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  • Brian Hastings: “Humble, Credible, Approachable—A Transition Story”

     

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    Brian Hastings, Director, Alabama Emergency Management Agency

    “Humble, Credible, Approachable—A Transition Story” 

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    Director Hastings discusses events in his first five months of State Government that highlight his thoughts on leadership that all leaders can use.

     

    Brian Hastings was born in 1968, in Germany, to a U.S. Army officer, however most of Brian’s youth was spent in the Chicago metropolitan area. It was there, while attending public school, that he developed his desire to learn, serve others and give back to those in need.

    Brian’s passion for service led him to enter the United States Air Force Academy in 1986 and serve in the United States Air Force from 1990 until he retired as a Colonel on 1 September 2017. Prior to his retirement, Brian served for two years as Commandant of the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base and previously served as the Commander of the 47th Flying Training Wing. During his military career, Brian earned two Legion of Merit Medals, the Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan, three Meritorious Service Medals, and served as a flight instructor. He was a command pilot with more than 2,600 hours in attack and training aircraft. He held a variety of positions, including Battalion Air Liaison Officer and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation.

    Brian has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics. He also earned a Master’s of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master’s of Science in Resourcing National Security Strategy from the Eisenhower School, National Defense University.

    In August 2017, Governor Kay Ivey named Brian as the Director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and he started his service on September 5, 2017. In less than one week, the State Emergency Operations Center activated for Hurricane Irma to receive and shelter more than 250,000 evacuees from Florida while caring for the needs of Alabamians. The impact of Hurricane Irma resulted in a Presidential Emergency Declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and strengthened enduring partnerships with Florida and the Virgin Islands.

    Regardless of Brian’s noteworthy career, which includes being a former A10 pilot, he will quickly tell you his greatest accomplishments are at home with his beautiful wife Eileen and three sons—Sean, Jake and Luke. The Hastings also have two additional family members Sophie and Chuy, the family dogs.

     

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  • Cameron Koorangi, Execution Expert - "A step by step guide to building teams that are not just more effective but happier, and how timing can influence everything!"

     

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    "A step by step guide to building teams that are not just more effective but happier, and how timing can influence everything!" 

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    Bio: 

    Cameron Koorangi is an Execution Expert for an innovative software company based in California. In his previous career as a Sales Manager, Cameron's teams were some of the most efficient and successful in the Southeast winning consecutive annual Regional titles. When he isn't glued to a book or studying leadership or the economics, he spends time with his wife, Candace, he enjoys playing with his three dogs and loves the outdoors. He is currently traveling the country speaking to sales teams of all sizes motivating them towards a singular goal - effectiveness. You can reach him at camkoorangi@gmail.com.

     

      

     

      

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  • Charles Latham, PMP: How to Mature Your PMO - Moving Beyond Operational Metrics

    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.

     

  • Eric Pierce PMP: "Project Management and Innovation: Are they Related?"

     

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    Project Management and Innovation: Are they Related?

    Project management is often seen as a business practice that stifles creativity with its focus on scope/cost/schedule.  In fact, the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBoK) highlights that a good PM delivers exactly what is in the project's scope and no more, providing added value is not something project managers are encouraged to do.  While innovation is seen as almost the opposite of project management, it is creative, freewheeling and designed to provide far more than what could be put in a project's scope statement.  While project management and innovation appear to be near opposites, this presentation explores how they are related and should combined to produce business value.


    US Air Force Col (retired) Eric Pierce is currently the Director, Service Delivery for Integrated Computer Solutions Inc. (ICS) leading a team of Project Manager and directing the execution of multiple Federal contracts. Prior to retirement from the US Air Force, Col Pierce served in multiple roles to include the Director of Communications and Chief Information Officer, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency in San Antonio TX; Combat Commander of the 380th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, at a combat location in Southwest Asia; and Director of Cyberspace Policy and Enterprise Services, Joint Staff Directorate of Communications and Information, in the Pentagon. His major military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara for outstanding service to the nation in US
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    Col Pierce is both a PMP and a Certified Innovation Manager.

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  • Jaime Toogood, CEO, JST LLC - "Stakeholder Engagement"

     

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    "Stakeholder Engagement"

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    Topic: Impact of stakeholder engagement on the continuous improvement process and program performance, along with the importance of emotional intelligence.

    Bio: 

    Jaime Toogood is the CEO of JST LLC, a small business that focuses on delivering exceptional support services to the Federal Government and Private Industry. Her work history includes serving as a Contracting Officer in the United States Air Force, Product Manager for Atlas Copco and General Manager for the start-up of ULM Services in Texas and Oklahoma.

    In her active duty Air Force roll, Jaime was a warranted contracting officer supporting such programs as the bed down of the F-22 in Anchorage, AK, operations throughout Afghanistan, Small Business Integration and Research, and various classified weapons programs exceeding procurement costs of $1.2B. While on active duty she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Masters of Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Jaime holds a PMP certification from the PMI, Defense Acquisition University (DAWIA) certifications in Contracting (Level III), Program Management, Purchasing and Financial Management. She is also an active member of the National Contract Management Association.

    JSToogood LLC (JST) is a fast-growing woman-owned small business supporting clients nationwide. Our core competency and experience is in IT support services, leadership development, and program management in multi-agency environments. We leverage our unique knowledge and technical expertise of both military and commercial networks to deliver the best value-added solutions on time and on budget.

     

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  • Neal Kelley, SummaSource, Auburn University Montgomery - "Achieving Desired Results Through Crucial Accountability"

     

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    "Achieving Desired Results Through Crucial Accountability" 

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    In studying hundreds of projects across various industries and organizations, researchers discovered that a predictor of success was whether team members could effectively have accountability conversations that would achieve desired results.  Utilizing principles from Patterson, Grenny, Maxfield, McMillan, and Switzler’s Crucial Accountability,and other best practices of leadership, this session will explore how to prepare for an accountability conversation, identify practices for navigating an accountability conversation, and follow up in  way that will lead to desired performance and results. 

     

    Neal Kelley serves as a Senior Training Consultant for SummaSource at Auburn University at Montgomery. He is also the Director of the nationally accredited Certified Public Manager Program facilitated by AUM.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Troy University, an M.B.A from Auburn University and a Master of Divinity degree from Regent University.  

    Prior to joining the staff at Auburn University at Montgomery, he served as the Director of Training and Operations for Leadership Training International, a training organization based in Chesapeake, VA.  As a master trainer with LTI, he conducted leadership seminars and train-the-trainer workshops in the U.S.A. and around the world.  He has also served successfully as a Senior Manager for a large manufacturing company.

    Neal’s professional interests include training and development, organizational leadership, and performance coaching.  He is also actively involved in the community, serving as a board member for two non-profit organizations. 

     

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  • Zack Jourdan, Ph.D.: "The Journey from Bureaucrat to Entrepreneur Means Going the Extra MILE"

     

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    The Journey from Bureaucrat to Entrepreneur Means Going the Extra MILE 

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    Organizations are constantly asking their employees to be more entrepreneurial. You do not need to start your own company to operate your project or program like a business owner. In this interactive discussion, we will discuss four key areas that differentiate the entrepreneurial employee versus someone who is stuck in the status quo. Using the MILE framework (Mindset, Innovation, Learning, Engagement) will give you and your team a common language for improving your organizations performance.

     

    Zack Jourdan, Ph.D. is the founder and principal consultant for SZJ Solutions, LLC and an Associate Professor at Auburn University at Montgomery.  Zack is a focused thinker who develops custom strategies and solutions to help you develop leaders that are the envy of the competition.  He is the President of the South Alabama Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

     

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