My Fellow PMI Hampton Roads Chapter Members,

As we head toward the end of 2019, I wanted to take a moment to highlight our achievements as a chapter.  One of my primary goals for the chapter this year was to add more networking events to engage more of the chapter membership and drive member value.  I believe we have met this goal!

  • In January, we celebrated our outgoing board members as well as highlighted additional events for the chapter to broaden our reach to members outside our traditional monthly dinner meetings. We had our first Pints & PDUs event at New Realm Brewery in Virginia Beach.
  • Due to high participation and feedback from our January Pints & PDUs event, in March we scheduled our 2nd event at Elation Brewery in Norfolk thus securing Pint’s and PDUs event format for future chapter networking events.
  • In June, PMI Hampton Roads held our 25th Anniversary celebration aboard the Spirit of Norfolk. We were joined by our PMI Region Mentor Jennifer Baker to join in the celebration
  • In July, we held a Pints & PDUs networking event at Oozlefinch Craft Brewery in Hampton
  • In August, we held our yearly Professional Development Conference at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
  • In September, we hosted a Pints and PDUs networking event at the Fishing Pier in Ocean View

I hope you all have had an opportunity to engage with your fellow chapter members for at least one of these events.  I met several members who typically do not attend monthly meetings and the feedback the Board received was overwhelmingly positive and I am certain we will be continue expanding the number and types of events across the Hampton Roads area.

I am very happy to announce the election results for 2020.  All the votes are in and our current Board of Directors are in the process of transitioning our new members.  Beginning January 1, 2020 your new Board of Directors and their positions will be:

  • President - Jerry Foley
  • President Elect - Mark Riedy
  • Past President - René Rosenberg
  • VP Communications - Open
  • VP Education – Alicia Benjamin
  • VP Local Communities – Marcus Norwood
  • VP Marketing – Jessica Errickson
  • VP Membership – Natalia Rectenwald
  • VP Operations – Martin White
  • VP Programs - Open
  • VP Registered Company Coordinators – Vikram Singh
  • VP Special Projects – Christy Fanelli
  • VP Treasury – David Sweeney
  • VP Volunteers – Donald Ross

Our board is made up entirely of volunteers and I want to thank our outgoing Board Members who have dedicated their time and energy to serve the PMI Hampton Roads Chapter over the past year:

  • Mike Swirzinski, Past President
  • Eric Tyler, outgoing VP Communications
  • Chana Tuttle, outgoing VP Operations
  • Mixie Morales, outgoing VP Education

Without these volunteers, this chapter would not function.  Thanks to our 2019 Board of Directors for giving your time and resources to support this chapter.  I also want to extend my appreciation to all those volunteers who help the chapter throughout the year at various networking, monthly dinner meetings and PDC.

On a personal note, it has been a pleasure to serve all of you as President in 2019.  My goal over the last year was to ensure that all members no matter where you live in the Hampton Roads area had more opportunities to engage with chapter members.  I think we achieved the goal I set for the team this year and I leave you in great hands with our incoming President, Jerry Foley.  I know Jerry will continue the progress in 2020 and I look forward to seeing you at future events!

René Rosenberg
PMI Hampton Roads Chapter
[email protected]

Letter from the President