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The PMI Nashville Chapter will be recognized locally and globally for its innovative approach to fostering professional development and elevating the project management profession. Through outreach to the community and unique education opportunities, the chapter will become the definitive resource for growing the industry as a whole.
The premier association for existing and aspiring Project Management professionals, PMI Nashville promotes the growth and competitive advantage of its members through education, mentorship, and networking opportunities with peers and professionals in a multitude of industries.
Nashville chapter bylaws are available here
PMI Nashville Board for 2017
|President||Anil Sawhney||Anil has been involved in Project Management for over 16 years and has successfully managed several large scale projects in the government and private sector. Anil is currently working as a Senior Project Manager with Genesys where he provides project management expertise across delivery and implementation of Genesys solutions in Government and Commercial clients.
Anil is passionate about quality and customer satisfaction and strives to improve efficiency, productivity, and profitability through automation and process improvement.
Anil has been involved with local non-profit organizations and is currently serving as the President of India Association of Nashville. Anil has been involved with the PMI Nashville Chapter for over 4 years.
|Executive Vice President||David Benneyworth||David works at Thomas & Company as their CIO. The company assists their clients in the processes for Wage Verification requests, Unemployment Claims, and Workforce Opportunity Tax Credits. David’s role provides leadership and guidance for all technology initiatives which help to improve and extend the operational efficiencies.
Previously, he worked at E+ CancerCare as their Director of Project management, Cigna-HealthSpring as Applications Manager, and Take Care Health as a Sr. Project Manager. He has focused most of his IT career in the healthcare business sector leading numerous software development projects.
David joined the PMI Nashville chapter in 2009 and soon began assisting the chapter by volunteering on the membership team helping with registration for the monthly meetings. Outside of the PMI world, David volunteers with the Boy Scouts, Second Harvest Food Bank, and his church.
|Immediate Past President||Lucie Hayward||Lucie is a CISSP and PMP certified project manager, specializing in project management and security. She has managed projects for Target, Hershey, and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and is currently a Managing Consultant with the Cyber Investigations practice at Kroll Advisory Solutions in Nashville.
Lucie is an avid traveler and knitter, and a proud resident of East Nashville. Originally from Minnesota, she has an MBA from the University of St. Thomas and a BA from the University of St. Catherine.
|VP of Finance||Vikas Jain||Vikas is an Engineer, MBA, PMP and has over 20 years of programming and managing experience across multitude of industries. Vikas is currently working as a Senior Software Engineer at Vanderbilt Medical Center where he is involved with enterprise IT solutions to computerize healthcare solutions and improve patient-physician communication electronically. Vikas has been involved with the PMI Nashville Chapter for over 7 years in different roles and served on the board since 2014 as VP of Technology.|
|VP of Administration||Shankar Suman||Shankar is a Certified Project Management Professional with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering; completing Six Sigma Black Belt in 2017 with strong analytical and strategic planning skills. He has over 11 years of experience in manufacturing industry and owns project management, operations, compliance, supply chain, product design/redesign, vendor relationships and purchasing on a national and global scale at Procon Products (dba Standex International).
His favorite aspect of project management is working with various stakeholders to understand their business objectives and leading collaboration to identify and implement solutions. Shankar believes in giving back to community and is involved with “Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville” and “Nashville Rescue Mission” as a volunteer. He had also volunteered with “Read to Succeed” program in Rutherford county in the past.
|VP of Professional Development||Kevin Teske||Kevin is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with 20 years experience managing technology projects across multiple industries including: public transit, healthcare, defense, and marketing sectors. His foundation in management was learned during experiences with Xerox, Honeywell and the US Air Force. He currently serves as a Parallon Consulting Project Manager.
Kevin has a passion for continuing adult education and professional development. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola University, Chicago. He currently volunteers as an ACG (American Corporate Group) Mentor to transitioning military veterans and serves on the HCA Military Veterans Steering Committee.
|VP of Volunteers||Radha Kakkar||Radha is a PMO Manager within Deloitte LLP’s ITS (Information Technology Services) practice in Nashville. People, Customers, Projects – are her passions. She has over 11 years of experience delivering technology projects including large software development implementations. She holds a Computer Science Engineering degree from India. She is a Certified Project Management Professional, Certified Six Sigma Black Belt Professional, Certified Deloitte Faculty and a Quality Management Examiner. Aside from work, Radha is passionate about creating business value and great workplaces through training professionals. She keeps her passion alive by facilitating various Project management, Process Excellence, and Up your Game workshops|
|VP of Membership||Jamie Madaris||Jamie is a Senior Project Manager with experience in the healthcare, manufacturing, and defense markets. In addition to holding PMP, CSM, and Six Sigma Green Belt certifications, Jamie holds an MS in Engineering Management from the University of South Florida and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida. Jamie previously served PMI Nashville as the Director of Social Events and the Director of College Outreach. Outside of project management, Jamie enjoys spending time with his wife Liz and daughter Emerson.|
|VP of Technology||Mayur Mehta||Mayur is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with 20+ years of experience in insurance, healthcare, consulting and publishing. Mayur holds an MBA, BS Accounting and BS Logistics & Transportation along with PMP, ScrumMaster, Six Sigma Green Belt and ITIL certifications.
Mayur joined PMI in 2008 and previously served as PMI Nashville Director of PDU Registration from 2015-2016. He helped simplify the process at PMI Nashville to submit PDUs on behalf of its members earning the 2015 Volunteer of the Year award.
In his spare time, Mayur stays busy with his family and kids’ activities.
|VP of Communications||Rakesh Gupta||Rakesh currently works in HealthStream as Director, Research DevOps, providing application development and support for its Patient Experience product line. Rakesh has 18+ years of experience in software design and support, and 10+ years of project management experience. Rakesh has experience leading development of multiple applications that perform critical business functions as well championing development of applications that automate and improve day to day operational workflows. Rakesh is a PMP, has received his MBA from Strayer University and is currently working on his Masters in Data Science degree from Lipscomb University.|
|VP of Education||Tricia Yates||Tricia has been involved in Project management for 25+ years including Government projects in the Aerospace Industry where I began my career, Commercial projects in the Private Sector of the Automotive Industry and in my current role as Director of the Customer Project Office at Schneider-Electric, a global Specialist in Energy Management. My projects have included product development managing engineering teams and customer facing projects deploying customized software and hardware.|
|VP of Marketing And Publicity||Michael McSurley||Michael has 17 years IT experience with a focus in IT leadership, software development lifecycle, and software engineering. My past IT roles refined me into a key IT leader and project manager offering consistent responsibility for IT personnel, resources, and budget allocations. I am experienced in the delivery of required IT project deliverables and long-term IT organizational initiatives that have inspired companies to achieve new levels of efficiency and profitability. I hold a BS in Computer Science and an MBA in Technology Management. I am a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and ITIL V3 Foundation Certified.|
|VP of Communities of Practice||Tom Cooper||Tom has a wide domain of project management experience that includes software, construction and LMS development. The community of the Nashville Chapter is growing and he understands that resources need to be developed to meet the needs of the community.
Tom brings 11 years of international business experience and has participated in community development as a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the London Financial Futures Exchange, as a Toastmaster for the London Corinthians and as a member of Roofing Consultants Institute developing professional learning programs for new technologies.
|VP of Metrics||John Stone||John has been involved in PMI since 2010 and PMI Nashville since 2013. He has managed several large scale projects in the Healthcare Industry from the hospital and vendor side. John is currently working as a Senior Project Manager with MEDHOST in Franklin, TN where he provides project management expertise across delivery and implementation of MEDHOST clinical and Financial solutions in over 1,100 facilities across the US.
John has nearly 25 years of clinical information system and client services engagements achieving success from EMR development to implementations and conversion/migrations, to optimization. Settings include academic, community, and multi-facility environments.
|VP of Programs||Debra Collins||Debra is a project manager with over 13 years of experience, possessing skills in process improvement, data analytics and strategic transformation. Successful managing client project in the Financial, Utilities, Healthcare, Government and IT industries. Debra was raised in Georgia and attended Georgia State University. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems, Debra started her career as a software engineer, where she developed client server & database applications. She holds certifications in six sigma, software development, agile & ITIL. Although she has worked in Nashville before, she and her husband recently relocated back due to his job. She enjoys teaching and mentoring.|
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In the late spring of 1996, a small group of interested parties gathered in the first meeting to discuss the possibility of a Nashville Chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI). With the wonderful support of the East Tennessee Chapter, nationally recognized for their programs and participation, a Request for Charter was drafted and submitted with 25 signatures. At the October 1996 International Symposium, PMI issued their 96th Charter to Nashville, Tennessee.
Renee Mepyans was elected as the first President. Bob Woolf designed a logo which features the Parthenon, Athens of the South, representing one of Nashville’s most famous architectural landmarks.
Due to the generous financial support of BellSouth and efforts by members, the first meetings were held at BellSouth 4:00 p.m. each month. George Campbell gave our first official program presentation. The Chapter attendance averaged a mere 15-25 persons per meeting. In the fall of 1997, the Nashville City Club was the site chosen for Chapter breakfast meetings but attendance remained similar. Also during 1997 came the emergence of the Chapter newsletter thanks to the efforts of a few committed board members.
In January of 1998, Bob Woolf was elected President and another move was made to the Maxwell House Hotel in the Metro Center for lunch meetings. The Chapter participation grew significantly, averaging 25-50 at each meeting. In the spring of 1998, a program featuring Mayor Phil Bredesen drew 65 in attendance. The luncheon format was proven to be far more successful and continues to this day. Through the generosity of NORTEL, all Chapter Board meetings were held at their offices monthly and continue to this day The first training class for preparation of members to sit for the highly respected Project Management Professional (PMP) exam was conducted. By the year-end, the Chapter enjoyed a 115% increase in membership with 110 members. The Chapter’s crowning moment was in October, 1998 as it received the prestigious Chapter of the Year Award (chapters 1-3 years) in Long Beach, California at the PMI International Symposium.
In 1999 and 2000, Hardy Seaborn was elected to serve as President. Chapter meetings were moved to the Wyndham Garden Hotel. During 1999, the chapter received the chapter achievement awards for membership growth for the region and sustained superior performance. The Nashville Chapter gave assistance to the formation of a chapter in Memphis also in 1999. As of December 2001, the Nashville Chapter membership reported 269 members. Attendance at Chapter meetings has steadily grown to about 100 attending. Outgrowing the Wyndham Hotel, the luncheon meetings were moved to Holiday Inn Express on West End Avenue.
In 2001, Marsha Dollarhide served as President. The PMI Nashville Chapter received three awards — Chapter of the Year Award (for chapters in existence for 1-4 years), the Award of Excellence in Education and the Sustained Superior Performance Award — during the PMI Leadership Meeting held 10/31-11/03, 2001 at the Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN. These awards were for efforts completed by the Chapter during 2000.
In 2002, Wesley Lankford served as President. The focus in 2002 was on enhancing project management educational seminars and events. Sponsorship was piloted with Athena. Attendance at lunch meetings began to range from 100-125 members and guests during this period pushing the capacity of the Holiday Inn facilities.
In January, 2003, Faye Smith, PMP, was elected to serve as President of the PMI Nashville Chapter. One of the focus areas for the chapter was on increasing community awareness of the PMI Nashville Chapter and of project management as a discipline. Efforts were increased in the areas of Education, Marketing, and Publicity. Additionally, the Nashville Academic Outreach Program for High Schools Students was launched in the fall of that year to introduce project management knowledge, and project management as a career choice for students. The chapter participated in the 2003 Williamson County World of Possibilities Career Fair, and received honorable recognition for its involvement in that event. With the launching of the Academic Outreach program, the Nashville PMI Academic Outreach committee worked through 2004, developing a project management program for and curriculum for high school students, and delivered this pilot program to students in the classroom setting in the spring and fall of 2004. The concepts, materials, and experiences of the PMI Nashville Chapter Academic Outreach Program for High School Students are now being used to develop a similar program on the national level through the National PMI Education Foundation.” The PMI Nashville Chapter also received an achievement award for Sustained Membership in 2004.
In 2004, Melinda Hagan was elected to serve as President. Planning for the chapter’s first annual Symposium started in May with one of the first meetings at the former Pargo’s restaurant in Maryland Farms.
Ed Asci was President for 2005 and 2006, with the 1st and 2nd annual Symposiums taking place at the Willis Conference Center. The success of these first Symposiums served to establish them as annual events which have been recognized nationally. More than 350 people combined attended the Symposiums. Luncheon attendance continued to grow, reaching peaks of 135 members.
In 2007, Lee Malone began his term as President. The 3rd annual Symposium took place for the first time at the Nashville Convention Center, and included the monthly luncheon. Annual awards were now announced at the luncheon (instead of at the Holiday celebration each December). The inability to accommodate the luncheon registration (a good problem to have) required a search for new facilities.
For 2008, Laura Klepper was elected President. The chapter leadership structure changed to include a new layer, recognizing the need for additional leaders. The board’s Directors became Vice Presidents, and the additional layer was designed to include directors reporting to the respective VPs. The former Vice President position was changed to reflect the past practice of promoting that position to the next President. PMI Global added a requirement for an annual scorecard from all chapters to capture metrics across the entire organization. To cover that need, an additional position was added to the board (VP of Metrics) to replace the former VP of Publicity. Recognizing that the membership was spread out across Nashville area, the chapter opened up the luncheons to other locations besides the Vanderbilt Holiday Inn. The Millennium Maxwell House and the Cool Springs Marriott allowed some chapter members in those areas to attend for the first time. The 4th annual Symposium was held at NCC for the second consecutive year, with almost 350 in attendance at the annual luncheon alone.
In 2009 and 2010, Charles Lebo served as President. The volunteer structure continued to expand, as additional positions were added to promote chapter leadership development opportunities (over 20 directors added in the first three months alone of 2010 alone, a testimony to the dedication of the executive board). Along with the volunteer growth, the foundation was laid for an Operations team, comprised of the directors and led by the VP of Administration and the President Elect.
The 5th annual Symposium took place at the end of April 2009, under the guidance of Jennifer Schenck, and was a great success in spite of the economy. In July 2009, Rusty Thompson moved the chapter website to a new vendor and overhauled it to make use of new technologies, with unlimited future potential. To meet PMI Global’s requirement for an annual scorecard from the chapter, surveys for each event and the annual chapter survey were aligned with similar questions, and the first annual scorecard was submitted and approved by PMI Global in September 2009. The chapter closed out the year in the black, even with a volunteer appreciation night at a Predators game in December.
2011 has been a banner year under the leadership of the current president Chip Nuttall. Membership surpassed 1000 early in the year. A renewed emphasis on the monthly luncheons resulted in new locations, speakers, and time slots. Justin Graham, VP of Programs, lead his team to create a great series of luncheons with high attendance and satisfaction ratings.
In 2011, the LIG’s and SIG’s turned into Communities of Practice. PMI Nashville concentrated on IT, Business Intelligence, Retail, PMO, and Healthcare Communities of Practice lead by Angie Bates and a great team of volunteers. Christia Victor, VP of Professional Development, also expanded our services to the membership by not only coordinating PMP related events, but also in jump-starting the Mentoring Program as well as expanding our Study Group offerings.
Late in 2011, the Chapter Website was revamped for a more modern and professional look. The new website promotes more social features with refreshing takes on some of the most popular pages of the site. 2012 will hold some exciting things for Phase 2 of the website project.
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