Chapter News

Project manager of the Year Award with digital Rochester


Digital Rochester's GREAT Awards is coming up in September and PMI Rochester is Sponsoring the Project Manager of the Year Award!

What are the GREAT Awards? It is the 2018 Greater Rochester Excellence and Achievements in Technology (GREAT) Awards!

Digital Rochester’s GREAT Awards program recognizes and celebrates technological achievement in the Greater Rochester community by highlighting the organizations and individuals that show leadership and innovation in the field of technology. 


One of the NEW awards for this year is the Project Manager Of The Year. The winner of this award will have promoted the ideals of project management through the display of a combination of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management expertise. By performing their responsibilities at the highest level, the Project Manager of the Year has demonstrated the ability to motivate others while delivering a successful project. This award will be judged on the level of complexity of completed projects and their impact.

The eighth annual 2018 GREAT Awards, themed Technology Playground, is planned for September 26, 2018, at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Since 2010, the GREAT Awards program has aimed to recognize and celebrate technological achievement in the Greater Rochester community.

Nominations are OPEN NOW! Do you have a candidate in mind? You can nominate candidates here now. Nominations are open until July 13th. If you would like to nominate someone it is advised to engage them in the application process as you will be able to provide the most well-rounded application detail by engaging the individual you are nominating.

Interested in attending the event? Register here today! 

Interested in sponsorship or participating in the exhibitor showcase? Click here for details. 

In addition to the Project Manager Of The Year award, Digital Rochester is also awarding a number of other interesting technology awards, check out the details here.


News you can use

  • A new standard has been released, the Standard for Organizational Project Management (OPM). The OPM is a framework used to align project, program, and portfolio management practices with organizational strategy and objectives, and customizing or fitting these practices within the organization’s context, situation, or structure. Members can download it for free here. This standard has a local connection. Mark Scott, Sr. Manager at Harris Corp was on the review team, and our Chapter President, Michelle Venezia, was a Subject Matter Expert Reviewer.

  • PMI's Organizational Agility Conference is coming on September 12. Members can register for free, and will receive invitations to invite up to 3 free non-members after registering. Attendees can earn up to 6 PDUs.


Membership News


Congratulations to the following members for continuously improving their skills and gaining new knowledge with PMI. 

   Joshua DeJong Eric Quigley
Michael Spaeth Courtney Warron
Aaron DiNoto Erik Weber
Matthew Faulks  
Susan Hyman  



Jeffrey Carpenter    Julia Nelson
Pamela Fisher  





Celebrate New Members 

Our chapter continues to grow! Let's welcome the following new members of PMI Rochester in May: 

Lauren Alloco Barbara Hellman Katherine Streeter
Brain Behnke Joseph Kelly Kathy Wiesen
Julia Cote Lori Martin Brennon Thompson
Aaron DiNoto Margaret Nelson Peter Trabert
Kiesha Everett Michael OBrien Bryn Virklet
Steven Gizzi Gina Ruscitto Courtney Warren


Annual Business Meeting

On June 12, we had our Annual Business Meeting. If you weren't able to attend, you can review the slide deck here. This was a free event to our members and guests in exchange for a donation to PMIEF. With the help of all of you, we raised $810 to donate to PMIEF! Continue reading more below. In addition to learning more about our chapter's activities over the past year as well as our financial positon, there was a representative from RMAPI and a quick discussion around the next steps for volunteers interested in getting involved in that initiative. We also offered an opportunity to have a professional headshot taken. Thanks to Marty Nott, Professional Photographer, for attending this event. We were able to photograph 24 people. Members really seemed to really enjoy this benefit and it is our intent to bring this to another chapter meeting.

Get your Volunteerism on Now

New Volunteer positions are available! Check it out here!

Membership Benefit that pays off

PMI Rochester Chapter has partnered with ITMPI to offer our membership a new benefit! A one-year ITMPI premium subscription, valued at $199! ITMPI, which stands for IT Metrics & Productivity Institute, is the leader in online PDUs for PMP or higher certification holders. ITMPI offers online PDU approved courseware allowing subscription holders to earn up to 500 PDUs per year! PMI Rochester is giving a one-year subscription to any member that renews their chapter membership or any new chapter memberships. This new membership benefit is effective this month, May 2018 and runs through May 2019. The Chapter will send out an email each month to eligible members, which will include the coupon code they can use to start their one-year premium subscription. Check out ITMPI’s website by clicking here! If you have any questions about this benefit, please contact the VP of Membership, Robin Louvain, at


Ithaca Branch News

Time to step it up!

We are asking for help to keep the Ithaca Branch going. After numerous “calls to action” we have had a total of TWO members offer to assist in the running of the Branch. This is great progress but we still need more volunteers! We are all busy with careers, family, and life. But, please don’t assume that someone else will step forward. If you have benefited from the Ithaca Branch - please step up and volunteer for a position. All positions come with PDUs (and other great benefits) and we will be here to help you along the way. Come join the Ithaca family now and give back. It's a rewarding experience! Contact Paula Wedemeyer for more information at