Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Message from Greater Tampa Bay Chapter President

One of our favorite chapter presidents is Frank Shines. This young brother is using his project management and leadership skills to take the BDPA Greater Tampa Bay chapter to new heights. Here is message he shared with his chapter members and supporters this month:

BDPA Members and Friends,

On behalf of the BDPA Greater Tampa Bay
leadership team I want to thank you all for a very successful 2008 and wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

We've got an extraordinary line-up in 2009, so don't miss out. Here are some highlights:

  • Jan 20th: Lean Six Sigma 2.0.* Frank Shines will present a 40 minute presentation followed by Q&A as a guest speaker to about 80-100 biz leaders and customers of Pilgrim Software, a Tampa Bay hi-tech company specializing in Enterprise Compliance and Quality software. Details will be posted next week on

  • Jan 22nd: Next monthly meeting and call-in*. Chapter president will present a 'State of the Chapter' update and an exciting and upbeat motivational session on 'Recession-Proofing Your Career and the Power of Persuasion'. Details at

  • Feb 15-21: Family Technology Awareness Week*: In an effort to help close the digital divide, the BDPA Greater Tampa Bay chapter in conjuction with IBM and the Computer Mentors Group will participate in a series of weeklong events designed to provide bring technology awareness to at-risk youth and their families. Details will be posted on next week.

  • March 19th: Inaugural Golf Charity Event at MacDill AFB Golf Course.* We need golf players, volunteers and sponsors. Proceeds will benefit 15 at-risk youth that will be trained by BDPA members at the Computer Mentors Group facility in preparation for the 2009 National BDPA High School Computer Competition in Raleigh, NC. Winners will receive national exposure, college scholarships, tech gadgets and computers as well as cash rewards from such companies at IBM, Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase and others.

  • Ongoing Monthly Meetings (each 4th Thursday at 6pm ET):* Some topics for 2009: Improving Your Public Speaking, How to Manage a Virtual Project Team, Developing Executive Presence for Career Advancement, Managing Your Online Reputation, Why On Demand and Cloud Computing Will Thrive During the Recession, Polishing Your Skills for the Next Big Thing in Biz & Tech, Entrepreneurship / Intrapreneurship and much more.

  • Monthly Management and Leadership Development Webinars* on topics such as Creating Biz Cases & Value Propositions, Project Management, Business Strategy 101, How to Lead Change, SAP, Web Apps & Zoho, Digital Signage...
We wish you all the best in 2009 and look forward to seeing you in person or online. The "in-person" events listed above occur at:

PriceWaterhouseCoopers, 3109 W. MLK Jr. Blvd,
Building Lake Pointe I, 6th Floor, Room 6097
(near the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium)

The online events listed above can be reach via your computer or telephone:

Conference Call: (312) 780-0467, access code 139-000-329 Meeting ID: 139-000-329

Happy New Year!
Frank Shines, President
BDPA Greater Tampa Bay Chapter
Mobile: 813-345-5325
Skype: FShines

BDPA Greater Tampa Bay chapter is currently the 36th largest chapter in the nation. However, I am confident that they will grow their membership significantly in the coming weeks and months. What are your thoughts about Frank's message?

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