President's Message December 2019
Hello to all of our members, prospective members and followers! Mamma always said you’ve got to put the past behind you before you can move on. - Forrest Gump
This past year we celebrated and honored our past with stories from nearly every past president who shared why the joined PMI Buffalo, their experiences & their memories. I am so proud and honored to be standing on the shoulders of those who have come before me. Below is that list with the number of members during their terms.
Tom Attridge - Term 1995-97 - Members 50, 1
Gary Dahlstrom - Term 1997-98 - Members 1, 7
Prof Bill Hayden - Term 1998-99 Members 7, 206
Connie Figley-Feuz - Term 1999-2001 Members 206,257
Brian Lang - Term 2001-2004 Members 257,278,260,302
Brian Griffin - Term 2004-06 Members 302,366, 379
Jackie May - Term 2006-10 Members 379, 404, 440, 458, 508
Mark Kwandrans - Term 2010-13 Members 508, 580, 612, 580
JoAnn Boehm - Term 2014-16 Members 580, 555, 577, 644
Jeff Manhardt - Term 2017-current 644, 681, 681, 731
Now it is my turn to share. I joined PMI initially to get a discount on the PMP Prep class. That class and the subsequent studying, fretting and testing produced a certification that opened career opportunities and promotions. I recognized this organization provided me real value and I wanted to give back. Jackie May was the President at the time and said maybe I could review the bylaws and see if it needed to be updated. That offer sparked a 12 year volunteer relationship with this fantastic organization. Along the way I had the opportunity to run certification training, professional development, create a new VP, Technology & Business Services position, serve as our VP of Finance and my current role as President. I have learned from countless professionals who do what we do and have made life-long friends from all over the world. So - In this season of giving thanks and taking stock in the year, I am thankful to Jackie May, every past president and all our past & present volunteers. Without you, this chapter would not exist and I would not be where I am today.
From our family to yours - Have a happy holiday season!
Jeff Manhardt | PMP
PMI Buffalo Chapter
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