Several years ago, there was a Monterey Bay Chapter of the Project Management Institute. This chapter was centered around the Naval Postgraduate School and did not reflect the diversity of corporate and government activity in the Monterey Bay Area. Consequently, the chapter had a low draw and eventually dissolved. The Silicon Valley Chapter subsequently assumed geographic responsibility for the Monterey Bay Area.
In the summer of 2003, two informational meetings were hosted by J.L. White International, at which the possibility of forming a Monterey chapter was discussed. At the first meeting, in May, most of the attendees were from CTB/McGraw Hill. The primary concern was that the chapter have a diverse membership, so as to avoid the fate of the previous incarnation of the chapter. The possibility of forming as a subchapter of Silicon Valley was also raised. At the second meeting, in
June, there were representatives from a variety of companies and government agencies. It was at that meeting that we decided there was sufficient interest to proceed with forming our own chapter. Dr. Wells offered to make a donation to get the chapter started along with a matching grant from UC Santa Cruz. A core group of individuals who were ready to volunteer for leadership positions in the potential chapter met at Dr. Wells’ house.
We discussed general chapter structure, nominated interim officers, and formed the Programs and Membership committees. Following this meeting, we entered the formal chapter formation process, with our Interim President (Andrew Kennedy) as the
Chapter Sponsor. In what proved to be a lightening-fast process of incorporating, gathering the requisite number of members, and completing numerous administrative steps, we held our kickoff meeting in September of 2003. We are fully chartered as of January 14, 2004, and our logo was approved by PMI on December 1, 2003.