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Meet Joanna Durand, Global Head EPMO & Enabling Services, TD Bank and a Featured Speaker at IIL’s IPM Day 2017

If you were to have a conversation with Joanna Durand about her career and her wealth of accomplishments, you would think that everything was perfectly planned and executed—just like an ideal project. However, Joanna more accurately ‘fell into’ project management as part of a career change from stockbroker to supporting a merger between two financial institutions. As part of that learning experience, she had the opportunity to gain knowledge from one of the Big 5 Consulting Firms, Accenture. Under their tutelage, Joanna began to learn the job of project manager, without knowing that it was an important profession—one that would soon define her fast-paced career.

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Horst Construction Features Partner, Providence Engineering Corporation

Providence has been working with Horst Construction since 1992—beginning with Horst’s corporate headquarters, followed by two major performing arts projects, American Music Theatre and Sight & Sound Theatres. Horst has also partnered with Providence for several Lancaster Bible College projects, numerous church projects, auto dealerships, work with West Pharmaceuticals, and many other projects over the years.

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IIL Features Dr. Jeff Sutherland, Inventor and Co-Creator of Scrum

In addition to its rugby roots, Scrum also can attribute its beginnings to two Japanese thought leaders. Scrum was modeled after “The New New Product Development Game” by Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka, published in the Harvard Business Review in 1986. Nonaka was hired by the Japanese government after World War II to help analyze why they lost the war. Takeuchi is considered to be one of the top ten business school professors in the world.

According to Dr. Jeff Sutherland, “Together their formal model has led us down the path to an extraordinary implementation of their vision of Scrum project management. Both of these teachers are surprised and impressed with the wide-spread adoption of Scrum in software.”

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Horst’s Top Ten Tips for an Efficient Project Meeting

Making sure that project meetings are efficient—and useful—is no small task, so we asked one of our Project Managers, Jake Moyer, to share his advice on the subject.

“As a project manager, I am generally the person running the meeting. Therefore, it is my duty to ensure that the meeting stays on task. It is critical to the project that I stand my ground regarding expectations and conflicts, acting as the owner’s best advocate at all times.”

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Horst Construction Special Services Group is Completing Several New Projects

Horst’s Special Services Group acts as an extension of your facilities team–whether planning for the future or addressing emergency repairs. Horst employs a staff of qualified field employees that understand what it takes to manage projects and minimize disruptions to your business during construction and renovation. With the Horst Special Services Group, you can be confident that quality workmanship is never compromised, no matter the size of your project.

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IIL Announces 14th Annual International Project Management Day Online Conference

International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL) is pleased to announce that its 14th annual IPM Day virtual conference will go live on Thursday, November 2. The conference is for project management professionals and other business leaders utilizing project management principles and practices, and it is expected to attract over 50,000 attendees from some of the largest and most respected companies around the world.

This year’s theme—People, Passion, and Purpose in a Digital Age—reflects the sweeping changes in our business environment.

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Horst Builds Worship Center and Relationships with Fellowship Church

Early in his career, Pastor Marc Ramirez was involved with a church construction project in Florida. When ministry interruptions arose, the construction company was inflexible and lacked knowledge or understanding of church ministry. No surprise that the building process was fraught with challenges. Fast-forward to Pastor Marc’s leadership role in the construction project for Fellowship Church in Dallas, PA, today. After learning about Horst Construction, he stated, “This is the kind of company we want to work with.” With this project, he’s experiencing a completely different mindset—and vastly improved working relationship.

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Markitects Granted WBE Re-Certification for 2017

Markitects, Inc. was recently re-certified as a National Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). This certification affirms that Markitects is a woman-owned, operated, and controlled business. WBENC’s national standard of certification is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women. This coincides with Markitects’ celebrated twentieth year in business.

Francine Carb, Founder and CEO of Markitects, owns 100% of the business and is an award-winning member of the business community, where she is affiliated with many organizations throughout the Philadelphia region, including Entrepreneur’s Forum of Philadelphia, Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures, Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT), and the Forum of Executive Women.

About Markitects
Markitects, Inc., founded in 1994, specializes in strategic marketing communications and product launches. The agency, known for its long-standing expertise in B2B technology marketing, has served over 200 clients in the technology, science and engineering fields since its inception. A two-time Philly 100 award winner, the agency provides market research, advertising, public relations, visual communications, outsourced marketing, social media, and digital marketing services to its clients. Learn more at www.markitects.com.

About WBENC
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council is the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC is a resource for the more than 700 US companies and government agencies that rely on WBENC’s certification as an integral part of their supplier diversity programs.

Horst Highlights Their Relationship with Cornerstone Design-Architects

As a Lancaster County farm boy, Dale R. Yoder, AIA, President of Cornerstone Design-Architects, had no idea what a lifelong influence his ninth grade drafting teacher would have on his career. Having an aptitude for both architecture and theology, Dale went on to earn dual degrees in order to pursue his interests—an Architecture degree from Temple University, and later a Master of Arts degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Many years and hundreds of projects later, Dale speaks about his background and partnered projects with Horst Construction.

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Horst Features New Covenant Christian School

James Hubbard, a Brit by birth, came to the U.S. in the late 1980’s under a basketball scholarship. At the time, he thought he would return to the U.K. after graduation, but his faith took him in another direction. After transferring to Messiah College where he majored in Exercise Physiology, his journey took him to Kutztown University as Assistant Provost, and eventually to New Covenant Christian School. James was also on the Board at Lebanon Free Church, where he initially met the Horst team when they were proposing new construction for the Church.

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