PMI Northeast Florida Chapter

November 2019 Newsletter


November Meeting Recap

Wow! What an understatement for the November dinner meeting. We had the honor of having Capt. Paul Rinn USN (Ret) as our guest speaker. His credentials are too numerous to list here. He has many purple hearts and bronze stars. He was the first commanding officer of the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) and was in command when the ship struck a mine in the Persian Gulf on April 14, 1988.

His storytelling of the incident in 1988 was gripping. He had us laughing, crying and enthralled. So how does all of this relate to managing projects? Remember these 2 items; it is always about your people. And performance is about your people. With these guidelines then you should succeed and your team will as well. Never give up on anyone’s intellect, capability or desire. Your job as a leader is to put people in position to succeed.

He shared with us in what I will call the upbringing of a very young sailor. Without him Capt. Rinn would not be here along with the other 200 young men on board the ship that day in 1988. “No higher honor” was the ship’s motto and one that was repeated that day and the title of a book. Again, thank you Capt. Rinn and to all of your men. To learn more and see who the “hero” was that day, visit the Military Times article here.

The local chapter Monday night also recognized all of the military (active, retired, and spouse) for their years of service. The audience received some goodies, standing ovations, and we learned about their branch and time served. The entire night was very humbling experience! Thank you from all of us here to all of you that have served and protected our country.

In addition, kudos to Anthony Bush for attending and reaching out to the military attendees to let them know about the O2O (Onward to Opportunity). He reached out to several people during the evening.

Please be sure to provide your feedback on the October dinner meeting by completing the electronic survey. Your feedback is needed so that we can continue to improve!

December Chapter Meeting & PMI 50th Anniversary/Social

The last meeting of the year Monday, December 9, also promises to be extra special. Please join us! We do hope to see you there!

Lots of networking and social time, games, appetizers, and cash bar. Bring a friend or significant other and get to know some new friends!

Did we mention there's a cash bar? As a gentle reminder, please be safe at this time of the year.

  • $10 early bird before Dec 2
  • $15 starting Dec 3
  • $20 at the door

This meeting does not carry PDUs.

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If you are interested in getting involved in the PMI 50th Anniversary, here are some suggestions:

  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.

Upcoming Events


Class is in Session! It is that time of the year again.

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Help is on the Way

We have been asked help a fellow PMPer in NC, PhD candidate Lawrence Haynes, MBA, PMP, with his dissertation. Want to make a difference and help a fellow PM out? 

If so, please take an approximately 10-minute survey for his dissertation research regarding poor project performance.

All results received from the survey are anonymous, secure, and will not be shared with any marketers or consumers as required by the UNCC’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), Study #19-0205.

For questions contact Lawrence Haynes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or his faculty advisor Franz Kellermanns (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More Opportunies

Opportunity for Chapters to Establish DA Champions

PMI’s recent acquisition, Disciplined Agile, is creating quite a buzz in the project management community. There is an opportunity for chapters to take part in the excitement by sharing information and development opportunities to their members and local PM community. Chapter boards are invited to designate one person from their chapter to be part of the DA Champion program.

The DA Chapter Champion Program is an opportunity for chapters to get engaged with DA to bring DA resources to their communities. DA will assist chapters with planning webinars, communications, and promotions. In turn, PMI will promote DA classes, and offer giveaways and promotions.

The Northeast Florida Chapter is looking to recruit a member with a passion for Agile to become our Disciplined Agile Champion. Volunteers for this opportunity, please contact Eddie Sumner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


2020 PMI NEFL Chapter Board of Directors Elections Announcement

Elections will be January 2020 for 2-year terms to begin April 1, 2020. We are seeking three new members. The specific roles will be decided during the 2020 strategic planning meeting.

The Board conducts strategic and tactical planning, plans and organizes professional monthly events, plans quarterly educational offerings and networking opportunities, and social events for the members including opportunities to support our community

If you would like to strengthen your leadership skills, giveback to your profession, or expand your network of local, regional, and national project management professionals, we encourage you to seek a position on the Board.

Note: Involvement in the monthly board meetings and the 2020 strategic planning session prior to April 1 is expected.

Visit here for complete details and link to the online nomination form.

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!

Please fill out our Call for Speakers form online or 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.”



If you are interested in speaking at a PDU + Networking event or would like to support by volunteering, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

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

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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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