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PMI Nashville January 2019 luncheon – The Ability to Manage Risk: The Defining Project Management Skill for Project Success

January 15, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Event: The Ability to Manage Risk: The Defining Project Management Skill for Project Success

About Event:

The ability to identify and minimize risk before it occurs on a project is a defining skill for successful project managers and vendors. This ability can be measured and used to predict the likelihood of success on projects before they even begin; allowing clients to have realistic expectations of project outcomes and better resource their projects. It is important to note that both a vendor’s ability and a client’s ability, to foresee and manage risk, have a measurable and predictable impact on project outcomes.

Researchers from multiple universities have conducted tests on hundreds of projects to determine what factors to look for during the planning stage to predict the likelihood of project success, how to collect that information, and what impacts can project managers can have on a project. Dr. Gajjar from Clemson University will lead an entertaining discussion on effective tools of managing and measuring risk on a project.

About Presenter:

Dr. Dhaval Gajjar is an Assistant Professor at Clemson University’s Department of Construction Science and Management in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. Dr. Gajjar possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Master of Science and Ph.D. in Construction Management, all from Arizona State University. He has significant construction industry experience working as a Project Manager for TEPCON Construction and as a Construction Project Manager for Harkins Theatres responsible for all facility remodel projects. Dr. Gajjar also has over 10 years of significant research experience in the field of PM related to expertise driven project delivery, performance metrics and performance measurement, risk minimization and benchmarking. He has authored ten (10) refereed journal publications, one book chapter, and twelve (12) conference presentations disseminating the research results. He has also conducted over 25 presentations in the construction industry educating the industry professionals on using the research tools. He is also a recipient of 2014 IFMA Karen Marcel Scholarship Award and 2015 IFMA Utilities Council Scholarship Award and is a certified Facility Management Professional (FMP) and Sustainable Facility.

He has been a public speaker at several major events, and conferences including PMI Symposium, Scrum Alliance, ADC East, Music City Agile, and Music City Code.

PDU(s): 1.5 (Technical Talent Triangle)


  • Event Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
  • Registration: 11:30 am -11:50 pm
  • Program: 11:50 am – 1:00 pm


  • Maggiano’s Little Italy
    3106 West End Ave
    Nashville, TN 37203

Event Fees:

  • Early Registration Members: $25
    Early Registration Non-members: $30
    Early Registration closes: 1/8/2019 at 11:59pm

    Regular Registration Members: $30
    Regular Registration Non-members: $35
    Walk-in Registration at the door: $40 (space not guaranteed for walk-ins)
    Registration Close Time:  Three days before event @ 11:59pm

Registration Close Time: Three days before event @ 11:59pm

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be sent via email to by the Saturday before event at 11:59pm





January 15, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Tim Larson


Maggiano’s Little Italy
3106 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203 United States
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