About Our Instructors

All instructors in Successful Projects programs have served in senior level project management positions, are excellent instructors, and are PMP® credential holders. They come from a diversity of industries and provide specialty knowledge from different areas of project management.  Individual instructors are all highly-capable of teaching alone and they are also willing to collaborate together with any one of the other instructors in this group to best fit the needs of our individual and organizational clients.

Industries: IT, Small Business, Engineering, Infrastructure, Telecom

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Renee Adair, PMP, DASM, CVTL

Renee Adair is the owner of Successful Projects. Renee brings over 25 years of business leadership and project management experience. She is also a Cross Product Lead at Dell Technologies working on transformative cloud and data center initiatives.  Prior to owning Successful Projects, Renee served as a Program Director for a leading telecom consulting firm, focused on overseeing delivery of multi-million dollar, complex outside plant engineering projects. She is experienced in managing projects, leading and mentoring project managers and building a Project Management Office (PMO). Renee also worked in Information Technology for fourteen years including roles in support, network administration and Director level management. She brings a wealth of real world experiences in managing complex projects that has helped shape her solutions oriented and customized approach toward project management training and coaching.

Renee is an active volunteer within the project management community and is a passionate advocate for the project management profession and supporting the advancement and enrichment of project managers through a better understanding of disciplined approaches available to help ensure project success.

Location: Austin, Texas

Industries: IT, Telecom

Frank Saladis, PMP, PMI Fellow

Frank P. Saladis is a dynamic and engaging instructor. Students have found his teaching style to be entertaining, energetic, and encouraging as he finds an inspirational approach to a variety of real life situations. He is a professional trainer who presents his thoughts in a lively and logical fashion, which makes him an excellent team member and consultant. He has published numerous leadership and project management books and articles. He is also an internationally known presenter at the Project Management Institute Annual Symposium, Project World and other project management events.

Frank is the owner of Blue Marble Enterprizes, Inc, a consulting firm that provides training and consulting on professional project management and leadership training. Frank is the originator of the now globally celebrated International Project Management Day. For his contributions to the promotion and development of project management, Frank received the prestigious PMI Fellow Award in 2013, the PMI Person of the Year Award in 2006 and the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award in 2015.

During Frank’s 30+ years in the telecommunications environment, he held the position of National Project Manager for AT&T Solutions Information Technology Services and was a member of Cisco Systems Professional Services Project Management Advocacy organization. His responsibilities included the development of project management offices (PMOs) and the development of internal training programs addressing project management skills and techniques.

Frank is a graduate from the PMI Masters Class and has a Masters Certificate in Commercial Project Management from George Washington University.

Location: Greater New York City, New York Region

Industries: Financial, Insurance, Technology

Kevin Wozniak, PMP, PgMP, MBA

Kevin Wozniak is a Program Manager for a life insurance third party administrator (TPA) overseeing large, client-based programs and actively managing operations, product development and information technology programs for clients.

Kevin’s experience started in IT infrastructure as a network engineer in the financial sector in the 1990s. In 2010, he transferred from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Houston, Texas, changing career focus towards life insurance and annuities product development and project management. Over the next several years, his role bounced between life insurance technology, product development, and operations program management. He managed direct reports in multiple countries and states across the U.S.

Kevin is a certified PMP since 2012 and PgMP since 2021, and has presented at several conferences, including the national PMI Conference. In addition to his professional achievements, Kevin has coached youth tackle and 7 on 7 football youth players since 2010. Coaching is one of his passions and he has presented a project management seminar on the relationships between project management and coaching football.

Location: Montgomery, Texas

Industries: IT, High Tech, Manufacturing, Insurance, Healthcare

Todd Williams, PMP

Todd is an active management consultant and project management instructor with decades of experience in a wide range of business domains. He has worked with large and small IT groups, high-tech manufacturing, insurance, and healthcare. These have covered areas such as shop floor efficiency and automation projects, marketing, and sales in businesses ranging from start-ups to multi-billion dollar multinational corporations. Todd has managed projects between $100,000 to $30,000,000 (USD) using waterfall, phased, agile, critical chain, and hybrid methodologies.

He is the brainchild of Successful Project’s Vision to Value program that coaches and teaches project managers six different areas that will help them in their career and in their organizations:

He is the author of two books:
Rescue the Problem Project, A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure (2011) an Amazon bestseller in project management.
Filling Execution Gaps, How Executives and Project Managers Turn Corporate Strategy Into Successful Projects (2017)
In addition, he maintains blogs on LinkedIn.com, ProjectManagement.com, his own Back From Red Blog. He supports numerous periodicals and news sources including CNN/Fortune, CIO Magazine among others.

Mentoring and coaching has been part of Todd’s portfolio since 2013. Eighty percent of his mentees are female and range from new college graduates to mothers returning to the workforce. His male mentees are generally in career or vocation transition.

He is an internationally acclaimed speaker doing over 30 presentations and workshops a year throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union.

Location: Camas, Washington

 

Mastodon: @ProjLeader@mas.to

Industries: Telecom, Engineering, Education

Rich Maltzman, PMP

Rich Maltzman provides students and practitioners with a valuable and lasting learning experience, bringing 40 years of industry experience and over 30 years of instructional design and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. He focuses on the converting weaknesses into strength while helping his students to apply learned skills to everyday situations. He is currently Master Lecturer, creating and teaching graduate courses at Boston University.

Rich is the co-founder of EarthPM, LLC, a company devoted to integrating sustainability thinking into project management – and to making project managers into project leaders. His integration of a holistic, global view of project management has resulted in international engagements which help organizations lead projects for with a longer-term broader view that includes economic, ecological, and social considerations.

Rich has an engineering background with a BSEE from the University of Massachusetts, an MSIE from Purdue University, a mini-MBA from Wharton and a Masters Certificate in International Business Management granted jointly from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and INSEAD of France. It’s his 40-year career in telecom, however, in parallel with 30 years of teaching, writing, and consulting that most helps enrich his students.

Published Works:​ ​

  • Green Project Management (2011) with Dave Shirley (Cleland Award for Literature, PMI)
  • Project Workflow Management: A Business Process Approach (2014) with Daniel Epstein
  • Driving Project, Program, and Portfolio Success: The Sustainability Wheel (2015) with Dave Shirley
  • Bridging the PM Competency Gap (2017) with Loredana Abramo
  • How to Facilitate Productive Project Planning Meetings (2018) with Jim Stewart
  • Chapter, Handbook of Responsible Project Management (2023) with Luigi Morsa
  • Great Meetings Build Great Teams: A Guide for Project Leaders and Agilists (2023) with Jim Stewart

Location: Greater Boston, Massachusetts Region

Industries: Telecom, Infrastructure, IT, Engineering

Loredana Abramo, PMP

Loredana Abramo is a global citizen, who has lived and worked in several international locations, across 4 continents. She has over 30 years of experience developing and delivering large telecommunications networks as well as global roles in the corporate program office, from competency development to IT deployments and Corporate Quality improvement programs. Loredana has held key leadership roles in Customer delivery, such as PMO Deputy Director for a large infrastructure program in Australia and Senior Project Director for a transportation project in Hawaii.

Loredana is a Doctor in Electrical Engineering, a certified Professional Engineer in Italy and has a Certificate in Advanced Project Management from DePaul University. She is a PMP®, a member of PMI, a senior member of IEEE, and a TIA Convergence Technologies Professional.
Always committed to sharing her experience in project management, Loredana has written and presented multiple papers in support of IEEE, PMI, and IPMA. She has co-authored a book on Project Management competency development (Bridging the PM Competency Gap – 2017), an upcoming book on Responsible Project Management (The Responsible Project Manager Handbook – 2022) and is now adjunct professor for online Project Management courses at Boston University Metropolitan College.

Location: Greater Chicago Area

Deb Roch, PMP

Debbie Roch is a Program Manager consultant with Cartesian, Inc. currently providing Project Management services to a Fortune 500 Telecommunications client. Her prior role was Enterprise Project Management Office Director for HP Enterprise Services. She is an experienced change coach who blends her counseling, training and leadership experiences to assist leaders in embracing positive change and directing their own personal and professional growth. She is a results-oriented teacher with strong business, project management, and client relationship skills. Her technical background in applications development in project implementation helps her understand the complexities in students’ projects. Debbie has years of success at transforming troubled business accounts by creating positive client relationships and delivering program excellence.

Her global experience ranges from client interface to requirements gathering in Turkey, system installations in Argentina and program management for a global client server deployment.

Debbie has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the College of William and Mary, a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. She has designed and delivered a variety of seminars to allow individuals to reach their highest potential both in the public and private sectors.

Her career highlights include working at EDS (Hewlett Packard) as a Developer and Project and Program Manager in Information Technology for 23 years and at Cartesian, Inc as a Program Manager for 8 years.

 

Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina

Amy Gau, PMP

Amy Gau is a project management instructor through university programs and small business administration workshops. She has a talent for effectively communicating technical information to various audiences. Amy is the owner of ANS Technical Ventures, formerly known as Successful Projects AG, a company that provides project management consultants and customized training to companies and individuals.

Her customized training includes building a useful business case, building project management processes, leading a project in a team environment, and negotiating an effective plan.

While working at IBM, she formalized her project management passion with end-to-end project management of global projects across multiple areas, including IT, marketing, manufacturing and sales.

She has received outstanding achievement awards for her work and has been a conference presenter for Showcase and IBM products. Amy has more than 19 years of experience leading projects for a wide range of companies to include large international IT companies and small non-profit organizations.

Her specialty is helping organizations implement workable plans to reach their objectives with efficient use of limited resources and has been honored with the Hometown Hero Award by the city of Rochester, MN for her projects that had a significant positive financial impact on the city.

Amy has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Physics and has completed post-graduate work in Industrial Engineering.

Location: Rochester, Minnesota Region

Dan O’Neil, PMP, PgMP

Dan O’Neil is a senior project manager for the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. In that role, he leads strategic projects, including video visits allowing patients to meet remotely with physicians and clinical redesign leveraging technology and the patient-provider relationship. He has developed and delivered programs that integrate technology and customer service, yielding results across a wide variety of industries – defense, entertainment, transportation, and health care.

He is a West Point graduate who served over 10 years in the US Army and attained the rank of major. His military experience included command of combat engineer companies in Europe, the US and the Mideast as well service on planning staffs at battalion, brigade, and division levels. Following his military service, Dan worked for the Atlanta Olympic Committee, the Walt Disney Company, and Northwest Airlines (now Delta Airlines).

Working together with others at Mayo, Dan has created course offerings in communications, leadership and Disney-style customer service for health care.

Dan earned an MBA with a Health Sector Focus from Duke University and an MS in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is dedicated to helping students complete their personal and professional objectives.

Location: Rochester, Minnesota Area

Industries: Construction, Manufacturing

Geoffrey West, PMP

Geoffrey started his career in the construction industry in 1991 as a commercial and residential framing contractor. He traveled across the country building Western Auto, NTW, Coastal Marts and custom homes. He also worked in a metal fabrication and machine shop, in his free time. By 1998, Geoffrey was working for a Construction Management firm building public schools across the state. He started as a superintendent and worked up through assistant PM, PM then Building Program Manager. In 2012 he moved to the general contractor side and started retail, financial, medical and restaurant construction. Along with the public school and athletic facilities projects he has built SMG movie theaters, DaVita and FMC dialysis clinics, Capital One banks, Granite City Food and Brewery, Raising Canes, Austin Java, multiple tilt-wall warehouse / retail buildings along with City of Austin and TFC projects. Geoffrey earned his PMP certification in 2012 and has taught the PMP Exam prep classes since 2013.

Location: Austin, TX

 

Blog: JP Stewart Blog
Industries: IT, Pharma,  Financial

Jim Stewart, PMP, IC-Agile Coach

As Principal of JP Stewart Consulting LLC since 2003, Jim is a certified PMP® and possesses multiple Agile certifications including IC-Agile coach. Jim is a long-time member of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and served for several years on the board of the local chapter. He has, for many years, taught and developed courseware for PMP® classes and co-developed an Agile 101 online course for Successful Projects.

With over 25 years’ experience in project management, Jim has managed numerous multi-million-dollar international infrastructure. pharmaceutical and software development programs. As Program Manager for Genuity, Jim spearheaded the implementation of its award-winning $20M Virtual Private Network service.

Since going solo in 2003, Jim has implemented several PMOs, worked on projects rolling out software such as Salesforce and Workday, acted as Scrum Master for startups and, most recently, provided resource management for a major retail company. He is currently working with a global pharmaceutical as Agile coach to assist them in guiding their teams. He is co-author of the book How to Facilitate Productive Project Planning Meetings.

Lane Peters, PMP, PE

Lane Peters is an engaging instructor with expertise managing engineering and construction projects.  He frequently uses real world examples from his past projects to enhance students learning.  Lane has extensive knowledge in both the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PmBOK®) and the construction extension to the PmBOK.

Lane has over 15 years experience managing engineering and construction projects in the electric utility field.   He is currently Site Manager of Dairyland Power Cooperatives’ Genoa Generating Site.  He has managed many diverse projects ranging from nuclear dry cask storage to air quality control retrofits on large coal fired generation plants valued at over 100 million dollars.

Lane has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University, an MBA from Viterbo University and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Wisconsin.

Location: Greater La Crosse Area, Wisconsin

Ángel Águeda Barrero, PMP, PRINCE2

Ángel Agueda is an excellent instructor with expertise in agile project management and global IT project management knowledge. He is known to teach in a manner that is enjoyable for students as he uses business games to assist in learning project management essentials. Ángel has a long list of certifications in Project Management: PMP, PMI-ACP, PRINCE2, MSP (Managing Successful Programmes), MoP (Managing of Portfolios), P3O (Portofolio, Programmes and Project Offices), Scrum Master, Product Owner.  His focus is to improve project management competencies of accidental or vocational project managers and improve the maturity of organizations by teaching project management in business schools through collaboration with Project Management Institute’s Madrid Spain Chapter.   He is currently an independent trainer and project management consultant and has over 25 years of experience in software development and implementation of business solutions for companies such as Microsoft, ING, Siebel and Informática El Corte Inglés,as well as a variety of other international clients.

Ángel has a Masters degree in Information Technology and a Masters in Management Information Systems and Communication.

Location: Madrid, Spain

Eric Rogers, PMP

Eric Rogers has an enthusiastic teaching style that engages students through his experience as a project manager in the fast-paced construction industry. Eric is an excellent mentor for construction project management students and is fluent in understanding the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PmBOK®) and the construction extension to the PmBOK.

Eric has over 5 years of construction project management experience and is currently the Project Manager within the utility division of M.J. Electric. Here he manages electric, fiber optic, telephone, and cable construction projects ranging from $50,000 to $15 million. Eric suggests that construction project managers start with a good understanding of the PmBOK but also encourages individuals to read the Construction Extension to the PmBOK.

Eric has a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Northern Michigan University. He also has a Certificate in Project Management from the Frank P. Saladis Certificate in Project Management Program through the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.

Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Ahmed Zouhair, PMP

Mr. Zouhair is a project and program management practitioner with more than 20 years of professional services experience Teaching, Training and consulting in Project and Program Management for various fortune 500 companies.

Ahmed is the founder of the Project Management Training and Consulting, Inc. A consulting small business organization that provides training and consulting in project management.  Ahmed has an extensive experience in IT Projects, ITIL, Agile/Scrum and PMO. Ahmed is the founder of the Austin Project Management Toastmasters club and the Central Texas College (CTC) Project Management Program.  Ahmed has a bachelor’s in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993 and a Master’s of Science from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1999.  He is pursuing a DBA program at Incarnate Word University in San Antonio, TX. He is also an active volunteer with the Austin Project Management Institute and SCORE.

Located: Austin, TX

Industries: Telecommunications, software, defense, R&D, international development, healthcare, and insurance

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Bruce Gay, PMP, CSM

Bruce Gay helps individuals improve their project management skills, become better leaders, and achieve professional greatness. Bruce has over two decades of experience managing large, complex programs and customer relationships across multiple industries. He is owner of Astrevo, a consulting firm that provides project management training and coaching. Bruce enjoys “getting things done” and working collaboratively with others to solve hard problems.

Bruce is a well-received speaker in the areas of design thinking and project management, cross-team collaboration, and AI tools for projects, and has presented at regional and international conferences. For the past 15+ years, Bruce managed product teams that incorporated UX Design and Design Thinking methodologies into their product development processes.

Bruce lives in Pittsburgh, USA with his wife, two daughters, and his two dogs. Bruce is an active volunteer within the project management community and has served as Director of Corporate Sponsorship for the PMI Pittsburgh chapter for several years.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

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I’m so glad I decided to take the [Certificate in Project Management] course, it gave me a great introduction to the concepts and practices of project management. I am excited to continue learning and am hoping to move into the project management career field in the future. I have started to apply project management techniques to several projects I am currently in charge of. Amy was wonderful, she gave me a great real-life perspective of project management and showed me that I already practice project management in my job. She taught me how to take what I was already doing and put it into the project management framework. I still have a lot to learn but feel confident in my ability to continue in this area of work.  (Instructor: Amy Gau)
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