PMI-GLC President’s Message – February 2012

February 24, 2012

Dear Member,

As the largest chapter of project leaders in Michigan, primary focus of Great Lakes Chapter is to enrich the knowledge, skills, careers, and maturity of its members in leading projects for stakeholders’ competitive advantage. With this perspective, GLC team has planned many professional events to provide opportunities to earn PDUs, network with your peers in Metro Detroit, and enhance your career.

In the Effective Project Leadership seminar series, we have planned 3 seminars in the month of March apart from monthly dinner meeting and forum event. I would encourage you to check out the website and take benefit of on-line and in-class sessions of this seminar series.

Also, PMI is accepting nominations for the 2012 PMI Project of the Year Award are due on 1 March. The 2012 PMI Project of the Year (POY) Award recognizes the accomplishments of a project and project team for superior performance and exemplary execution of project management. Project should have been complete in 2011. Do you think your project needs special recognition, follow this link for detailed information on this award’s criteria, nomination procedures, nomination requirements and award recipient selection process.

PMI offers an exclusive and excellent benefit to its members in the form of access to electronic library called eReads & Reference. It provides online access to 250 complete and unabridged books from PMI and other leading publishers. Topics include project management, leadership, teams, cross-cultural business, knowledge management and more. I encourage all members to take benefit of this service by This benefit might be worth more than the membership price (strictly my opinion). Here is the link to resource

Another update is on the PMI membership area. The PMI Board of Directors has approved an increase of US$10 to regular membership dues. Effective 1 April 2012, dues for regular members will be US$129. There is no change for Great Lakes Chapter membership dues. Here is link to FAQs on the topic

As you renew your membership, please do not forget to update and verify your email address and employer info. All PMI-GLC communications are sent to the email address you provide to PMI. Please check your profile at PMI using the link

If you have any suggestions, ideas or feedback, please contact me at president (at) pmiglc (dot) net

I encourage you to please check out our website for upcoming events and programs. Thanks again,

Kulveer Virk

President – PMI Great Lakes Chapter


PRESS RELEASE – PMI® Great Lakes Chapter to Hold Annual Spring Symposium

January 27, 2012

PRESS RELEASE – for immediate distribution

PMI® Great Lakes Chapter to Hold Annual Spring Symposium

January 30, 2012 – Troy, MI

The Project Management Institute Great Lakes Chapter (PMI® GLC) will be holding its 11th Annual Spring Symposium on Tuesday, April 24, 2012  at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.

The theme of this year’s event is “Project Management – Leveraging Technology to Drive Success in a Complex Global Environment” and features keynote speakers Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson andDeputy County Executive Phil BertoliniPhil Bertolini.
The PMI® GLC Annual Spring Symposium is a great opportunity for area project managers to enhance their professional skills and network with peers. Annual Symposium attracts around 500 attendees and professionals from project team members through executives attend the event. For complete details, including information on sponsorship opportunities, visit the PMI® GLC Spring Symposium website:

PMI® GLC the biggest chapter in Michigan with over 1800 members and is known locally and globally as a principal source for the development and advancement of the project management profession, leaving its footprint on organizations through the success of its members. For more information visit the PMI® GLC website:



Bobby Macedo, PMP

PMI® GLC Director, Symposium Programs
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Message from the Chapter President – 2012

January 13, 2012

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to wish happy new year and welcome you to the Project Management Institute – Great Lakes Chapter (PMI-GLC)

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank past volunteer leaders for their contribution and introduce the members of the 2012 Board of Directors:

• Kulveer Virk, PMP – President • Rose Tyler – President-Elect

• Mira Kukla – Past President

• Thagu Vivek – Vice President, Administration

• Biju Jacob – Vice President, Communications

• Neil Goldman – Vice President, Finance

• Sanjay Kumar – Vice President, Membership

• Lisa Foster – Vice President, Outreach

• Dennis Calopisis – Vice President, Professional Development

• Surya Prakash – Vice President, Programs

2011 was a successful year, PMI-GLC was awarded with Community Award for Volunteer Program. Building upon the past successes, we are very enthusiastic about the professional development events and programs planned for 2012. We expect to offer quality speakers and great professional networking opportunities throughout 2012.

Apart from our monthly dinner meetings and forums, this year we are planning career focused Professional Development Day and new Agile certification training (PMI-ACP) classes. Our members will continue to have opportunities to earn PDU’s to maintain their certification while we work on introducing webinars.

I encourage each of you to check your e-mail and our chapter website frequently to obtain the latest news, information and upcoming events offered by the chapter. Participate and get involved in your chapter. By supporting chapter events, you are showing your commitment to professional growth and the continued prominence of project management as a preferred career path.

Thank you.

Kulveer Virk, PMI GLC President

Affiliate Society Partner of The Year

March 2, 2011

PMI-GLC Honored with Affiliate Society Partner of The Year

PMI GLC was honored by Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) at its 40th Annual Gold Awards Banquet with the ‘Affiliate Society Partner of the Year’ Award.

The event was held on February 24th at the Shriners Silver Garden Events Center in Southfield, and GLC was represented by Ravi Krishnaswami, GLC’s 2010 Past President and Rose Tyler, GLC VP Outreach.

The chapter and ESD have had a reciprocal affiliate agreement for several years in support of cross-society cooperation and communication, peer recognition, and overall fulfillment of common interests and goals.

You can reach ESD via

PMI-GLC Upgrades Website

January 4, 2011

On January 1st, 2011 newly upgraded website was launched.

This was major phase of upgrade of interface.  New interface is much more appealing and will readily integrate social media initiatives. Also, the color scheme is now much more aligned with PMI’s website.  PMI-GLC’s main intention is to provide engaging interface for the members and stakeholders.

Upgrade’s first phase involved migration from static website to content management driven website, enabling all designated users to update the content.  It eliminated use of external webmaster and significant cost savings to the chapter.

If you are interested in publishing articles on project management or have any improvement suggestions, please contact


Kulveer Virk
President Elect

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.

December 23, 2010

Dear Visitors,

PMI – Great Lakes Chapter wishes you happy holidays and a wonderful new year filled with abundance, joy, and success.

We look forward to working with you in 2011 and contributing to your success.

Please visit for new events and training opportunities.


PMI-GLC Elections Result

November 23, 2010

Following announcement was made by Arun Das, Immediate Past President of the chapter:

Dear Fellow Volunteers,
I am happy to inform you that the elections were conducted between 10/19/10 – 11/1/10. The following members contested. It was rewarding to see higher participation in the voting process this year. Please feel free to congratulate them for contesting, thank the ones that are leaving the current role for their service, and welcome the incoming officers.
VP Communications
Biju Jacob (Elected)
VP Professional Development
David M Gingrich, BSME MBA JD PMP
Dennis Calopisis, PMP (Elected)
VP Programs
Charanya Girish, PMP
Surya K. Prakash, PMP (Elected)
VP Outreach
Peter Tegner, PMP
Rose Mary Tyler, PMP (Elected)
The incoming officers for 2011 and the current officers met during last weekend for transition and yearly planning.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
It is fulfilling to see healthy contest for our officer positions, and witness positive results of key succession planning strategies that were implemented few years ago.

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