As we approach our 25th Anniversary in 2020, we will be looking back at some of the people who made this chapter what it is today!
This month we feature Professor Bill Hayden when Bill entered office there were 7 members and when he left there were 206!
A funny thing happened during a PMI-Bflo Section meeting back in 1997/1998 or thereabout. Gary Dahlstorm, then the President of the PMI-Bflo section, distributed a draft-copy of a letter he intended to send to our section’s members announcing that our section was dissolving due to an apparent lack of interest. So, at the very next Board meeting I asked if there was a willingness to continue, with myself taking a turn as the PMI-Bflo Section President, and Connie Feuz as VP. I presented a general plan of revitalization based on my prior professional society experiences in ASCE, NSPE, ACEC, ASQ and PMI in different locations as my civil engineering work had taken me from New York City to Newark, NJ, Houston, Texas, Redding, California, Jacksonville, Florida, Greenbelt, Maryland, and now into Erie County, New York. Within ASQ, I was a co-founder of the new special interest group, the Design & Construction Division (DCD). And within PMI a co-founder of the special interest group Design, Procurement and Construction SIG (DPC SIG). Also, was a co-founder of the NE Florida PMI Chapter.
A major part of the PMI-Bflo sections revitalization was the engagement of expert speakers for monthly meetings that offered attendees an opportunity to increase their value in the project management profession. And to broaden the local membership base beyond the West Valley program region. To be clear, the management support of the West Valley folks was vital to the PMI-Bflo startup, but not sufficient to take it to higher levels of membership and a broader base.
Within 2 years, the section was up on its feet, doing great, so I turned it over to the next president, Connie Feuz.