Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Eric Jenett, PMI Founder Engineer, Project Manager, Professional Leader 1923 - 2011

Eric Jenett, PMP, PMI Fellow and co-founder of the Project Management Institute (PMI) passed away in Houston, Texas on 20 October 2011.  Eric died at the age of 88 after a lifetime of being a great dad to his two sons Bruce and Jon, loving husband to his first wife of 59 years Dorothy (mother of Bruce and Jon, and who predeceased him in 2003), and loving husband to his wife Jeanne, who brought so much fun, love, and caring to his later years.  He will also be remembered with fondness by many in the engineering and business world where he mentored and guided people in the arts of project management and life in general.  Mr. Jenett was born August 11, 1923 in Yonkers, New York.  He served as an officer in the Army Air Corps in WW II. 

Mr. Jenett was one of the founders of the Project Management Institute, the largest and oldest professional accreditation organization for project managers and is listed as member number 3.  PMI now numbers over 350,000 professional members worldwide.  He was PMI President in 1971, Chairman of the PMI Board of Directors in 1972, and PMI Secretary during 1975-76.  He was also instrumental in founding the Houston Chapter of PMI, the first ever established and served as both President and Chair.  He also helped organize PMI’s first regional seminar in 1976, which evolved into the annual PMI Seminar/Symposium and present day PMI Global Congresses.  He was honored by PMI with a Distinguished Contribution award and a designation as a PMI Fellow.  PMI’s “Eric Jennet Project Management Excellence Award” is presented in his honor annually.