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December Chapter Meeting and Dinner Keynote by Joseph Gildner - Sound Transit. PMI Project of the Year 2017 Finalist

December 07, 2017
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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Red Lion Hotel Bellevue
11211 Main St.


Please join us for Puget Sound PMI's year-end (Q4 - 2017) Chapter Dinner Meeting and the featured keynote for the evening presented by Joseph Gildner, Executive Project Director, Sound Transit. Joe heads the University Link Light Rail Extension project for Sound Transit, a PMI Project of the Year 2017 Finalist.

The pre-dinner keynote by Rachel Theriot and the team of PSPMI CARES program. Rachel will talk about Project Management in the Not-for-profit Sector.

Dinner keynote

Joseph Gildner has over 30 years of experience in design and construction management for heavy civil and systems construction in the Pacific Northwest. In the past 25 years, Joe has served as project manager and project executive for final design and construction on commuter and light rail projects in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.

As project manager for the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District in Portland, Joe was responsible for overseeing all aspects for design and construction of the tunnel alignment for Portland’s Westside MAX Project (twin three-mile tunnels and the Washington Park Station [North America’s deepest mined underground transit station, to date]). As a project director for Sound Transit, Joe has been responsible for overseeing the design, construction, and commissioning of over 15 miles of the Link Light Rail System from currently operating from the University of Washington to Tukwila.

Joe is currently serving as Deputy Executive Director for Project Management in Sound Transit’s Department of Design Engineering and Construction Management. At present, overseeing the design and construction of numerous commuter- and light-rail extension projects in Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties.

Recently, Joe has been elected as President-Elect for the Disputes Resolution Board Foundation where he serves on the Foundation’s Region 1 Board of Directors.

Joseph is a Professional Engineer (Civil), has a B.S., Civil Engineering from University of Notre Dame and an M.S., Civil Engineering from University of Illinois.


PMI Project of the Year 2017 Finalist:

University Link Light Rail Extension (Sound Transit)

by Joseph P. Gildner, P.E. – Deputy Executive Director, Project Management, Sound Transit

According to TomTom, a navigation and mapping company, Seattle is the fourth-worst city in the United States in terms of time commuters are stuck in traffic. As a result, the city needed to expand its light rail system to reduce rising traffic congestions. The project would require tunneling for 3.2 miles (5 kilometers) under a densely populated city without disturbing life above ground. Crews needed to carefully calculate how much stress, weight and vibration surrounding buildings and roadways could handle – or risk watching them collapse.

The project team managed risks by prioritizing them based on their potential impact to cost and schedule. Monthly reviews helped keep the project on track. The rail line opened six months ahead of schedule and US$200 million under the budget of a total budget of $1.8 billion.

View a video about the project here.

Find out more about PMI Project of the Year Award here.


Pre-dinner keynote

Rachel Theriot has worked as a project manager since 2004 across industries including finance, advertising, government, and travel. She has volunteered with PMI Cares since summer 2017 working closely with ARC of King County, a local non-profit providing support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her work with them has included process mapping and project management training in order to create clear roles and lines of communication across all departments and reduce overhead costs.

Rachel is currently Assistant Director of Special Projects at GCG, a legal services company. She lives in southeast Seattle with her husband and aging parents and spends her free time running, gardening, and cooking.


“Project Management in the Not-for-profit Sector”

 by Rachel Theriot and PSPMI CARES team

Rachel and team of PSPMI CARES will present an engaging talk about the challenges and opportunities for project management within the tremendous, Puget Sound Not-for-profit community of organizations. The CARES organization of PSPMI builds skills, structure, disciplines, and productivity in this community. The resulting benefits for the Not-for-profit organizations, the Puget Sound PMI organization, and the CARES volunteers will be explained.


Tentative Agenda:

  • 5:30 - Mixer - No Host Bar with an appetizer buffet.
  • 5:30 - Pre-Dinner Keynote (1 PDU)
  • 6:30 - Dinner guest seating
  • 6:45 - MC provides chapter announcements and welcomes speaker
  • 7:15 – Dinner Keynote (1 PDU)
  • 8:15 - Q&A & Raffle. 
  • 8:45 - Dinner program concludes


  • Appetizers at 5:30 pm
  • Dinner at 7:00 pm.

Parking: Free parking at Red Lion, Bellevue

PDUs 1 + 1.25

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$40.00 Member General Admission (advance registration)
$45.00 Member General Admission (at the door)
$35.00 Earlybird rate before December 1

$50.00 Non-member General Admission (advance registration)
$55.00 Non-member General Admission (at the door)
$45.00 Earlybird rate before December 1