Project Management Professional (PMP)® Student Profiles:

Student Profile: Susan Hughes, PMP

Susan HughesI have been an IT Project Manager in the Banking and Financial services industry since the mid-90’s.  I learned my PM skills on the job but without any formal training. Although I managed a 5 year Program of projects with a combined value of over $3MM,  I realized my knowledge and skills were limited to those organizations I worked for and crossing over industries could be a challenge. A co-worker told me about the PMP certification and its benefits which motivated me to pursue it. I saw the PMP certification as a means to successfully cross over industries and step into companies and projects with confidence in my skills and expertise.

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Student Profile: Jaya Panchavati, PMP

Jaya Panchavati, PMPI am a Project Manager in a Software Company called Sparta Systems.

The first thing I did was to read PMBOK 5 guide from start to end. I then practiced putting all the 47 processes together on a single page and analyzed the relation between these processes, which greatly helped me see the overall picture and the logical connection between the processes.Everything seemed to make sense after that.

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Student Profile: Val Walton, PMP

Val WaltonI began running small IT projects some years ago and moved into larger IT projects over time.  I have successfully delivered both application and infrastructure type projects. I also have experience as an SAP Service Delivery Executive for a Fortune 500 company.   Even though I have been out of school for some time, I decided to enhance my resume and take the PMP Exam.

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Student Profile: Narayan Shanbhag, PMP

Narayan ShanbhagI am a Chemical Engineer and have been working on industrial projects for the Chemical Industry ever since I started my career in Apr 1995. I have always been working in the project team either as a Project Engineer, Project Coordinator, Project Planner and more recently as a Project Manager. I didn't obtain any formal training in Project Management (didn't know about any, when I started my career). As I executed projects year after year I was drawn towards Project Management discipline due to the extensive overview this position offered of a complete project, as compared to other functional / discipline positions; a lot of responsibility and authority also came-in with this position.

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Student Profile: Sameer Yeolekar, PMP

Student Profile: Sameer Yeolekar, PMPMy name is Sameer Yeolekar. I am primarily involved in the Software Engineering and Process Improvement domains.  In December 2013, I helped my organization achieve a Maturity Level 3 rating in the CMMI Development v1.3 Constellation. I live and work in northern Virginia with my wife and son. I enjoy playing cricket and dancing.

My experience as a Technical Lead and Project Management of various initiatives over time was one of the reasons to consider getting a PMP certification. My experience with process improvement, while developing our project management and software/systems development process framework was also a major trigger.

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Student Profile: Jonathan Giannetti, PMP

Student Profile: Jonathan Giannetti, PMPI manage projects but I've never been satisfied being good at one thing so I spend my "off time" building websites, learning Joni Mitchell songs (in alternate tunings!), studying a second language, and playing tennis. I like to think it helps bring some diversity and character to the job, but if nothing else helps keeps me sane. : )

I'm always looking for ways to round or enhance my skills. The PMBOK was a wealth of info to learn and the PMP credential is evidently in high demand so really it was in my best interests, personally and professionally.  Now that I have the PMP credential, I also seem to have more opportunities.

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Student Profile: Eva West, PMP

Student Profile: Eva West, PMPI've Project Manager skills from 18 years of working experience in various industries and I'm a degree holder in Hotel Management. Since May 2012 I'm PMP certified and actually I'm working as Manager Merchant Network Strategy JAPA (Managing global projects) for a global MNC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The PMP Certification was originally suggested by our Chief of Strategy for all people who worked in the PMO in my former company.  I was not previously familiar with PMI. But after I've successfully passed, I realized that this certification helped me to find a better job :-)

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Student Profile: Amit Singh, PMP

PM PrepCast Student ProfileWith about 18 years in the Information Technology, I have a wide range of experience in Project Management, Test Management, CRM rollout, Data Conversion, Implementation, Integration and Development for the Telecommunications and Manufacturing Industries. In various roles and Client assignments, I had been involved in coordinating and implementing business technology solutions and computer applications for large, complex business systems. I bring together a broad functional knowledge in Telecommunications Industry comprising of OSS/BSS systems including Customer Care & Billing (both Prepaid & Postpaid) and CRM products with a strong system background and profound management skills and I am capable of leading international technical teams.

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Student Profile: Ian Slade, PMP

Student Profile: Ian Slade, PMPHi there. My name is Ian Slade. I am a nurse by trade and I have been in the Healthcare Informatics arena for a decade now. Recently I started my own Healthcare IT consulting company. We help hospitals implement complex systems in a timely fashion.

IT implementation solutions is one of our core competencies. The Project Management Institute has created a very helpful framework for running projects across multiple industries. The discipline of going through the PMP certification process has helped me become a better resource to my clients.

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Student Profile: Susan Mealiea, PMP

I am a Project/Program Manager for a large Technology Services company. Although my company is international, the nature of my projects are domestic. Specifically I work on several projects for the US Army and US Army National Guard. The primary focus of all of my projects is distributed learning operations and training management. We do not develop training, we support the distributed delivery of the training and the management of the records from that training.

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Student Profile: Brenda Smith, PMP

Student Profile: Brenda Smith, PMPI am a Project Manager within the Contact Lens Manufacturing and Software Development field. Achieved Six Sigma Green Belt in 2007. I considered to have the PMP Certification because it is very well respected within both manufacturing and software development fields.

The most difficult part of your PMP studies is finding time to study; being disciplined. I learned about the The PM PrepCast through several online chat rooms and project management boards.

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Student Profile: Guillaume Babbi, PMP

Student Profile: Guillaume Babbi, PMPI come from France, and it's been two years now that my wife and I are living in New York City. I am an IT project manager, in a french bank. I used to manage IT project for 5 years (I started in Paris), and last summer my manager encouraged be to get this PMP certification.

After my boss told me about PMP, I did some research on the Internet and found that it was indeed a world-wide certification. I think what convinced me the most was to be able to have a well recognized certification in addition to a strong framework to base my daily tasks on.

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Student Profile: Caio Moldenhauer Peret, PMP

Student Profile: Caio Moldenhauer Peret, PMPI live in São Paulo, Brazil, with my wife and daughter, and work as a Project Leader for a multinational company specialized in designing and building automotive Paint Shops. I’ve always had a very strong technical background, even with a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, but my career led me towards a more generalist Engineering and Project Management position.

I have  always been pushed to a “specialist” position, which I didn’t want. I like to work on the interfaces, negotiating, devising strategies, leading people towards a common goal. I saw the project manager profile as a very good complement to help me on this career movement. It complemented my lack of knowledge on some topics, helping me to understand how the work should be done and improving my leadership skills.

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Student Profile: Jason Yamane, PMP

I have over 20 years experience in IT, and a little over 10 years as a project manager with a Fortune 500 company in San Diego, CA. I recently began a new career in a Software as a Service (SaaS) company that is growing rapidly.

As I mentioned, I have more than 10 years' experience as a project manager, but I decided to pursue the PMP certification to demonstrate my commitment to the profession, as well as to further sharpen my skills in a structured manner.

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Student Profile: Rhonda Hoskins, PMP

Student Profile: Rhonda Hoskins, PMPMy background is non-stop project management and project leadership for the last 20 years, all involving fast paced software implementations. Most of my roles have been leading professional services and/or PMOs. I love the satisfaction of taking an objective and translating it into a project, then mobilizing a team to get it done.

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Student Profile: Cristin Flynn, PMP

Student Profile: Cristin Flynn, PMPI am a mother of 3 boys and have spent most of my working life in business for myself.
I spent a few years in a PMO in London, UK working for the NHS (UK, National Health Services) on a 2 Billion GB Hospital construction project and before that I was involved in smaller construction and NPO projects.  After re-entering a very competitive market place in Africa, where there is a 60% unemployment rate, I found I really would need to up my game substantially and so the PMP seemed like a great qualification to add to my current experiences and qualifications.

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Student Profile: Mike Adurogbangba MBBS, PMP

Student Profile: Mike Adurogbangba MBBS, PMP I am a general physician with over 20 years of clinical and progressive healthcare administration/ management experience. My role as an administrator and manager demanded extra skills in relationship building, negotiation and robust expertise in communication to sustain engagement with my stakeholders. It was while seeking the best way to meet up with this demand that I first heard of Project Management.

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Student Profile: Barbara Barlow, PMP

Student Profile: Barbara Barlow, PMPI am a 50+ year old woman working in the Information Technology Division at our local community college in Oregon.  Information Technology is notorious for being a male-dominated field, and it is as true here as anywhere.  I have been employed here for nearly 14 years now, with my first 9 years as the coordinator for all the campus computer labs and classrooms.  As the years have progressed, my position has morphed into the lead project coordinator for the IT department, working directly under the CIO.  I manage a couple of our many projects personally, while providing training, guidance, and support to all our other project leads.

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Student Profile: Dwayne Robinson, P.E., PMP

I am an LSU graduate with a BSEE degree and have been managing projects since 1992.  My background extends from Electrical Engineering (Power) to Construction and Land development.  I enjoy fishing, biking, and restoring classic cars.

My desire to have the PMP Certification stems from wanting to be recognize by the industry as a professional at what I do, to be acknowledge as being at the top of my profession, and lastly to strengthen my project management skills and knowledge.  I believe our customers view the PMP Certified project manager as one who can deliver high quality products and services.

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