Can you believe this is the last month of the decade? What are your goals for 2020? We always find the end of one year and the beginning of another as a time to reflect. It is even more evident when we are talking about the end of a decade.

The Pittsburgh PMI chapter is looking into 2020 with excitement. We are planning new content (chapter meetings, lessons learned and LIGs), new ways to engage (mentoring and a job fair) and even a new website. We hope that you have a wonderful New Year and we are hoping to connect and support you even more in 2020.




2019 PMI Pittsburgh Project of the Year Award

After several years of absence, the PMI Pittsburgh chapter brought back the Project of the Year award. This competition challenged organizations across the region to create and submit their best entries. Thursday, November 14, 2019, the PMI Pittsburgh Chapter announced that Koppers received the award for the 2019 PMI Pittsburgh Project of the Year.

For their efforts, Koppers was presented with the following:

  1. Recognition at the November 2019 PMI Pittsburgh Chapter Dinner meeting/ Awards presentation
  2. PMI Pittsburgh Chapter 2019 Project of the Year plaque of recognition
  3. Acknowledgement by the Pittsburgh Chapter for participating in the Awards program on the Chapter website, social media, and in the Chapter newsletter
  4. Ten free seats at the November 2019 PMI Pittsburgh Chapter meeting /Awards presentation
  5. Two free tickets to the November 2020 PMI Pittsburgh Professional Development Day (PDD)

For any questions on how to become involved for the 2020 MI Pittsburgh Chapter 2019 Project of the Year award, please contact:

2019 PMI Pittsburgh Project of the Year Award

The 2020 Intercollegiate Project Management Triathlon will be held on March 27 – 28, 2020. The IPMT is a two-day event that combines a traditional team and individual quiz bowl format along with team building activities. Quizzes are based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Participants must be part- or full-time undergraduate students who do not already have a PMI certification. Winners will receive CAPM fee reimbursement, PMI Pittsburgh Chapter Membership, IPMT swag, and professional and peer contacts.

Volunteers are needed to help prepare for the event and throughout the weekend.

Please contact for more information. We have lots of great activities planned for the weekend – we hope to see you there!

Outreach Volunteer Opportunities

Relationship Managers

The Organizational Outreach Committee is seeking PMI Pittsburgh members who have dual membership with other professional organizations to serve as relationship managers. This volunteer position provides a unique opportunity to gain PDU's while increasing your professional networking and knowledge base. Of course, anyone interested in becoming a relationship manager is welcome, even if you do not currently participate in another organization.

To join this dynamic team, please contact

Elizabeth McMann

Company Coordinators

Your PMI chapter wants to increase the value to the company’s that sponsor our members. Part of that effort is to help identify how we can best add value within member companies and raise member awareness of educational opportunities. To meet that objective, the position of Company Coordinator serves as key volunteers for our member companies. This entails a minor commitment and offers PDU’s for participation.

If you are interested please send your name, company, and contact info to for more information. We look forward to partnering with you.

Jason McMann


New Members 

We now have 1,824 chapter members. A net decrease of fifteen (-15) members from last month. Let’s extend a warm welcome to our twenty (20) “New Members” for November 2019:

Kathleen Andres, Geoffrey Blanc, Stacey Chapman, Biswanath Dash, Kevin Hanshaw, Robert Hayston, Kevin Hehman, Tammy Hughes, Cori Lighty, Felix Matathias, Joshua Miller, Kellie Post, Joseph Rooney, Joseph Schwierking, Lynn Shepherd, Richard Stanley, Christina Supp, Stephanie Swart, Jason Toliopoulos, David Underhay.

New Credentials 

There are 1316 PMI Credential holders within our chapter membership. Congratulations to our new credential holders for November 2019.

Kirk Baluh, PMP, Mary Cartier, PMP, Angelina Crosby-Pigott, PMP, Michael Deal, PMP, Kristin Gartley, PMP, Jennifer Grabowski , PMP, Daniel Hughes, PMP, Lisa Knerr, PMP, Kazoza Mazzuki, PMP, Mukogosi, PMP, Lacey Murdock , PMP, Joseph Schwierking, II, PMP, Lynn Shepherd, CAPM, James Weimer, PMP,

Chapter Credentials:

Member Credential Count Summary October 2018
Credential Credential Count
PMP 1,208
PgMP 5
Total 1,316


What's Happening within Membership & Volunteers

PMI Mentor Program: “The Bridge Builders*”

The PMI Pittsburgh Chapter is starting a new mentoring program in 2020. Our program will be patterned after similar corporate and professional mentoring programs to share work/life experiences with newer project managers and those interested in a career in project management.

David Begis (“… pronounced like ‘Vegas’, with a “B”) is our new Director of Mentoring within the Chapter. David, together with Lou Martina, and other members of the PMI Pittsburgh Board of Directors, will be assembling the framework and curriculum for our mentoring program.

One of the goals of this new program will be to create a safe & nurturing environment within the chapter. This program offering will foster and encourage personal and professional growth by paring our members within pairs that share similar personalities, professions, industry or personal experiences and encourages interaction and accountability.

Look for more details on this program in future emails. The first ‘Mentor Mixer’ will be in early 2020! Please contact Lou or David at for more information!

What's in it for you?

We are considering the membership requirements and PDU credits for the program. Mentors will earn ‘Category A’ credits for giving back to the chapter and the profession. Protégés will earn ‘Category C’ credits for self-directed learning.

The core curriculum of the program will be modeled after similar programs in other chapters. Look for more information on the “PMI Pittsburgh Bridge Builders” in December. All those interested in being a Mentor or Protégé mentee are encouraged to participate in this exciting new offering within the PMI Pittsburgh Chapter. The first ‘Mentor Mixer’ will be in early 2020!

Please contact Lou or David at for more information!

Do you have questions about the Volunteering, Mentoring or any question related to your Chapter Membership? 

Contact Louis Martina, PMP, PMI-ACP -