Project Management Institute Northeast Ohio Chapter Announces Local Kerzner Award Winners


January 21, 2017

USA, Ohio, Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

Named for project management industry icon, Dr. Harold Kerzner, the prestigious Kerzner Awards for the year 2016 honor the elite of project management success in Northeast Ohio.  

2016-POY-Winner-KeyBank-Daniel-Svoboda-and-Dr-KerznerThe first award announced by the Northeast Ohio Chapter was the 2016 Project of the Year Award.  This award was given to the team led by Daniel Svoboda, Project Manager at KeyBank for the bank’s Mortgage Insourcing Project.  The 2016 Project of the Year Award recognizes and honors the premier project in the Northeast Ohio area for the year as selected by PMI’s Northeast Ohio Chapter and recognizes the superior application of project management principles, particularly the industry standard Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK 5th Edition), in the planning, design, and the importance of and challenges encountered and implementation of the project.  This project was considered to be exceptionally challenging for the following reasons: 

·         Over a two year timeline, the project accomplished the procurement of a Loan Origination System and training of over 400 mortgage employees across 14 states. Prior to this project, KeyBank outsourced the majority of their mortgage operations.   

·         The acquisition of First Niagara Bank brought a new servicing solution, moved the planned fulfillment center from new hires in Cleveland to existing staff in Buffalo, and added 100 additional loan officers to the rollout scope. 

·         Creation of new policy, procedures and job aides; partnership and review with three lines of risk and compliance teams.

 Among the many benefits of the KeyBank Insourcing Project are: 

·      The Bank is now able to grow it’s mortgage business without former technological limits placed on KeyBank’s mortgage business.   

·         Through this insourcing project, KeyBank now has more control over its costs, helping the Bank to offer a better deal to its mortgage customers. 

·         The Bank’s mortgage sales staff has been given a more streamlined, end to end process tool that improves mortgage customer’s experience by making the mortgage application process easier through more efficient data collection, eSign and eDelivery of documents. 

·         Significant increase in mortgage lending to Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) qualified communities that KeyBank serves. 

2016-PME-Winner-Todd-Jones-and-Dr-KerznerIn addition, PMI’s Northeast Ohio Chapter also awarded The Project Management Excellence Award which was presented to Todd Jones, PMP (“Project Management Professional”) and PMI-ACP (“Agile Certified Practitioner”).   This award recognizes and honors the individual demonstrating the most significant contributions and continual commitment to the project management profession; enhancing project management concepts, practices and techniques during the year 2016.  Todd’s 23-year career has been spent entirely at Westfield Insurance - as a developer, architect, testing leader, and project manager.  As a Sr. Project Manager, he has led dozens of business & technology projects with a proven track record of satisfied sponsors and motivated, happy team members.   Todd also was selected to participate in Todd was selected for Project Management Institutes Leadership Institute Master Class, an intense, year-long leadership training program.  Todd graduated from this program in 2016. 

Finally, speaking on the topic Project Management 2.0 / 3.0, The Future of Project Management, Dr. . Harold Kerzner who was the featured speaker at this event said that “Project Management is fast becoming a “strategic competency” for survival by many companies.  He went on to say that project management is at the forefront of the 4th industrial revolution, with over 10,000 developers currently working on project management applications for use on smartphones and tablets.  Within a short time, he said that project managers will be totally mobile, with responsibility for the management of projects being interactively distributed across teams located in different areas of the world.  Critical information and metrics will be available to team members instantaneously, further increasing the pace of innovation and development of new products and services for the benefit of consumers and businesses the world over.  Considered by many to be both a pioneer and thought leader within the industry, Dr. Kerzner is currently serving as Senior Executive Director for Project Management for the International Institute for Learning (IIL).   Dr. Kerzner has a MS and Ph.D. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Utah State University. He has taught engineering at the University of Illinois and business administration at Utah State University and for 37 years taught project management at Baldwin-Wallace University. He has published or presented numerous engineering and business papers, and has published more than 50 college textbooks on project management. His three latest books are (1) PM 2.0: The Future of Project Management; (2) Project Management Metrics, KPIs and Dashboards, and (3) Project Recovery: Case Studies and Techniques for Overcoming Project Failure.  In his role at the International Institute for Learning (IIL), Dr. Kerzner travels around the world each year conducting project management lectures in Japan, China, Russia, Brazil, The United Arab Emirates, Singapore, South Africa, Germany, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, France, Italy, England and Switzerland.     



Project Management Institute is the world's leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession.  Founded in 1969, Project Management Institute (PMI) delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. As part of the PMI family, Human Systems International (HSI) provides organizational assessment and benchmarking services to leading businesses and government.  PMI has over 280 geographic chapters in more than 185 countries. Worldwide membership in PMI® is more than 700,000 professionals. The non-profit PMI Northeast Ohio Chapter serves as the premier professional association for Project Managers and for the project management profession in the powerful Cleveland-Akron-Canton Combined Statistical Area.  With over 1,400 local members, the Northeast Ohio Chapter is considered one of the largest PMI chapters. Additional information can be found at and, for the local chapter at


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