Letter from Governor Rick Snyder

10 Teams from 9 Schools, 60 Students!

April 14th @ Davenport University

Dematic HandoffEvent Sponsor Dematic Hands the Winning, Team Grand Valley State University Team #1's project plan to Nicholas Cook of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency  Photo courtesy of BVW Photography


THE Project, back for our 3rd Year!  This year our Sponsor is Governor Snyder, helping him, help our Veterans. (Did you know, Michigan is home to 650,000 military veterans, the 11th largest population of veterans nationally but according to data provided by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, Michigan veterans rank last on a per capita basis, as recipients of federal VA dollars for total veteran benefits?) Our Competition this year will ask our student teams to prepare for Governor Snyder a recommendation / deliverable for connecting Michigan Military Veterans with their Federal Benefits!

Listen to a National Interview Regarding THE Project

Read a GRBJ Article on THE Project 2014

Check out a Video of our Keynote Speaker, Dr. James Brown

Keynote Presentation:    With Dr. James Brown Ph.D. president of SEBA® Solutions Inc., a Registered Education Provider for the Project Management Institute. Dr. Brown has sixteen years of NASA experience that includes “hands on” experience as a team member, project manager and serving in executive level organizational leadership roles.He is the author of The Handbook of Program Management published by McGraw-Hill.  James has a patent for a project scheduling methodology, and has received numerous awards including the "NASA Public Service Medal."  James has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, a MS in Engineering and a BS in Electrical Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).

Although project management is sometimes no laughing matter, this keynote program takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the art and science of critical project management truths. Let off a little steam in this session, and discover the sacred truths that every project manager needs to know.

  • Kill what’s ugly while it’s young
  • Lie to the customer as long as you can
  • Fear and pain, the ultimate project team motivators
  • Plagiarism equals profits
  • Brownnosing, the key to project management success


We have milestone dates set up with the final presentations delivered on April 14th, 2014 at Davenport University.  All teams will be presenting and a Final Four will be selected to compete for the winning prize. 

*All students and local Businesses are also invited to be a part of a Reverse Career Fair during our event, where employers can interview student participating in our event - Sponsors are given student profiles in advance. 

Take a look at some of the Videos and links on this site for more insight into THE Project - We invite you to be a part of it!

If you have interest in:

  • Your College or University competing in THE Project 2015
  • Attending our reverse career fair, offering possible Internships or employment
  • Your Company's Endorsement or Sponsorship,
  • Volunteering
  • please e-mail us at:   THE [email protected]


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THE Project Participants, Champions, Mentors, Project Team, Recruiters, Employers WMPMI wish to sincerely Thank the following Sponsors for our 2014 Event:












Dr. James Brown