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Wednesday June 13th 2012 – (Mind) Mapping Success Out of Chaos

On June 13th 2012, the New York HDI Chapter met for a special presentation by Ron Krukowski entitled (Mind) Mapping Success Out of Chaos.

Attendees of this presentation will see how to put projects on the road to success after snatching them from the jaws of chaos!

This presentation will highlight how applying visual thinking through the use of mind mapping to augment traditional project management tools makes this possible.

The talk will begin with a discussion of project challenges, touch on traditional project management tools, introduce visual/spatial thinking, explore mind mapping basics, evolve into practical uses of mind mapping techniques and showcase real examples that brought true “value add” eliminating chaos for high visibility business initiatives.

Ron Krukowski
Ron has an ever growing passion for project management, and assisting individuals/organizations transform to their next level. This is immediately evident when you speak with him and feel his passionate desire for your success.

As a result of his “can do” attitude, his mission to continuously improve the human factors of productivity, his creative solutions to challenges, his openness and well honed professional insight from real management experiences, his proven effectiveness in partnering with his clients to share ownership and accountability for overall success, he is a sought after consultant/coach. Ron is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) actively involved in the PMI New Jersey and PMI New York City Chapters.

Ron brings a unique value to his Project Manager/PMO Clients by giving them that “extra edge” in visualizing their ultimate success and developing workable strategies to reach critical goals. Ron has architected and managed various Enterprise Level PMOs interacting with first line management up to corporate CEOs and Board of Director members.

Ron is currently the Executive Director of Consulting Solutions for The IT Excellence Institute and Founder of the Peace through Project Management Organization.

Ron has worked and/or consulted for Dow Jones, Inc., Merrill Lynch & Co., e-Techknowledge, Inc., IT WebSolutions, Pfizer, Christies, Avaya, Rite Aid, OpenText, Credit Suisse, Bank of New York Mellon, Broadridge Financial, Citigroup and MetLife.

The event was held in Manhattan.

Time: 8:30am – 10:00am

Location:Easy Vista USA HQ

Address: 1515 Broadway W 44 st, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10036

A copy of this presentation is available in the Downloads area.

Tiffany Mills from New York wins 2012 HDI National Analyst of the Year Award

We are very pleased to announce to our New York HDI membership that our nominee from New York, Tiffany Mills of Emblem Health, won the National Analyst of the Year award at the Annual HDI Conference & Expo held in Orlando April 24-27 2012. See her acceptance speech below.



On behalf of the NYC Chapter Officers we would like to congratulate Tiffany and Emblem Health for her win and her outstanding performance at the conference. The HDI community was very impressed by the genuine nature of her outlook towards her support work and the clients served and she made a big impact for her employers in getting her company recognized in the process.

In a communication Nora Osman said on behalf of Emblem management,  “This has been a long and challenging road of competition, started first in NYC, then the North East region of the US, and finally all of the US. She was amid the very best of the best and outshined them all!  We are very, very proud of her accomplishment, this huge honor she’s been given, and want to congratulate her for this outstanding win!

The NYC Chapter members are also to be congratulated for their excellent choice in nominating Tiffany. We could not be more proud of this event and would like to see other NYC companies and their support staff get a chance at this award going forward. Please note that a NYC Analyst has now won two years in a row.

We certainly feel that the mission of recognition for exemplary performance in the industry of technical support was well met this year. We highly encourage all members and their companies to take the opportunity to participate in this process in the coming year. The opportunity for morale boost and company brand recognition cannot be overstated.

For more videos of speakers and attendees at the Orlando conference, see this link.

New York firm Eze Castle Integration snags HDI Team Excellence Award (External)

Another active member of HDI NYC, Eze Castle Integration, also won the Team Excellence award at the HDI Conference in Orlando.

The team excellence award honors world-class support organizations that have enhanced the image of the industry by achieving the highest standards of excellence in customer support and service delivery.

Dan Kummer who is ECI’s global support group director and a gold member of HDI for the past three years in New York said after the conference, “I am so proud and honored that I was able to bring back the external HDI team excellence award to NY!

About ECI
Eze Castle Integration is the leading provider of technology, IT services, and consulting in the hedge fund and alternative investment industries. Since its founding in 1995, Eze Castle has built a differentiated business by focusing exclusively on the growing hedge fund market. Today, the company has over 350 employees located in twelve offices across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Eze Castle offers a broad portfolio of technology and IT services focused on servicing its 600+ investment firm clients.

The company has developed vertical-specific IT solutions, including infrastructure design and management (both in Eze Private Cloud and on-premises), telecommunications, business continuity planning and disaster recovery, archiving, storage, and Internet services. These solutions are complemented by a service organization that delivers outsourced IT support, including a 24x7x365 help desk, project and technology management services, consulting services, and more.

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