2012 Project Management Symposium Speakers

Breakfast Keynote: Brad Raney - CEO, Personal Performance Partnership

Presenting "Project CEO: Reaching New Heights!"

Brad RaneyBrad Raney is an author, motivational speaker, sales and management trainer, and life coach. He is CEO of the Personal Performance Partnership (P3) and has over 25 years experience in sales and sales management.

Brad’s first book Improve Your VOWELS, Improve Your Career! The A,E,I,O,U’s of Finding Your Perfect Job! has now sold on three continents. His new book Reach YOUR Peak! Become CEO of Your Success! is slated for a late 2012 release.

Brad has spoken to over 20,000 folks in the past year and was part of the highly successful “Pink Slip Tour presented by Virgin Mobile,” that made stops in Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Detroit.
Brad is on Advisory Boards for:

  • The University of North Florida’s Banner Center;
  • Keiser University;
  • ITT Technical Institute;
  • Nease High School Communications Academy;

He was also the 2011 Chair of the Jacksonville Chamber’s Diplomat Program and Past President of the Julington Creek Optimist Club.

Brad and his wife Dawn have been married over 20 years, live in St. John’s County, FL and have two children – a daughter (Savannah, 16) and a son (Dakota, 12).

Lunch Keynote: Mark Sorrell - Senior Practitioner, Pcubed

Presenting "Go for the Gold - Lessons Shared From Major Sporting Events Including the Summer Olympics"

Mart SorrellMark Sorrell, a Senior Practitioner in Pcubed’s Major Sporting Events practice, is a highly adaptable Program and Project Management professional with a proven delivery track record on the highest profile assignments – including 4.5 years with the Olympic Delivery Authority.  He is trusted by executive management and stakeholders to realize the corporate vision and has consulting, communication and relationship skills that enable business transformation to be accomplished and embedded.   He recently added Portfolio Management qualification to his skillset to ensure projects/programs remain aligned to strategy. Mark’s latest achievement was the successful delivery of the $37m London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Training Venue work stream.

Karen Davey-Winter, PMP, ACC - Work Life Perspectives, LLC

Presenting "Getting the Best Out of Global Teams"

Karen Davey-Winter Karen Davey-Winter is an ICF credentialed Leadership Coach who is also a certified Myers Briggs and EQi Practitioner, and is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership certificate program. She has over 20 years of experience in IT Leadership positions, having lead teams of up to 150 people on multi billion dollar projects. She is particularly skilled at bringing cross functional teams together and aligning them toward achieving a common goal. As part of her coaching practice she combines her extensive project management experience with her coaching skills to help individuals, teams and organizations develop practical strategies to increase efficiency and effectiveness in the work environment.

Hector Del Castillo - Product Marketing Director, AIPMM

Presenting "Market Yourself Using Social Media"

Hector Del CastilloHector is an innovative thought leader with over 10 years of experience transforming products to profit for technology-based companies. He has launched over 30 products and solutions successfully for various businesses. He provides services as an independent consultant, contractor, coach, or trainer to organizations that need to create and effectively market value-added products that delight customers and create demand.

Hector Del Castillo is Product Marketing Director at the Association of International Product Marketing and Management (AIPMM) where he implements the product and marketing strategy for various products.  He is a highly accomplished, results-oriented, energetic and innovative professional with extensive full product life cycle management and product marketing experience, with a strong understanding of how to tailor the product management process to the specific needs and organizational structure of a technology-based company.  He has expertise defining and launching products and solutions, creating product messaging and positioning, developing marketing collateral and sales tools, and performing comparative and competitive analysis based on market research.  He also helps experienced managers understand the product management process and prepare for certification through practical training courses.

Hector is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), Certified Product Manager (CPM®) and Certified Product Marketing Manager (CPMM®). He earned M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Texas at El Paso and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Hampton Dowling - Senior Executive Director, Sabre Systems, Inc.

Presenting "The Ups, Downs and Great Rewards of International Project Management"

Hampton DowlingHampton Dowling is a Senior Executive Director at Sabre Systems, Inc., with responsibilities for coordinating development & execution of his line of business focused on counter narcoterrorism, networks and illicit trafficking, with included emphasis on providing solutions that preserve and improve the security of multi-modal commerce and transportation worldwide. He’s currently leading a joint venture of over 50 international companies to provide services in remote and unstable regions.

Mr. Dowling has served as a vice president and director in companies such as L3 Communications and DRS Technical Services, and held senior program management positions within Lockheed Martin Corporation and SAIC; each with responsibility for strategy design, contract value delivery and planned business growth across a broad domestic & international customer base. Based on high leverage engagements worldwide, Mr. Dowling is a recognized authority on today’s virtual and physical challenges to national sovereignty, secure commerce & supply-chains and their related technologies, and associated legislative & contractual compliance requirements to US and international conventions. He has testified before US congressional sub-committees, is a frequent speaker and panel member at international forums, and a featured contributor to US and international trade publications. He is well versed in related subjects affecting the US, Latin America, SE Asia and the Middle East.

Mr. Dowling has served as a Special Assistant to the Vice President and as a Senior Program Manager at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency for related classified programs before retiring from the Navy in 2002 in the rank of Commander. Today, Mr. Dowling serves as an adviser or board member to several organizations, holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, an MBA from Golden Gate University, and is a certified Project Management Professional in both private industry and from the US Department of Defense.

Jesse Fewell

Presenting "Fixed Price Agile Projects"

Jesse FewellJesse Fewell is a writer, speaker, and consultant in the fields of innovation & agility. In addition to speaking for Agile, Scrum, and PMI conferences, he has collected a broad array of experiences in several sectors such as National Security, Aerospace, GIS, Stock Multimedia, Telecom, and Hospitality. A leader in the advancement of management practices, he founded the PMI Agile Community of Practice, co-created the PMI-ACP agile certification, and is co-authoring the upcoming Software Extension to the PMBOK Guide. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, he is the world's only certified Project Management Professional (PMP) to also hold the expert agile designations of Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), and Innovation Games Qualified Instructor (IGQI).

Chris Girolamo

Presenting "It’s the Product, Not the Project"

Chris GirolamoChris Girolamo is Vice President for the National Security Group with STG where he manages a portfolio of software development and technology driven programs for Department of State and Department of Homeland Security customers. During his 30 year career his focus has been on software engineering in numerous senior program, project management and organizational change roles.  Additionally, he led variety of software lifecycle modernizations including the Executive Sponsor of a successful CMMI ML3 appraisal.

Previously he was Program Director, Software Engineering at CSC and Senior Vice President of Software Engineering for Apptis.  He is a Certified Scrum Master, PMP certified and holds a Masters of Information Technology from George Washington University.

His industry presentations include, “Agile Adoption: Patterns and Anti-Patterns in the Public Sector” at the Agile Comes to You Conference; “Using Agile to Harmonize Project Management and Product Development” at CSC’s 2011 Global Technical and Business Solution Conference and “Agile DNA: Why Agile Works” for PMI Luncheon Series.

Derek Huether, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSPO

Presenting "Agile 101: Introduction to Agile Methods"
Panelist - "Beyond the PMP: An Overview of the PMI Certification Family"

Derek HuetherDerek Huether, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSPO is the voice behind The Critical Path blog and author of Zombie Project Management (KDP 2011). Over the last 25 years, he’s held titles like U.S. Marine, Start-Up Founder, Project Manager, and Federal Government Project Management Office (PMO) Advisor, helping start-ups, private corporations, educational institutions, and government agencies. Currently, he is an agile coach and trainer for LeadingAgile, and also serves as the Co-Lead of the PMI-ACP Support Team that keeps PMI's agile certification up to date.

Rich Kay

Presenting “What does Project Management have to do with losing weight and team performance? One PM’s personal application…”
Panelist - "Beyond the PMP: An Overview of the PMI Certification Family"

Rich KayRich originally hails from New York.  He served in the U.S. Marines and later went on to obtain a commission in the U.S. Navy where he attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander.  He worked for Perot Systems, a dot.com start-up, 8A’s, the U.S. Mint and now Unisys. Unfortunately his waist size started to exceed his age once he passed age 45!

Rich also instructed at Park College in Organizational Development courses. He volunteers at community organizations to inspire others to overcome obesity.

Rich holds many certifications from PMP, PMI-RMP, ITIL Expert in IT Service Management, Six Sigma Green Belt as well as certifications in Fitness, Nutrition and Wellness.  He is the author of Small Simple Changes and many Project Management and Organizational Development articles. He holds a B.S from the University of the State of New York and a M.A. from Webster University.

Tony Maida

Panelist - "Beyond the PMP: An Overview of the PMI Certification Family"

Tony MaidaTony Maida is an Embry Riddle class of 2001 graduate in Engineering Physics and is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Science at Capitol College. His career has spanned multiple technologies with companies like Sensis, SAIC, Lockheed Martin, EF Johnson Technologies, and TASC doing work in radars and wireless communications. His current work for the FAA through TASC entailed program management duties such as risk management. In order to further his career and understanding of program management best practices, he sought a PMI-RMP certification and did his coursework with Off-Peak Training. The usefulness of the PMI certification in risk management has allowed Tony to improve risk management and the way that risks are defined in his daily tasks. 

Matthew Makai - Excella Consulting

Presenting "Implementing Agile Methods in the Federal Government"

Matthew Makai of Excella Consulting, provides consulting services to commercial and federal clients in the Washington, DC area. Matt designs and implements systems for clients with Python and Java using the Agile and Scrum methodologies. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from James Madison University, a Master of Science in Computer Science from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Science in Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia.

Martin Oard

Panelist - "Beyond the PMP: An Overview of the PMI Certification Family"

Martin OardMarty Oard is a native of Van Nuys, CA, and has been a member of ASNE for approximately 5 years. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1984.

Upon graduation form the Coast Guard Academy, Marty served aboard the USCGC BOUTWELL, as a Student Engineer and Assistant Engineering Officer from 1984 to 1987. From 1987 to 1989, he was assigned to the Pre-Commissioning Detachment and served aboard the USCGC CAMPBELL as the Damage Control Assistant and Assistant Engineering Officer. In 1989, Marty Oard began graduate studies at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, earning Masters Degrees in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering and Mechanical Engineering in 1991. After graduate school, he served as the Engineering Officer onboard the CGCGC TAMPA, homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia, from 1991 to 1994. 

In the spring of 2006, Marty accepted a position as the Coast Guard Yard’s Business Manager.  In the fall of 2006, Marty moved back to the Tidewater area of Virginia and accepted a position with BMT Designers & Planners as the Post Delivery Trials & Tests coordinator for the Coast Guard National Security Cutter. He is currently the Chief of Logistics and Reliability Centered Maintenance for BMT Designers & Planners.

Marty achieve his PMI-SP certification in September of 2011. In addition to membership in PMI, Marty has been an active member of American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Tidewater Section since returning to the area in 2006. He served on the Fleet Maintenance Symposium 2007 committee, was elected as the Section Secretary in 2008, the Section Vice Chairman in 2009, and became the Section Chairman in 2010.

Paul Rondeau - Synapse Associates

Presenting "Maximizing Your Role in the Performance Domains"

Paul RondeauPaul E. Rondeau is principal consultant and chief solutions officer at Synapse Associates, a firm specializing in personal and organizational performance.

Rondeau’s award winning career encompasses international and C-level experience with leaders like CAST North America, Avis, Regent University and some of the most prominent non-profits in the country. Rondeau developed his copyrighted P3 performance model based on 30 years of hands-on practical knowledge in the private, nonprofit, higher education, and public policy sectors.

Paul has helped over 100 organizations improve performance through “basic training” ranging from small entrepreneurial start-ups like Blue Ridge Interactive to Fortune 50 multinationals like Prudential Securities. A popular speaker known for dissecting complex issues with both gravitas and humor, he has addressed audiences on three continents.

He holds a Master’s degree in Management and Communication, B.A. in Marketing Management, and multiple professional designations including Certified Business Trainer.  A Viet Name Era veteran, Paul lives in northern Virginia with his wife of over 30 years.

Sheila Savar - The Savar Institute

Presenting "Networking to Get That Job!"

Sheila SavarSheila Savar is founder and Chief InPowerment Person (CIP) of The Savar Institute, a firm dedicated to the human element of business: the leadership, sales, communication and social skills needed for career and business success.  She is a transformational speaker, developmental facilitator, mentor and author of The Power of Networking. Sheila has keynoted for such notables as The Embassy of Morocco, The World Bank, Duetche Telekom in Berlin, AOL, CACI, PMI, Freddie Mac and Unisys, to name a few. The Savar Institute is a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) of Project Management Institute (PMI). Sheila Savar gained admittance as an Expert Resource Speaker of Vistage, International; the largest global organization for CEO of SMEs. To view Sheila Savar’s energizing and transforming speaking style, please visit us at www.savar.biz .

Dr. Ahmed Sidky - Executive Vice President, Agile Services Delivery

Presenting "Managing Uncertainty using the Agile Mindset"

Ahmed SidkyBesides being the Executive Vice President at Santeon Group, Dr. Ahmed Sidky is the co-author of the top-rated Agile adoption book; “Becoming Agile in an Imperfect World.” Along with over 14 years of software development experience, Dr. Sidky earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in value-based Agile Transformation.

Dr. Sidky, aka Dr. Agile, is an active member of the agile community; he is co-founder of the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile), he sat on the PMI steering committee for the creation of the Agile Certified Practitioner Exam (PMI-ACP) and was the program chair for the Agile 2009 conference.

Ahmed spends most of his time guiding large-scale enterprise Agile transformations in Fortune 100 companies; as well as educating people on Agile and Lean. He builds high performing teams starting from CEOs to Jr. Developers in companies around the world such as: Verizon Wireless, Caterpillar, Nationwide Insurance, Booz Allen Hamilton, Vodafone and Raya.

Dux Raymond Sy, PMP - Managing Partner, Innovative-e, Inc.

Presenting "How to Effectively Plan, Execute and Control SharePoint Projects"
Presenting "Maximize Project 2010 with SharePoint 2010 for Project Management Success"

Dux Raymond SyWith over 15 years of experience in Information Technology and Project Management, Dux has earned a reputation as among the leading experts in leveraging technology to enhance project management. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), he is currently a managing partner of Innovative-e, Inc.,a Microsoft Gold Partner for Portals and Collaboration, Silver Partner for Project and Portfolio Management, focused on leading, inspiring and being the catalyst of organizational transformation that enables clients to achieve tangible business result.

As a thought leader in maximizing project team collaboration, he is the author of various white papers, articles and the book"SharePoint for Project Management" published by O'Reilly Media. He is focused on empowering organizations on how to leverage the business benefits of SharePoint technologies. He has successfully managed the implementation of various SharePoint-based solutions for commercial, educational and government institutions.

A sought after speaker, Dux is a SharePoint MVP and has presented in various Microsoft and Project Management Institute (PMI) events worldwide.

Christopher S. Talmont, PMP, PMI-SP, PMI-RMP, CAPM - Director of Program Management, Off Peak Training

Moderator - "Beyond the PMP: An Overview of the PMI Certification Family"

Christopher Talmont Mr. Talmont is a professional trainer with experience instructing project management methodologies, software, and certification preparation. He has proven his knowledge of PMI’s most recognized certifications by obtaining the CAPM, PMP, PMI-SP, & PMI-RMP certifications.

As a practitioner, Mr. Talmont has led project teams in both the private and public sectors. He used his subject matter expertise to lead the development of project scheduling tools. More recently he has worked as a contractor to the US Army Corps of Engineers to provide quality assurance and surveillance services over their IM/IT transition to enterprise level service.

At Off Peak Training, Mr. Talmont manages the development and instruction of project management curriculum including updates reflecting the PMBOK® Guide 4th edition, and new courses for project scheduling and risk management in both classroom and online environments.

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