President's Message

2015 was another amazing year for the PMI Metropolitan St. Louis (PMIMSL) Chapter! PMI Global recognized the PMI Metro St. Louis Chapter with a 2015 Chapter Excellence award (Category III; 1,000 to 2,000 members) for its “Collaboration and Outreach” efforts. Winning awards from PMI Global 3 years in a row is a testimonial to our leaders, volunteers and members dedication and their commitment to the community they serve.

We had few great speakers for our dinner meetings, had a workshop with Neal Whitten, and Frank Saladis, who is the founder of International Project Management Day (IPM). In addition, Mr. Saladis was the main speaker at our IPM day celebration at which more than 180 members attended the event. Attendance at our dinner meetings grew significantly, membership grew by 3%, and social media presence increased by 20%. We increased the frequency of alternate venue meetings, re-started breakfast meetings, and had set up the groundwork for PMI-PBA certification. A new “Job Aid” section was added on our website to help members and employers with open job postings.

For 2016, we will be focusing heavily on 5 goals. These are “Increase Value to Membership”, “Increase Community Involvement”, “Increase PMIMSL Visibility”, “Improve Chapter Governance”, and “Improve Effectiveness of Communication.” Overall member satisfaction, membership excellence, growth through value, community outreach will be some of the key focus areas throughout this year. A new “Military Liaison” position will be added to support our veterans and advance their careers in the project management area. The new board is already working towards these goals. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please send an email to or any other board member.

I personally want to thank Anne Haltenhof, our immediate past president and the 2015 Board of Directors for all of the work they have done for the chapter. I promise you that I will continue to work diligently with our Board of Directors and volunteers to lead the chapter to even higher levels of performance. Also, please welcome incoming President-Elect Venus Patel. He will be the chapter president in 2017 & 2018.

It is my pleasure to serve the entire PMIMSL community this year! The entire board has already put a lot of effort into finalizing the calendar for 2016. I hope that you will join us at as many meetings and events as possible. Please spread the good word about our events to your colleagues, family members, and friends.

Together, we will make 2016 another award winning, great year for PMI Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter!

Vish Tripathi, PfMP, PMI-ACP, PMP

2015-16 President

PMI Metro St. Louis Chapter