September 2018 Monthly Chapter Meeting

“The Cuban Missile Crisis 1962; In Extremis Project Management”

In just the last few years, more and more information has been declassified and documented, offering even greater proof of the incomparable danger we faced during the fall of 1962. It was a crisis like no other with the stakes at the highest level yet known to the human race. And so, it was a project like no other. The price for failure was almost certain death for millions in the US and the USSR and a world on the brink of total destruction.

This was indeed a project that was initiated under duress. It was a project that no one wanted to maneuver through but there it was – an in extremis project; a crisis project that had to be led, managed and concluded to meet very strict parameters because there were no other acceptable alternatives. This project was overseen by a sponsor, led by a project manager and impacted millions of stakeholders and their children, and their children’s children – and you are one of them.

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About the Speaker

David S. Maurer, PMP

Lieutenant Colonel, USA (Ret.)

Dave Maurer offers a wealth of experience as both a career military officer and a senior leader within the private sector. His corporate leadership pedigree includes service an Executive Vice President and Director for several firms in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. He leads a global training program spanning all 50 states, 12 countries and 1 U.S. Territory in support of the Labor Department and the U.S. military and has served as a program manager overseeing dozens of initiatives targeted toward improving access to health care for members of the armed forces and their families. In his various leadership capacities, he has supervised thousands of staff members, trainers and soldiers while ensuring quality service and support to all clients and customers. 

Dave is a native of Trenton, New Jersey and earned his bachelors degree in economics from Seton Hall University. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army's Adjutant General Corps and served in a wide variety of command and staff positions in the United States and overseas throughout his 22-year military career. His service included tours within the intelligence community and the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, and culminated as the 72nd Adjutant General for the United States Military Academy at West Point. 

He holds a master's degree in management from Central Michigan University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a certified trainer through the National Veterans Training Institute. He has always been active in the local community, serving as a director of several Rotary and Kiwanis clubs and as a Hospice volunteer. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the USO of Metropolitan New York City, the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI), the George Washington Chapter of the Association of the United States Army and the Heritage Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.

As a professional speaker, performance consultant, and trainer, Dave offers a variety of
relevant topics for diverse groups and organizations. His audiences and clients have included the World Bank, the CIA, the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Air Force, several PMI chapters, the Performance Institute, and both large and small enterprises within the private sector. He has presented at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and has guest lectured for the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, the Virginia Tech Executive MBA Program, the University of Maryland's MBA Program and selected faculty  embers at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Dave is a member of the National Speakers Association and the co-author of a book on leveraging interpersonal skills in a project management setting.

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