We have the following nominations for the 2019 Board of Directors:
- · Chapter President – Kevin Hollinger, PMP
- · Vice President, Marketing – Tze-Yiu Yong
- · Eugene Branch President– Jay Arrera, PMP
We are pleased to present the following biographies of these nominees:
Kevin Hollinger, PMP
My time as a volunteer with PMIWV has been fantastic. I have learned a lot about effective project management strategies and have made excellent contacts within our community, which is why I am continuing volunteering by running for Chapter President.
What are the goals for of our members for professional development and career growth, and how can PMIWV meet those needs? These are the questions I seek to answer during my tenure as president. It is important for me to understand the needs of our members and then provide ways for all of us to achieve our goals through volunteering, educational offerings, workshops, and professional development conferences.
PMIWV recently celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017, and we have made it to this milestone because of the stellar work from our past officers and board members. As president, I will seek to continue developing the work that those past volunteers pioneered.
My future plans:
- · Continue progress driven by past board members
- · Continue building relationships with partners such as OSU PACE, Linn-Benton Community College, Oregon Project Management Advisory Board, and Corban University
- · Expand educational opportunities by supporting new targeted offerings for Agile and Business Analysis certifications
- · Mature our chapter procedures to better serve our leadership and members
Kevin first volunteered with PMIWV as project manager for the 2016 Professional Development Conference. While managing this project he was board-appointed to his current position as the Corvallis Branch President. Kevin has worked in Corvallis as a Project Manager since 2011 at SIGA Technologies, where he manages the schedule and cost analysis for the company’s government contracts for the smallpox antivirus.
While completing his MBA at OSU, he received the Certified Associate in Project Management certification in 2009 and went on to achieve the Project Management Professional certification in 2014. He has been married to Lindsey, a fellow OSU alum, since 2009.
The Marketing function within PMI-WV continues to mature with work and accomplishments in 3 major areas:
(1) putting structure and expectations in place around event marketing that allow us to definitively execute a marketing plan in support of Chapter activities and revenue generating events,
(2) solidification of processes and resources associated with various marketing channels that allow us to communicate within these channels consistently and finally,
(3) driving a shared understanding, within the Chapter, of the full role of marketing and how we as a Chapter should be using this function strategically.
If I continue as VP of Marketing, my plan is to continue to lead efforts across the Chapter to make our ability to execute in areas 1 and 2 more consistent and more robust. In the 3rd area, Marketing needs to help the Chapter move its mindset and marketing message from simply being "another PMI chapter - just located within the Willamette Valley" to "a unique set of resources, opportunities and people for project managers in Corvallis, Salem and Eugene".
Tze has been a member of the PMI-WV Chapter since June 2015. His first assignment was to help solicit local and regional businesses to consider becoming a sponsor of PDC '15. He and another PMI-WV member were one of the first to approach representatives in the business community to have them consider being sponsors of the Chapter's professional conference and in that role, he became well-versed in marketing the Chapter, its uniqueness and its benefits, to stakeholders within the community.
In January 2016, Tze took on another new role for the Chapter, that of Vice-President of Marketing. Leveraging the experience of marketing the Chapter to businesses in the community and cementing that in the educational foundation of his MBA, Tze started executing on various aspects of
Marketing within the PMI-WV chapter including understanding what our marketing channels are, exploring and developing new channels, driving consistency in brand and image across PMI-WV communications and putting processes in place to effectively market our PMI-WV events / classes to the right target audiences.
Eugene Branch President
Jay Arrera, PMP
Over the last year, we have re-established the PMI community in Eugene with regular informal gatherings, including coffee and lunch meetings. I would like to maintain that momentum and expand our opportunities for members to gain PDUs by collaborating with LCC, PMI PDX, and other branches of the PMIWV for dinner meetings, workshops, and conferences.
Over the next year, I hope to encourage other members of the Eugene branch to participate as volunteers, increasing our capacity for larger events hosted in Eugene. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to learn from my peers as well as provide mentorship and guidance to new members of the Project Management community.
Jay Arrera has been using project management tools for nearly twenty years, with Atlassian tools (JIRA Confluence, HipChat, Bitbucket, Portfolio) specifically for the last nine. Mr. Arrera has worked with JIRA in various team sizes from 5 to 500, Fortune 500 companies and startups, defined business processes, implemented workflow automation and administered multiple JIRA accounts. As Sr. Project and Program Manager, Mr. Arrera has practical experience about how to use JIRA to define work, track progress and deliver projects.
In addition to the tactical management of projects, Mr. Arrera has used Atlassian tools to document and automate much of the back-office requirements for project management, including time tracking (Tempo), cost accounting and billing.
Mr. Arrera has applied his project management skills at multiple large organizations, including Symantec, IAC, ESPN, Disney, RockYou and multiple entrepreneurial companies such as GarageGames, InstantAction, Playdom, InterVision Media, and now Pipeworks Studios.
Mr. Arrera has a Master’s in Business Administration, from Northwest Christian University with a specialization in Quantitative Methods in Software Estimation.