PMI East Tennessee Chapter



Michael Veltri

Michael Veltri - Keynote Speaker

Michael Veltri is a leadership expert, battle-hardened business executive, and Nationwide Bestselling author. Recognizing that success in business and life is created by the daily decisions we make, Michael elevates teams, fuel-injects leadership, and improves business performance through better decision-making practices.

From ancient Japanese warriors to brain science, from business titans to academic research, Michael tapped wide-ranging resources to develop a groundbreaking model for better decision making that leads to exponential leadership growth and peak performance with balance, not burnout. Simple, elegant, and effective, Michael's approach has positively impacted some of the world’s most successful organizations, brands, and leaders.

Michael is also a cancer survivor, decorated U.S. Marine veteran, and master-instructor in classical Japanese martial arts. He brings his business savvy, martial arts discipline, and Marine Corps leadership to every keynote speech inspiring, motivating, and educating audiences worldwide.

Rick Morris - Keynote Speaker

Rick A. Morris, PMP, is a certified Scrum Agile Master, Human Behavior Consultant, best-selling author, mentor, and evangelist for project management.

Rick is an accomplished project manager and public speaker. His appetite for knowledge and passion for the profession makes him an internationally sought-after speaker delivering keynote presentations for large conferences and PMI events around the world. 

He holds the PMP (Project Management Professional), MPM (Masters of Project Management), Scrum Agile Master, sAFE, PMI-ACP, Six Sigma Green Belt, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, TQM, ATM-S, ITIL, ISO certifications, and is on the Presidents Advisory Council and an Executive Director for the John Maxwell Team.  Rick is the Owner of R2 Consulting, LLC and has worked for organizations such as GE, Xerox, and CA and has consulted to numerous clients in a wide variety of industries including financial services, entertainment, construction, non-profit, hospitality, pharmaceutical, retail, and manufacturing.

Rick has over 100 implementations of Project and Portfolio Management and Agile systems including Clarity, Project Server, Planview, Primavera, Daptiv, Agile Central, Workfront, and many others. Rick has three previous books The Everything Project Management Book, 2nd Edition, Project Management That Works!, and Stop Playing Games!  His latest book No Day But Today! is an Amazon #1 best seller.  Rick has collaborated with some of the best in the business contributing chapters and insight to several publications including the Amazon #1 best seller Agile Almanac – Book 2. Rick also appears weekly on his live radio show “The Work/Life Balance” on the Voice America

Rick Morris

Breakout Session Speakers

Dayle Beyer

For over 25 years, Dayle Beyer has inspired excellence in thousands of people around the world by providing international best practice tools and techniques of project management, business analysis, team building and leadership development to drive successful organizational change initiatives, provide best practices for exam preparation, PMO and COE success, and facilitate people, process, product and system improvements.

As an exam preparation specialist, Dayle holds numerous best-in-class project management, business analysis, and process improvement certifications such as:

  • Project Management Institute Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP)
  • Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)
  • Project Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB)
  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

Dayle Beyer

Karen Fitchpatrick

Karen Fitchpatrick

Karen has been working in Technical Project and Product Management for over 25 years. After earning an MBA at Vanderbilt University, she applied her skills in project management and execution for various companies in Chicago, LA and Knoxville, focusing in the media and entertainment industries. Over the course of her career, Karen has worked for notable companies such as MGM, Spelling Entertainment, Scripps Networks, Panasonic, Rockport, and the Rockefeller Institute. Since joining Pilot Flying J in 2017, she worked on executing and delivering IT projects ranging from public-facing websites to critical tools for Pilot Flying J’s Sales team.

As a lifelong technologist, Karen is passionate about highlighting women in technology and has been working with various groups to draw more women to technology at Pilot Flying J.

Karen holds PMP and Scrum Master Certifications.

Connie Inman

Mrs. Inman has recently joined the TEAMHealth organization in Knoxville, TN as the Director, Clinician Compensation Administration Program. She is an engaged leader with 20+ years’ experience in IT Project, Portfolio, and Program Management. She has a passion for continuous process improvement, strategy development, and leading & developing high-performing teams. Mrs. Inman has stood up several IT and Enterprise PMOs that remain in operation today. She received her PMP credentials in 2000, her B.S. and MBA from Nova Southeastern University and she is an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Connie Inman

Barry Mathis

Barry Mathis

Barry Mathis is a Principal within the Compliance Advisory service line at PYA, a professional services firm specializing in healthcare consulting and certified public accounting in all 50 states. Barry has nearly three decades of experience in the information technology (IT) and healthcare industries as a CIO, CTO, senior IT audit manager, and IT risk management consultant.  He has performed and managed complicated HIPAA security reviews and audits for some of the most sophisticated hospital systems in the country.  Barry is a visionary, creative, results-oriented senior-level healthcare executive with demonstrated experience in planning, developing, and implementing complex information-technology solutions to address business opportunities, while reducing IT risk and exposure.  He is adept at project and crisis management, troubleshooting, problem solving, and negotiating.  Barry has strong technical capabilities combined with outstanding presentation skills and professional pride.  He is a prudent risk taker with proficiency in IT risk management, physician relations, strategic development, and employee team building.

Barry is a member of United States Marine Corps, Health Care Compliance Association, Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors, Healthcare Information Management Systems Society and Information Systems Audit and Control Association.  He was an Honor Graduate in Systems Programming from the United States Marine Corps Computer Sciences School (MCCDC) in Quantico, VA.  He is a Certified COBOL Programmer, a Certified Database Management Specialist, and a Certified Cyber Security Framework Practitioner.


Tim Purcell - Panel Moderator

Tim Purcell is the current Senior Director of the IT PMO and has been with PFJ for over 24 years. Tim currently leads the Program Management process for multiple and ongoing major initiatives at PFJ. Tim is a member of the PFJ EPMO governance leadership. He supports and helps choreograph key PFJ teams in the areas of Strategy, Communications and Leadership.

Previous responsibilities at Pilot include Senior Director of the Office of Change Management, Director of Strategic Excellence, Core Team member of the PFJ Ignite cultural effort and 20 years as a Director of Marketing that included Promotional planning, Creative Services, Deli Food development, Store Layouts, Product planograms, Billboard purchasing, Facility Revenue and more. Tim developed store level marketing training (1996), site by site POGs and store layouts (1999), the PFJ “Best Coffee on the Interstate” program (2003), myPilot loyalty program (2003), PFJs social media program (2010) and more during his tenure at PFJ.

Tim’s previous experience was in Marketing as VP of a chain of Convenience stores in New York. He has an AAS degree in Fine Arts earned in 1983. He is a board member on the Knoxville region of the Salvation Army and a former board member of Knoxville based the non-profit “The Joy of Music School”. He is married to Tami (24 years) and has 2 wonderful children (young ladies now!)

Tim Purcell

Dennis Hough

Dennis Hough - Panelist

Dennis Hough is the founder of Affirm Consulting and My Business Coach. Mr. Hough’s background as a degreed industrial engineer and business process expert grew to include responsibilities for executive leadership, production management, engineering, quality assurance and program development for diverse, multidisciplinary companies. His experience leading business operations and coaching companies through growth is the cornerstone of Affirm Consulting’s reputation as a strategic hands-on partner for countless companies.

Dennis is a results-oriented leader who has been successfully guiding businesses throughout his career. His diverse leadership roles and project management experience includes program management, strategy development, daily operations and domestic and international business coordination for both manufactured goods and service-based businesses. He also has successfully led enterprise-level cross-functional teams and business development in diverse markets. Dennis has a strong background in quality systems and continuous improvement including ISO 9000, NQA-1, Lean Principles and Six Sigma.

John Jenkins - Panelist

John Jenkins is the manager of Regal Entertainment Group’s IT Project Management Office. Regal is headquartered in Knoxville, TN, and is the second largest theatre chain in the US. Regal has recently become part of the Cineworld Group of theatres, and the Regal PMO is transitioning to the Cineworld Group PMO, with oversight over CWG IT project work worldwide.

Mr. Jenkins has worked 30 years in the IT field, with 19 years of experience in IT Project Management. He has managed a changing and evolving PMO at Regal/Cineworld for 9 years. John received his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Tennessee, and MBA from Tennessee Tech. He earned his PMP certification in 2008, and is also ITIL and Scrum Master (SMC) certified.

John Jenkins

Nicole Morris

Nicole Morris - Panelist

Nicole Morris, PMP, brings 15 years progressive leadership experience in fast-paced management consulting and federal government environments. Ms. Morris currently serves as a member of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) leadership team for the United States House of Representatives and reports to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), a House Official appointed by the Speaker of the House. The CAO is responsible for House operations to include House Technology, Cybersecurity, Financial, Furnishings & Logistics, Human Resources, Communications, Procurement, Campus Food, and Child Care Center services supported by its 700 employees.

In her role as Project Transformation Office (PTO) Director, Ms. Morris is responsible for building and leading a team of experienced project managers and business analysts who provide consultation to CAO business units and ensure PTO’s frameworks, tools, and recommendations remain relevant and valuable to the organization as it evolves. The PTO’s vision is to elevate the CAO’s ability to organize and implement service improvements through standardized and collaborative project management practices for the People's House.

Prior to establishing the PTO, Ms. Morris led large enterprise projects for the CAO to include several enterprise technology infrastructure upgrades and a multi-site data center migration. Most recently, Ms. Morris led the House’s transition from the 115th to 116th Congress for the CAO supporting the second largest freshman class in CAO history. Her team is currently writing a CAO Transition Playbook that documents the activities, stakeholders and schedules of the largest collaborative effort of the CAO into a consolidated and actionable format.

Outside of public service, Ms. Morris has consulted with Executive and Legislative Branch agencies for Booz Allen Hamilton and Deloitte on topics including enterprise project and program management, service management, technology strategy and architecture, and information security. Ms. Morris holds a bachelor’s degree from Franklin Pierce University and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Morris has recently relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband and two children to escape D.C. traffic and spend more time on the lake with family.

Kathy Rollow - Panelist

Mrs. Kathy Rollow has more than 20 years of experience managing technical and programmatic activities. She currently works in ORAU’s Independent Environmental Assessment and Verification Program, serving as a program lead for business operations and director of the Atmospheric Turbulence & Diffusion Division.

Previously, Mrs. Rollow worked as the founding director of ORAU’s Project Management Office. In that position, Rollow established policies and maintain full operational responsibility for the office, facilitating best practices and serving as the catalyst for organizational and cultural implementation of project management principles.

Prior to joining ORAU, she served as a senior project manager supporting the U.S. Department of Defense in the areas of environmental remediation, investigations, characterization, and operation/maintenance for sites such as Erie Army Depot, Langley Air Force Base, and Culebra Island Site, Puerto Rico. She has also held positions supporting the National Security Agency and DOE at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Rollow holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s in management from Tusculum University. She is a certified professional project manager and is a member of the local and national chapters of the Project Management Institute.

Kathy Rollow