Leadership of PMCentersUSA
Joseph A. Lukas, PMP, PE, CSM, CCP
Joseph A. Lukas is Vice President of PMCentersUSA and a thought leader and keynote presenter on the subjects of project management and business analysis. Joe’s expertise is the result of more than 30 years of experience in project management and business analysis spanning numerous industries, including manufacturing, product development, information technology and construction. Joe also has program and portfolio management as well as international projects experience.
His recognized areas of expertise include scheduling, earned-value analysis, risk management, and interpersonal skills development such as managing effectively through understanding emotional intelligence and personality styles. Joe has been a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI)® since 1985 and earned his Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification in 1992.
Joe leads the experienced and skilled consultant/instructor team for PMCentersUSA and is responsible for execution of repeatable solutions as well as the development and quality of the organization’s courseware, tools and templates. While Joe still enjoys serving as an Instructor for PMCentersUSA, he also provides PM Mentoring, Executive Coaching, and Consulting Services, and lends his expertise in the customization of private training programs for companies and organizations as part of enterprise solutions in the areas of Business Analysis and Project Management.
With more than 30 published articles on various project management topics, Joe is a frequent keynote and guest speaker at numerous PMI® and IIBA® global and chapter-level events that draw project professionals from around the world who are seeking practical ways to improve performance and meet their organization’s strategic objectives through effective project management. An Engineer by trade, Joe received the Jan Korevaar Outstanding Paper Award in 2008 on the subject of Earned Value Analysis at the combined sixth World Congress on Cost Engineering and AACE International 52nd Annual Meeting.
While living in Rochester, New York, Joe was very active with the local PMI® chapter, serving in various leadership positions including two terms as chapter President. His efforts in expanding the Rochester Chapter were recognized in 2001 when Joe received the Chapter award for outstanding contributions. Joe has also been a guest instructor on project management for many universities, including the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Stevens Institute, the State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport, St. John Fisher College, and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
Joe graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University and received his Professional Engineer license in 1979. He became a Certified Cost Professional (CCP) for the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) and has served on the Genesee Valley Section Board in various positions, including Section President. He earned his Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) credential in 2013.
Richard F. Clare, PMP, CBAP, CSM, MSPM
Rick Clare is the Business Analysis Practice Director and a Senior Instructor and Consultant for PMCentersUSA. He is a Partner and the Project Management Staffing Solutions Director for ConsultUSA. In his position as Practice Director, Rick is responsible for maintaining the business analysis courseware, providing expert consulting services to companies on business analysis, and constructing customized training material targeted at an individual company's methodologies. Rick is routinely engaged as a Consultant where he lends his experience to clients seeking improvement in the areas of IT project execution, project management and business analysis.
In addition to serving as a consultant, instructor and presenter on project management and business analysis related topics, Rick worked in Information Technology for more than 25 years as a developer, trainer, project manager, business analyst and functional manager. He started in IT while he was in the army in 1988 and has a great deal of technical experience to back up his management and analysis skills. His projects have spanned several industries, including; Hospital Administration, Certification Test Administration, Healthcare Insurance, Retail, Banking and Financial Services.
Rick is routinely invited as a speaker by companies and professional organizations wishing to take advantage of his experience and entertaining speaking style. Rick has presented at many Project Management Institute (PMI)® and International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)® chapter events as well as numerous conferences, such as Oracle's Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), the Oracle Developer Tools User Group (ODTUG) conference, the Building Business Capabilities Conference, the Project Management/Business Analysis World conference, and the PMI® Global Congress.
Rick has worked extensively with the International Institute of Business Analysis®. He served as Vice President of Chapters at the international level for two years - the senior volunteer position in IIBA®. He led the IIBA® Chapter Development Committee and orchestrated work, contributed to, and served as editor of the IIBA® Managing Business Analysts, a book consisting of the views from a wide variety of experts in the BA arena and full of advice and guidance on how to manage BAs. Rick received the IIBA® highest award for volunteer work during the Building Business Capability conference in 2011.
Rick is a PMI® certified Project Management Professional (PMP)®, one of the first Certified Business Analysis Professionals (CBAP)® in the world, a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM), and an Oracle Certified Professional (OCP). Rick earned his Master's degree in Project Management (MSPM) from Northeastern University and is a graduate of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He also holds numerous technical certifications.
Walter R. Bowman, PMI Fellow, BME, MSBA, PMP
Walter Bowman is Executive Director (Emeritus) and Co-founder of PMCentersUSA. Under his technical direction and the operations and marketing direction of Mark Balish, President of PMCentersUSA, the organization has grown from its initial offering of one course in 1997, to an entire track of courses that leads to a Master’s Certificate in Project Management. This certificate program is offered in conjunction with major universities including the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Houston-Clear Lake as well as in a live, virtual instructor-led format.
In addition to its wide range of offerings of preparatory courses for certifications from the International Institute of Business Analysis® and the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, PMCentersUSA also provides advanced and custom courses in project management, business analysis, agile and interpersonal skills, and full consulting and mentoring services in the area of project management, business analysis and agile implementation and solutions. In 2006, Walter accepted the Professional Development Provider of the Year award bestowed on PMCentersUSA by PMI® to recognize and honor the top provider out of more than 1,100 competing organizations that demonstrated exceptional skills in the delivery of a professional development program in project management.
Walter was named a PMI® Fellow in 2004, The PMI® Fellow Award is the PMI® highest and most prestigious award and is presented to an individual who has made sustained and significant contributions to PMI® and the project management profession for more than a decade. Walter has more than 40 years of practical experience in project and executive management of high technology and business projects in industry and academia. His experience spans managing projects including software system development and implementation, aerospace projects for NASA such as placing cameras on the moon, building and modifying nuclear power plants, process control system design and construction, engineering services, and development, administration and delivery of educational programs for both academic credit and professional development. He has practiced and taught extensively in all areas of project management, from small to large projects as well as programs with organizations ranging from start-up companies to major corporations.
An active member of PMI®, Walter is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® (holding certification number 8) and a founder, past President, and former Director of Professional Development for the Pittsburgh Chapter of PMI®. Internationally, Walter helped develop the original 1987 PMI® A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide), and has served as Co-Chair of PMI®'s Certification Committee, Chair of the Council of Chapter Presidents, Vice-President of Technical Activities, a member of PMI®'s Board Executive Committee and Board of Directors, and President of the PMI® Educational Foundation. He also served as a member of the PMI® Nominating and Nomination and Election Review Committees in 2003 and as Chair of the PMI® Nominating Committee in 2004. From 2007 through 2012, Walter served as an ANSI subject matter expert representing the interests of the United States, and Secretary of the ISO Working Group for the Development of Project Management Processes for ISO 21500, the first international standard for project management, published by the International Standardization Organization (ISO) in September 2012.
He received his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, his Master of Science in Business Administration from Robert Morris University, and completed post-graduate work in Engineering Management at the University of Pittsburgh.