WMPMI November 13, 2017 Dinner Meeting

November 13, 2017
4:45 PM - 8:00 PM
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The Pinnacle Center
3330 Highland Drive
Hudsonville, MI 49426-1907

WMPMI's monthly chapter meeting is a two-PDU event featuring two presentation sessions linked by networking time and a buffet dinner.  

Location: The Pinnacle Center - 3330 Highland Dr, Hudsonville, MI 49426 

Session 1 Speaker:  Kevin Casey

Session 1 Topic:  Leadership

Description:  This will be a discussion on problem solving using the Army Design Methodology and ensuring that the correct problem is addressed.

Army design methodology is a methodology for applying critical and creative thinking to understand, visualize, and describe problems and approaches to solving them.

Key concepts that underline the Army design methodology include —

  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Collaboration and dialogue
  • Framing
  • Narrative construction
  • Visual modeling 


PDU:  Leadership 1.0 

Speaker Bio:  Kevin's information is as follows:

2016 - Present: Whirlpool Global Information Systems Project Management Office Manager
1985 - 2016: United States Army - Lieutenant Colonel (retired) - 5 Combat tours (Iraq x 3, Afghanistan x 2)

30 years of Engineering and IT Portfolio & Project Management experience

BS Mechanical Engineering, United States Military Academy
MS Information Management, University of Southern California
MS Strategic Studies, The Army War College

Certifications: PMP, PMP-ACP, ITIL - Service Design

Key Military Awards: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal 


Session 2 Speaker:  Steve Van Horn

Session 2 Topic:  What is Your Sponsor Thinking?

Description:  As a PM, have you ever walked out of a meeting with your project sponsor wondering ‘what are they thinking!?! If you have, it’s probably because you and your sponsor are looking at the same project through very different lenses; the good news is that knowing those differences can help you find ways to communicate more effectively with your sponsor. 

PDU:  Leadership 0.5, Strategic & Business Management 0.5 

Speaker Bio:  Steve grew up in NJ but wanted to see the world so he got the Navy to accept him on the third try. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in Civil Engineering, he was commissioned an officer and served in the Persian Gulf and off Yugoslavia during their breakup wars. He wound up in Washington DC where he completed his MBA at George Washington University.

Leaving the Navy nine days before his first son was born he worked in construction management for Home Depot. Later he moved to Booz Allen Hamilton as a management consultant working first in process improvement and later in project management. When Booz Allen decided to experiment with regional offices across the country Steve came to
Indianapolis to build a team. Somewhat unexpectedly he came to love Indiana and decided to stay. Today he works for Anthem, Inc. as an Innovation Architect, pulling together improvement opportunities that cut across organizations and geographies.

Steve is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Program Management Professional (PgMP) and is working towards his Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP) certification. He and his wife Stephanie live in Carmel IN where their three boys keep them busy with sports, scouts, and school. He recently coached his 175th youth sports game. In his free time he tries to keep his two dogs out of the vegetable garden while perfecting his recipe for Chile Garlic Hot Sauce.


Doors open at 4:45 PM.


5:10pm - 6:10pm Session 1 Presentation
6:10pm - 6:50pm Networking /Dinner
6:50pm - 7:00pm Announcements
7:00pm - 8:00pm Session 2 Presentation


$30.00  WMPMI Members

$40.00  Non-Members  

Veterans may register for free in November!

Registration Closes on Thursday Noon, of the week before our meeting. A late fee will be added after this date.  ***WALK IN REGISTRATION is available the day of at 4:45pm.



$25.00 GR Full-Time Student Guest curr. 12+ cr hrs - Pinnacle Center
$30.00 after 5:00 pm November 9

$40.00 Non-Members Meet @ Pinnacle Center
$45.00 after 5:00 pm November 9

$30.00 WMPMI Member Meet @ Pinnacle Center
$35.00 after 5:00 pm November 9

$0.00 Free Veteran Registration

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