Elite Judges Panel Secured for THE Project 2013 College Project Management Competition

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The Western Michigan Chapter of the Project Management Institute (http://www.wmpmi.org) has finalized an elite panel of Executive Judges for THE Project 2013, an Inter-Collegiate Competition in Project Management.

THE Project 2013 will again give students a real-life business experience rather than a mere academic exercise - Fred Keller

The Western Michigan Chapter of the Project Management Institute (http://www.wmpmi.org) has finalized the panel of Executive Judges for THE Project 2013, an Inter-Collegiate Competition in Project Management.

The competition last year saw eight teams from six Colleges competing for $10,000 in prize money and the field is expected to expand to twelve schools and perhaps as many as twenty teams competing again for $10,000 for the 2013 Competition. The teams will begin the process of constructing their project plans during December of 2012.

The Executive Judges Panel performs the final adjudication and determines the three top winning teams after the final four teams present their final project plan and live presentation to the panel in Mid-April. The final four teams are selected by a seasoned Program Management (PMO) Panel after three stage gates are passed and final project plans presented by all of the teams prior to the final event. “THE Project 2013 will once again give students real-life business experience rather than a mere academic exercise” said Fred Keller, CEO of Cascade Engineering and Judge for THE Project 2012.

The Executive Judges for THE Project 2013 are;

                Fred Keller – Chairman and CEO, Cascade Engineering (returning Judge);
Fred P. Keller founded Cascade Engineering in 1973 and serves as it’s CEO and Chairman. Cascade is a leading manufacturer in the transportation, recycling, office furniture and renewable energy industries, specializing in plastic injection molding with 1,200 employees in five world-wide locations. Fred has served for over seven years on the US Department of Commerce Manufacturing council serving for two years as Chair. Fred also serves on the Board Trustees of the Kellogg Foundation and has served as a Director of Fifth Third Bank and Meijer, Inc.

                Carole Valade – Editor Grand Rapids Business Journal & Gemini Publications (returning Judge)
As Editor of Gemini Publications, Carole R. Valade is responsible for editorial policy, planning and development if publications and the editorial staff of all seven Gemini publications including Grand Rapids Magazine and the Grand Rapids Business Journal. She has received numerous awards for news and feature writing from the Associated Press and the Michigan Press Association. Among numerous recognitions, Valade was just awarded the Athena Award by the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. Valade was also awarded by Women and Leadership in the Workplace, Michigan Business & Professional Association and U.S. Regional Media Advocate of the Year Award.

                James Mitchell – Mitchell Intellectual Property Law (returning Judge)
James Mitchell specializes in pharmaceutical patent litigation, including “Hatch-Waxman” litigation, chemical patent litigation and trademark litigation. He has served on the Mayor’s task force attracting knowledge-based industry to Grand Rapids. James is a member of the Grand Rapids and American Bar Associations and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He serves on multiple community boards and his service includes many years on the Board of Control of Michigan Technological University serving two years as Chair. He is a life member of the Board of Trustees of the Michigan Tech Fund.

                Gary Granger – President/CEO the Granger Group and a board member of Ferris State University (New Judge)
Gary Granger is the founder and owner of Granger Group. He has 30 years of experience and leadership in all phases of the development process. In 1997, Gary established Granger Group to pursue his vision of achieving an extraordinary level of excellence in delivering the built environment. With Gary’s leadership, Granger Group has established partnerships and relationships leading to more than $700 million worth of successful developments. Gary is active in the community serving on many boards including the State of Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Van Andel Institute, and Ferris State University.

Joseph Jones – CEO Grand Rapids Urban League and owner of E.E. Milestone + Associates, Inc. (New judge)
Joseph Jones is the Interim President and CEO of the Grand Rapids Urban League. In this role Jones leads the development and implementation of a new strategic agenda aimed at enhancing the quality of life in the underserved urban communities of Grand Rapids. Jones, a veteran communications entrepreneur, is working to position the organization to work closer with the local business community to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, as well as to model successful professionals to up-and-coming generations. Jones has more than a decade of experience as an entrepreneur and small business owner in public relations and marketing consulting and also serves as President of E.E. Milestone + Associates, Inc., a strategic communications firm he founded in Grand Rapids.

“WMPMI is grateful to have such a stellar panel working on behalf of students and the project management profession in West Michigan” said Ted Kallman, PMP the VP of Marketing for WMPMI and the team member tasked with recruiting the Judges panel. PMI (http://www.pmi.org) is the world’s leading not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession. It has more than 700,000 members and credential holders in 185 countries with 677 of those members in the West Michigan Chapter.

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