GVSU Team Wins $5,000 Cash Prize for the Second Year in a Row as the Experis Award First Place Team in THE Project 2013 Collegiate Project Management Competition

Grand Rapids, MI (PRWEB) April 24, 2013

The Western Michigan Chapter of the Project Management Institute (WMPMI) (http://www.WMPMI.org ) held its second annual awards gathering for an inter-collegiate project management competition on April 16th at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, MI. Seven teams from five schools competed for $ 11,000 in cash prizes.

The competition is called THE Project 2013. Seven teams from five schools competed for $ 11,000 in prize money and the real world educational experience of crafting a project plan that was reviewed and judged by a panel of prominent Executives from West Michigan. The competing schools were; Davenport University, Grand Valley State University, Kalamazoo College and Michigan Technological University. The winning teams were;

1st Place Experis Award, $ 5,000 = Grand Valley State University,
2nd Place, $ 3,000 = Michigan Tech (Team B),
3rd Place, $ 2,000 = Michigan Tech (Team A),
4th Place, $ 1,000 = Kalamazoo College (Team B)

The competition is the brainchild of the Education Council of WMPMI which is chaired by the Deborah Wilk, PMP the VP of Education for the Chapter. Dennis Bolles, PMP was the Project Manager for this years competition and Dick Friedrich, PMP was the assistant PM and will lead the management of THE Project 2014 competition.

The Executive Judges Panel performed the final adjudication and determined the winning teams after the final four teams presented their final project plan and live presentation to the panel. The final four teams were selected by a seasoned Program Management (PMO) Panel after two stage gates were passed and final project plans presented by all of the teams prior to the final event. THE Project 2013 will once again give students real-life business experience rather than a mere academic exercise said Fred Keller, CEO of Cascade Engineering and Judge for THE Project 2012 and 2013.

Our Executive Judges for THE Project 2013 were;

Fred Keller, Chairman and CEO Cascade Engineering
James Mitchell, Chair, Mitchell Intellectual Property Law, PLLC
Carole Valade, Editor, Grand Rapids Business Journal and Gemini Publications
Joe Jones, CEO Grand Rapids Urban League and owner of E.E. Milestone + Associates, Inc.
Gary Granger, President/CEO the Granger Group

WMPMI is grateful to have such a stellar panel working on behalf of students and the project management profession in West Michigan said Deb Wilk, PMP the VP of Education for WMPMI.

The teams created a project plan that was linked to one of Governor Rick Snyders Reinventing Michigan strategic initiatives Keeping Our Youth Our Future Here. Each team was given the same scenario, budget and time frame facts. The teams worked with PMP credentialed Mentors from January to March to craft the plans based upon PMI standards and the Project Management Body of Knowledge (the PMBoK) which is now the ISO standard for project management world-wide. Benjamin Todd, Mentor to the winning GVSU teams last year and this year said, This competition was a great experience for myself and for the team. We all learned a great deal.

The Project 2013 was built around a purpose, mission and vision;

To expand the visibility and community favor of WMPMI while increasing the Project Management skills and knowledge of the participants

To create and deliver the best Project Management contest in the PMI universe

To be the tool that brings positive focus to Project Management as a profession in West Michigan

The Education Outreach team from PMI has taken the format for THE Project and is encouraging Chapters across the world to replicate the competition in their own areas. It gained attention and recognition in the local press as the Grand Rapids Business Journal became the exclusive Media Sponsor of the competition for the second year which included an article bringing a focus to project management and WMPMI. Also, Mr. Kallman and Mr. Mitchell were interviewed on April 12th on West Michigan Week a TV Show on WGVU. The link for this show is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TVCpJOcVgU&list=UUQi6-30wTMF7xbioD4h5h-g&index=1.

Tom Shaw, the President of WMPMI, in his remarks to the student competitors to start the final competition day on April 16th said; “An ancient Proverb once stated ‘Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding’. I have found over the years that this is a true statement. We get understanding through connecting our knowledge to actual experience and hopefully we act in wise ways once we do understand. My hope is that each one of you as student participants in THE Project 2013 have not only increased your knowledge of project management tools and processes but that you have also gained understanding. Understanding about yourself and how working with teams can accelerate success in addition to baseline knowledge about project management. Thank you for your willingness to participate. It is our hope that you will carry with you not only a better knowledge of project management but also a true understanding of the creativiety, innovation and team dynamics needed to successfully engage a rapidly changing world. That you will now take what you have learned during the competition and make it a base of excellence that will help grow you into the leaders that we need in the years to come.”

PMI (http://www.pmi.org) is the worlds leading not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession. It has more than 700,000 members and credential holders in 185 countries with 677 of those members in the Western Michigan Chapter.

For more information regarding the THE Project 2013 or plans for THE Project 2014 contact Ted Kallman at 616-634-2918 or go to http://www.WMPMI.org.

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