Sunday, May 15, 2016

President's Blog - May 2016

Dear Chapter Stakeholders –
In this edition of the President’s Blog:
  • Opportunity Knocks:  Open Board Position for VP of Finance
  • Book Buzz Meeting Coming up on 6/4
  • The First Networking Event
  • Update from Second Quarter Board of Directors Meeting

VP Finance
For the last several years, the Board has been privileged to have Marcela Delgado function as our VP of Finance.  It’s not surprising that her time is at a premium and Marcela has requested to step down after the July Board meeting.  We will be sorry to lose her passion and productivity on the Board, but appreciate all of her efforts on our behalf.
Interested in a challenge?  Think you can fill Marcela’s shoes?  (They’re pretty big – she was a big contributor to our Chapter.)  Want to earn extra PDUs?  Please contact me at to throw your hat into the ring.
Book Buzz
Don’t forget!  The next selection for the quarterly PMI-Tucson Book Buzz meeting is Balanced Scorecard Evolution: A Dynamic Approach to Strategy Execution by Paul R. Niven. The text is rather lengthy, so to encourage involvement, each participant need only come prepared to discuss one case study. Coordinate case selections via email with me prior to the event on Saturday, June 4th.  Grab a pastry and some coffee at 8:30 a.m. because at 9 sharp we’ll start our discussion.  Finish up your reading, and I’ll see you there! 
First Networking Event – Success!
In April, we held our first combined social event with GeekMeet Tucson, an organization whose mission is “to help technologists succeed as thinkers, strategists, communicators and leaders of the future.”  The happy hour, sponsored by TEKSystems at Reilly’s Craft Pizza downtown, was very well attended. The atmosphere was casual and people enjoyed meeting other professionals, having light discussions about business and personal interests, and exchanging business cards.  We will do another combined event with GeekMeet in July.  Big thank you to TEKSystems for their continuing support.  If you attended, drop me an email and let me know what you thought about it.
Second Quarter Board of Directors Meeting
The Board held its second quarter meeting on April 30th.  I provide the agenda below and a brief sentence about the content / discussion.  If you want more information about a particular topic, please email me.
  • 2016 Strategic Plan Current State Review and Alignment
    • Continued refinement of strategic plan for deployment in 2017.
  • Sponsorship Update / Sponsorship Budget
    • Update on sponsorship pursuits.
  • North American LIM (San Diego – September)
    • Eve Cran will attend for the Chapter.
  • Website Redesign
    • Coming soon!
  • VP of Finance Updates
    • Financial Policies and Finances
      • Development will be ready for Board review at July meeting.
      • Board Members owe VP of Finance their proposed budgets by May 15.
  • Membership Strategy
    • Guest Pass Program
  • Updates
    • Chapter Survey Results
As always, I welcome your feedback on the direction of our chapter.