October 2018: Letter From the President

    By Terry Minhas, PMI Houston Chapter President

    Election results for the open positions for the 2019 Board of Directors have been announced and I am pleased to report that the following candidates have been elected:

    • SVP Internal (2019) - LaToshia Norwood
    • VP eBiz (2019-2020) – Nooshin Yazhari
    • VP Membership (2019-2020) - Oscar Barrios

    Congratulations to the newly elected Board members. I am confident their vision and dedication will take PMI Houston to new heights. I also would like to thank the Election Committee (Lee Jones, Andy Stuart, and Gloria Archer) and PMI Global Headquarter (Nina Holman) for their time and effort in conducting the elections in a very transparent manner.

    PMI is a volunteer-based organization and PMI Houston is no exception. All our events are planned and executed by the volunteers. We recently held the Quarterly Leadership meeting, which was attended by the committee leads. These volunteers are our ‘boots on the ground’ who make things happen. My heartfelt gratitude goes to all the volunteers for their passion and dedication to serve the professional community of Cosmopolitan Houston.

    Mark your calendars for the Annual PMI Houston Conference and Expo scheduled for June 3-4, 2019. Many organizations are in the midst of assessing the remaining budgets for this year and planning for the next year. That includes allocation of funds for the employee training. Check with your employers as registration will start soon.

    Food for thought: “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln


    September 2018: From the President


    From the President

    By Terry Minhas, PMI Houston Chapter President

    In the US, government entities waste $97 million for every $1 billion invested in projects and programs. Commitment to the best practices of project and program management can have an enormous impact on savings.

    Commitment to project and program management best practices can have an enormous impact on savings. PMI has successfully advocated having project management recognized as part of the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) system starting in 2018.

    Recently, the Houston Chapter was approached by PMI to support its initiative with lawmakers in Washington, DC and across the globe to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the governmental departments through better project management. In the Capital, the effort includes working with a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives called the Government Efficiency Caucus. This group, along with support from PMI, helps to expand the use of project management practices throughout the federal government and beyond.

    It gives me a great sense of pride to be a part of an initiative which is expected to have a significant and long-term impact on the project management community in the US and overseas. It is an honor for our Chapter to be selected to be among the leaders!

    Labor Day is marked as the end of summer. It’s time to enjoy picnics, BBQs, and parties. We should also remind ourselves that it’s the day to honor the American worker. It’s the day to respect the organized labor and the rights of the individual. Let’s not forget those whose hard work and sacrifices enabled us to enjoy the bounties of life.

     Food for Thought: “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy, forget in time that men have died to win them—Franklin D. Roosevelt