Development event will be held on Monday, July 15, at the Aloft Hotel from 6:00pm - 8:30pm. Our featured speaker will be Eric Williamson, and he will present “Managing Global Teams”.

This session is worth two (2) PDUs, one in the “Strategic” PDU category and one in the “Leadership” PDU category.

Please be sure to register by July 6 to receive the early bird discount and by July 10 if you want to secure a dinner reservation. Be sure to login with your PMI credentials when registering in order to receive your PMI_NEFL member discount.

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Professional Development Day

We are excited to share that our April dinner meeting speaker, Jim Van Allan, PhD, will be hosting a Professional Development Day on Friday, July 12, at Nova Southeastern University.

This full-day training will help project managers alleviate the stress and anxiety that comes with working with others to achieve project goals. Team communication skills are critical components to a team’s success. This training will teach you practical skills in reading nonverbal communication, as well as diffusing and managing conflict on a team.

Additionally, we will cover the art of reading someone’s personality in order to better engage and connect with them. This day will include stimulating discussions, interactive activities, and genuine conversation about how to make your teams stronger and more efficient.

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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..

Skillfest is Coming!

If you are in the job market or just looking for an opportunity to network, please mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 24, for our quarterly Skillfest Recruiting event! The event will be held at Dave & Busters from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Recruiters will be onsite, and you will have the opportunity to chat with them and other members. The cover charge will include an optional professional headshot photo session, a light buffet, and non-alcoholic drinks. You are also welcomed to enjoy the cash bar, games, and even have a fun evening with the family.

PMI Chapter Events

If you are traveling and would like to stay connected to PMI, here is a list of upcoming events from nearby chapters:

The Central Florida Chapter in Orlando will be celebrating 25 years of Service to the Project Management Profession on August 6 at the Orlando Science Center. The meeting registration is limited to 200 Attendees. Register here

The Florida Suncoast and the Tampa Bay Chapters will be hosting an “Across the Bay Networking Event” on July 25 at the St. Petersburg Marriott. Find out more

The South Florida Chapter will be hosting a Palm Beach Mixer on July 25 at the Yard House in Palm Beach Gardens. Check the South Florida Chapter calendar

Call for Speakers

Do you know or work with a local professional, senior PMP colleague, or community/business leader that you would want to hear give a presentation on project leadership, skills and techniques, or a specific knowledge area within the project management profession? If you answered “yes,” we would love to hear from you!

Email Larry Flowers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject, “I Know a Speaker.”

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 5 – 7 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 PMI Global 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.

PDU Claims

If you have attended previous chapter events, remember to claim your PDUs!

Find a list of PDUs from previous events here.

Find out how to claim your PDUs here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking to get involved with the chapter? If so, you are in luck! We have opportunities available.

We are seeking Regional Coordinators for our Pizza, Pints, & PDUs events to be held in various areas of Jacksonville and surrounfding areas.

For more information and to apply, please see our current needs page.

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..

Member Spotlight

Faye Middleton is our June Member Spotlight. Faye has been working as a Project Manager since 2000 and acquired her PMP in September 2005. The day she took her PMP exam, she arrived early and while waiting in a New York City park, a pigeon decided to relieve himself on her silk shirt. It must have been good luck as she passed on her first attempt along with the five coworkers from her study group.

Since becoming a PMP, she has worked for Smith Barney (now Morgan Stanley) wealth management delivering their quarterly glossy investment report covering 16 products. Although the quality of paper has been reduced, the report is still distributed today!

Faye made the move from New York City to Charleston, SC, where she lived and worked for the next 10 years. It was quite a culture shock for her! She took a role for Blackbaud, which is primarily a software development company for nonprofits, as the first PM for their Hosting Department. As the company acquired competitors, she managed a broad range of IT projects and began managing audits.

She recently started a new job in the healthcare industry and credits her PMP certification for opening doors in her career. When not working, Faye enjoys working on home improvement projects where all her time and money goes!

Thanks for being our June member spotlight Faye!

Chapter Spotlight

Our very own VP of Marketing, Eddie Sumner, has been honored with a selection for the PMI Leadership Institute's Master Class of 2020.

This is a year-long leadership development program that combines interactive learning, experiential activities, case studies, and personal assessments to equip PMI leaders with the techniques and frameworks to work with and through others to drive organizational success in their chapters and companies.

Please be sure to pass on your congratulations to Eddie!


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

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Welcome New Chapter Members!

Amanda Robbins
Matthew James
Timothy Brown
Derek Hall
Shawn Collins
Nikholai Fusilero
Peterson Dierivot
Ashley Huben
Jeanine Mcguire
Tracie Aiken
Patricia Drabick
Scott Ahl
Theresa King
Bobby Sisai
Brent Scheuneman
Jane Powell
Karen Cook
Ibukunoluwa Oyeleke
Eleni Cruise
Elizabeth Collins
Brianne Krenicky
Krunal Mevada
Dana Carrier
Cynthia Collins
Leah Goodwyne
Coty Garner-Nwanegbo
Adrianne Manzelli
Michelle Rosemeyer
Christopher E Delaporte
Derek Calvin
Marty Jolly
Shawn Stieb
Pierre Deronvil

Congratulations - New Certifications!

Michael Register - PMP

Benjamin Young - PMP

Olivia Pitts - PMP

Marghani Reever - PMP

Rose Mueller - CAPM

Kat Tuck - PMP

Caitlin Iwanowski - PMP

Elizabeth Raynor - PMP

Brian Lenhart - CAPM

Celebrating 10-Year Anniversary!

George Sherman

Saraswathi Pudhucode

Celebrating 5-Year Anniversary!

Kimberley Michaels

Caroline Hunter

Régine Sajous

Cynthia Peters

Marina Kounoupa

Eric Heckl

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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