Sunday, January 31, 2010

PMI - Northern California Chapter 1976

Executive Committee
  • President: Gerry Fuentes / Robert Duke (after March)
  • Secretary / Treasurer: John Igoe
  • VP Functional Operations: Robert Polvi
  • Program Committee Chairman: Marc Caspe
  • Facilities Committee Chairman: Cal Rutherford
  • co-Chairman: John Trevenen
  • Education & Prof. Dev. Committee Chair: Don Keener
  • VP Member Services: Sami Haddad
  • Industry & Company Coordinator: (vacant?)
  • Membership Committee Chairman: Wally Kruse, Oz West
  • Public Relations Committee Chairman: Horst Richter

Advisory Committee
  • Steven White Bechtel
  • Charles Buck Brown & Root, Inc
  • Donald MacDonald, H.K. Ferguson
  • Robert Duke Fluor Utah, Inc.
  • Bryce Bennett Int’l Engineering
  • Vic Cole Kaiser Engineers

Note: Several others were on a list dated 7/26/76, as being members of the Executive Committee: Bruce Moen, Robert Magann, Douglas Mitchell, Dan Brand, and Harold Rhodes. Their roles were not listed.

Programs ($10 members, $15 non-members) “The State-Of-The-Art in Project Management”
A unique opportunity to learn successful management techniques, as employed by major Bay Area firms.
Dinner meetings were held on the third Wednesday of the month in the San Francisco Engineers’ Club (Sansome @ Pine)
Dinner mtg main program speaker *
  • 5/12/76 An Overview of Project Management, Marc Caspe
  • 6/2/76 State-Of-The-Art Report by Bechtel Corporation, Fred Hollenbach, Project Operations
  • 9/15/76 State-Of-The-Art Report by Brown & Root, Charles Buck, VP & General Manager
  • 10/20/76 State-Of-The-Art Report by Fluor Utah, Inc., Robert Duke, VP Project Operations
  • 11/17/76 State-Of-The-Art Report by H.K. Ferguson, John Trevenen, Mgr Support Services
  • 12/15/76 State-Of-The-Art Report by International Engineering Co., Inc. Marc Caspe, Chief Engineer
  • 1/18/77 State-Of-The-Art Report by Kaiser Engineers Donald Keener, Training Consultant
  • 2/16/77 State-Of-The-Art Report by Arthur Mc Kee Robert Magann, Asst Mgr Operations 3/16/77 Evaluation of System Strengths Panel: Gerry Fuentes, moderator
  • 4/20/77 Identification of Potential Enhancements to the State-Of-The-Art Panel: Prof. John Fondahl, moderator
  • 5/18/77 Implementation of Viable Enhancements to the State-Of-The-Art Panel: Pres, PMI-NCC (1977)

* Per Bruce Moen, these were not necessarily the speakers – in some cases it was a higher level person in their company (e.g. the Advisory Committee members). These people listed were put on the brochure, but by the time the dinner meetings came around, the speakers may have changed.


Professional Development
  • Jun 11-13, 1976 1st Annual Regional Asilomar Conference “The Constancy of Change in Project Management”

  • PMI membership dues: $30
  • July 1976 document: Position descriptions, duties and responsibilities for:
  • President, Secretary, Treasurer, VP Operations, VP Member Services
  • Committees – Duties and responsibilities for:
  • Advisory Committee Education and Professional Development
  • Executive Committee Industry and Company Coordinators
  • Nominating Committee Membership Committee
  • Program Committee Public Relations Committee
  • Facilities Committee
Purpose of the Advisory Committee
Per summer ’88 newsletter: The concept of an Advisory Committee was first introduced to PMI by our chapter. Senior representatives leading Bay Area industries and universities provide guidance, council and assistance to the Chapter. They review the programs for the year, review Asilomar plans, and review key policy issues that may need resolution.

1976: Steve V. White became an “Honorary Life Member of PMI”

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

PMI - Northern California Chapter 1975

Executive Committee Advisory Committee
For PMI Seminar / Symposium in SF on Oct. 19-22, 1975:
President: Wally Kruse (acting)
Secretary/Treasurer: John Igoe
Conference Chairman: Edwin Ekholm
Facilities: Don and Mary Marsh
Services & Registration: Mike Iverson
Speaker & Social: Keith Crandall
Technical Program: Dr. Linn Stuckenbruck
Finance: Thomas Tebben
Ladies Program: Mrs. J. Fondahl (note that John Fondahl was then President of PMI National)
Programs ($__ members, $__ non-members)
Dinner mtg main program speaker(s)
Per Bruce Moen’s recollection:
Nov ’75 dinner meeting had approx. 10 attendees. When they arrived at the restaurant where the meeting was supposed to be held, they found they didn’t have a reservation, so they went to another restaurant around the corner. Then Bruce went to work on a job in Indonesia for a couple of months. When he came back, he said the April dinner meeting had approximately 100 attendees! He attributed the incredible growth to the strong Advisory Committee commitment, and competition between the companies (which he thinks was Marc Caspe’s idea?). Apparently if a manager was the presenter, many employees would come from that company. Then competition started, as each of the Advisory Committee members took turns giving presentations -- and the Construction companies didn’t want the other ones to “out-do” them.

Professional Development
Oct 19-22, 1975 7th Annual PMI Seminar / Symposium, San Francisco
Keynote “A World Perspective on Resource Management”, Walter Hickel
Luncheon “What Happened to Project Independence?” Dr. Eneas Kane, VP Standard Oil of CA
Panel “Management of Energy Resources”
Panel “Large Project Management”
Constitution & Bylaws (no date) – Items of note:

  • General area of operation includes, but not limited to, that area of the state of California north of the southern boundaries of Monterey, Kings, Tulare and Inyo counties.

  • Except for he first elected officers, all elected officers assume full responsibility for their respective offices during their 2nd year in office. First year they function in assisting capacity.

  • All elected officers serve a period of 2 years

  • Fiscal year: Jan 1st – Dec 31st

From the History section of “The State-of-the-Art of Project Management” document:
When San Francisco was selected as the site of the 1975 National PMI Symposium, it was obvious that more members and increased support from local companies was imperative. It was decided that the most expedient and available source of support would be the major Engineering-Construction firms in the Bay Area. Accordingly, Wally Kruse approached key representatives of this industry to solicit their support and their recommendation of qualified people to serve as officers for the 1976 calendar year. Steve White of Bechtel and Jack Havard of Kaiser Engineers provided the required assistance. Candidates for the Presidencey and two Vice Presidents were invited to serve and were duly elected. Other individuals were nominated to serve on the Symposium staff and succeeded in organizing an extremely successful convention.

Monday, January 4, 2010

PMI - Northern California Chapter 1973 - 1974

Wallace Kruse,  Dan Brand,  Karen L. West,  Ozro E. West, Mary Marsh, Harry C. Teel, Jr., J.B. Violette
John F. Igoe, Richard W. Cloues

According to documents found on the history of the Northern California Chapter, the Chapter was chartered in 1973. According to PMI National, the actual charter document was dated Jan. 1, 1974, but as they pointed out, who was working on Jan 1st?!?

From the History section of “The State-of-the-Art of Project Management” document:
The Northern California Chapter of the Project Management Institute (NCC/PMI) evolved as a formal organization in late 1973. Early founders represented Architectural-Engineering consultants (A/E), Aerospace and Engineering-Construction (E/C) firms. Development proceeded slowly until midyear 1975 with infusion of other industries. Prominent among members actively involved on the executive committee at that time were Wally Kruse, Karen and Oz West, Mary and Don Marsh, John Igoe, Horst Ritcher, Gary Still and Dan Brand, with others participating on a transitory basis.