Welcome to the
PMI Binghamton, NY Chapter
Our first Chapter meeting of the year was held on Wednesday, January 24, at the CopperTop Tavern in Vestal, NY. We had a nice turnout from our Chapter and several members of the Visions Federal Credit Union ePMO. Our Chapter Meeting immediately followed a Project Management Symposium held at Binghamton University Innovative Technologies Complex, hosted by Professor Mike Testani.
The Chapter meeting was a very personalized interaction with Lee R. Lambert, PMP, PMI Fellow who is the Founder of the PMP. Lee's topic for the evening was Cracking the Code to Personal Productivity and Professional Longevity. Lee shared what he has learned in his many, many years in the PM profession that catapulted him into prominence and established the hierarchy for achieving sustained success. It was great to spend this special time with Lee and with all those who attended.
Introducing our new Chapter President
Zach Jones, PMP
I am honored and humbled to assume the role of Chapter President. Over the past decade, I have gained valuable experience in project management, primarily focusing on IT infrastructure and system enhancements in telecommunications and higher education. Working on projects at Binghamton University has been a source of great satisfaction, as it allows me to contribute to improving the learning and working environment for our students and staff. Currently, I am actively engaged in several projects, including Library 3rd-floor renovations, a new academic building, and the development of a speech and language pathology lab.
In addition to my professional background and ongoing projects, I have had the privilege of serving on various boards, including the Mitel User Group and SUNY TOA. These experiences have reinforced my belief in promoting interaction among our chapter members and the broader PMI organization.
Beyond my professional commitments, I enjoy various hobbies, including spending time on the family farm, going on road trips, motorcycles, practicing yoga, and spending quality time with my son. Lastly, I also enjoy reading books, and one of my favorite business books is "Good to Great" by Jim Collins, in which he emphasizes the principle of "preserving the core and stimulating progress." This Chapter has accomplished remarkable feats before my involvement, and together, we aim to elevate our project management community while remaining firmly rooted in our shared values.
I look forward to collaborating with the PMI Binghamton Chapter to create an engaging and educational experience for our members.
Congratulations to the incoming board members beginning their terms on January 1, 2024!
- Zach Jones, PMP - President: Responsible for handling the overall functioning of the Chapter and is dedicated to achieving the Chapter vision, mission, and objectives as detailed in the Chapter Charter.
- Sumantra Sarkar, PMP - VP of Communications: Responsible for disseminating information to and from Chapter membership and handling the publicity of our Chapter through internal and external publications, including social media and through partnering with local businesses.
- Rick Cordsen, PMP - VP of Membership: Responsible for developing and maintaining the Chapter membership plan to ensure growth through recruitment and partnering with major local and regional employers. The position also includes publicity of the local Chapter through internal and external publications and partnering with local businesses.
- Mark Bentlage, PMP - VP of Programs: Responsible for developing and delivering programs related to Project Management for each scheduled Chapter meeting.
- Kristen Gance - Director at Large: A learning position that also serves as a voting member on the Board who attends meetings and assists where needed but has no assigned responsibilities.
We are excited to announce that the PMI Binghamton Chapter has partnered with the International Institute for Learning (IIL), a PMI® Premier Authorized Training Partner (ATP). By joining this program, our members can now access preferred pricing on IIL’s courses and online events. Learn more about our partnership and browse your benefits at https://www.learning-center.iil.com/pages/pmibinghamton
We also have additional information for this great opportunity on our PMI Binghamton Chapter ProDev Resources (PMI-binghamton.org) page.
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