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PMI group working toward chapter status

JACKSON — Thanks to the support of the Project Management Institute (PMI) New Orleans chapter and a local business leader, Mississippi is getting a PMI chapter.

John Mahoney, planning and innovations leader at Jackson-based Entergy Nuclear, convinced his former New Orleans chapter to support the development of the only Mississippi chapter. The precursor to chapter status is forming a “Jackson Community” group that is self-sustaining.

Mahoney said, “We are initially funded by the New Orleans group, and now, with continuous support by member-companies like Siemens, local fundraising to offset expenses and the membership of other high-visibility groups like the Corps of Engineers, this volunteer effort is off the ground and running.

PMI is an advocate for the project management profession worldwide. Founded in 1969, it has more than 420,000 members and credential holders in more than 170 countries.

Jackson meeting notices go out to more than 196 people from 36 organizations with a membership that includes 28 nationally certified management professionals. The local group offers educational programs for the price of dinner at the Jackson restaurant Sal & Mookie’s. Recent monthly meetings have included Chris Jones, senior project manager with Neel-Schaffer Inc., Cheryl Crawford, project manager with Crawford Consulting, and Robbe Mahaffey, PMP, manager of the Enterprise Infrastructure Management Group for Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company.

The New Orleans PMI chapter is also exploring a second Mississippi chapter in Pascagoula.

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