Selected Past Meetings

PMI South Alabama meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Our current schedule is here, but to help you understand what kind of programs we have, take a look at some of our past meetings.

How to Mature Your PMO: Moving Beyond Operational Metrics

Charles Latham, PMPCharles “Chuck” Latham is currently the Director of Shared Services Operations at Alfa Insurance Company. He is responsible for creating the corporate Project Management Methodology, designing and facilitating the Project Governance process, overall Project and Portfolio Management. He is skilled in metric development and both strategic and tactical approaches to Project Management Office (PMO) operations. He established the first dashboards and created a robust Resource Management process and capacity metrics from the ground up. His oversight pushed the Alfa PMO maturity from 1.5 to 3 on the Gartner PM Maturity Assessment Scale in just two years. Before joining Alfa, Chuck served as a Senior Project Manager and Scrum Master at ProAssurance Company, a liability insurance provider. He was key in building the PMO from the ground up and authoring the first PM Methodology.

Chuck was also an IT Director, PM Vice President with Colonial Bank and served as a Project and/or Program Manager for EDS (now HP), IBM, and PricewaterhouseCoopers along with managing several large conversion projects with Wells Fargo. His clients included: Massachusetts and Alabama State Medicaid, US Department of Education, US Army, Texas and Alabama State DMVs, and authored proposals for the US Mint, US Postal Service, and NASA. In addition to his expertise in managing and maturing PMO’s, Chuck has a passion for mentoring and training. He served as the Professor of Aerospace Studies at two different universities and as an Adjunct Professor in Business Management for several colleges and universities. He is a volunteer instructor in religious studies at a federal Prison and has written two books. Chuck is a retired Air Force Officer and a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.

Chuck is a PMP and CSM and holds a BS in Business Management from St. John Fisher College, an MBA from Chapman University, and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from the George Washington University.


The Case for the PMO (April 13, 2017)

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Jim Purcell, Chief Operating Officer for the Office of Information Technology of the State of Alabama, will speak at PMI South Alabama's April dinner meeting. During his presentation, he'll make the case that the Program Management Office is something you don't want to do without.

Jim PurcellMr. Jim Purcell was hired in December 2016 to serve as the Chief Operations Officer of the Office of Information Technology. Reporting to the Secretary of Information Technology, Jim is responsible for all aspects of the shared services IT offerings in the State of Alabama. This includes multiple data centers, the state’s data networks, multiple mainframes and the state’s voice services. Virtualization technology, shared storage, enterprise application management and support services are also part of Jim’s organization. Shared IT services are provided to all 180+ agencies and boards in the state at some level.

With over 25 years IT experience, Jim Purcell is new to public sector work but brings a wealth of leadership experience to the State of Alabama. Jim served as the CTO for Brasfield & Gorrie, a $2.5 billion general contractor, for 17 years. He then served as the principal in a consulting firm whose services were brought under NWN, Inc. for continued growth. Most recently he was the Manager of Solutions Architecture in Alabama and Tennessee for IT solutions provider VeriStor, Inc.

Prior to Brasfield & Gorrie, Jim was the president of PCSI, a consulting company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, that served such notable clients as Georgia-Pacific, Atlantic Steel, Brockway Standard and CibaVision. Jim has served on many advisory boards including Sprint, TW Telecom, Keysis Consulting, GotMyJobs.com, Beloved Robot and Oracle EPPM. He has served as president of SIM – Alabama and chaired their fundraising efforts for 12 years. Jim was the president of Construction Information Executives, a group of CIO’s from the largest construction companies in the US.

Mr. Purcell’s education includes a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Georgia State, he served as the Vice-President of Tau Kappa Epsilon social fraternity.

Locally Jim is very involved in his community and serves as the president of the Willow Trace Swim and Tennis Club, past-president of the Hoover Athletic Association, and member of Hunter Street Baptist Church. He has been married to the former Rhonda Padrick since 1991 and has 4 children.

Clay McInnis will be speaking at our May 11 meeting about Leading Others in a Platform Economy.

Clay McInnisUpon being the first to graduate with a Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Family Business degree from Auburn University, Clay began a biodiesel fuel company aimed at recycling local restaurants’ cooking oil and turning it into sustainable fuel for his family’s road and bridge construction firm.  The venture also helped Alabama institutions purchase their own equipment to produce biofuel.

Following his entrepreneurial passion, he became the head of development and part owner of a company that developed a 32,000 sf mixed-use building in downtown Montgomery.  Today, he owns and manages real estate, owns and manages Commerce Consulting, and is the Executive Director of Montgomery’s chapter of the Angel Investment Management Group.

Clay soon learned he had a knack for thinking up ideas and making them happen.  This gained the attention of key Montgomery leaders giving him a seat at the table for discussions about how to lead the city into the future.

Clay works alongside The Downtown Business Association and the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce evaluating ways to make the city more attractive to young professionals and tech start-up companies.  His passion to connect people to people and people to resources led him to start the Gumption Fund - a $2,000 micro grant awarded each month to people with projects and ideas.  The projects must be focused downtown and for the public good.  Some recent projects include the downtown bike racks and tire pumping station, The Montgomery “Your Opportunity” mural, and the Gumptioneers internship program.

Clay has served on several boards in the community which include, Sterling Bank, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Chamber of Commerce, UAB Montgomery School of Medicine Advisory Board, Design Alabama, EAT South, The Samaritan Counseling Center, Hope Inspired Ministries Jr. Board, The Gumptionfund, and The Downtown Business Association.


members and guests at social

members and guests at social

Irish Bred Pub

This will not be our usual dinner meeting. It's a chance for chapter members and others who are interested in networking to find out more about PMI, the PMP credential, and PM in general. No agenda, just an open cash bar and some appetizers provided by PMI South Alabama. No admission fee will be charged - buy yourself a drink and come meet PMI South Alabama!

March 23, 2017 - 5:30 p.m. - whenever
Irish Bred Pub, 78 Dexter Ave. Montgomery AL 36104

(Registration's free, but holds your spot and helps us know what size group to prepare for. We're project managers, so we don't like to just "wing it.")



About ten years ago, Chick-fil-A realized that they needed to define leadership for their organization.  A large amount of research went into their definition of leadership and the leadership model that they embrace in their corporate culture.  They think it's the best way to lead - Great Leaders SERVE.

Gary SorianoGary Soriano began his 40-year career with Chick-fil- A as a team member while attending college at Auburn-Montgomery. He and his wife Susan opened their first Chick-fil- A in 1983 at Village Mall in Auburn where he was awarded Chick-fil- A’s first “Rookie of the Year” Award in 1984. They relocated to Montgomery in 1992 and opened one of the chain’s early freestanding restaurant locations in the Colonial Promenade shopping center in Montgomery. He currently operates Chick-fil- A at EastChase and Chick-fil- A at RSA Tower in Montgomery.

His restaurants have won the Chick-fil- A Symbol of Success Award four times, many quality and service awards, as well as the company’s $6 Million Award. During his career, Soriano has awarded more than $50,000 in college scholarships and mentored countless team members. He serves on the Board of Directors of Covenant Family Ministries and the Business School Advisory Board of Auburn University of Montgomery.

Soriano lives in Montgomery with his wife of 36 years, Susan. They have two children, Ashley and Jason, and five grandchildren. Ashley and Jason are also Chick-fil- A Franchisees; Ashley in Northport and Jason at Eastdale Mall in Montgomery.

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