Chapter History

Awards and Achievements

The PMI Metropolitan St. Louis (PMIMSL) Chapter is a globally recognized, award winning chapter among the 280+ PMI chapters worldwide. Our chapter has been recognized for outstanding programs, member services and collaboration and outreach initiatives by our peers in Category III. The PMI Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter has become an award-winning chapter for last 3 years in a row now.  

 Year  Recognition
 2013  PMI Chapter of the Year
 2014  PMI Chapter Award for Member Services
 2015  PMI Chapter Award for Collaboration & Outreach




 Year  Achievement
 Jan' 2016  Crossed 1,600+ Members Mark
 2014  Celebrated 20th Anniversary
 2009  Started Celebrating International Project Management (IPM) Day
 1994  Chapter Was Established


Now topping 1,600 members, it's hard to believe that membership in the original Metropolitan St. Louis PMI Chapter totaled only 25 when the organization formed in 1994. Miles Barnett, PMP and Past President, is fascinated by the prodigious growth. At the conclusion of his presidency, which ran through 1999, the Chapter had grown to about 350 members. Barnett said, "Someone told me early on, if you can get your chapter up to 300, it will be self-sustaining. There are enough people interested, you can have a decent meeting, and have enough people for the officer positions. That's when we stopped having to brow-beat people to participate."

In order to form a chapter, 25 individuals must be willing to join and be interested enough to pay dues. A small group of the original 25 Metropolitan St. Louis PMI Chapter charter members prepared a charter document, got it approved, and the chapter was formed. The effort was spearheaded and led by Dottie Burton, who never held a chapter office, but without her drive we probably never would have gotten organized.  Miles Barnett was one of the charter members, and the organization's second president. He is currently retired.

The Metropolitan St. Louis PMI Chapter initially held meetings in conjunction with a Cost-Estimating organization in the historic Engineers Club building at 4359 Lindell Boulevard in St. Louis. According to Barnett, "They had a nice facility, and they had a regular program set up, meeting quarterly, and we partnered with them as both organizations benefited from both the cost savings and the sharing of ideas that came from having more people attend these events."

The format has always been a dinner meeting with some kind of program or presentation. The meetings have typically been held once a month, September through June. "I'm mildly surprised that there continues to be as much interest in project management from the local community. This has been over ten years. I shouldn't be surprised, nevertheless, it is interesting."

The Chapter eventually expanded into its own meeting space, meeting at the old Joe Hannon's Restaurant at I-270 and Dorsett Rd., and eventually settling into the Sheraton Plaza at Westport. The Chapter has been meeting at the current meeting location in at the Clayton Plaza Hotel in Clayton (7750 Carondelet Avenue, Clayton, MO 63105) for the past seven years.

While Jim Schafers served as a chapter leader over the four years as president-elect, president and past president from 2006-2009 the chapter grew dramatically. When he began serving in the four year cycle we had around 600 members. During the four years membership doubled to over 1,200 members. We moved our monthly meetings to the Clayton area (Crowne Plaza) in order to be more centrally located for our membership. We "survived" the Highway 40/64 shutdown and saw attendance grow at the meetings.

We built upon the idea of having multiple venues for the meetings and first began meetings in St. Charles county and metro east. We introduced morning meetings and lunch meetings to add flexibility to the new venue sites.

We added some new technology to the chapter by launching the chapter's first SharePoint site which could be used for document storage and collaboration by Board members and their committees. This system replaced the Simon project tracking system that was used for several years. We launched in new chapter website that gave us expanded capability for communications with our members. Lastly we replaced our event management system and moved to the StarChapter chapter event management system.

We conducted a number of professional seminars for our membership over those years which included nationally known speakers such as Rita Mulcahy and Neal Whitten.

List of Current and Past Presidents  


 President Term

 Vish Tripathi

 2015 - Present

 Anne Haltenhof

 2013 - 2014

 Theresa Luebcke

 2011 - 2012

 Chris Oestereich

 2009 - 2010

 Jim Schafers

 2007 - 2008

 Marlene Orr

 2005 - 2006

 Mark Dinman

 2003 - 2004

 Angela Holden

 2001 - 2002

 Stan Jacobs

 1999 - 2000

 Miles Barnett

 1995 - 1998

 Eric Moyerman