November 2014 Chapter Meeting

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PMI-SNC Chapter Meeting

November 20th, 2014 - 5:30PM - 7:30 PM:   Register Here

(PMI-SNC members must log in to access the correct pricing.)

$25 for Members  - $30 for non-members 

*Registration ends: Tuesday November 18th at 9:30 a.m.

Location: Tuscany Suites and Casino 

Presentation by: Steve Kompst, PMP


Why Project Managers and PMO’s must transform

Cyber, Are you really ready?

o   Company Perspective

o   PMO perspective

o   PM perspective


o   How are you developing your team?

o   How do you develop yourself?

o   What transformation element of your work will bring you to the next level?

 New Frontier

o   PMBOK methodology to meet the needs of business today

o   Agile and Waterfall methods 

o   What business really needs

o   The failure of small thinking

o   How IT teams are being left behind

Guest Speaker:  Gaming & Hospitality IT Leader Steve Kompst, PMP

Steve Kompst is one of the gaming and hospitality industry’s most respected IT experts, having earned a stellar reputation for designing and executing IT initiatives that have delivered real results to the bottom line in start-up and enterprise-level environments.

Steve Kompst is currently Executive Director of IT for the Las Vegas Sands Corporation in charge of managing the PMO.  Steve comes to the Sands from a Technology consortium in Las Vegas, where, as a member of the Senior Executive Team, he led multiple extended enterprise teams in myriad functions, such as creating and executing support technology services; evaluating and modifying high-level processes; and combining global IT organizational frameworks and integrating delivery models.  Steve has also managed his own consulting company, SSP Consulting, LLC for several years.

Steve Kompst has also served as Director of IT for Caesars Entertainment, where he oversaw enterprise IT initiatives in departments across the corporation including gaming, marketing, finance, networking, telecom, HR, hotel and regulatory. Incorporated a strong project methodology with a primary focus on deployment and integration delivery.  He has also served as VP of IT at Cendant Settlement Group; Director of IT at NRT Inc.; and as Regional Systems Manger for LandAmerica.

Steve Kompst holds many important certifications including PMI certified project manager professional (PMP) – project management leadership group; and has held multiple PMI Board positions including Las Vegas Chapter President and Executive Vice President Positions.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 14:36

Nominee's for 2015 Board of Directors

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Hello Members & Guests of PMI-SNC:

The following are the Bio's of the Nominee's for the 2015 Board of Directors:


VP Finance: Charley Jones, PMP
Charley Jones has been a PMP with the Clark County Water Reclamation District since 2006.
He has led the District to numerous project successes. He is also founder of 3 local user
groups, The Sql Server Society of Las Vegas, The Las Vegas XNA Users Group, and Synshop
Las Vegas. As a member of the 2006 PMI-SNC Board of Directors he actively supported the
PMI-SNC PMP Prep Class and taught the class for many years. Many of you have probably
been through his class. Charley is an accomplished IT Professional holding more than 13
Certifications and working on more. He has contributed over 30 completed to the public space
and continues to mentor through the Summer Business Intern program. He has successfully
founded several local business ventures that continue to this day. Charley Jones, PMP, is a
consummate professional and an excellent addition to the PMI-SNC Board of Directors.


VP Finance: William Harris, PE, PMP, PMI-RMP

William Harris has thirty years of professional experience leading large organizations and
project teams in program and project management with emphasis in project design, construction
and renovation of facilities and infrastructure; community planning; and facility maintenance.
His experience includes 24-years of active duty service in the United States Air Force as an
engineering officer and retired as a Colonel. His Air Force assignments included leading and
managing infrastructure and operations programs for major air force bases and culminated
as the commander of the 98th Mission Support Group at Nellis AFB. As the commander of
the 98th MSG he had 1000 personnel reporting to him with a $100 Million budget annually
to operate and manage the support activities to the Nevada Test and Training Range. In his
current position as a Senior Project Manager with National Security Technologies LLC he
works in the enterprise-wide Project Management Office and is in charge of developing and
overseeing project management processes, procedures and their effective implementation. His
volunteer service includes 20-years as an adult leader with the Boy Scouts of America serving
in multiple positions, including as the Treasurer for the local Troop or Pack. He is a licensed
Professional Engineering in the State of Nevada and is certified by PMI as a PMP and PMI-
RMP. He is married to his lovely wife Eileen of 30-years and they have four children.


VP Public Relations: David Conrad, PMP
I went to UMBC and have a B.S. in Political Science ’83 and a B.A. in information System
Management ‘84. Achieved PMP status in 2003 before moving my family to Nevada in 2006
from Maryland. I have Web Development experience as a Programmer and Manager. I started
My Insurance Agency in 2008 and grew the business every year through multiple marketing
strategies. I feel with my background I can help our Chapter


VP Public Relations: Jason Koko
Jason Kokoszka is a 20+ year “Veteran” of the IT Telecomm industry combined with an
extensive knowledge specializing in project management for communications deployments.
As a project manager, Jason has overseen projects ranging from 900 cell tower installations
over a two year period to a project of 250 router replacements in a four month span creating
substantial realized revenue. Notable customers serviced are UCLA Health Systems, Verizon
Wireless, T-Mobile, and the Los Angeles Internal Services Department (LAISD).

Currently, Jason is a Senior Project Manager at Global Cash Access (GCA) in the Vegas Valley
where he specializes in IT projects for over 400 casinos in the U.S. and 700 casinos worldwide.
His career started with the U.S. Air Force for 10 years; Northrop Grumman, and Time Warner
Business Class.

Career achievements include:
Project managed the successful installation of Loma Linda University Medical Center within
14 working days from receipt of contract which met hospitals grand opening and set company
record for quickest successful install.
Set a record for the successful scheduling & activation of 52 cell towers in a three (3) day

Awarded (2) Timely Awards Program awards for project management by Northrop Grumman for
the successful installation of multiple OC-3 microwave installations.
Jason donates his time at Three Square food bank helping feed Clark County with ready to eat
meals. He also spends his time coaching soccer for the local Henderson United soccer league
where he coaches (3) three separate soccer teams.


VP Communications: Heather Pelley-Hill, PMP
Heather stepped in as the VP of Communications for PMI-SNC to fill the recently vacated
position. Heather was raised in Las Vegas and has experience is Property Management,
Travel Industry, IT Corporate Services and Staffing. Heather currently has a dual role as
Telecommunications Manager and Project Manager. She achieved a Bachelor of Science
in Information Technology in 2009. Heather joined PMI-SNC in 2008 to learn more about
Professional Project Management and passes her PMP exam in 2012. Heather's IT background
is well rounded with projects such as:
• R&D for various telecom systems, managing ramp up and deployment
• R&D ramp up and deployment of helpdesk ticketing systems
• PC/Thin Client replacement and image standardization
• New Office and Office Moves for IT deliverables
• Network Upgrades, down grades, migrations to open internet and MPLS
• AS400 Migration for Kronos
• Applicant Tracking System


VP Membership: Jermaine Dykes
Jermaine Dykes is Senior Project Manager for Agilysys, a leader in Hospitality Software in
the Las Vegas Valley. He has expertise in Project /Program Management and have lead
projects that has encompassed $5M-$10M budgets in sectors including Government, Gaming,
Education, and Finance.
He is also an Adjunct Professor teaching in both Information Technology and Business
Management graduate programs. Mr. Dykes is a guest speaker for numerous Leadership and
Project Management conferences.
His board chairmanships include current Vice President of Membership Project Management
Institute Las Vegas Nevada, Chairman of the Citizen Advisory Economic Redevelopment for
Downtown area Las Vegas, Nevada. He is past president of International Institute of Business
Analysis Las Vegas Chapter. Jermaine received his B.A. from University of Phoenix in
Information Technology, and returned to earn his M.B.A. =


VP Programs: Tori Abajian, PMP
Tori Abajian has been a PMP since January of 2011. She has over 20 years of
project management experience in full SDLC and has also managed projects
involving ERP systems, COTS solution assessment, gaming compliance,
technology upgrades, and infrastructure projects. Industries worked
include: transportation, hospitality, government, utilities, and gaming.
Tori also holds a CSM and ITIL V3 Foundations certifications.


VP Education: Ricki Henry, PMP
Ricki's Project Management Background:
36 years in software development:
•From developer to sr. developer to lead developer with a development team
reporting to me
28+ years as an IT project manager:

· Designed and developed computer software; supported computer systems
· Lead development teams working on projects and on daily support
· Established the PMO at Clark County NV
· Co-developed the PMO in the Travel Division of American Express
· PMP, CSM, Six Sigma Green Belt, MS Project Server Black Belt, Project Portfolio
Management Master Class
VP Education, PMI-SNC
Project, Program & Portfolio Management Trainer
Ricki’s Presentation Background:
• Published article in Project Times
• Published Experience Report on PMI’s Agile Community of Practice
• Project Summit & Business Analyst World panel member and Presenter twice
• Speaker at UNLV PM class multiple times
• Speaker at UNLV BA class multiple times
• Speaker at Southern Nevada PMI Chapter monthly meetings three times
• Speaker at the IIBA Las Vegas Chapter monthly meeting twice
• Speaker to the development teams at the District Attorney Family Service and The
Selling Source on Agile Development
• Conduct PM Workshop Series at Clark County 3 – 4 workshops for the past five years
• Speaker at Software Best Practices virtual conference
• Conducted multiple Workshops for PMI-SNC chapter
• Speaker at PMI LIM 2014 Conference
• Speaker at PMI Region 7 2014 Conference


Executive VP: Wayne Biernacki, PMP
Wayne Biernacki is the President of Enterprise Outcomes, Inc., currently consulting with 
Southwest Gas Corporation leading their Financial Systems Modernization Program. Prior 
to his current position, Wayne was a consultant establishing Hawaiian Electric Company’s 
Enterprise Project Management Office and the Director of the Business Planning Office at 
First Solar, Inc. He has over 25 years of experience in program and project management, 
business transformation, strategic planning, enterprise solution design and leadership in 
diverse industries, including renewable energy, construction, software and manufacturing. He 
is a Certified Project Management Professional and holds an MBA from the Kelley School of 
Business at Indiana University.


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Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 14:33

Announcement for 2015 Board Nominations

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Hello Members & Guests of PMI-SNC:

It is time for our elections for the 2015 Board of Directors! As a PMI-SNC member, this is your chance to participate in chapter activities. As a member you can nominate someone (or yourself) for any open position and of course vote once the nomination period is over.  Voting will be done via Survey Monkey.  We encourage each and every one of you to participate in this year’s election process!

The positions that are elected are as follows.   All positions are for a one year term with the exception of the Executive Vice President, which is a two year term.   The 2015 Board term begins February 1, 2015 and ends January 31st, 2016.

If you are interested in any of these positions and want to know more about them, please see or e-mail any board member. The attached document details the responsibilities for each postion. The only requirement to serve on the board is that you must be a member of the Southern Nevada Chapter, in good standing.

Benefits of Serving on the Board

  • Gain invaluable leadership experience as a Board member. 
  • Expand your professional network in the PMI community and throughout Nevada.
  • Give back to the profession.
  • Earn PDUs through volunteer hours.
  • If possible, attend the PMI Region 7 or North America Leadership Conference.

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible, candidates must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Be a member in good standing with PMI and the PMI Southern Nevada Chapter. Voting rights and the right to hold office are granted to regular members and student members.
  • Be willing to devote time and effort as a Director of the Southern Nevada Chapter
  • Have experience in the field of project management

Eligible members may nominate themselves, or be nominated by another Southern Nevada Chapter member.

Primary responsibilities for each position:

Executive Vice President, who becomes the president the following year.  This position fills in for the president when (s)he is absent.
VP of Programs, whose primary responsibility is to engage speakers for our monthly chapter meetings.
VP of Membership, whose primary responsibility is to take care of our membership by encouraging new members, planning events and activities for the membership.
VP of Public Relations, whose primary responsibility is to manage the chapter’s web page and advertising programs. 
VP of Finance, whose primary responsibility is to manage chapter finances.
VP of Education, whose primary responsibility is to manage the classes offered by the chapter.
VP of Communications, whose primary responsibility is to send out all communications regarding monthly chapter meetings, create and send monthly newsletters, and record minutes for board meetings.

The Election Schedule for 2015 is as follows:

Election Cycle was announced during our September chapter meeting.

Nomination Period: September 24 to October 15  

Election Period: October 15 to October 31 – via the  website

Announce Election Results: November 20 – at the chapter meeting



Please e-mail your nomination(s) to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    


  • Nominee's name: 
  • Telephone Number:
  • Email address:
  • Position Desired:
  • A brief description on why you are nominating this person for this board position.   

*Feel free to nominate yourself!
*Each nominee will have the opportunity to write a brief bio for the October newsletter and the website.
*New board members will be invited to attend the board meeting that follows the chapter meeting on November 20, 2014.

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2014 Call for Speakers

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Attention Members!

We are looking to fill out the calendar with speakers!

Please see the 2014 Call for Speakers

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 March 2014 17:31

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Please Welcome the 2014 Board of Directors

To contact a member of the board, select their name below:

President, Audry (JB) Batiste, PMP                          

Executive VP, Laura Okey, PMP                              

VP Communications, Heather Pelley-Hill, PMP       

VP Finance, Michael Brown, PMP                         

VP Programs, Jacqueline Landry, PMP                    

VP Education, Ricki Henry, PMP                             

VP Membership, Jermaine Dykes                             

VP Public Relations, Jason Kokoszka                      

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